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Recap: Bobcats vs Thunder, game 28

Boxscore of Charlotte Bobcats and Oklahoma City Thunder – 12/21/2010

Score: 99-81 Oklahoma City
Bobcats record: 9-19
Offensive Efficiency: 91.0
Defensive Efficiency: 106.5
Meritorious Player:
Boris Diaw? It feels rather empty to denote someone as “meritorious” when there was so little merit to the Bobcats’ performance. 13 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds for Boris. There – it’s done.

How does a team go from up 1 entering the fourth quarter to losing by 18? The Bobcats provided a nice illustrated guide last night – here’s your opportunity to learn from them. First up, a shot chart showing the Bobcats attempts for the fourth quarter – notice the large number of jumpers without a single make.  That’s dedication.

Shot Chart for the 4th quarter of the Bobcats and Thunder Game

Bobcats vs Thunder - 4th Quarter Shot Chart

To help further illustrate the futility of the Bobcats offense in the 4th quarter, here is their offensive possessions from the start of the quarter, when they led by 1, until about 3 minutes remain, when they were down by 19.

11:15 71-69 Tyrus Thomas misses 16-foot jumper
10:33 73-69 Stephen Jackson misses 25-foot three point jumper
09:56 75-69 Tyrus Thomas misses 6-foot jumper
09:55 75-69 Charlotte offensive team rebound
09:41 75-69 Derrick Brown misses layup
09:02 75-70 Stephen Jackson makes free throw 1 of 2
09:02 75-71 Stephen Jackson makes free throw 2 of 2
08:22 77-71 Stephen Jackson misses 16-foot two point shot
08:00 79-71 Stephen Jackson bad pass (Nick Collison steals)
07:47 81-71 Tyrus Thomas misses free throw 1 of 2
07:47 81-72 Tyrus Thomas makes free throw 2 of 2
07:05 84-72 Tyrus Thomas misses 16-foot jumper
06:33 84-72 Tyrus Thomas bad pass (Kevin Durant steals)
06:01 86-72 Boris Diaw misses 25-foot three point jumper
06:00 86-72 Charlotte offensive team rebound
05:43 86-72 D.J. Augustin misses 25-foot three point jumper
05:05 86-72 Stephen Jackson bad pass (Nick Collison steals)
04:54 86-72 Derrick Brown lost ball (Nick Collison steals)
04:26 89-72 Stephen Jackson lost ball (Russell Westbrook steals)
04:05 91-72 Stephen Jackson misses layup
04:03 91-72 Derrick Brown offensive rebound
03:59 91-72 Boris Diaw misses 17-foot two point shot
03:15 91-72 Sherron Collins misses two point shot

Items of note:  5 turnovers, only 3 free throws made, and 2 of their offensive rebounds were the lucky kind – team rebounds,  where the ball gets knocked out of bounds and the fate of possession rests in a higher power’s hands (in this case, referees).

Maybe if the rest of my day puts me in a better mood, I’ll go back and highlight some of the good from the first three quarters of this encounter. No promises, though.