Score: 104-80 Boston
Charlotte Bobcats record: 28-31
Offensive Efficiency: 87.0
Defensive Efficiency: 113.0
Meritorious Player: Tyrus Thomas with the double-double, 15 points and 12 rebounds, plus 2 blocks and a steal in the blowout.
Good news: Larry Brown gave Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson a few extra minutes of rest last night, as they played just 31 and 33 minutes respectively. Foul “trouble” may have forced Larry's hand a bit, as Jax picked up 2 early and Crash finished with 5 – but at least they did not have to pull all-nighters. That gave the young guys a chance to see extended minutes, as Gerald Henderson and Derrick Brown both saw 10+ minutes. Henderson, with confidence obviously boosted from beating Michael Jordan in horse, put up a solid 5 points and 4 rebounds in his short night of work, a solid line.
Trying to come up with a second paragraph that manages to be as passively-aggressive and pseudo-positive and I am struggling. Last night was disappointing. 3 games against the Celtics this season, 3 blowouts – if the Bobcats do make the playoffs, let us hope that they do not draw this team. I may have said this before, but having a center would help – last night, after Jax got in early foul trouble, the game was over – sure the Bobcats got close, but when Jackson came back for action in the 3rd, he was out of his rhythm and Boston crushed in that frame. A post threat who can be counted on for some offense would help take some pressure off the rest of the squad when Jackson is not out there to force the issue.
Last note: Getting outscored by 30 from the 3-point line is a tough thing to overcome – the Celtics went 10 of 16, Charlotte 0-9. There have been 78 games this season where a team made at least 8 more 3s than their opponent – the team making the 3s is 62-16 in those games. There have been just 2 wins by teams making 0 threes while their opponent made 8 or more. Like I said – long odds. Ok – next.