Here we see Matt Carroll studying the tattoos of George Hill...and George looks creeped out by it...
I honestly believe that the San Antonio Front Office considered putting the first 15 in attendance into the game to rest their entire team, but after the first 15 fans consisted of an 80-year old couple, a couple with 3-year old octuplets, a blind guy and his wife, and Jared (from the Subway commercials), they decided to just use their bench wisely (they had too many issues getting insurance to cover the fans, and the 10 day contracts had everyone confused). Jax didn't play(left hamstring), so our main scoring threat was not present. In addition to no scoring, we also opted to not play very aggressive defense. We allowed the Spurs to shoot from anywhere they wanted to on the floor, even 3 point land (17 - 3 pointers on the night). The result was a loss to the Spurs with a score of 98 - 109. The Spurs just want to stay healthy for the playoffs, and to make a run to the Championship.
I heard that the Pacers didn't win tonight either, so that would be the one positive from tonight's game. We didn't fall another game behind the Pacers. The Bobcats did lose tonight, dropping another game where we struggled to get into any rhythm. Tim Duncan wasn't even in this game tonight, and we still couldn't do ANYTHING. We had 2 starters and 3 reserves in double figures tonight:
Hendo - 19
Diaw - 16
DJ White - 13
Livingston - 10
Thomas - 10
I'll award the bench the game breaker award, because at one point in the 4th, they actually put together a run to get us within 11 points of the Spurs. This was a great opportunity to get some run for Tyrus, who was able to start knocking some large amounts of rust off of his game. The bench played with energy, and kept us competitive. I was glad to see a bench that could come out and actually compete.
Pacers - Yeah, this is basically our version of the "championship" game. There can be only one...well...actually there can be 8 in the playoffs, but there can only be 1 - 8th seed...in the East...
Do they think they are better than us? Do they think they can beat us? Do they think they can get out of the 1st round of the playoffs? Do they think that Hendo broke Psycho T's nose on purpose? Visit www.pacerspulse.comto see answers to some of these questions...
With every game that passes, it becomes more and more evident that we are a team in the rebuild mode. The only reason we are all hopeful for the playoffs is because the bottom of the East is just that weak. Every night we are hoping that the Pacers and the Bucks suck as bad, or worse than we do, so we can eek into that spot. Aside from a couple games to see at home for the season, and a tad of revenue for the team, why do we want in? Is everyone that hungry to see us get swept in the first round again? I am glad to see that we are not just "tanking" the season, but it hurts to watch a team that has knocked off the Lakers and the Celtics earlier in the season, just fall apart at the end. I know how good we can be, but we all know our faults. We all know we need more consistent scorers. We all know we really need a more solid center that can catch the ball, and consistently score in the paint and rebound. We all know we need that guy that can come off the bench and hit those clutch shots. I do believe that our bench became stronger withthe addition of DJ White and Dante Cunningham, but that is all that can be said. We are just as weak as ever in the spots we have known about for every season for the past few seasons. Center, Power Forward, Shooting Guard, and now Small Forward. Many are very high on Tyrus Thomas, but until he can show some maturity, I still view him as a bench guy and not a starter. Stephen Jackson is the MAN when he is healthy and his shot is on, but he's getting a lot of miles on him, and injuries are sure to start showing up more often. Boris Diaw is not a Power Forward. He's a guy who occupies the spot, but that would be it. I could only pray that he would use his player option to just opt out of next season (yeah, like anyone would pass up $9 million). Have we EVER had a center? You know what I mean...a real center. A center who rebounds like a beast and effectively and consistently scores in the paint at will. A double double guy you could count on...oh wait...that's right...we had one of those that we gave a big contract to and traded that big contract away...
I know this wasn't much of a game recap, and it has turned into a rant for the close of the season. I apologize for that, and I had a pretty good feeling that this was not a winnable game for us. Call it what you will, but I believe that the season is pretty much done. As every one of our readers may recall, I've said that Jax hamstring has been shot since the win in Toronto. I believe that tonight he finally admitted that he wouldn't be worth a crap again tonight, and Coach Silas told him to just rest it until we face the Pacers, Celtics, and Knicks. Jax isn't going to get enough rest for that hamstring to heal up all the way, so our leading scorer will most likely be at 75% for the rest of the season, if he can play. I will agree with Coach Silas in terms of the energy that was displayed tonight. The bench has improved vastly, and if they continue to play the way they played tonight, and Augustin, Hendo, Jax, Kwame and even Diaw can find a way to score more points, we'll keep that Playoff dream alive, and perhaps even advance to the second round, however, that dream dwindles away with every loss. We just need to find a way to score.
Since we have this new commenting system, and lots of readers visiting, I want to ask the Bobcats fans; What talent do you think is out there that we should use our draft picks on this season? Is there a free agent that you think we should trade our pick(s) for? Let's get some feedback going. Let's hear some opinions folks. We know you're out there...
What is the record number of 3 pointers hit by the San Antonio Spurs in a single game?
This is a 2 point question.