Score: 100-98 Charlotte
Bobcats record: 8-13
Offensive Efficiency: 108.7
Defensive Efficiency: 105.4
Meritorious Player: Tyrus Thomas – While not other-worldly, an efficiency of 108.7 is pretty solid for the Bobcats. And Tyrus was a big part in that – in just 15 minutes, T-Time had 16 points on 8 attempts from the floor. For total possessions used, he also had 4 free throws, 2 turnovers, and 2 offensive rebounds – so we’ll say 16 points on 12 possessions – a crude estimate, but decent enough – good for 1.33 points per possession. Do the Bobcats pull out this hard fought win without the spark he provided off the bench? Seems unlikely. The Bobcats have their own jumbo-sized version of The Microwave.
Gerald Wallace, D.J. Augustin, and Stephen Jackson could all make claims of their own on the honor, as Tyrus was not alone in having a strong performance:
- D.J. finished with 18 points on 12 attempts, plus 6 assists to 2 turnovers
- Crash had 20 points on 17 attempts (but missed 6 of 11 free throws), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and just 2 turnovers
- Jax got within sniffing distance of another triple double, with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Working against him: Stephen was just 8 of 22 from the field and had 3 turnovers.
- Boris Diaw had a Diaw kind of game, with just 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 turnovers – but he also matched up with Carmelo Anthony some as the Bobcats held Melo to 22 points on 21 attempts with 4 turnovers. That counts for something.
Dominic McGuire got almost 15 minutes, scoring 2 points on 4 attempts. For the season, McGuire is averaging 7.8 points per 40 minutes on 29.4% shooting.
Nazr Mohammed and Kwame Brown saw split minutes, getting 15 and 17 respectively. Neither did anything to distinguish themself: Nazr had just 2 points as the offensive option Center, and with the defensive option, Kwame, on the court, the Bobcats saw their worst defensive efficiency of the night, at 123.3. Yes – a Tyson Chandler comparison is coming soon – why do you ask?