Bobcats Take Care Of Home Court Against Pistons

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Charlotte Bobcats vs Pistons 12/22/09

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The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the undermanned Detroit Pistons 88-76 at the Cable Box on Tuesday night.  AP story here, box score here.  The Bobcats were keyed by Gerald Wallace’s 29 point/4-6 3PT/12 rebound/3 assist/2 steal/4 block effort, turned in after he missed Sunday night’s game as a precaution due to headaches.

Meanwhile, the Pistons suffered from severe lack of firepower.  Key rotation players Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince all missed the game with injuries.  Both Charlie Villanueva and Will Bynum, who had torched Charlotte back in November in Detroit, were largely held in check tonight.

The Cats pulled away in the second quarter behind a strong start by Gerald Wallace and maintained a double digit lead the rest of the way.  This was very much a “Taking Care of Business” kind of home game against a struggling, beat-up, but still dangerous visitor.

Stephen Jackson gutted it out for 13 points/8 rebounds/4 assists in 41 minutes, but was clearly bothered by his stiff lower back.  Nazr Mohammed was his usual efficient, productive self with 12 points/9 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.

Tyson Chandler left the game in the third quarter with a sprained foot; funny, I hardly noticed.  It might as well have been a tactical benching, as the Pistons were trying to go small anyways.  Larry Brown, through Raymond, DJ and Jack, seems hell-bent on trying to turn Chandler into Amare Stoudemire on the pick and roll.  But it is painful to watch Chandler fumble away pass after pass while trying to roll to the basket.  I know Larry Brown likes to preach that players are never too old to learn new tricks/skills, but maybe Chris Paul was onto something when he threw Chandler exclusively lobs in New Orleans.

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  • The Bobcats shot 9-18 from 3PT range — one of their best showings of the year in that regard.
  • I’d love to see a breakdown of what percentage of Gerald Wallace’s points are scored in the first half versus the second half — he had another huge first half tonight.  That he often fades as a scoring threat late in games is one of the only weaknesses that I can nitpick about.  I tried checking on hoopdata.com and 82games.com, but half-by-half (or quarter-by-quarter) breakdowns weren’t readily available from what I could see.  Anyone know how to mine that data?
  • DaJuan Summers is going to be seeing Gerald in his nightmares — Gerald had two amazing blocks in the fourth quarter, both on Summers.  The first one is in the ESPN.com highlights, the second one is available on NBA.com.
  • Felton totally shook Chucky Atkins coming down the court (not hard, I know, but still) in one of my favorite plays of the game.  Atkins ended up on his butt while Raymond stopped and popped.  The NBA.com video folks must be on a skeleton crew for the holidays, because they don’t have the full game highlight package available yet as I’m about to post this — hopefully that one will make it on there.
  • The Cats improve to 11-16 overall (10-4 at home), currently good for 8th place in the Eastern Conference
  • The Cats get a three day break for Christmas — let’s hope no one’s going on the road (get it?).  Next game is Saturday night at Oklahoma City.

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11 Responses to “Bobcats Take Care Of Home Court Against Pistons”

  1. spectre
    December 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Did you guys see Felton "pull the chair" on Maxiell in the post? I liked that one almost as much as Chucky screaming about his ankles, but I'm a big fan of smart defensive plays.

    DJ came out with a boatload of confidence; that first 3 he nailed was like 5 feet behind the line. Tho Bynum was shaking off an ankle injury I can't even complain about his D…one of his stronger games IMO.

    Crash is just…amazing.

    Wish we'd have put the hammer down a little stronger as the Pistons were on par with a better D League team last night, but all things considered I'm just happy to grab the W.

  2. Jason
    December 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    How about we give you Curry for Wallace straight up?

  3. br2850
    December 23, 2009 at 4:21 am #

    Another Trade:

    Charlotte Gets:

    Beno Udrih (Point Guard)

    Rudy Fernandez (Shooting Guard)

    Nicholas Batum (Forward)

    Portland Gets:

    Spencer Hawes (Center)

    Boris Diaw (Power Forward)

    Sacramento Gets:

    Martell Webster (Small Forward)

    Jared Bayless (Point Guard)

    D.J. Augustine (Point Guard)

    Dante Cunningham (Forward)

  4. Newsinz
    December 23, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    You probably already saw this on 82games.com, but they have quarter splits for last season. At least during last year, Wallace comes out strong in the opening quarter, and right after halftime:

    1st: 5.3

    2nd: 3.7

    3rd: 4.6

    4th: 3.4

  5. Jason
    December 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    That trade works for Portland, anyway.

  6. Jody
    December 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    I say the Bobcats trade Gerald Henderson and Raymond Felton for Kobe Bryant. It works on NBA Live 09.

  7. leroy
    December 26, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    one question

    where does the 1st round pick of this year for bobcats went to?

    cause i dont see any 1st round pick for bobcats on nbadraft.net

  8. br2850
    December 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    the first round pick goes to denver if were not in the top 12 picks of the draft

  9. br2850
    December 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Trade:

    Charlotte Gets-

    Yi Jianlian (Power Forward)

    Beno Udrih (Point Guard)

    New Jersey Gets-

    Boris Diaw (Power Forward)

    Sacramento Gets-

    D.J Augustine (Point Guard)

    Trenton Hassell (Small Forward)

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