Watching a game stripped of statistical context, as I did from the second deck of The Cable Box, makes me realize how information-hungry I am during games I'm watching on television. Specifically, I had a sense that Nazr Mohammed was having strong game, because I saw his points total on the scoreboard and noticed the Jazz were having all kinds of trouble with him, but I didn't understand how many rebounds he was pulling down. Nazr was head and shoulders above everyone else on the Bobcats, and I simply didn't see it as it was happening.
Game thread comment, lowlights, and highlights after the jump.
GAME THREAD COMMENT
Ft.Mill Bobcat -- Diop in for Nazr. 60 rebound night in jeopardy.
-- Boris Diaw is virtually a waste of space, at this point. Dude shot 5-11 from the field for 12 points, which isn't all that bad, but only if you pick up slack in other areas of the game, which Monsieur Nonchalant did not. He ended the game with 2(!) rebounds and 2 assists.
-- It's the second half of a back to back. Two of your bench rotation players are out (Tyrus Thomas and Gerald Henderson). Derrick Brown has been the eighth man all season, and only played 7 minutes last night. It would seem like a good decision to give him real burn tonight. Of course, Brown played only 15 minutes. Maybe Gerald Wallace and Jackson can handle near-40 minutes in back to backs, and maybe Jackson's rolled ankle wasn't that bad (13 three point attempts says different), but at the very least all 7 minutes Eduardo Najera got were wasted on him. Brown should have been playing in that time.
-- Mohammed shot 10-16 from the field for 22 points, which is pretty solid. But he also got 20 rebounds, 8 offensive. And he also had 4 blocked shots. About the worst you could say for Nazr's game tonight is that he didn't shut down Al Jefferson, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Monster game for Nazr, and even though we can't expect anything close to this moving forward, it's great to know he's still got it in him.
-- Jackson rolled his ankle early, but still came back to play solid defense on Deron Williams up until the final Jazz possession. On offense, Jax shot 6-18 from the field, including 5-13 from three. He also shot 7-8 from the line, ending up with 24 points, total. The avalanche of three point attempts probably wasn't really prompted by the rolled ankle, since his five attempts inside the arc were spread through all four quarters.