The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 95-82 at the Cable Box on Monday night to improve to 5-2 under coach Paul Silas and 14-21 overall. Stephen Jackson led the way with 27 points (11-23 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals as the Bobcats continued to play without injured starters Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed.
Beyond the continued renaissance of the Bobcats under Paul Silas (albeit against marginal competition) and the general listlessness of the Grizzlies (how have they won 17 games?) the other big story was the weather.
Charlotte was hit with six inches of snow Monday, which is more than enough to shut this city down. As the snow transitioned to sleet and then rain this afternoon, I decided to venture out to the game. Not many others did.
The Bobcats pulled the curtains on the upper deck and invited everyone down to the lower bowl. I settled into some sweet club seats along with about 1000 other fans. It’s always takes me about a quarter to adjust to the view whenever I don’t sit in my regular seats — tonight it was doubly weird with the curtains drawn on the upper deck and the sparseness of the crowd.
But a good time was had by all. The crowd seemed to appreciate the extraordinary nature of the proceedings and cheered extra loudly. The hecklers had a field day (primary targets: Zach Randolph and Boris Diaw). And the Bobcats complied by taking care of business on their home court much like they did during last year’s run to the playoffs.
- A quick look at the East standings after the game provides a (weak) argument for not blowing the team up/rebuilding. With the win, the Bobcats are percentage points out of the 8th playoff spot and only 1 game back in the loss column from the 7th spot.
- Quintessential Boris Diaw night: 40 minutes, 6 points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3PT), 9 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 turnovers, great defense on Zach Randolph, and several moments of superficially lackadaisical play that had some fans pulling their hair out.
- Tyrus Thomas fouled out in 17 super-aggressive minutes — got a big hand when he left because of the 4 blocks he had. Speaking of, can you imagine if you could give Boris some of Ty’s athleticism? Or give Ty some of Boris’s savvy/pace/control? Can we combine them? Scientists?
- Next game is Wednesday night at the Cable Box against the Bulls, who are 25-12 overall, but only 8-9 on the road.