The Bobcats continued their rather lengthy road trip as they have been out since 1/31. Things are different for the Celtics, who started off the season rough and sluggish. They currently ride a 4 game winning streak and have all of their players healthy. It's a different story for the Cats as they are still without Corey Maggette, DJ Augustin, and Gerald Henderson; who are their top 3 scorers. Hope is on the horizon, though; as DJ and Corey are set to return in the near future, and Reggie Williams has already had an immediate impact since coming back from his early season injury. The Cats fell 94-84 to the Celtics.
The first quarter started off a bit rough for both teams. It was a few minutes in before anyone even scored! The Cats started off 3/13 but finished strong. They managed to cling on to the Celtics as the Cats hung on! Reggie Williams is clearly already making an incredible impression as he's played more than passable defense, and very good offense. He led the Bobcats with good court vision, and 3 point shooting. Boris Diaw, much like a wet paper bad, played...something on Kevin Garnett, as Garnett did what ever he felt like doing without any measure of discomfort. Kemba still looks lost on both sides of the ball at times. He had a number of solid moves to the basket, but struggled elsewhere.
The Bobcats started the 2nd on a 7-0 run before trading leads with the Celts for a while. Byron Mullens seems to be improving his court vision and his passing. His defense was also a little better than in the past. He took a couple of rough shots, but was rather efficient when on the floor. Had a couple of steals as well as some strong rebounds. Still a ways to go, but it's good to see improvement. Biyombo's hands were his enemy tonight, as he couldn't hang on to the ball down low. His positioning was good and defense was a little more out of control than normal. Boris Diaw, is, well...he's out there. I can't say enough how much I'd really like to give someone from the D-league a shot at backup PG. Cory Higgins is not a solution. I'll take a second here to eat a little crow and redact some of my extremely negative statements regarding Derrick Brown. He's actually played well in the last few games I've watched, and tonight was no exception. Showing more control than normal and playing solid defense. Hope he keeps it up. The Cats came a bit unraveled late in the second as the Celts went on an 11-3 run finishing the half up 45-38.
The Bobcats were a little rough to start the 3rd, but Kemba found the will and the way to keep the team in the game. Paul Pierce moved ahead of Larry Bird in all time Celtics scoring as Reggie Williams took advantage and drew a foul and a technical from Jermaine O'Neal. The Cats couldn't maintain the momentum; though as they committed a number of poor turnovers and let the Celts take a 52-45 lead with 9:07 to play. Double technicals were handed out to Tyrus and Paul Pierce, as they were both at fault for a rather ridiculous exchange. The Bobcats seem allergic to success. Every time something good happens and they start making good plays; something horrible happens and their play sinks back to a terrible level. Bismack has looked transparent on the floor as Jermaine O'Neal has played excellent defense and has taken him completely out of the game. Tyrus Thomas continues to show why he 1) didn't deserve his contract and 2) why he's a solid trade/amnesty candidate. The Cats were sloppy at the conclusion of the 3rd and fell behind by double digits. Mullens and Brown combined for 9/14 shooting and 19 points, both playing good basketball.
The Celtics continued more of the same in the 4th, as there isn't much else to elaborate on for the game.
Derrick Brown was 10 FOR 10 on the game, as the Cats could not find the net with GPS, map, or compass. Defensive collapse, and some overall rough play at the end of a loooong road trip for the Cats.
TSP Gamebreaker: Derrick Brown, dude when did you suddenly learn to slow down, breathe, not get blocked at the rim, and play well? It was an outstanding game from UPS. He didn't MISS with 10/10 from the floor, played good D and moved well on offense. I hope to see more play like this from him.