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Recap: Bobcats vs Raptors, Game 8

Boxscore of Raptors and Bobcats – 11/10/2010
Score: 101-96 Bobcats
Bobcats record: 2-6
Offensive Efficiency: 109.8
Defensive Efficiency: 105.5
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace – 19 points on 6 of 14 from the floor – but makes up for that ineffective shooting with 7 of 10 at the stripe. 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, and 1 steal. A swiss army knife kind of game for Crash.

Good news: The Bobcats starters were a positive last night. Specifically, the starters had a positive +/- for only the second time this season – see below:

Date Opp +/-
10/27 Dallas -22
10/29 Indiana -4
10/30 Milwaukee -5
11/03 New Jersey +9
11/05 Detroit -9
11/06 Orlando -11
11/08 San Antonio -2
11/10 Toronto +7

Yeah – it just so happens that the Bobcats have won the two games when their starters bested the competition.  I won’t say the Bobcats have to have that to win – with an increasingly dynamic bench in Tyrus Thomas, Derrick Brown, Gerald Henderson, Shaun Livingston, and the defensive presence of DeSagana Diop, the Cats have one of their better benches (albeit in a fairly brief and in-illustrious history).  Mainly, it’s nice because now when I go to the Bobcats stats page – the most used lineup is slightly less brutal to look at – their net efficiency is up to -30.2 points per 100 possessions in 92 minutes, from -39.2 prior to last night’s action.

Speaking of that dynamic bench, Tyrus Thomas and Gerald Henderson provided a big spark for the Bobcats last night.  Henderson had 10 on 5 fga and 6 fta in just 19 minutes, plus 5 rebounds and a steal.  Tyrus?  Instant offense – and when it really counted, coming largely in the 4th, as the Bobcats came back.  14 points for TT in just 21 minutes, plus 4 rebounds and 5 blocks.  That’s five multi-block games already this season for Thomas, as he currently averages 1.9 game (and 3.5 per 40 minutes).  That’s just outside the top-10, with Tyrus sitting at 12th in the league in blocks per game, while playing fewer minutes per night than any man ahead of him.

Last couple of notes: Turnovers – as noted in the preview, the Cats had a good chance to make something happen with turnovers.  They did – forcing 17.  Unfortunately, they returned the favor with 17 of their own.  Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson continued to lead the way, with 6 and 4 respectively.  Stephen Jackson is currently tied for 8th in the league at 4 per game – Boris is far enough down the list that I don’t feel like counting – averaging 2.6 per.  A way of life with this group of players – but worth watching anyway.