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Recap: Bobcats vs Jazz, Game 10

Boxscore of Jazz and Bobcats – 11/13/2010
Score: 96-95 Utah Jazz
Bobcats record: 3-7
Offensive Efficiency: 105.6
Defensive Efficiency: 110.3
Meritorious Player: Nazr Mohammed – 22 and 20 from a Bobcat and it wasn’t Gerald Wallace. Nazr was all over the court, with 8 of those rebounds on the offensive end – and 4 blocks at the defensive end.

Would you like to know who wasn’t all over the court? The bench. With Tyrus Thomas and Gerald Henderson missing the game, the Cats bench was not as impressive as it had been much of the early season (outside of two nasty dunks by Derrick Brown, one which seemed to be on the entire Jazz team). The table below shows the game by game production of the bench – and while they were called on to play fewer minutes than most nights, it was still a pretty listless showing.

Date Opponent Time Points Rebounds Blocks Steals Assists Turnovers
10/27 DALLAS 72.9 26 13 2 1 6 7
10/29 INDIANA 83.0 27 19 5 2 1 2
10/30 MILWAUKEE 68.4 20 14 2 3 3 6
11/03 NEW JERSEY 76.2 12 10 2 3 4 7
11/05 DETROIT 83.3 24 15 4 4 7 5
11/06 ORLANDO 63.6 20 11 5 0 4 7
11/08 SAN ANTONIO 90.1 40 17 5 3 7 4
11/10 TORONTO 66.8 30 10 6 2 4 2
11/12 WASHINGTON 63.7 13 17 1 1 4 4
11/13 UTAH 56.4 12 5 1 0 3 2

Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera saw their first extended action of the season – and combined for 2 points and 2 rebounds in 14 minutes.  As the Queen said of Najera, “He seems nervous with the ball, like he just wants to get rid of it.”  Though the Jazz only forced 11 turnovers, Utah made good use of ball pressure when the starters were resting to disrupt the offense of Charlotte – and Najera who was not the only one who looked jittery.  Shaun Livingston did not seem to enjoy the harassment of Earl Watson much either.  Between Deron Williams, Watson, and Raja Bell, the Jazz have a few guys who can disrupt the backcourt.  And Raja Bell reminded everyone that he is guy you love when he is on your team…and hate as soon as he is gone, as Raja got beat by D.J. on a move to the basket and brought him down with a horse collar tackle.

Not a lot more to say about this one:  With a short bench and a game last night, the Bobcats could not hold onto their early lead or even their late lead (still double digits entering the 4th), letting the Jazz make them their 5th straight opponent to surrender a double-digit second half lead.  So at least the Cats are not alone in their struggles with this group.  Do you think Jazz fans have taken to tuning in after halftime?