Charlotte started the week off right with a road victory in Detroit, then dropped a few winnable games, with three losses in four nights.
Sunday, Jan. 6: Charlotte Bobcats 108, Detroit Pistons 101, OT
A strong game on the boards from Bismack Biyombo (17 rebounds) and 20 points from Kemba Walker helped give the Bobcats their fourth road victory of the season. Tyrus Thomas played the hero in overtime, scoring six of the team’s 12 points in the extra session.
Wednesday, Jan. 9: Utah Jazz 112, Charlotte Bobcats 102
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap beat up on the Charlotte frontcourt in a game that was never particularly close. Despite a solid night on offense (47 percent from the floor), the Bobcats’ defense was a catastrophe. Utah shot 54 percent overall and 46 percent from three-point range.
Friday, Jan. 11: Charlotte Bobcats 78, Toronto Raptors 99
What better way to spend a Friday night than watching a crushing blowout against Toronto? The Bobcats were down 13 points after the first quarter, and failed to win any quarter during the game. All 13 active players saw the court for Charlotte, which shot 37 percent from the field.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Charlotte Bobcats 88, Indiana Pacers 96
The Bobcats had a little more fight in them for this one. Gerald Henderson was reinserted into the starting lineup and came out firing, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half. Charlotte led by two at halftime, but saw their lead slip away as the Pacers built a 48-38 advantage on the boards.
Links of note:
– Mathew took a look at some of the Bobcats’ most common lineups to see how they fared.
– Brett analyzed the team’s wins this year to find out the type of opponent Charlotte is having success against.
– James Herbert had a nice piece at SB Nation on Kemba Walker and his leadership through the losses.
– Rick Bonnell at The Charlotte Observer points out the similarities between the Sacramento Kings’ current situation and the final years of the Charlotte Hornets.
– ESPN’s Marc Stein has an update on the latest NBA trade chatter. It’s unlikely the Bobcats will be involved in major deals at the deadline, but it can’t hurt to keep on eye on who’s available.
– It isn’t Bobcats-related, but Jonathan Abrams had a great long-form feature at Grantland on the NBA twilights of Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. Who doesn’t want to read 7000+ words about those two?