Boxscore of Bobcats vs Cavaliers – 10/31/2009
Score: 90-79 Cavaliers
Bobcats Record: 1-2
Offensive Efficiency: 95.2
Defensive Efficiency: 107.1
Meritorious Player: D.J. Augustin – 11 points on 2-5 from the floor, 6 of 8 from the stripe, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 turnover in 29 minutes. Bonus points for being the Bobcat with the highest (-2) plus/minus in more than 20 minutes.
If you actually expected the Bobcats to win this one – ease up on the kool-aid. Coming off a double overtime game last night, traveling up to Cleveland to face one of the top teams in the league, the Bobcats are not up for that task just yet. But there were some encouraging signs. They kept things close in the first half and the offense continued to look better – an efficiency of 95.2 is nothing special, but it is still the best they have done so far. And the better news is that they managed it in the first half, when the game was still close – 41 points on 43 possessions in the first half, for an efficiency of 95.3. Against a good defensive club in Cleveland, that is progress.
Part of the improvement can probably be attributed to improved ball movement. The Bobcats had 19 assists tonight, another season best (which is sad considering they had 30 fewer possessions tonight than last night). In particular, Boris Diaw was on his game, with 9 dimes, including a couple of “how did he see him?” looks – finding Gerald Wallace in the opposite corner when double-teamed in the post and a quick flick to Tyson for a dunk from the 3 point line. Fun to watch.
Not much else noteworthy – no standout performances, though it was nice to see Vlad make a couple of shots. He was hesitating a little early in the game, but finished with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting. Dell Curry echoed one of my thoughts after Vladimir hesitated on a 3 and then took the contested shot: Either shoot it or don't, but a hesitation 3 like that is tough without a rhythm. The Bobcats rhythm is coming, things are starting to come together – remember, it took them time last season to gel and there is turnover and injuries to deal with this time around as well.