The Bobcats (26-34) suffered their worst loss of the season last night as the Nuggets (36-26) dismantled them by 40 points. This never really was a game as the Bobcats trailed by 8 after the first period and essentially never got any closer than that.
“They’re playing more open,” Stephen Jackson said of the Nuggets new style of play since the Carmelo trade. “I think they have four or five guys on the court that are aggressive instead of waiting for ‘Melo to shoot all the balls. They’re playing with two point guards, so they’re making plays and everybody is getting shots. They’re not depending on one guy to score.”
The Nuggets were extremely balanced as they had 7 players in double figures last night and right now appear to be a legitimate contender in the western conference. They sit 5th in the west right now, only 2 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder.
No starter played more than 27 minutes last night for Charlotte as this team searches for their new identity since trading away their franchise player Gerald Wallace. The starters struggled badly last night as they were a combined 13-38 from the field. Matt Carroll was the leading scorer for the Bobcats last night with a season high 19 points. No, that was not a typo. Matt Carroll was actually the leading scorer last night and did play 27 minutes for Charlotte in the loss, probably a bad sign for this team.
This loss could be the first of many to come for the Bobcats in the near future as the reality of a lost season will slowly set it for Bobcats fans. Mathematically the Bobcats are still very much in the hunt for the 8th spot in the east but I don’t really believe this team stands much of a chance at gaining that last playoff spot. Charlotte has pretty much completely restructured their bench roster and let go of their best player so this team will struggle to find an identity for the remainder of the season and chances are that if they do figure it out at some point that it will be too late as just over 20 games remain to be played. Buckle up Bobcats fans, it’s going to be a bumpy ride to the finish line this season.