Charlotte Bobcats vs Bucks, 12/28/09
Seriously, I’m Running Out Of Angles Here
The Charlotte Bobcats get another solid win on the home floor Monday night, 94-84 over the struggling Milwaukee Bucks. AP recap here, box score here. The Cats are now 11-4 at home; but their dismal 1-13 road record has them at just 12-17 overall. The Bucks have now lost 14 out of their last 18 to drop to a matching 12-17.
The Cats took control in the second quarter with excellent defense and cruised to a 22 point halftime lead. Scott Skiles, unhappy with the Bucks’ first half performance, benched starters Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd in the second half. Redd, in particular, looked awful. I have to wonder if he’s done. In looking at his game log, I’m surprised to see he went for 32 points against the Wiz last week — he looks like he’d have trouble mustering double digits.
The Bucks made a bit of a run in the fourth quarter but never seriously threatened. The Cats outshot and outrebounded the Bucks by just a bit, and kept their turnovers a bit lower than the season average.
The Cats were led by Gerald Wallace, who finished with 21 points (7-13 FG, 7-9 FT), 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Pretty much your standard Gerald Wallace game. Raymond Felton continued his solid play with 11 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3PT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists and no turnovers. Steven Graham had a nice game off the bench with 11 points in 18 minutes.
Gana Diop deserves special mention. With Tyson Chandler out, Nazr Mohammed deservedly got the starting nod again. However, Nazr had to sit early with two fouls and Gana was pressed into early and extensive action. Gana acquitted himself well with 7 points on 3-4 FG with 3 rebounds and a block in 12 minutes. He even hit a free throw. Of course, he airballed another — that’s our Gana!
- The dichotomy between the Bobcats’ home and road records continues to mystify. At 11-4, the home record is better than Dallas or Boston’s. But the 1-13 road record is only bested (worsted?) by the abysmal New Jersey Nets. The only other team with a similar split is New Orleans: the Hornets are 11-3 at home, 2-12 on the road.
- Speaking of dichotomies: how is it that Brandon Jennings couldn’t get any playing time last year in Italy, yet he is essentially running a decent NBA team this year? Even though he’s hit the rookie wall pretty hard and a bit early, dude is still a player.
- Luke Ridnour and Micheal Cera — separated at birth?
- Gerald Henderson really should be sent to the D-League to get some regular playing time. He’s not getting any regular minutes now, and when he does get some garbage time, really seems to be pressing.
- Next game is Wednesday night in Toronto, 7 PM ET start. This would seem like a good opportunity for the Cats to get a road win, as the Bobcats manhandled the soft Raptors in their first meeting back in October. However, that game was in Charlotte, and the Raptors are on a season-best 4 game win streak right now.