Bobcats Continue Mastery Of Lakers

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The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 109-89 on Monday night at the Cable Box; the Cats have now defeated the Lakers 8 out of the last 10 times the two teams have played.  Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 20 points and 11 rebounds; Gerald Henderson added 18 points (6-9 FG, 5-5 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks off the bench.

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The deck was stacked against the Lakers to start: they were finishing up a long road trip AND on the second night of a back-to-back; plus, Kobe was under the weather.  After a bit of a slow start, the Cats took advantage, building a six point lead to take into halftime.

The wheels really fell off for the Lakers late in the third.  With a laboring Kobe on the bench, the Cats went on a 14-3 run, capped by a 15-foot jumper and a short hook shot by Kwame Brown and a three pointer at the buzzer by Gerald Wallace, for a 78-60 lead after three.

The barrage continued with Kobe and the Lakers starters back on the court to start the fourth, this time headed by Gerald Henderson and Nazr Mohammed, who both appeared to be unguardable for the exhausted Lakers.  The Bobcats led by as much as 28 a couple of times before the benches emptied.

Notes

  • After oversleeping and arriving late to shootaround, Boris Diaw was supposedly going to be benched to start the game as discipline.  But Silas apparently changed his mind, as Boris started and played well with 16 points (3-6 3PT).
  • DJ Augustin was supposedly also out after being limited in shootaround with a sprained wrist.  But after pregame warmups he declared himself ready to go and notched 9 assists vs. 0 turnovers.  Still not a complete bounceback from his recent slump, though, as he shot 3-7 FG and 1-4 3PT for just 7 points.
  • This has to be said: even if you took Stephen Jackson’s proclivity for antagonizing the officials and drawing technical fouls out of the equation, Gerald Henderson would still be pushing him for playing time.  Henderson’s been that good recently.
  • With beat writer Rick Bonnell on furlough this week, the rest of the Observer’s sports crew filled in.  Check out good posts by Ron Green on what this win meant for the Bobcats and this post by Scott Fowler on Phil Jackson’s terse postgame comments/Kobe’s no-show.
  • The win moves the Bobcats to 24-31 and 1.5 games back from Indiana for the 8th playoff spot.
  • Quick turnaround as the Bobcats head to Chicago for a back-to-back against the Bulls Tuesday night, 8PM ET start.  The Bulls will be looking to avenge two losses the Cats from earlier this season.

-Dr. E

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7 Responses to “Bobcats Continue Mastery Of Lakers”

  1. matt
    February 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    agree…henderson has played really well. a confident henderson is extremely fun to watch

  2. focusljA
    February 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    With the season looking pretty much done I think the Cats should take serious consideration in a benched Terrance Williams, Al Jefferson, OJ Mayo, Anthony Morrow…with Augustine/Jackson being the bait…drafting new players THIS offseason would prove worthless…

  3. C.j.
    February 16, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    Yea I agree with focusljA because terrence williams will continue to ride the bench if houston can’t pull off a melo trade…& even though terrence williams is known as a shooting guard/small foward,he has the potential to be a point foward ala Lebron(he’ll just be a smaller version) because while he was in the d-league he averaged a triple double & I’m not trying to say he is going to average a triple double in the NBA but clearly the potential can be seen & I think he will flourish in our in full-court offense…and lets not forget that MJ originally wanted to draft him but new jersey picked him b4 us but it worked now looking at what we now have in gerald henderson aka hendo so with all that said..I could imagine MJ being ecstatic being able to have both gerald henderson aka hendo & terrence williams aka t-will as CHARLOTTE BOBCATS.

  4. Leroy Tung
    February 16, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    any news regarding about dj’s role to the team?
    it seems like shaun minutes had been increase for the last 3 games under paul silas and shaun had seized those minutes and put up solid numbers.

    MJ doesn’t sign him for 3 years for no reason right?

  5. chris in u.c.
    February 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Guys, be positive. The team is playing well with it’s nucleus intact. We’ve shown we can beat elite teams. Need to get T Thomas back ASAP.Only move I’d make is possibly offer Najera or Mohammed and our first round pick for a younger big man. (Troy Murphy, Chris Kaman)

  6. RobC
    February 18, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    How about Diaw and Nazr for Harrington and Nene? My only concern is that Harrington has 3 or 4 more years in his contract, at about $5.5 per season. However, he can score in bunches from the bench, behind Tyrus Thomas. Nene is an amazing upgrade to our big guys, and he is only in his late 20’s.

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