Detailed boxscore: Stats Page
Score: 104-96 Bobcats
Bobcats Record: 3-5
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace. Coincidence that Crash was more aggressive offensively with Jason Richardson out? Probably not. Good news: It led to 22 points on 13 fga and 14 fta, 9 rebounds (led team), 3 steals, 2 assists and a block. The Bobcats were +5 with Gerald on the court, with a net efficiency of +7.5.
The Bobcats bounced back from their worst offensive game of the season with their best effort, with an efficiency of 118.2. Solid work and while Gerald got the nod as Meritorious Player, it was a tough selection. Consider all these efficienct efforts:
Adam Morrison: 15 points on 8 fga, 1 turnover.
Raymond Felton: 23 points on 13 attempts, 6 assists, 2 turnovers.
Sean May: 8 points on 4 attempts, 4 boards in 19 minutes – and I would just like to say Welcome back, Sean.
Matt Carroll: 7 points on 5 attempts.
D.J. Augustin: Only shot 1 of 3 from the field, but still finished with 6 points, thanks to 4-4 from the line, plus 4 assists and 0 turnovers.
When over half the team has performances this good, it would take some serious malfunctions to undo it. And despite the final margin of 8, the Bobcats had some serious malfunctions. Namely, rebounding. Charlotte grabbed 23 defensive rebounds (including team rebounds) – Utah grabbed 23 offensive boards. That is not a good ratio. That is the major reason the Utah offense did as well as it did on the night, as a 107.9 efficiency is solid work, and well above average. The Bobcats should be thanking Ronnie Price for his off-guard efforts – you don't get called a shooting guard when you go 4-16.
Emeka Okafor really struggled, and was a major reason for the Bobcats rebounding issues. In fouling out after just 24 minutes, Emeka had also only grabbed 2 defensive rebounds. Both of the Charlotte point guards matched or bettered his effort.
Last couple of notes:
The starters got hammered: In a little over 9 minutes together, they lost by 4. More troubling: they allowed a defensive efficiency of 137.5 I am glad Sean is back and all, but matching up against an all-star in Carlos Boozer is a bit of a stretch for him right now.
Switching Jared in for Sean did not really help: That was the next most used lineup, with just under 6 minutes together. They were outscored by 5 in that time, with an offensive efficiency of 83.3 and defensive of 115.4.
I am glad they got the win, but…this was not the Utah Jazz. Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur, and Deron Williams all wound up missing the game. For the year, the Utah Jazz have efficiencies of 104.8 and 99.8. When only looking at lineups where none of those players are present: 108.9 and 124.2. A win is a win and all – but the Bobcats caught a big break.
It was encouraging to see the Bobcats bounce back against an admittedly undermanned squad. I know the Bobcats were missing Jason Richardson – but he has been off to a slow start and he was ably filled in for by Matt and Adam. Oh, and Ryan Hollins made more than a cameo last night. 15 minutes of action and led the team in +/-. Great to see that he is still working hard and making improvements.