Its a sad day for Canadians everywhere.
Yesterday afternoon the Charlotte Bobcats behind DJ Augustin and Gerald Henderson defeated the Toronto Raptors 95-90 on the road. Even though the Bobcats recently suffered a 6 game losing streak, this win helps them climb back up to #8 in the Eastern conference playoff race ( tied with the Indiana Pacers ). There are some “fans” that say they would rather see the Bobcats miss the playoffs and get a lottery pick in this year’s draft rather than eek into the playoffs and face a potential first round sweep against the Celtics, Bulls or Heat. I on the other hand completely disagree because I feel that the experienced gained from a playoff series ( even if it’s in defeat) far outweigh any lottery pick that you might get… Especially in this year’s draft.
Back to the game. Gerald Henderson had a beautiful stat line (my fantasy team thanks you) 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot. He is averaging a very nice 1.75 steals per game over the last 8 games. DJ Augustin lit up Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless up for 23 points , 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Neither one of the Toronto Raptor point guards could stay in front of him. In addition to Henderson and Augustin, Dante Cunningham had a nice game off of the bench with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 19 minutes. The new guys continue to make their presence felt and they certainly seem to have added some much needed roster depth. Boris Diaw had a very Boris-like game. He had 15 points and 6 rebounds, but also led the team with 5 turnovers.
Next up for the Bobcats will be the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The Rockets are riding a 2 game losing streak and the Cats need to keep them firmly on that path so that they can gain some separation between themselves the Pacers and the Bucks.