Score: 110-99 Denver
Bobcats Record: 19-28 (3 games out of 8th)
Meritorious Player: Raja Bell, with 27 points on 14 attempts, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, plus good defense: the Bobcats were at 112.0 on defense with him on the court, compared to the 117.0 for the game.
Gana Diop also had a case for Meritorious Player, with 5 points on 4 attempts, 7 rebounds (3 offensive), and a block in 25 minutes, 36 seconds of action. Most important: The Bobcats were winning with him on the court, with efficiencies of 121.7 and 100.0. Contrast that with Emeka, who struggled with Nene's size (and Chris Andersen's athleticism and motor) to the tune of a defensive mark of 132.6, leading to a plus/minus of -17 for Mek. Lowlight of the evening for Emeka: Seeing his turnaround jumper spiked by Andersen.
The game was decided early by turnovers – the Bobcats had 9 in the first quarter. For the game, the total was 17, led by Boris with 7. Some of the turnovers (Boris and the rest of the team) seemed to come from overpassing – a couple of instances where players had been able to create a shot for themselves, but rather than take it, dumped the ball of to a teammate who was not expecting it, resulting in a miscue – I am looking at you on this Adam: You beat your man to the baseline and could have pulled up for a short jumper, but instead pull up and throw it up the lane to Emeka?
We learned a bit about the newest Bobcat, Cartier Martin – he likes to shoot 3s. And that is about it – all that we learned that is, it is too soon to say that is all there is to him. Cartier played 9 minutes and took 5 shots – 4 of which were 3s. He made 2 for his 6 points, and his only other contribution was an assist. We need for you to hit the glass, Cartier – with Gerald out, someone needs to step up and that is not one of Adam's strong points.