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