BOBCATS WIN IN BEANTOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amazing how hard it is to find pictures from games where we beat a top team when we weren't supposed to...Thanks Charlotte Bobcats on Facebook for this picture. Dante's block on Kevin Garnett was the turning point of the night
In yet another game where the Bobcats lack an overall offensive attack, it did not matter. With Jack out(potentially for the season) they just couldn't keep it together against the Boston Celtics tonight. Or, so you thought. The Cats fought back from a 13 point deficit to be the FIRST Eastern Conference team to beat the Celtics at the TD Garden. Short handed, and in heavy foul trouble. They fought through all lengths of adversity. It was truly a team effort as the Cats won 83-81. It's going to be one heck of a back-to-back with the Bobcats having to play Amar'e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks tomorrow night at the cable box. More after the tip.
The first quarter started out in straight face-palm style action as the Bobcats went 1-11 before finally hitting a few in a row. That's ok though because Boston was content with phoning in the first as well. DJ White lead the Bobcats with 3-4 shooting and 9 points in the first. 0-4 for 3's and 7-20 in the first quarter. You know I cannot say enough about the effort and potential of our new young players. Even in all of our blow out losses and what-not our new guys have put forth some incredible effort. The refs were no help as 4 offensive fouls were called early and a technical was called on Paul Silas (lol...really? I'm sorry that's just poor officiating).
In the second the Bobcats woke up, big time. They played with quite a bit of fire. While Boston seemed to fall asleep and chill out. They hadn't taken this game seriously from the tip. Poor shot selection by both sides, and in the middle of the 3rd the Celtics managed to match the Bobcats in shooting at 11/27 each. Considering that the Bobcats started 1-11...that's sad. Celts lead 37-42 going into the half. Each game has two halves for a reason.
The third opened up with the Bobcats finding themselves in the Ice Age like normal. Down 11 quickly, but managing to nab 2 fouls on Kevin Garnett and the 4th on Paul Pierce. Kwame looked to have worked on his free throws before this game. Managing to have at least decent form for a lot of the game. The Celts opened up a comfortable 11 point lead and maintained it for the majority of the 3rd. Capitalizing on mistakes, missed baskets, and other various miscues from the Bobcats.
4th quarter was much of the same, until the Bobcats WOKE UP. Bobcats showed more heart than they have in many games. The biggest questions for the Cats are really going to be who we are going to keep around from this year. Hopefully Liv, White, Cunningham, and Kwame all return. Consistency is incredibly underrated, and when these guys go to Summer League together, things will get better. Oh yea, the game! Bobcats hung in there a lot better than you'd think, especially with being 0-9 all the way till 7 minutes into the 4th. They made a GREAT 15-0 run in the 4th. Capitalizing on HUGE Celtic mistakes. Rebounding, hitting shots, and getting in the right place at the right time. Dante had a crushing block on Garnett and that was the turning point in the game as the Bobcats took the lead with less than 3 minutes to go and never let it go. Dante Cunningham followed it up with a HUGE clutch shot with 34 seconds to go, and the Bobcats were fighters. It was enough as the Cats pulled out the win. Scoring 18 points off of turnovers and crushing in bench points.
It's not entirely clear what MJ's plan for this team is, but it's obvious with the way our bigger contracts are lined up, he has a plan. With Boris expiring next year and two first round picks to do what he pleases with. MJ has himself poised to truly make a name for himself, good or bad. Everyone keeps saying that this year is a weak draft, but I'm not one of those people. To me, it's a matter of perception. If you've watched any of the NCAA tournament you'll find that it's not a lack of spectacular talent, but an overall wealth of it. More well rounded players. More multifaceted players involved. Pessimists beware of my pre-draft article, because it's going to be chock full of awesome.
The TSP Gamebreaker Award goes to Dub(J White) for his outstanding play tonight. 17Pts to keep the Cats up and running.
What's Next? The Cats face the Knicks tomorrow night at the Cable Box. Yet another tough game.
Trivia Question of the Night: What is DJ White's career high in scoring?