On Friday against the Nuggets, TV commentator Steve Martin announced that it was the 22nd time that Charlotte had allowed 50 points in the paint. I was absolutely shocked to hear this—shocked that it had been only 22 times (the following night against the Pistons made it 23). I could have sworn it was more, because it seems as if everyone from Chris Bosh to Kris Humphries to Kriss Kross has burned the Bobcats down low like a venereal disease.
The Bobcats’ other Achilles heel has been the third quarter, which also reared its ugly, Mickey Rourke-like head again in the Denver game. The Nuggets went on a 9-0 run about halfway through the period to turn a 2-point lead into an 11-point lead. During this same stretch, the Bobcats missed 9 shots (including a technical foul free throw and two Bismack Biyombo layups), had 2 other shots blocked (including one by Ty Lawson???), and committed 3 turnovers in a tour-de-force of incompetence. The Bobcats’ 3-point shooting also burst like the housing bubble (4-for-their-first-5, 1-for-their-last-17). Not helping was the loss of Corey Maggette, whose own Achilles heel is literally his Achilles heel. Maggette suffered an Achilles strain, meaning the Bobcats’ will be without their closest resemblance to an offensive force for at least a week. And to top it all off, JaVale McGee didn’t do anything asinine, which was really one of the few reasons to watch this game. It was like getting excited to see a Will Ferrell movie, only to have it be Everything Must Go. Instead of laughs, we got just more of the same sad, typical failure.