It was a rough night for the Bobcats as they forgot about the second half of the game on NASCAR night. The Pacers went into the half with only a 1 point lead, but the Bobcats imploded in the 3rd losing both Tyrus Thomas and Stephen Jackson to injury potentially for the remainder of the season. The Bobcats we drudged by the Pacers 111-88. There are a few good things to talk about. More after the tip.
In the first the Cats came out swinging. Jack was on. DJ was on, and things were good as they opened up a 10 point lead on the Pacers. Kwame was more than holding his own against Roy Hibbert and managed to rack up double digits in the 1st half. Boris Diaw was an incredible disappointment the entire game, as he did not even show up. In all 24 minutes he logged. He did not shoot the ball a single time.
The second is where the Pacers woke up and smelled the roses. They began shooting lights out behind Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Granger. They quickly turned a 10 pt deficit into a 1 point lead at the half. That's where the good news ended for the Cats.
The ice age lasted more than just the 3rd quarter tonight. The Bobcats only managed 34 points in the second half with only 15 in the 4th. Tyrus Thomas attempted re-energize the team with a potentially game changing block that ended with a questionable call directly following an incredibly questionable technical foul accessed to Tyrus Thomas for simply rolling the ball away from an official. Two plays later Tyrus landed on his shoulder and ribs very hard. He did not return and the x-ray showed bruised ribs. Jack left the game in the middle of the third with visible pain. Jack's hamstring injury may have sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Jack finished with 11. Kwame with 16. DJ with 17, and Liv with 15.
What's next? The Bobcats have a back to back this Friday and Saturday with the Celtics and Knicks.
The Trade Street Post Game breaker award goes to Kwame Brown for his work inside.
Trivia Question of the Day is a 2pointer. Here she is: Which Bobcat was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for outstanding community service?