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Recap: Bobcats vs Timberwolves, Game 11

Boxscore of Timberwolves and Bobcats – 11/15/2010
Score: 113-110 Charlotte
Bobcats record: 4-7
Offensive Efficiency: 113.0
Defensive Efficiency: 107.8
Meritorious Player: Tyrus Thomas – though with maybe more hesitation than you would expect. Tyrus put in 20 points on just 11 field goal attempts, making 8, plus 4 of 7 on the freebies. T-Time also led the Cats in rebounds, blocks, steals, and +/-, with 10, 4, 2, and +12 respectively. Oh, and another category, and the cause of my reticence – turnovers, with 7. That means a full third of the possessions Tyrus used last night ended in turnovers, making this a little less clear cut than it other wise would have been.

Another surprise? I seriously considered Boris Diaw, for one simple reason – Kevin Love had just 2 offensive rebounds last night and Boris aggressive face-guarding of Love on that end was a big part of it. Kevin Love was on the court, with an opportunity at 30 offensive rebounds, but collected just 2. For the season, his offensive rebounding rate is over 16%, meaning he was expected to grab nearly 5. Three fewer second chance opportunities for Minnesota in what would up as a one-possession game – nice work, Boris. Last piece of kudos for Boris: Seven rebounds of his own in just under 25 minutes is not too shabby either.

Some more numbers of note:

  • D.J. finished the game 1 point from a double-double, with 9 points and 11 assists, against just 1 turnover.
  • Gerald Wallace finished the game with 26 points, but only 10 field goal attempts, giving him the high scoring game of the season for a player with 10 or fewer field goal attempts (Crash made his living at the line, going 17 of 19)
  • Shaun Livingston had his best all-around game as a Bobcat, with 3 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in 14 minutes, though the Cats continued to struggle with him on the court, as it was his 4th straight game with a negative +/-.
  • Kwame Brown made a spectacularly goggled first appearance for the Cats.  3 was the magic number as he had 3 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 blocks in his 11 minute debut.

Final thoughts:
After watching the Cats blow a double digit lead first-hand against the Jazz, it was quite satisfying to see them erase a 9-point deficit against the Wolves. Less satisfying was that there was a 9-point deficit to erase. Part of the can be attributed to a surprisingly hot start from Darko Milicic and then Beasley catching fire in the second quarter. But once those two slowed down, the Bobcats never pulled away as expected and instead gave up a few too many open looks from deep and found themselves in big trouble. Credit the defense and some timely shooting of their own for the Bobcats pulling this one out (oh, and maybe a bit of help from the refs not whistling Stephen Jackson’s overly aggressive defense of Minnesota’s final shot).