The Bobcats reached a new low in their 93-62 blowout loss to the Boston Celtics Saturday night at the Cable Box. Quite literally the 63 points represents the Cats lowest output this season, and overall it’s hard to imagine things getting much worse than this.
You knew it was going to be a rough night offensively for the Cats, going up against Boston’s D. Early on, though, it appeared as if the Celtics might have an equally rough night. Both teams struggled to get and make shots as the Celtics limped to a 20-16 lead after the first quarter.
However, the Celtics were eventually able to cobble together some buckets from Kevin Garnett and their bench into a respectable evening. But the Bobcats regressed further and further; inasmuch as its possible to regress from a 16 point opening quarter. Thus, the Celtics ‘respectable evening’ turned into a complete demolition of the Bobcats.
For the game, the Cats shot 33.8% (including 1-11 3PT), were outrebounded 48-38, gave up 21 turnovers, and had 10 of their shots blocked. They continued to struggle from the free throw line to boot, hitting only 13-23.
It’s one thing to shoot poorly and commit more turnovers than usual against one of the best defenses in the league; but the other stuff (being badly outrebounded, having shots blocked and missing free throws) is indicative of the deeper issues that are engulfing this team.
Rick Bonnell wondered if the Friday night loss to the Pacers was the “beginning of the end” for Larry Brown in Charlotte. After tonight, you have to wonder if we’re closer to the end, period.
The body language is bad team-wide. No one has any confidence in their offensive game. The effort on the defensive end is not there. The two leaders, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, are not leading. Essentially, the Bobcats appear to have checked out on Larry Brown and each other.
Meanwhile, the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have picked up again, and again the Bobcats are rumored to be on the periphery of the discussions. ESPN’s Chris Broussard’s source describes Michael Jordan’s attempt to get Carmelo as an effort “to save the Bobcats’ season.”
In a similar vein, it’s been reported that in the wake of this blowout, Michael Jordan addressed the team in the locker room after the game.
The shakeup is coming soon, folks.
- The Bobcats MVP for the night has to be Tyrus Thomas, who sat out the game with a pulled quad muscle, but looked surprisingly dapper in a two-tone grey suit with tie. I say surprisingly because I would have guessed that Tyrus would be more inclined to go with the Sean May benchwear look (baggy jeans, baggy untucked shirt, oversized jacket). But no, Tyrus went all GQ.
- On a serious note, Nazr Mohammed probably had the best game of any Bobcat (14 points on 7-11 shooting, 5 rebounds). The Celtics were down to their fourth string center, rookie Semih Erden, and Nazr took him to school a bit in the first half. However, in a curious move, Larry Brown sat Nazr in favor of Kwame Brown for much the second half because of Nazr’s three fouls. So Nazr, the most effective Bobcat tonight, ended the game with only 17 minutes. What are you saving him for?
- It pains me to have to write this, but Gerald Wallace looks awful. 2-15 FG tonight — all bricks, charges and getting his shots blocked. If Gerald was more diabolical, I’d wonder if he was trying to force a trade or get his coach fired. He’s not that way (at least I don’t think so) so I have to think simply that he’s particularly affected by the funk that the whole team is in.
- DJ was brutal tonight: 0-8 FG with 4 turnovers.
- Next game is Tuesday; the Raptors will be in town for a 7PM start.