The Bobcats, coming off a very large win over the Lakers, traveled to Chicago for another back-to-back game. The ‘Cats squared off against the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls. Tired legs showed for the ‘Cats, but they managed to keep the game close going into the third quarter down by only five points. The Bulls rolled off an 8-0 against the ‘Cats after a couple of minutes into the fourth to pull ahead by 13. But tired legs finally caught up with the Bobcats, that and turn overs, short shots, and defensive lapses over the last six minutes gave the Bulls 106-94 win over the ‘Cats.
There have been many Charlotte games when Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson had off nights and fans hoped other players would step-up, most of the time that never happens, but tonight the ‘Cats had four players scoring in double figures – Jackson was one, but three Bobcats not named Jackson or Wallace helped on the offensive end. Boris Diaw, 18 points, Gerald Henderson, 22 points, and Shaun Livingston, 13 points, all stepped up offensively but it was obvious the ‘Cats were tired. The Bobcats had too many turn overs, 14, missed too many three point attempts, 2-11, and gave up too many points behind the arc to the Bulls, 7-14. Charlotte was also out-rebounded by the Bulls, 38-36. It was a tough loss for Charlotte on a night they could have gained ground against a Pacer team that lost to the Heat 110-103.
Charlotte heads into a much needed rest for the All-Star break holding on to the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference. The ‘Cats need the rest and hope some injured players can return to play after the break – DJ Augustine, Tyrus Thomas, and Eduardo Najera. Augustine and Najera should be ready to play but Thomas may need another week or two after the break.
The Good: Stephen Jackson with 20 points; Boris Diaw with 18 points; Shaun Livingston with 13 and 4 assists; Gerald Henderson with 22 points and 5 rebounds. The team shot 86.7% from the free throw line.
The Bad: Turn-overs, defensive lapses in the fourth quarter, and poor perimeter defense (Bulls 50% 3 point shooting, 7-14).
The Ugly: Nothing to speak of…
Next Game: The Toronto Raptors versus the Bobcats, Tuesday February 22: 7:00 EST