Three road losses this week dropped the Bobcats’ record away from Charlotte to 5-17.
Monday, Jan. 28: Charlotte Bobcats 85, Chicago Bulls 93
The Bobcats have been surprisingly competitive against the Bulls this year, including a surprise win on Dec. 31. They fell short in this one, but still managed to keep things interesting. Charlotte tied the game late in the third quarter, and made a run late in the final frame, but couldn’t overcome shooting 39.5 percent from the field. Chicago’s defense is as good as advertised, unfortunately.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Charlotte Bobcats 78, San Antonio Spurs 102
On the flip side, the Spurs have absolutely dismantled the Bobcats this year. In two games, San Antonio has won by a combined 54 points and averaged 55.3 percent shooting. In the end, there’s not much to say about this one — a very, very good team ran a very, very bad team out of the gym.
Saturday, Feb. 2: Charlotte Bobcats 95, Houston Rockets 109
This one was closer than the final score makes it look, with the Bobcats holding a five-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter, but the end result was secondary to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s terrifying injury. While attempting to make a block on a Spurs fast break, MKG took a knee to the back of the head from a trailing Jeff Taylor. He appeared to be knocked out cold for several minutes, finally being carted off on a stretcher and in a neck brace. Kidd-Gilchrist was eventually diagnosed with a concussion, but managed to avoid any additional head or neck injuries. According to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer, he’ll likely miss the next few games while he recovers.
Links of note:
— ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that the Bobcats are one of several teams interested in signing former No. 1 pick Greg Oden. Queen City Hoops examined the pros and cons, and tried to estimate the ideal contract for someone with Oden’s injury history.
— Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named to the player pool for All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, aka the rookie-sophomore game. With the game less than two weeks away, it’s unclear whether MKG will be healthy enough to participate. He shouldn’t push himself unless he feel 100 percent.
— Bobcats executive Rod Higgins sent out a letter to season ticket holders hinting that the team would be open to pursuing a max-contract free agent this summer. The team will likely have the cap space, or close to it, but a lot depends on who’s available and willing to sing in Charlotte. The team desperately needs more talent, but handing out a max contract just to hand out a max contract is never a good idea.
— Hardwood Paroxysm’s Derek James named MKG as the most exciting rookie to watch in one of the site’s mid-season roundtables.
— Rufus On Fire’s Seerat Sohi took a look at what effect Rudy Gay’s trade to Toronto might have on the Bobcats.
— ESPN’s Chad Ford updated his draft board on Jan. 30, if you’ve been looking ahead to the offseason. Kansas SG Ben McLemore continues to rise on draft boards, and could be a consensus No. 1 overall pick by the end of the season.