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.
Post All-Star break/ Wallace & Nazr trade
First off Gerald “Crash” Wallace, You will be missed. Any true Bobcats fan has appreciated your effort which has continued from day one after the expansion draft. So my inaugural blog pooping goes to the Bobcats front office. But this poop I might just seal in a bag and wait on throwing. No TheGayKid but I love Gerald Wallace. He has been my favorite Bobcat since day one. He’s the working mans player. Blue collar basketball skills. Basically this teams skinny Oakley. But getting two 1st rounders from a team thats going through it’s own type of rebuild without Brandon Roy in their future. Those picks depending how structured, could end up pretty high. I know for one I will be rooting against Portland like they are Duke for the next couple years.
And I F*CKING HATE DUKE!
Multiple sources have reported the Portland Trail Blazers have acquired former All-Star small forward from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for center Joel Przybilla, forward Dante Cunningham, and two first-round picks.
The details of the first-round picks aren’t clear year, but Portland owns two in 2011 – their own, and New Orleans’ from the Jerryd Bayless trade earlier in the season.
The move for Charlotte was all about cutting off the $17 million Wallace is owed in each of the next two seasons. Przybilla’s contract expires this season and is $7.4 million.
The Charlotte Bobcats vs. Portland Trail Blazers 2/1/10
The Bobcats played the Trail Blazers with their star (Brandon Roy) side-lined with a hamstring injury. It did not seem to matter. The Trail Blazers beat the visiting Bobcats by 19 points. Despite another double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds) from all-star forward Gerald Wallace the Bobcats played a very “sloppy” game. It is hard (if not impossible) to win with 21 turn-overs and poor shooting (40.6%), when you allow your opponent to shoot over 50% (53.3%), and you’re playing on the road. Stephen Jackson led all scorers with 23 points. This was the fifth game of a six game road trip for the ‘Cats and they are starting to look road weary! A very poor performance, following a three game win streak, but the game tends to be one of streaks. Charlotte had an opportunity to beat an injury depleted team but failed to answer the call.
Portland started with a strong first quarter (29-19) that saw them hit their shots and the Bocats fail to hit theirs. The second quarter was tighter with the “Cats taking the quarter (24-22) but going into the half trailing by 8 points.
The third quarter was again tight (22-21 for the ‘Cats) as the Bobcats cut the Trail Blazers lead to 7. The fourth quarter was a disaster for Charlotte, shots did not fall, turn-overs, and poor defense led to the Trail Blazers winning the quarter (26-14) and the game.
Gerald Wallace, another double-double, what more can you say.
Raymond Felton holding A. Miller to 8 points.
Team defense. Where was it. Too many back-door plays given to the Trail Blazers.
Will Boris Diaw ever step up when the team needs him? (6 points and 4 rebounds in 41 minutes).
Next game for the Bobcats: Friday 2/3/10 10:30pm vs. the LA Lakers on SportsSouth
I don’t want to say I’m devastated, but color me disappointed. With a sellout crowd of over 19,200 on hand for the annual Charlotte Bobcats Nascar night, featuring 4-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Ladycat Jordan’s boyfriend Denny Hamlin, I would’ve hoped for a big win and settled for just a win. I mean, with a crazy home record of 18-4 coming in, what else should I expect? And at the end of regulation, it seemed that was what was going to happen. But instead, the Bobcats came out totally flat for overtime and were outscored 14-3 in the period to lose by a final of 106-95, after coming back from a 16 point deficit in regulation.
The game started off rather tepidly, with Charlotte losing each of the first three quarters and entering the 4th down by 10. About the only bright spots up to that point were Nazr Mohammed (12 points/9 rebounds) and Raymond Felton (14/5/4 assists) playing solidly on both ends of the floor. Soon to be named All-Star Gerald Wallace was held scoreless for much of the game, although he did finish with 9 points and 10 rebounds. In the fourth, along with Wallace, DJ Augustin (22/2/1) and DeSagana Diop (6/4/2 Blocks) asserted themselves as key players in the comeback. Diop would’ve had 8 points, but a jumper from about 10 feet out was called off for a shot clock violation. Down 92-90 with 6.8 seconds left, the ‘Cats came out of the timeout and Stephen Jackson (15/5/4) hit a floater from under the basket to send the game into OT. After that, well, lets just say it wasn’t pretty.
If you want to find places to put the blame, there are plenty. The Bobcats missed 6 free throws in 22 attempts, shot just 39.8 percent from the field (including a combined 10-38 from Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, and Gerald Wallace), and outside of DJ Augustin’s 5-9 3 point shooting, the team was 4 of 18, which comes out at an atrocious 22.2 percent. They had their shots blocked 11 times and were outrebounded by 7. And while it appears that the officials cannot count to three when the Magic have possesion, the Bobcats could have won despite bad officiating – which had Stephen Jackson complaining all night long, including him being assessed with the game’s only technical foul – that allowed Howard the freedom to have dinner and dessert in the lane. They had their chances and let it get away.
Charlotte now starts a six game road trip:
Monday in Denver (facing former Bobcat Malik Allen and G/F Stevie Graham’s brother Joey) – Sportsouth 9:00 ET
Tuesday in Pheonix (facing former Bobcats Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley) -FSCR 9:00 ET
Friday in Golden State (facing former Bobcat Vladi Radmanovic and announcer Dell Curry’s son Stephen) – FSCR 10:30 ET
Saturday in Sacramento (facing former Bobcat and tub of lard Sean May) – Sportsouth 10:00 ET
Monday the first in Portland (facing former Bobcat Juwan Howard) – Sportsouth 10:00 ET
Wednesday the third in Los Angeles against the Lakers (facing former Bobcats Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison) – Sportsouth 10:30 ET
Notes: Tyson Chandler missed the game once again, and while he is supposedly “day-to-day” I don’t think we’ll be seeing him anytime soon….DJ Augustin appeared to regain his confidence for at least the fourth quarter, expecting to make shots instead of hoping….Larry Brown played his centers 46 out of a possible 53 minutes, which is one of the highest amounts in a long time….Brandon Bass, the player many Bobcats fans have been clamoring for in a trade, had a DNP-CD, so don’t expect to see him in a Charlotte uniform….Dwight Howard was the only player with a double-double, collecting 10 points and 20 rebounds….The Bobcats wore special NASCAR themed uniforms, with checkered side panels; Jimmie Johnson recieved a special #4 “Johnson” jersey at halftime in honor of his 4 championships….
Welcome to the 3 game win streak, by round of applause how do you feel?