Well they tried, but the Bobcats couldn’t pull out a win in Orlando against the Magic.
It would’ve given the Knicks (who at press time are playing the Clippers neck-and-neck) a shot at the sixth seed, but alas, it wasn’t to be.
Unlike most nights, there was actually a decent amount of good to take away from the game (unless your name was Kemba Walker).
Before leaving the game with an injured leg (that he couldn’t put any pressure on) Derrick Brown was 6-11 for 16 points, DJ Augustin dropped 23 and 16, and Gerald Henderson was 5-9 for 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Bismack Biyombo didn’t look completely lost, and if it weren’t for foul, trouble he probably, would’ve recorded a double double. He finished the game with five points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Don’t worry, there was a solid amount of “horrible” in this game too.
The Bobcats let JJ freaking Redick drop 31 points on them, they missed 13 three pointers and (surprise) got out-rebounded by 10.
A few other bad things:
Walker scored FOUR points on 11 shots.
The Bobcats had just seven fast break points.
DeSagana Diop actually played.
Some things I noticed:
Byron Mullens looked absolutely lost on the boards, grabbing a grand total of one rebound. Much of that probably had to do with guarding the long-ball specialist, Ryan Anderson, but when one plays the PF or C, he is expected to grab more than one rebound a game. Also, Anderson somehow managed to swipe 13 rebounds himself…
Just four Orlando players scored more than eight points… Six scored more than two… How the hell did they win.
The Bobcats will get their final shot at not becoming the worst team in NBA history Thursday against the Knicks. Who knows whether or not New York will rest guys like Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Either way, they’ll probably still win, so whatevs, right?