Two teams heading in different directions squared off Monday, as the surging Golden State Warriors beat the Charlotte Bobcats 104-96. The Warriors were led by 25 points and 11 rebounds from David Lee, and 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists from Stephen Curry. The Warriors won their fourth straight game in a row and showed their improving defense under second-year head coach Mark Jackson.
The Bobcats were once again led by Kemba Walker, who finished with 24 points and 6 assists on the night. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. The Bobcats have lost eight in a row, and are now 1-11 when giving up 100 points or more on the season.
Entering tonight’s game the Bobcats were 28th in the league in opponents points per game. The Warriors shot 45% from the field and 40% from three, numbers that aren’t as high as recent Bobcats opponents stats.
How many ways can you beat a dead horse? The energy and effort seen at the beginning of the season just doesn’t seem to be there. Otherwise a defensive slide like this wouldn’t be happening. Coach Dunlap is tweaking with the lineups and trying to find something that will bring energy. Gana Diop wasn’t in the starting lineup tonight, but Biyombo kept his spot, to start alongside Byron Mullens.
It will be interesting to see if any more shuffles happen. Could Jeffery Taylor be next? Gerald Henderson was a starter at the beginning of the season and it wouldn’t be difficult to put him back in there. There’s a lot of things to consider for what the Bobcats need for their starters and Dunlap is mixing and matching and hoping for the best.
As I said in the last game recap, things aren’t going to get easier for this team in the midst of this losing streak. The Clippers come to Charlotte Wednesday, and the Bobcats head back to Atlanta to face the Hawks Thursday. Next week the Bobcats are on the road against the Lakers and their last matchup with the Warriors. Things could get worse from here on. Currently there just isn’t a lot of positives to take from these games. I’m just hoping it doesn’t become a repeat of last season.