The Bobcats wrapped up Summer League 2008 in big style: A 103-71 blowout of the New York Knicks. Honestly, I am amazed the squad was able to put together that many points, considering last night without Augustin they managed just 67. I guess the opponent played a large (or small, in Nate Robinson's case – I know, low blow with the short joke) role in that: Balkman and Gallinari both sat this one out for the Knicks, leaving the talent a bit thin.
The Bobcats finished with 5 players in double figures: Slaughter (10), Visser(10), Diaz(14), Jermareo(10), and Orien Greene(13). All but Diaz did it with very efficienct shooting and even he was at 5-12, a solid mark. Overall, the team shot a very impressive 50.7%.
Two other very nice improvements: Rebounding and turnovers. As a team, the Cats outrebounded the Knicks 56-27 and that is not a typo. Kyle Hines led the effort with 9 in 14 minutes and then Mustafa Shakur and Kyle Visser both chipped in 7. Looks someone may have mentioned to Kyle that he needed to show a bit better on the board work after yesterday. As for turnvoers, the team was down to 19 – still too many, but better than it had been. Unfortunately for Kyle Hines, he also tied for the lead in this category with 4, along with Orien Greene.
Lastly, two players managed to dish out 5 assists each in this game, Shakur and Greene. Kyle Weaver had a do-nut in the category for the game. The possible points all had some bright spots – the boards and assists for Shakur, the assists and 13 points on 5 shots for Greene, but they also had their issues – the turnovers for Orien and missing 9 of 11 shots for Shakur. Really, none of them blew the competition away this week, so it will be interesting to see what the Bobcats do about a third point guard, or if they will even carry one.
More thoughts on the full Summer League performance of the Cats to follow. For now, check out the box score at NBA.com and please comment with any thoughts you may have if you watched the game.