Score: 94-92 Bobcats defeat Washington Wizards
Charlotte Bobcats record: 25-25
Offensive Efficiency: 106.8
Defensive Efficiency: 101.1
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace had the kind of game that earned him an invite to this weekends festivities in Dallas – 17 points on 14 attempts, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.
The headline refers to the turnaround jumper Raymond Felton made with a second left to give the Bobcats a 2-point lead. With no tv, I was following a play-by-play and Mike Miller's three that put the Wizards in front with under a minute to go made me nervous. But the Cats managed to pull through, with Flip splitting a pair at the line to tie it, and then 2 Antawn Jamison misses sandwiched around Felton's make made it into a Bobcats victory. Good thing, with a game AT Minnesota tomorrow night – thanks NBA scheduling guys.
Tyson Chandler made his return, with mixed results – 5 points and 5 rebounds in just 10 minutes but 2 turnovers and the Bobcats were actually significantly better defensively with Nazr Mohammed on the court than Tyson (114.3 to 88.9 efficiency)…tonight. I fully expect that to change as Tyson works his way back into the swing of things, and the Bobcats need him back there near the rim – tonight marked the 10th straight game the Bobcats had allowed their opponents to best an efficiency mark of 100. The next longest streak this year was just 5…which also happened to be during the time Tyson was out. For the season, the Bobcats have a defensive efficiency of 99.1 when Tyson is on the court, and 102.7 when he is off. Part of that is due to the fact that when he was healthy, teams were still getting their offenses in sync – efficiency has increased each month across the league, starting at 104.1 back in October and up to 107.2 this month. Enough caveats – Tyson will help defensively, and the Bobcats need it.
For anyone who attended the game or watched on league pass or whatever else, please weigh in with thoughts in the comments. I would be curious to know more about how the Wizards stuck around with the Cats tonight.