Charlotte Bobcats vs Nets 2/16/10
Trying Not To Panic, Here
I’m just going to cut right to the chase: this was a terrible loss and I’m concerned. Here’s all you need to know: coming into the game, the Nets were 4-48, with only one road win. They are the worst-shooting and lowest-scoring team in the league. But in defeating the Bobcats for the second time this year, the Nets never trailed.
In the early going, Raymond Felton and Nazr Mohammed had no answer for Devin Harris and Brook Lopez, respectively. Courtney Lee got into the act as well; he ended up leading the Nets with 21 points. The Nets ended up shooting 52% on the night.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats couldn’t get anything going. Everyone gets an “F” tonight. Poor effort, poor execution, didn’t play any defense, got outrebounded, missed open shots, etc.
This now means that the Cats have lost 4 out of their last 6 dating back to the Portland loss on February 1st. And let’s remember that those two wins are nothing to be too proud of (2 point win over Washington, lucky 1 point win over Minnesota).
Suddenly the Cats look like they are in serious need of a shot in the arm. I had been hoping that the return of Tyson Chandler could provide that, but it hasn’t happened. If anything, he looks as bad as ever, with four turnovers and 3 fouls in 18 minutes off the bench tonight.
Boris continues to look lame and uninspired, DJ’s playing with no confidence, Flip hasn’t been reliable, opponents seem to have figured out how to slow Jackson down, and Gerald looks tired. It’s not good, folks.
I understand that a trade is unlikely with the impending sale of the team, but if the last 6 games are any indication, the Cats need to shake things up a little.
Next game is a tough one; hosting the Cavs at the Cable Box on Friday night at 7PM ET.