Charlotte Bobcats vs. Celtics, 12/1/09
Undo “4 Game Win Streak”
The Charlotte Bobcats were defeated by the Boston Celtics, 108-90, on Tuesday night at the Cable Box. AP story here, box score here. The Bobcats had their 4-game win streak rudely broken in the process of falling to 7-10 overall. Everything that had gone well in said streak seemed to go to pot in this one, as the Celtics outplayed the Cats in every facet of the game.
This one was close for the first couple minutes, as Stephen Jackson posted up Ray Allen for an easy score on the Cats first possession. But soon after, Ray Allen hit two threes and Gerald Wallace picked up two fouls and the game was never the same. Wallace sat the rest of the first half while the Celtics developed a 20 point lead that the Cats would never meaningfully dent. Obviously, it’s more important in Larry Brown’s mind’s eye to not pick up a third first half foul than it is to prevent a blowout from developing.
(Inexplicably, after sitting Wallace while the game was being decided in the second quarter, Brown left him out there late into the fourth quarter, guarding Garnett, while down 20 points, risking injury — someone please explain this to me).
With Wallace derailed by foul trouble/LB’s refusal to put him back in the game, Stephen Jackson couldn’t get the offense going either. He was busy getting run through screen after screen by Ray Allen, who went on to shoot 6-9 FG/5-6 3PT/10-10 FT for 27 points, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists to boot.
The stats aren’t pretty: the Cats shot 40% overall, 18% from 3PT and 69% from FT, while the Cs shot 55%, 59% and 90% respectively. The Cats were outrebounded 38-34 and out-assisted 24-13. Poor effort tonight, which was really disappointing after last week’s improved play.
I tweeted something to this effect during the game, and it bears noting again. The Bobcats are a very good defensive team under Larry Brown, one of the best in the league, in fact. But the Celtics are on a whole other level defensively — the Cats literally couldn’t get anything going.
- Nazr was probably the most effective offensive weapon for the Bobcats tonight, going 6-10 from the field for 16 points (we’ll try to ignore the four missed free throws). Plus, Naz stepped up in Garnett’s face after drawing a tough offensive foul against him.
- The fading of DJ Augustin continues to be most concerning to me.
- Decent minutes for Gerald Henderson in the blowout win. He hit 2-4 shots for 5 points in 13 minutes.
- Next game is Friday night at New Jersey, followed by a back-to-back Saturday night in Charlotte against the 76ers.