Moral victory! Whoooo Hooooo! Kept it between 3-15 points for the entire game. After shooting 0-11 to open the game, it’s quite a feat. I woke this morning and found a new thread here on BobcatsPlanet, “I’m officially done with Larry Brown.” Larry’s schtick has grown tired round these parts. His affinity for middle talent “hard working” players like Dominic McGuire, while players that have a lot of potential, like Derrick Brown or Tyrus Thomas are given fewer minutes. Even the oft maligned Nazr Mohammed is relegated to the bench after a mere 18 minutes. Nazr is third on the team in field goal percentage, Probably brought down from last night’s 0-4 performance. #1 and #2 on that list, Derrick Brown and Boris Diaw respectively.
Last night was a bit of an anomaly. Atlanta is 17-11 on the year, good enough for 5th in the East. They had been without Joe Johnson, their best and highest paid (by a lot) player for the past two and a quarter weeks according to ESPN (what is a quarter of a week? 42 hours, not sure how much work their put into finding out when he went under the knife but, whatever). Losing 3 of their last four, they looked to do what Boston and Memphis did, which was get a big win over the Bobcats. The Bobcats came in without Gerald Wallace, who injured his ankle and was missing his second game. On the surface it looked to be one of those games where you weren’t sure who would show up in what capacity, but I never thought Charlotte would miss their first 11 shots, going scoreless for the first 4 minutes (almost 3 shots per minute, compared to the season average of 1.5 FGA per minute).
Somehow Atlanta never pulled away and DJ Augustin and Boris Diaw kept the ‘Cats in the game with 22 points each. Stephen Jackson went out near the end of the first quarter with some sort of forearm/elbow injury, had x-rays and came back after halftime. His shot was off, hitting on only 3 of his 14 attempts. It was alright, even Larry was a bit cheerful saying “Oh, yeah, I can live with that.” ”You know me, I would never have a problem when we play that hard.”