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 Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Philadelphia 76ers last night behind an amazing offensive outburst by DJ Augustin in the first half and some clutch jump shooting late in the 4th quarter by Gerald Henderson. My question is this: If Larry Brown watched this game last night, What must he have thought? Here is one guy that he tormented constantly when he was coach, looking unstoppable in the first half, and here is another guy that could barely get on the court while he was head coach, hitting clutch jumpers late in crunch time to seal the deal for the Cats.
Well lucky readers, We here at BobcatsPlanet have managed to procure video of what LB did to his television set after watching the events that took place in last night’s game:
Judging from that video, it was time for Brown to upgrade anyway.
New Orleans is another one of those good teams, coming into last night’s game 24-16, that the Bobcats have to beat. Well, they had a chance but squandered it by regressing. Too often last night the ‘Cats fell into old habits of complaining, protesting calls, slowing down the offense and allowing easy baskets off of turnovers. Biggest single example? Tyrus Thomas giving the ol’ crook of the arm to former Bobcat Emeka Okafor. The play resulted in T-Time’s ejection, 2 shots for Okafor (which he made…go figure) and the ball for the Hornets. 81-77 when the rebound occured and 85-77 at the end of that exchange. Two and a half minutes to go in the game and one act of stupidity results in an additional 4 points that the offending party wouldn’t be around to help get back.
When you are chatting away with a bunch of friends while watching the Bobcats get an overtime win over the Timberwolves, a lot of strange topics tend to come up. While in the BCP Chat Room last night we had in depth discussions on the following topics:
- If DJ Augustin shaved his head, He would probably look quite a bit like The Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. He may want to get out the hair clippers and give that new look a try.
- “Jack at the half”? No one else with the Bobcats found that hilarious when they came up with that segment name?
- Eduardo Najera has a new nickname, he will now simply be known as “The Machete”
- Speaking of nicknames, how do you like Kwamegeddon!!! That gem is courtesy of Proudiddy.
- On Kevin Love’s MVP chants that he was receiving last night: “MVP chants, really, are they still serving drinks during OT?“
Well, today’s been an interesting day, hasn’t it? I was in the middle of a nap before heading to work this evening when my phone exploded, right around 4 o’clock. Just Monday I posted on my facebook that “All I want for Christmas is Larry Brown to be fired.” Well, Santa seemed to be in a giving mood this week, because Christmas came early!
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.”