Saturday, Dec. 22: Charlotte Bobcats 88, Denver Nuggets 110
Interior defense was a big issue for the Bobcats in this one, as Nuggets frontcourt players Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried, and Javale McGee combined to score 45 points on 28 field goal attempts. Byron Mullens went down with an injury in the fourth quarter, and Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer reports he could be out “weeks, if not months.”
Wednesday, Dec. 26: Miami Heat 105, Charlotte Bobcats 92
Charlotte nearly managed to overcome a 55-38 halftime deficit against the defending champs, eventually cutting the Heat’s lead to two points early in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t enough, though, as Miami kicked in the afterburners and pulled away for the 13-point win. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade was later suspended a game after appearing to intentionally kick Ramon Sessions in the groin. Queen City Hoops’ Spencer Percy had pre-game coverage from the arena.
Friday, Dec. 28: Charlotte Bobcats 81, Brooklyn Nets 97
The Bobcats were down by 18 points after the first quarter, and couldn’t make up any ground. Brook Lopez was the big performer for the Nets, scoring 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting. The loss dropped the Bobcats’ road record to 2-11.
Saturday, Dec. 29: New Orleans Hornets 98, Charlotte Bobcats 95
This game should have been the one that broke the Bobcats’ depressing losing streak; instead, a second-half collapse extended the skid to 18 games. The Bobcats pushed their lead to 21 points during the first half, but the Hornets made up most of that deficit with a 33-16 third quarter. Looking for a bright side? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got the better of his college teammate, No. 1 pick Anthony Davis. MKG scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 26 minutes of action. Davis ended the game with eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Links of Note:
The Week in Bobcats took a holiday break, so this section includes links from the past two weeks.
–Ben Swanson at Rufus on Fire took a look at Kemba’s scoring by quarter, and drew some interesting conclusions.
–Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney wrote about Walker’s ability to split defenders. (Scroll down for the relevant portion.)
–Aaron McGuire’s always-excellent Player Capsule series at Gothic Ginobili touched on Tyrus Thomas and former Bobcat D.J. White.
–Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is not a very good artist.