Bobcats Fall To Magic in Jackson’s Debut

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Charlotte Bobcats @ Magic, 11/16/09

Signs of Life?

The Bobcats fall on the road to the Orlando Magic tonight, 97-91, to drop to 3-7.  AP recap here, box score here, Bonnell story here.  The Cats actually led this one 52-50 at the half off some hot shooting from Boris Diaw and Flip Murray.  However, a dismal 16-point quarter put them down 8 heading into the final period, and the Cats just don’t have the firepower to mount a 4th quarter comeback of that magnitude against a team the caliber of the Magicians.

Flip Murray’s 31 points tied a career high for him, and represent the best scoring night of any Bobcat thus far this season.  Raymond Felton spent most of the night in foul trouble, and DJ was again ineffective, so Flip played 34 minutes (many while running the point) and filled it up on 13-21 FG, 2-6 3PT.  However, Murray missed a chance keep the Bobcats alive and set a new career high when he missed a couple of free throws in the fourth quarter.

Stephen Jackson had a decent debut for the Bobcats; he started, played 45 minutes, and generally acquitted himself pretty well with 13 points and 9 rebounds.  However, his shot was not falling (4-14 FG, 1-4 3PT, 4-8 FT) — had a few more of those dropped, we might be talking about a pretty special debut.

One of the real benefits that Jackson provided, and will hopefully continue to provide, doesn’t even show up in his numbers, though.  It’s in the numbers of Raymond Felton (6) and Gerald Wallace (5).  What are those numbers, you ask?  Field goal attempts.  With Jackson around, there will be less pressure on Felton and Wallace, two inefficient shooters, to provide scoring.

Bullets

  • Tyson Chandler continues to be disappointing for the Bobcats; got in foul trouble early and only played 24 mins, with 2 points, 4 rebounds.  Nazr continued to play well off the bench; but the Bobcats were most fortunate that Gortat was out for the Magic, who thus went small when Dwight Howard was on the bench and allowed the Cats to go small as well.
  • No one had a huge night for the Magic — but they put 7 guys in double figures in an impressive team performance.
  • No minutes for Gerald Henderson, Derrick Brown or Alexis Ajinca tonight; understandable, as LB saw a chance to steal a win and stuck with the veterans.
  • DJ has no confidence out there.  2 points on 1-4 FG in 13 minutes.  His poor start to the year is probably the most under-discussed concerning thing about the Bobcats right now.
  • At this point (of the night, but also of this Bobcats season) I’m out of dramatic adjectives, but here’s the link for interest: Bonnell reports that Iverson’s camp has “reached out” to Larry Brown in the wake of AI and the Grizzlies agreeing to an annulment.  You know what?  At this point, why not?  Maybe it would be the Bobcats “dancing bears and midget car” moment (thanks, “Bobcat orange?”), but I rather agree with my Baseline compadre, ASChin — while the Bobcats are mortgaging their financial future and risking any remaining bit of community goodwill that was based on having “good guys” on the team in order to get to the playoffs, we might as well go down in a blaze of glory.
  • Next game is Wednesday night in Philly to take on the almost-equally disappointing 76ers at 7PM ET.  Won’t be live tweeting due to the early start, but will catch up with the DVR and have a post up here late Wednesday night.

-Dr. E

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6 Responses to “Bobcats Fall To Magic in Jackson’s Debut”

  1. mike15
    November 17, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    Dr. E,

    Is it the disappointment associated with the expectations for this season or the disappointment related to the Bobcats existence as a whole that has everyone so jaded?

    The Bobcats don't behave like they have any long-term strategy and we shouldn't act like they ever misled us into believing that they did. They may pretend to operate like other organizations during free agency periods or pre-draft camps, but they're really just winging it. Personally, I'd like them to embrace their "winging it" philosophy and just pick up Iverson. They'll be moving Jackson or Iverson within a year, so there's nothing to get too concerned about.

    Hopefully, Larry Brown will work to inflate someone's stats and get something equivalent in exchange during the off-season. Otherwise, we'll just be the Raiders of the NBA.

    Everyone should lighten up on the Stephen Jackson move. He just put Charlotte back in contention for FREE 89¢ TACO BELL BEEF TACOS!

  2. Jody
    November 17, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Free tacos are the bomb

  3. ASChin
    November 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    mike15-

    Good point about being the Raiders of the NBA. It's starting to seem that way.

    Let's face it, with all of the team's high draft picks over the past six years, they are currently relying on Flip Murray and Stephen Jackson to score them points. Ouch.

    A long term strategy would help and if the Cats could find new ownership soon, hopefully the new group would bring in someone like Presti or Pritchard who could put together a long term strategy for success. My feeling is that the average sports fan is a lot more savvy than the Bobcats give them credit for. Knowing that the team had a long term goal in mind while developing their younger talent would go a long way in endearing them to the public.

    In other news, Tyson Chandler's official site doesn't agree with Dr. E's assessment:
    http://www.tysonchandler.com/news/tyson-stifles-h

  4. Jody
    November 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    If Iverson comes to Charlotte, is Wallace going to give up his #3 jersey? On second thought I think neither player should wear it. With the NASCAR Hall of Fame right down the street from the arena, they should retire the #3 jersey in honor of Dale Earnhardt.

  5. CharlotteHokie
    November 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Even with this poor stretch the Cats are gaining popularity among all the 20-somethings in the city. The NBA is growing massively in popularity, and those that have been jaded by the NBA are starting to come back after the emergence of LeBron, and last season's playoffs.

    Love the Stephen Jackson trade. As far as AI goes, my take is "in Larry we trust."

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    [...] Head to head, Orlando won the season series over the Bobcats 3-1.  The Magic took the first game in Orlando back on November 10, 93-81.  Game two just six days later in Charlotte turned out to be Stephen Jackson’s Bobcats debut, but the game went to the Magic again, 97-91. [...]

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