The Bobcats handily defeated the Toronto Raptors, 114-101, on Tuesday night at the Cable Box. DJ Augustin led the way with 23 points and 8 assists/o turnovers, while Gerald Wallace relentlessly drove at Toronto’s weak interior defenders en route to 14-15 FTs and 20 points.
The Bobcats took the lead late in the first quarter and never looked back. They stretched the lead out to double digits in the second and nearly out to 20 briefly in the third. A meaningless Raptors rally cut the Cats lead to 11 midway through the fourth before Gerald Wallace closed the door for good by getting to the line for 5-6 free throws on three consecutive possessions.
Boris Diaw had a strong game with 16 points (6-10 FG), 9 assists and 4 steals. Gerald Henderson added 15 points (5-11 FG) and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
The Raptors are pretty much a mess, and it starts with their best player. 7’0″ center Andrea Bargnani is about as soft as they come, and his nonexistent defensive ability and effort set the tone for the rest of the young team.
- Stephen Jackson left the game in the third quarter after taking contact and landing awkwardly during a layup. Jackson left the floor limping and holding his left hamstring. He soon returned to the bench, but did not re-enter the game. Jackson said after the game the injury was not a concern and that he could have played if called upon.
- Nazr Mohammed did his best Kevin Love impression, grabbing 14 rebounds in just 24 minutes off the bench.
- Boris capped his night of with a breakaway dunk that was rather out of character. After a feed from DJ, who had stolen the ball in the backcourt, Boris cocked it back behind his head before stuffing it two-handed. I would say that he was inspired by this past weekend’s slam dunk contest, but you and I know there’s no way Boris watched that.
- Weird line for Jerryd Bayless. He was about as relentless going to the rack as Gerald Wallace and had 11-12 FT, but was 0-4 from the field. He also tallied 10 assists, but gave up 4 turnovers and committed 4 fouls.
- The Pacers took care of the Wiz tonight, so maintain their one game lead on the Bobcats for the 8th playoff spot.
- Bobcats don’t play again until Friday night when they host the Kings at the Cable Box, 7 PM ET start. The Kings will be without Tyreke Evans, who is missing time with plantar fasciitis, and Carl Landry, who is about to get traded to the Hornets for Marcus Thornton.
Thoughts at the Trade Deadline
Bonus trade deadline thoughts! Now that the Carmelo deal is done, some other smaller deals are starting to go down. The deadline is at 3 PM ET on Thursday. Several sources have indicated that the Bobcats have been active on the phones.
But Paul Silas has been quoted both Monday and Tuesday as saying that he doesn’t think the Bobcats will be making a trade; his quote from Tuesday made it sound as if the Bobcats had only received ludicrous proposals from other teams: “We’re not just going to give people away and that’s what most teams want you to do.”
That’s basically code for: “You know who we’ve got on the block. We’re ready to deal, but you’re going to have to step your offer up.”
And while I agree that the Bobcats should only trade Gerald Wallace if they get a Godfather offer, and should be pretty picky about giving Boris Diaw up, I wouldn’t be as choosy about a Stephen Jackson trade. I’d jump on a mix of an expiring contract and a draft pick in a heartbeat, but that’s probably not happening.
Whatever the case, despite Silas’s proclamation that “nothing’s happening”, expect to hear the Bobcats continue to come up in deadline buzz over the next day and half.
POLL : What should the Bobcats do at the trade deadline? Total Voters: 53
POLL : What should the Bobcats do at the trade deadline?
Total Voters: 53