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Game 4: Bobcats vs Nets Recap

Boxscore of Nets and Bobcats – 11/03/2010
Score: 85-83 Charlotte
Bobcats record: 1-3
Offensive Efficiency: 100.0
Defensive Efficiency: 94.3
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace – 35+ minutes, 20pts on 6/11 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the line. 11 rebounds (3 offensive), 1 assist and 1 bad ankle. Good to see Gerald get after it on the glass again after a couple of slow games.

It was tempting to give Meritorious Player to the Center Platoon – Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop, Boris Diaw, and Tyrus Thomas – as their work in slowing down Brook Lopez was a big part in getting this win for the team. Last season, Lopez had 1 big game and 3 solid ones against the Bobcats: Last night’s effort in holding him to a point per attempt plus 5 turnovers – that’s good work against a solid low post scorer. Kudos to you, Center Platoon.

After some criticism of Boris earlier in the week, acknowledging his work last night is only fair: Agressive Diaw was on the court last night, and it works quite well (6 three point attempts is still a bit much, but at least it was only a third of his shots instead of over half). 24 points on 18 attempts, with 4 free throw attempts (only making 2), plus 3 assists to 2 turnovers. With Stephen Jackson and D.J. Augustin off (accuracy not vacation), Boris taking a bigger offensive role last night helped the Cats stay close long enough to pull this one out.

This is going to be a short one – Big win for the Cats, getting off the 0-X mark and it was good to get one on the road. The reason for the abruptness? The stats are fixed and I am totally caught up. They’re still ugly in the new format – but they’re available. Baby steps.