Apparently getting embarrassed in Orlando, Denver and Los Angeles wasn’t enough. The Charlotte Bobcats, missing captain Stephen Jackson, made it a perfect 4-for-4 of disgrace on their road trip, being trampled by the Portland Trail Blazers 93-69. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 16 points, and that’s all you need to say to know it was a bad night.
If there was a worse way for this game to have gone, I’m not sure what it is. Star player is injured, your team loses, and opposing team’s star sits the entire fourth quarter. In a rivalry that your team has dominated. Yup, that’s about all I can say for tonight’s Charlotte Bobcats loss in Los Angeles.
After the trades of co-captain Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed yesterday, and the requisite waiving of Sherron Collins, Dominic McGuire and Derrick Brown, the Charlotte Bobcats entered tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings with eight players in uniform. Stephen Jackson, DJ Augustin and Gerald Henderson made sure that wasn’t a problem.
The Bobcats, coming off a very large win over the Lakers, traveled to Chicago for another back-to-back game. The ‘Cats squared off against the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls. Tired legs showed for the ‘Cats, but they managed to keep the game close going into the third quarter down by only five points. The Bulls rolled off an 8-0 against the ‘Cats after a couple of minutes into the fourth to pull ahead by 13. But tired legs finally caught up with the Bobcats, that and turn overs, short shots, and defensive lapses over the last six minutes gave the Bulls 106-94 win over the ‘Cats.
There have been many Charlotte games when Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson had off nights and fans hoped other players would step-up, most of the time that never happens, but tonight the ‘Cats had four players scoring in double figures – Jackson was one, but three Bobcats not named Jackson or Wallace helped on the offensive end. Boris Diaw, 18 points, Gerald Henderson, 22 points, and Shaun Livingston, 13 points, all stepped up offensively but it was obvious the ‘Cats were tired. The Bobcats had too many turn overs, 14, missed too many three point attempts, 2-11, and gave up too many points behind the arc to the Bulls, 7-14. Charlotte was also out-rebounded by the Bulls, 38-36. It was a tough loss for Charlotte on a night they could have gained ground against a Pacer team that lost to the Heat 110-103.