Boxscore of Bobcats vs Knicks – 10/30/2009
Score: 102-100 Bobcats (2OT)
Bobcats Record: 1-1
Offensive Efficiency: 90.3
Defensive Efficiency: 88.5
Meritorious Player: Raymond Felton – 22 points on 8 of 18 from the floor, 6 of 7 from the line. 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and just 2 turnovers in a game where he had the ball in his hands a lot. Great effort and big plays down the stretch even after a calf cramp that left him hobbled.
The Charlotte Bobcats gave the fans at Time Warner Cable Arena a win – but it was not the kind people expected after the first quarter: The Bobcats led by 19 after 1, and by as much as 21, yet needed two overtimes to seal the deal. You can probably guess the culprit. Offense – After putting up 32 points on 26 possessions in the first quarter, the Bobcats managed just 70 points on their next – are you ready for this? – 87 possessions. That first quarter represented an offensive efficiency of 123.1, but the rest of the ordeal just 80.5 (against a below average defensive team). A quarter by quarter breakdown:
After the first quarter, the offense stagnated – fewer runouts, fewer layups, more jumpers and the game got very interesting. But the Bobcats won on the strength of their own defense and some timely plays. As mentioned above, Raymond had a great night – after that, several players made solid contributions, but with some negatives to go with the positives.
D.J. Augustin – D.J. made a big 3 in the second overtime, and before that even happened, he helped the Bobcats make it to a second round of bonus basketball by stripping Chris Duhon late in the first OT. But D.J. also clanked two free throws late that could have cost the Bobcats the win, and the erstwhile point guard had just 1 assist to match 1 turnover in nearly 40 minutes of action.
Boris Diaw – A good Boris night, with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists…but 4 turnovers and just 5 of 15 from the floor. Boris seems to be lacking a spring in his step right now and had trouble finishing around the rim – the pre-season injury but also probably due to his tendency to play his way into shape.
Tyson Chandler – Tyson had a much better night in his second official game as a Bobcat – 6 points and 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes. But he only played 18 minutes because he fouled out that quickly – two coming on the offensive end, with an illegal screen and a push-off for a rebound.
Gerald Wallace – 18 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal, but it took him 20 shots to get those 20 points and he had 4 turnovers against 0 assists.
Gerald Henderson – The rookie had a great anticipation steal in the backcourt for a dunk – and earned a seat on the bench for the rest of the evening after forcing up a contested jumper early in the shot clock in the fourth (part of the Bobcats 7 possession drought).
The takeaway from all these positives and negatives: This team is still learning how to play together (and how to play for Larry Brown) and that will continue as players return from injury. The offense is going to struggle and have these mood swings so the defense will have to keep them in games. Against Boston, the D did a decent job but the offense was not up to the task. Tonight, they put together enough stops at the end to hold on and send the fans home happy.