Boxscore of Bobcats vs Knicks – 12/20/2009
Score: 98-94 New York
Bobcats record: 10-16
Offensive Efficiency: 101.1
Defensive Efficiency: 107.7
Meritorious Player: Raymond Felton 25 pts, 9 rebounds, 7 assists
Acie Law? I'm not sure why you would put Law in the game when he has been inactive for nearly all of the games with Charlotte but then to have him try to make a game winning play when Raymond Felton has carried you down the stretch it just doesn't make sense. That was a bad decision to put Law in that position and I know Charlotte didn't have timeouts which is why you can't go with a guy who hasn't played in that situation because he doesn't know what to do.
As head scratching as the Law decision was I can't say it was all that lost this game Gerald Wallace being out and Stephen Jackson's back spasms played a major role as well. Every team has to deal with injuries and often the difference between a playoff team and a lottery team is the depth that is available to deal with the bumps and bruises from your key guys. When everyone is healthy the Bobcats look a lot like a playoff team, well tonight everyone wasn't healthy and they looked a lot like a lottery team.
Raymond Felton played well although I did think he was a little too shot happy early as he was trying to make up for Gerald Wallace's loss. 27 points on 22 shots is solid efficiency but Felton really shined with his other numbers. Taking a page from crash Felton grabbed nine caroms and dished out seven assists to boot, great effort from number 20.
Nice double-double from Tyson Chandler with 13 points and 14 rebounds but he will never be the offensive threat this team needs at center. There was a big play where he was open late rolling to the basket and Felton passed him the ball but he wasn't ready. All that muscle memory from eight years with Chicago and New Orleans will be hard to unlearn during his time with the Bobcats.
Another bad outing for Boris Diaw who had more turnovers (five) than points (four). He's become an easy target lately but having him as the starting four basically contributing nothing is hurting this team especially with Jackson and Wallace injured.
Depending on the status of Jackson and Wallace Tuesday could be a tough night. Detroit isn't a great offensive team but given what Charlie Villanueva did in his last outing against Charlotte this team is capable of getting hot. Hopefully plenty of icy hot and aspirin can get the Bobcats back at full strength because I wouldn't count on another 27 point night from Raymond.