A different Charlotte Bobcats team showed up Wednesday night and went into halftime with a 53-43 lead over the Brooklyn Nets. In the second half, the Bobcats team that’s lost six straight games by double digits reared its head.
Deron Williams 22 points led the Nets to a 99-78 victory over the Bobcats. Joe Johnson had 20 points and Brook Lopez had 16. The trio combined for 58 points, which was just three less than what they did in their victory over the Bobcats earlier in the season. Different from that game though was the Nets three-point shot. The Nets have one of the highest three-point volumes in the league and took 27 tonight on a 48.1% clip. The Bobcats took just 18 threes at a 22% clip.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats with 17 points and Ben Gordon had 16 off the bench. The Bobcats struggled getting shots off in the second half as the Nets clamped down defensively and the Bobcats ran out of options quickly. The Bobcats shot 38% for the night.
Reggie Evans led all players in rebounding with 16, and was a big part of the Nets +20 rebounding edge against Charlotte. Former Bobcat Gerald Wallace had eight rebounds, which was also more than any player on the Bobcats Wednesday.
Most of the same reasons why the Bobcats lost tonight were the same reasons they lost earlier in the season to Brooklyn and other teams. Poor perimeter rotations, poor defense, rebounding effort and an offense that just doesn’t seem to have a clue.
The ball movement is poor and a lot of the plays don’t make sense. At one point in the game the Bobcats settled for an isolation with Gerald Henderson who shakily drove to the hoop and dished out to a missed three pointer from Josh McRoberts. Plays like that just show you where the team is at and the lack of progress being made. As I’ve said earlier in the season, what’s this team’s identity on either side of the court? They’re not excelling at anything and it leaves a lot to be desired.
I’m not expecting to see any of that change as we close in on 20 games left in the season. Regardless you expect any team that leads by 10 at halftime to put out a much better effort in the second half than what the Bobcats did tonight. The Nets kicked the door open and were on a 33-9 run that stretched into the fourth quarter. They finished the game with a 56-25 second half and handed the Bobcats their eighth straight loss.