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Hornets and Bobcats Combine for Ignominy

If someone stumbled across this game last night and saw the score of 68-64 with 34 seconds remaining in a quarter, they would have assumed the third quarter was wrapping up in a relatively low scoring game. And they (I) would have been wrong. Just over a month following their last meeting, the Bobcats managed to “top” their woeful offensive performance from that game – combined efficiency of 81.4 – with an even worse showing – 81.1. Last night was the 5th worse combined efficiency of the season, bumping the March 12th meeting to 6th. A couple of more fun facts though:

  • The Bobcats and Hornets each made a single three pointer last night, and the combined total of two 3s was the lowest total this season.
  • Each team shot below 10% on their 3-point attempts, combining for 7.4% for the game. They were the first matchup this season to have both teams fall under the 10% threshold.
  • In addition to the two offensive displays of offense against the Hornets, the Bobcats also had their January 10th meeting against the Rockets that was a cooperative display of offensive ineptitude: That night, the two teams combined for an offensive efficiency of 78.8, the second worst display of the season, and give the Bobcats a spot in three of the six worst games of the year.
  • With 142 combined points, last night’s game was good for second lowest total points in a game this season, behind only Chicago-Toronto brick-fest back in January. That game, however, was a bad, but not horrible efficiency display of 87.6.
  • Bismack Biyombo became the 20th player this season to score at least 5 points, without making a field goal, going 0 of 1 from the field, and 5 of 10 from the free throw line. (In one of the late games, Stephen Jackson became the 21st player to accomplish the feat, scoring 8 points on 8 of 9 on free throws and 0 of 6 on field goal attempts).
  • The Bobcats now post a net efficiency on the season of -14.35 points per 100 possessions. The next worst team is Washington at -7.14. The Bobcats have more than doubled the net efficiency margin of the next worst team.

That seems like a good one to end on. 6 games to go.