The Charlotte Bobcats are obliterating their previous record of 14 straight losses. If you only watched the first half, as I did, you saw a Bobcats team who had it together. Boris Diaw looked like the best player on the court. He was the Bobcats’ version of Jeremy Lin. There, got his name in a post, let’s see if google brings some folks our way with that one.
Seriously though, Boris Diaw stuffed the stat sheet in the first half with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, or something. I don’t remember because I started drooling on my chest sitting in front of the TV around the point where Stephanie Ready said “Alright, guys,” for the 400th time in the halftime show, that is to say 2 minutes in. In my mind, what I’m saying, is the Bobcats looked good and somehow, mysteriously, the final score when I woke up this morning didn’t reflect it.
Back to Boris, as I try to complete that thought for the 3rd time. Boris Diaw, who Steve Martin accidentally refered to as “Doris” in the first half, dunked. That says it all right there. Boris Diaw got his hand high enough above the rim to slam it home. He was on fire. It’s strange when it happens, but once in a while, he decides he’s played enough of that pump-fake, jump-pass, hover, pass up the shot style and let’s folks know, he can play well when he wants to.
Last night, we also saw the return of D.J. Augustin. D.J. played mostly beside Kemba Walker, in the set commonly referred to as “Tiny Time.” Until Gerald Henderson comes back, those two are the only regular scoring options. Corey Maggette is a scorer, but irregularly. He’s got to find his shot, or more aptly, happen upon it. Whereas Augustin and Walker make shots happen, and Henderson is learning to do that as a wing player. But either way, the Bobcats lost.
We can talk strategy all day but until the Bobcats get a win, there is nothing that truly matters. Minnesota was coming off their own losing streak, and much like I heard Mick Mixon refer to the Panthers, they have become NBA penacillin; meaning they are good for whatever ails a losing team. Ricky Rubio didn’t impress me. Kevin Love quietly, consistently plays the way players used to but nothing shocking.
You’ll hear about Derrick Williams’ dunk over D.J. White but White rotated over late, no big deal. He didn’t make the poster, just photobombed it.
Losing blows, but the Bobcats showed signs of life last night. No moral victories, but if that sort of game came against a New Orleans or Washington, they might have pulled out the win. That’s a huge “might” there, by the way.