It was a light week of action in Charlotte, with just two games, but the Bobcats’ first win since Nov. 24 made things a little brighter.
Monday, Dec. 31: Charlotte Bobcats 91, Chicago Bulls 81
The Bobcats closed out a dismal December with their only win of the month. It was an ugly game, but Charlotte took advantage of a poor shooting night from Chicago and some lackadaisical defense. Four Bobcats scored 15 points or more, and Jeff Adrien nearly had a double-double in 23 minutes, with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Friday, Jan. 4: Cleveland Cavaliers 106, Charlotte Bobcats 104
Charlotte was this close to a winning streak, but Kyrie Irving is Kyrie Irving. The Bobcats came back from a 14-point halftime deficit with an unusual lineup, playing Gerald Henderson, Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions and Jeff Taylor for the entire fourth quarter. They managed to tie the game at 104 with around 15 seconds left, but couldn’t stop a game-clinching mid-range jumper from Irving. Queen City Hoops’ Spencer Percy did a terrific job breaking down some of Charlotte’s defensive lapses late in the game.
Links of note:
— Sam Amico at Fox Sports Ohio reported via Twitter that the Bobcats had put together a trade proposal for DeMarcus Cousins (which the team later denied). Queen City Hoops held a round table to discuss the potential trade, and whether Cousins was worth pursuing. An addendum tackled some questions from the comment sections.
— Ramon Sessions had a brief Q+A with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He offered his thoughts on the Bobcats, this year’s Lakers, and his time in Cleveland.