- There’s no shame in Saturday’s loss to Miami. Charlotte isn’t going to beat many superstar-led teams while playing poorly on offense. Despite the Heat being shorthanded, this remained a tough game for a young Bobcats team to steal with LeBron James on the court. Charlotte is now 5-5 on the season and skepticism still remains about how good this team will be during the middle of the season. The team has looked poised and composed early, and seems to get it defensively, but last year’s group were doing similar things as well. Monday will be a tough matchup in Chicago.
IN THE BONUS
- This is Miami’s 13th straight win against Charlotte. The Bobcats have yet to win a game against the Heat since James’ arrival to South Beach.
- Michael Beasley has scored in double digits in three of his last four games. Miami picked Beasley up in free agency for the veteran minimum after he wore out his welcome in Phoenix.
- Chris Bosh had five fouls in 16 minutes.
- Cody Zeller went scoreless in seven minutes. Zeller is 19 for 48 from the field in his first ten games and has a player efficiency rating just above nine. Is Zeller’s play a slow rookie start or more of what’s to be expected this season?
- This is the first game since December 19, 2012 that Ramon Sessions did not attempt a free throw. Sessions is averaging a ridiculous 10.9 attempts per 36 minutes this season.
- Charlotte’s three-point shooting depends on Josh McRoberts and Anthony Tolliver. Ben Gordon remains the best three-point shooter on the team, but he’s glued to the bench. Regardless of the team’s record at the trade deadline, the Bobcats desperately need to add three-point shooting.
ABOVE THE RIM
- Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer: This was a night when circumstance gave the Bobcats some hope. The NBA suspended starting point guard Chalmers on Saturday for hitting Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki along the head with a forearm. Allen, Miami’s 3-point specialist, was nursing a bad cold. Starting power forward Haslem was down with back spasms.
- Wes Goldberg, All U Can Heat: At one point in the game, the Heat had Norris Cole, Roger Mason Jr., Rashard Lewis, Chris Andersen, and Beasley on the floor. It didn’t matter, because James and Beasley, who finished with 15 points, led the charge for the Heat. Lewis had his strongest game of the season, recording nine rebounds and nine points. He also rotated well on defense and made some hustle plays like tips that led to offensive rebounds.
- Greg Pietras, Queen City Hoops: The Bobcats’ 5-4 record coming into this game was a bit of a mirage. The defense could be legit, but their offense is truly miserable, and that means they essentially need to catch every break against elite teams like the Heat. They did an admirable job of keeping things within reach for most of the night, but getting swept off their home court by Miami’s reserves is a bummer.
- Ben Swanson, Rufus on Fire: The third quarter pretty much had the game in the balance. The Bobcats offense threatened to have its trademark struggles, but managed to get by on Walker’s sudden resurgence in shooting and ability to draw fouls by driving into the paint. His aggressiveness served the Bobcats well as he scored all of the Bobcats points but two in the first six minutes or so in the third quarter. Unfortunately, it served to just hold off the inevitable with the rest of the Bobcats unable to get the little leather ball into the slightly larger metal hoop.