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Bobcats vs Jazz Recap

Boxscore of Bobcats vs Jazz – 12/19/2009
Score: 110-102 Utah
Bobcats record: 10-15
Offensive Efficiency: 103.0
Defensive Efficiency: 113.4
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace 30 pts, 13 rebs, 5 Assts

In short this game teetered on the blowout ledge early in the fourth quarter before the two Geralds, the ghost of DJ Augustin, Stephen Graham and DeSagana Diop made this one interesting for a few minutes but it was another case of the Bobcats digging too deep a hole to dig themselves out of. On to the numbers…

113.4 – That's the offensive efficiency Utah Jazz, a number that would currently lead the league. This is where I begin my speech about how a defensive team can not allow someone to come in their house and torch the nets for 53% shooting from the field. There were seven guys from the Jazz that played over 20 minutes and five of them shot better than 50 percent from the field. Deron Williams just missed that mark going 7-15 but did plenty of damage because he went to the line 10 times missing only once.

54 – Number of points in the paint for the Jazz who haven't changed their philosophy since Jerry Sloan took over. I didn't see this game but when Paul Millsap scores 18 points and Carlos Boozer throws in 22 it's not hard to see how they piled up the buckets inside.

16 – That's how many points DJ Augustin scored in this game, in only 14 minutes. He seemed to get some of his confidence back in Indiana but he broke through tonight with his first double figure scoring game since November 6th when Charlotte blew out Atlanta by 20. I knew Augustin couldn't continue to play as bad as he had been, now he has to build off of this and Larry Brown has to let him be the scoring point guard that he is otherwise it's going to be a wasted season of ups and downs for DJ.

45 – The number minutes that Gerald Wallace played. Crash is second in the league in minutes per game at 40.7 just a tick behind Golden State's Monta Ellis and I'm starting to wonder why some one hasn't intervened here. I was there for Wallace's scary grade three concussion where he had to be carted off, playing this guy so many minutes especially against such a physical team is playing Russian roulette with his health. I know there's plenty of playoff pressure but Brown is going to have to trust Derrick Brown more or convince Michael Jordan to get frontcourt help because Wallace won't stay healthy if he keeps playing this much.

21 – Roughly the number of hours the Bobcats have between this game and the Sunday night tip-off with the Knicks in New York. Charlotte still has only one road victory and this could be a pretty good chance to get number two but I'm sure the Knicks will have revenge on their minds after how the last couple of games unfolded down the stretch.

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