Charlotte couldn’t have started last night’s game any worse- the Bobcats scored 7 points in the 1st quarter and shot a miserable 13.6% (3-22) from the field to fall behind by 16 before they could blink their eyes.
The rest of the game was certainly better, but not quite enough to pull the Cats out of the hole dug in the 1st quarter. Gerald Henderson solely tried to pull the Bobcats back into the game during the 2nd with a 10-point quarter. The Charlotte frontcourt combo of Haywood, Biyombo and Mullens also had a solid period on both ends by pitching in a combined 9 points and 8 rebounds.
New Orleans led 38-36 at the break behind Anthony Davis’ 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The 3rd was clearly the Bobcats best quarter as they shot 61% from the field and forced 6 Hornets turnovers while turning them into 10 points. Ben Gordon led the charge with 8 of his 15 points coming in the quarter. Gordon was getting it done in every way by attacking the basket, drawing fouls and even knocking down a three.
The 4th was a abysmal defensive performance from the Bobcats as they allowed 36 total points and 73.7% shooting by New Orleans. Oh, and Lance Thomas had 11 points on 5-5 shooting in the final quarter. Yes, Lance Thomas. The Hornets scored 16 points in the paint on 8-9 shooting in the final period, so basically if the ball got in the paint it was going in the basket. All that being said, Coach Dunlap was pleased with the overall defensive performance from his team after the game.
“I like how we played defense – eight points in one quarter, 16 points in another quarter. That says we can play D,’’ said Dunlap.
The Bobcats lost 90-87. They are now 1-2 during the preseason. Oh, that’s right- it’s preseason. Don’t read too much into any of this.
Bobcats next PRESEASON game will be next Tuesday night in Oklahoma City at 8 pm ET.