Charlotte Bobcats vs Hornets, 2/6/10
No Chris Paul? No Probl– Oh Hey Darren Collison
The Bobcats came in on a couple of days rest after a modestly successful (3-3) West Coast road trip. The Hornets came in a night after dropping the first game of a back-to-back and with major injury problems. With Chris Paul already out for several weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery and pleasant rookie surprise Marcus Thornton on the shelf with a sore back, the Hornets had to sign former Bobcats and all-around NBA journeyman Jason Hart to a 10-day recently.
It was a perfect opportunity for the Bobcats to get back on track after the road trip and post another home win — and the Bobcats acted like it was just going to happen. But the defensive effort was rather lacking, no one could get it cooking on the offensive end, and Darren Collison did a pretty good Chris Paul impression to give the Hornets the unlikely win.
Collison was rather impressive in setting a new career high with 24 points on 9-17 FG, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. He was frequently able to get by the Bobcats’ perimeter defenders and finish at the rim. And after Stephen Jackson had cut the Hornets’ lead to 102-99 with 30 seconds left, it was another driving layup that secured the win and gave Collison his career high.
Never mind the questionable strategic call to not start fouling to extend the game at that point, the fact that the Bobcats didn’t defend or play with energy for the entire game is the more concerning issue here. Let’s hope it was a one-game aberration and not a trend.
- I didn’t get to the game in time for the “town-hall meeting” for season ticket holders, but was just in time to snag a Gerald Wallace action figure — pretty boss.
- The real life Gerald had a quiet game — maybe still bothered by the hamstring?
- The Cats missed 9 free throws (Flip missed 4 in the fourth quarter alone). If we’d hit half of those, we might be talking about how the Cats scrapped their way to a win even on an off night instead of this gloominess.
- The Hornets were resplendent in their alternate “Mardi Gras” uniforms — seriously, those things are cool.
- Emeka Okafor got a nice hand from the Cable Box crowd, and had a pretty Emeka kind of game: 16 points on 6-10 FG with 7 rebounds.
- Poor game from Boris: 2-9 FG and looked timid as hell on the offensive end, passing up shots and committing turnovers. Someone needs to show him some tape of Magic Johnson taking and making big shots.
- Decent night for DJ: 13 points on 5-6 FG and 5 assists off the bench.
- DNP-CD for Derrick Brown tonight — strange, when we could have used a spark out there. Maybe LB was worried about him having to guard David West?
- Next game is Tuesday night, hosting the Wiz at 7 PM ET.