Week in review
Well, this past week was quite the stinker.
Last Sunday the Bobcats fell to the lowly Kings by 36, 119-83. Then they traveled to Portland to finish the back-to-back and lost again, this time by a score of 122 to 105. Wednesday, the Bobcats returned home and made a stunning collapse before losing 99-78. The Thunder came to town on Friday and destroyed Charlotte 116-94 and then the Wizards followed up on the back to back and beat the Bobcats 104-87.
Five games with an average loss of 112 to 89.4, or an average loss by 22.6 points.
To add injury to insult, Ramon Sessions went down with a knee injury.
First quarters! The Bobcats love to deceive us and make us think they're going to play a competitive game by playing really good first quarters. Though they still were outscored in the first quarter of games this past week, 139 to 134, that's much more encouraging than the final average.
The other quarters! Bobcats opponents outscored them 421 to 313 in quarters 2, 3 and 4. We all know why: awful defense, unsustainable early offense crumpling as the game goes on, lack of depth, yadda yadda yadda.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's return to the court after concussion has finally seen some really encouraging games, especially against Brooklyn and Portland. Kidd-Gilchrist went for 17 points and 5 rebounds on 13 shots on the Nets and 17 points with 10 rebounds (5 offensive) on 11 shots.That kind of efficiency is great to see and I think we'll see him continue to have some better games.
Yeahhhh, let's not go there this week.
Tuesday: vs Celtics, 7 p.m.
Friday at Raptors, 7 p.m.
Saturday at Celtics, 7:30 p.m.
The Bobcats beat Boston fairly recently, but I can't help but feel the Celtics are about to get absolutely thrashed by them. Without Ramon Sessions to lead the charge off the bench, drawing fouls and getting to the rim, the Bobcats will require huge games by Ben Gordon or anyone who would like to feel so inspired to have career games to keep up with the scoring. The Celtics are much better on defense than offense, but if they can smother Kemba Walker, the Bobcats will need a big boost on offense from someone else, regardless of how much Boston is struggling to score.
The Raptors could also possibly be a competitive game. Toronto's been a bit wishy washy lately. They've won two of their last three games, but those have been against the Suns and the Cavaliers. The other game was an overtime loss against the Lakers. But before that, they lost their previous five games.