The Bobcats got their third road win of the season, beating the Washington Wizards, 93-85. However, this game shouldn't have been that close. The Cats' Achilles heel all season has been turnovers, and they suffered from a deluge of turnovers yet again tonight, giving up 24 to only 12 for the Wiz.
Charlotte played solid defense in sum, holding Washington to only 42% shooting, but a lot of that was tied up in only two players. Al Thornton was a primary source of suckitude, hitting only 1-8 from the field, and Gilbert Arenas went 2-14 from the field. In addition to bricklaying, they combined for 6 turnovers and 0 free throws. In fact, the entire Wizards team combined for 10 free throws the whole game, while the Cats shot 18-24 from the line. Right there, that probably made up the turnover difference.
The Bobcats are supposed to be better than the Wizards, so these are games they need to win before stealing a few games against better teams here and there, giving them a shot at the playoffs by season's end.
Game thread comment, lowlights, and highlights after the jump.
GAME THREAD COMMENT
Supercam -- Isn't it funny what a new year brings? Last year we loved Capt. Jack, now…not so much. The year before we traded for Diaw and loved him, last year…not at all. This year…maybe a little more. Funny how it works. I wonder who we will trade for this year, to only moan and groan at next year.
-- Larry Brown puts me in such a bad mood when he chooses to play Wallace or Jackson 40+ minutes on the first night of a back to back. When I get the time, I'm going to calculate Crash 'n Jax's averages on the second night of back to backs after playing 40+ minutes, and compare to the rest of the time... unless someone else does it first. (Hint, hint.)
-- All hail Gerald Wallace. Dude scored 25 points on 9-15 shooting, and grabbed 14 rebounds.
-- Boris Diaw is constitutionally incapable of playing a game without at least 4 turnovers (it seems), but he had himself a monster shooting night, hitting 8-10 from the field, including 2-2 from three, for 19 points.
-- D.J. Augustin's defense keeps him in the bottom third of NBA starting point guards. That said, he's returned to his rookie year form, but with dramatically more poise in the half court. He finished this game with 17 points and 10 assists. Damon Stoudemire. Damon... Stoudemire...