Boxscore of Bobcats vs Pacers – 12/16/2009
Score: 101-98 Indiana Pacers
Charlotte Bobcats record: 10-14
Offensive Efficiency: 99.0
Defensive Efficiency: 103.1
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace – 29 points on 18 field goal attempts, 4 steals, and a block – on the negative, 4 turnovers(or 5 – ESPNs play by play does not agree with their boxscore on that) but those are not enough to offset another monster game for Crash.
One of those nights where life intervenes (church for me, wife's birthday for James) so an abbreviated recap:
-Gerald was not the only Bobcat to have a big night: Tyson Chandler also recorded a double double, with a pair of 13s in points and boards.
-Stephen Jackson was the third Bobcat in double figures, with 22 points on 23 field goal attempts and 5 turnovers. One of those nights that looks decent at a glance, but does not hold up to scrutiny.
-Raymond Felton was limited to a degree by foul trouble, playing “just” 30 minutes before fouling out. T.J. Ford having 13 assists is partly attributable to Felton's absence – Ford managed 5 assists in just 8.5 minutes when Felton was not on the court.
-D.J. Augustin saw more action tonight than he had seen since October – no, literally: His 29:37 tonight was his most since 29:47 on Halloween. Good news: He was a bit more assertive tonight, with 8 field goal attempts and 6 assists in that action. Bad news: His shooting stroke is still not there, as he made just 2 of 8 from the floor, though he did make all 3 free throws.
-Boris Diaw continued to make a case for new nomenclature for basketball positions, as the titular power forward grabbed exactly 0 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Additionally, just 8 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 3 turnovers for Diaw – scientists and Boris are in quite the competition to perfect invisibility (it may be time to consider his fit with Stephen Jackson).
To the (rest of the)bench:
-Ronald Murray continues to be as accurate as The Onion's news articles – 0 for 4 tonight.
-Nazr Mohammed saw just 5 minutes of action as the game was played small for the most part – Nazr did manage to score 2 points and grab a board in that brief appearance.
-Stephen Graham was the only other Bobcat to see action – with 15 minutes of court time and 6 points, 2 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a turnover to show for it. But seriously? Stephen Graham continues to get minutes over the Bobcats lottery pick (and their very promising (for once) second rounder)? I know Larry loves his vets, but come on.