The Bobcats vs. the Celtics 3/3/10
I started to worry after one pregame tape I watched in which ‘Cats Coach Larry Brown said Celtics Coach Doc Rivers must be glad to see the Bobcats on the schedule. The Celtics have had difficulties at home losing seven of the last twelve home games. Coach Brown said that the Bobcats must appear to Coach Rivers as a “cupcake” game that would help them get back on track at home. Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, that appears to be exactly what happened. I’m always concerned when coaches have to call their teams out because, more often than not, the teams do not respond in a positive manner. I can’t blame Coach Brown – the Bobcats have not played well since the All-Star break – but the team played like a “cupcake” rather than a play-off team. Coach Brown’s brother, coach Herb Brown, indicated in another pregame interview that Larry Brown has let the players know what is at stake, a play-off berth, and lets them know often.
The Bobcats fell behind by as many as seventeen points early against the Celtics. The ‘Cats defense was “not bad” but they could not score with any consistency. You have to hope that there will not be too many games that the top-two Bobcats scorers, S. Jackson and G. Wallace, will shoot a miserable 5-15 (33.3%) and the team shoot 36% from the field. The Celtics played very good defense but 36% shooting is wretched for a team looking for a play-off berth. Another concern has to be the lack of maturity that newly acquired forward Tyrus Thomas displayed. Players are fouled in the NBA, some called and some not called, and all NBA players have to learn to deal with the fouls not called by the referees. Thomas, after one non-call, proceeded to vent his frustration by intentionally fouling a Celtic player, and receiving a technical foul for good measure. Another play by Thomas when time was running out could have easily resulted in a flagrant-foul call – Thomas fouled S. Williams and it was difficult to see if he made a play for the ball or Williams’ head. I imagine it is difficult for the ‘Cats players to deal with the three lop-sided loses to the Celtics this year, but both these plays indicated to me Thomas still needs to work at becoming a more mature player.
The loss leaves the Bobcats in ninth position in the Eastern Conference, three games below (.500), with a (28-31) record.
The game finally ended!
D. Brown and G. Henderson had playing time.
DJ Augustine had a solid game off the bench but shooting (33.3%) remains a concern.
Tyrus Thomas lack of maturity.
S. Jackson and G. Wallace combined 33.3% shooting from the field.
Team shot 36% from the field.
Next game for the Bobcats: Friday 3/5/10 7:00pm vs. LA Lakers