Sometimes you dig a hole so deep that no matter how you fight, you simply can’t climb your way out of it.
The Charlotte Bobcats found themselves in exactly that type of situation on Saturday night. In the first half the Bobcats allowed the Bucks to repeatedly knock down shots from the perimeter and allowed Andrew Bogut to get anything that he wanted in the paint. That first half from a Bobcats fan’s perspective was very disturbing ( a little like this ) and what it led to was a 54-39 deficit.
After letting the Bucks lead build to 20 points early in the 3rd period, the Bobcats turned the game around and produced a completely different level of effort. A large part of this turnaround was one of our new Bobcats Tyrus Thomas. Tyrus posted his first double-double in a Bobcats uniform with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 huge blocked shots. His energy level on the defensive end of the court was amazing. If he keeps this up, it’s only a matter of time before he works his way into the starting lineup.
In the 4th, behind a huge defensive effort by Thomas and some timely offense by Stephen Jackson ( 35 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists ) the Bobcats managed to whittle the lead down to 3 points and had an opportunity to tie it on a Boris Diaw three point attempt, but unfortunately for us it clanked off the rim.
This loss puts the Bobcats in a very precarious position. we are currently 8th position in the race for the playoffs, but following last night we are only 1 game ahead of the Bucks and they now hold a 2-1 lead in the season series. Each and every one of our final 28 games is going to be critical.
Next up the L.A. Clippers