Lets ponder last night’s game for a few moments.
The Charlotte Bobcats lost last night to the Dallas Mavericks 101-86 and in that loss there were a few things that were well worth some deeper thought.
We allowed the 53 year old Jason Kidd to abuse our defense all night and dish out 18 assists? To quote The Miz “really… Really”? I understand that Jason Kidd is Jason Kidd but dammit this is not 1992. We should not allow a guy as elderly as Kidd to run wild on us the way that he did. In drastic contrast to Kidd’s numbers, Our point guards had a combined 8 points and 8 assists and shot 2-12 from the field…. I wonder how Devin Harris is doing today?
In other news Tyson Chandler decided to get rough with Gerald Wallace during last night’s game. I’m not sure if Tyson was still angry over Gerald Wallace calling him out last
season or if he was just feeling his oats because he was 20 minutes into the season and he isn’t in a walking boot yet, but for whatever reason he felt like he needed to get into it with Crash. Gerald is a tough guy, but with those concrete slab hands of Chandler’s ( great for a fistfight, bad for catching a basketball ) it would have been no contest.
Another oddity to contemplate were the limited minutes that Jax received in the third and fourth quarters. Now I know that we as Bobcats fans griped for the majority of last season about Henderson not getting enough minutes, but I have to admit that it was odd
seeing Jax sitting for long stretches in the second half. When Henderson was in (16 minutes) he played solid defensive, had 4 rebounds and 2 very nice blocked shots, but he was M.I.A. on the offensive end with only 2 points on 1-3 shooting. Jax had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes. His +/- was a -20, Henderson’s was +14. For whatever that’s worth, it makes you go hmmm.
On to the power forward position. “Starter” Boris Diaw gets 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in 35 minutes. “Reserve” Tyrus Thomas chalks up 22 points, 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. His energy was a big part of the Bobcats closing the gap on the Mavs and making the game interesting after falling down so early. If Tyrus keeps playing the way that he did last night and all preseason, then its only a matter of time before he really eats into Boris’ minutes.
I don’t want to read too much into this game, The Cats started off slow and were down by double digits before they even got their warmups off good. Plus the team historically has played terrible against the Mavs (0-13 all time) , so lets just assume that the Bobcats will look a lot better Friday night at home against the Indiana Pacers.
I guess we’ll have to settle for 81-1. Thoughts?