Score: 93-89 New York
Bobcats Record: 11-21
Meritorious Player: D.J. Augustin. 15 points on 12 attempts, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. The Bobcats were at 104.4 offensively and 87.1 defensively with D.J. on the court, with a +/- of 10.
Matt – not exactly a good use of your start. Only 4 points from your 6 attempts and a turnover, yet no assists – it was not exactly the stuff of an offensive ace. Not that you were the only one who had offensive troubles…
Really guys, this is New York you were playing, not Boston or Cleveland. The Knicks have a better defensive efficiency than 6 teams in the league – and the Bobcats let the Knicks hold them to their 6th worst offensive performance of the year. Unsurprisingly, turnovers were a large factor, as Charlotte coughed the ball up 19 times, with Boris Diaw leading the way with 6 and Emeka running second with 4.
Highlighting the other three solid performances of the evening:
Emeka Okafor was a close runner up for meritorious player, with 13 points on 11 attempts, 15 rebounds, and a block – but the aforementioned 4 turnovers hurt him a bit.
Gerald Wallace had 21 on 15 attempts (with a bit high mark of three 3-pointers attempted), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
Raymond Felton shot poorly, with just 12 points on 17 attempts, but made up for it with 8 rebounds(!), 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and just 1 turnover. Had Raymond shot 40% from the floor, it would have been a very good game, but without becomes just a solid effort. (Speaking of Raymond's shooting – I am going to figure out who the streakiest shooter in the NBA is – and I will post about it.)
A winnable game slipped away – not the first of this past week. I will go back and at least look at common threads from the un-recapped games (my acknowledgment of my slacking). Yes, I had a good Christmas, thanks for asking. No, New Years will not cause the same slow down of the site.