The Charlotte Bobcats fell on the road to the Pistons, 97-90, on Friday night to drop to 1-4. Only a few games into the season and it seems like we’re already beating a dead horse: turnovers. The Bobcats had 22 of them (compared to the Pistons 12) which completely negated their 55% to 43% shooting advantage.
- The Cats got off to another slow start in this one, playing soft D and allowing the Pistons to build a 41-19 lead just a few minutes into the second quarter. Nazr Mohammed continues to underwhelm, and was benched for the second half in favor of a small lineup.
- Another concerning stat: the usually aggressive Bobcats only got to the line 11 times; while the Pistons earned 27 free throws (and made all but one).
- The Cats comeback in the second half was OK. Derrick Brown and DJ Augustin both played pretty well; each hit a couple of big threes to keep the Cats hanging around.
- And Stephen Jackson had his best game of the season, pouring in 28 points on 12-19 FG/4-8 3PT. But he also had a team-high 6 turnovers.
- To hammer home the turnover issue a little further, the league average looks to be around 15 per game. At the beginning of the night, the Kings lead the league in fewest turnovers per game at 11.8 per; the Timberwolves give up the most at 20 per. The Bobcats are the second worst at 18.3 per game; obviously that number will creep a bit higher after tonite’s 22.