Boy does it feel good to be able to say that the Bobcats are on a WIN streak. I don’t care if it is only 1 game. A win streak is a win streak. We’ll be looking to extend the streak to 2 on Wednesday at home, but for now, let’s just bask in the glory that is. Now I know Pistons fans are probably saying, “We lost to the Bobcats? They suck! We were on a 4-game win streak.” Let me tell them to look to the Bulls. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Bobcats are MUCH better than their record suggests. We’re a pesky team that, when playing as we are capable of, will give you that loss that you did not want. I don’t know what we will have to do to start earning respect, but more wins like this and perhaps we’ll gain some. So are you wondering how we got the streak started? Take the jump and find out my friends
If you’re a casual fan and you look at the box score, you would think a 21-30 1st, must have been a slow start. It sure is good to see that we got things in gear in the second because that 38-30 2nd really got things close. As for the 3rd and 4th, any fan is thinking that either both teams couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean, or both teams really played good defense. I actually believe both may be true. The first may be truer than the latter, but the 3rd and 4th were really nail biters. Once we got into overtime, however, the Pistons were only able to hit 2 free throws and a 3-pointer that couldn’t have been defended any better than it was. With all of the ups and downs, it truly was an exciting game to watch.
I sat through the entire game. I criticized the substitutions, the time out calls, and even shot selection and time clock management (what Bobcats fan doesn’t do that?). I’ve just really been frustrated lately, as has everyone else. Losing after having 20-point leads, blowing the game in Cleveland…
Well…we’re young and it happens. It’s a fact we all have to face. With multiple 1st round draft picks forthcoming, hopefully we can get another couple of steals in the next draft. Combine that with another free agent signing, and I truly believe that next season will be where you see the Bobcats reach their turning point. Am I giving up on this season? I NEVER GIVE UP. I want us to win it all and the championship, but reality is that we will play many more games this season, we’ll have some players representing us in the Rookie-Sophomore game, and we’ll be looking for some respect. Will we make the playoffs? That is yet to be seen. I don’t think we will, but that’s OK if we don’t. I like watching us win, and I hate watching us lose. It is a fine line to walk as a Bobcats fan. If the losing strikes a nerve, look to last season when the guys didn’t even look like they were trying. The 2012-2013 Bobcats don’t even have a glimmer for that. You’ve got players playing until that buzzer sounds. It doesn’t matter if we are down 20, just blew a 20-point lead, we just took the lead, or we’re fighting for the win; WE DON’T QUIT. You have to love that about us. We didn’t quit tonight and we came away with a 108 – 101,overtime victory. Let me share some numbers from the night:
Walker = 20pts / 7 assists / 2 steals / 2 rebounds/ 1 block
Gordon = 18pts / 4 assists / 3 steals / 3 rebounds
Sessions = 15pts / 1 assist / 2 steals / 2 rebounds
Thomas = 13pts / 5 rebounds / 1 steal / 1 block
Kidd-Gilchrist = 11pts / 8 rebounds / 1 block
Biyombo = 10pts / 17 rebounds
I’m really proud of these numbers tonight. It was a balanced scoring attack, and we played well in the game. Biz looks like he might possibly be turning the corner to a certain extent. He is starting to have a double double every now and again, and that’s quite refreshing for a player who has constantly been billed as a raw talent that may take years to develop. He’s not there yet, but he’s getting closer.
Kemba Walker is the stat-stuffing choice for the Trade Street Post Game-breaker award for the night. His game tying shot in regulation, and an unbelievable reverse lay-up in overtime easily secures it for him. Tonight, however, I’m giving a second Game-breaker award out. Tyrus Thomas got the start tonight, and to be honest, I cringe when he takes the court. He makes silly mistakes, and often, his “killspot” shots, makes me close my eyes when he launches them. Tonight was no exception, but the difference was that he finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, a steal, and a block. I have always been a huge fan of amnestying the guy. Make no mistake about it that I am always for giving guys second chances. I was at the front of that line this season, only to see him injure his calf early on. He has returned again, and in all honesty, I’m waiting on him to fly apart again. I don’t dog our players, so I hope that this is his window of opportunity to become the player he was back in 2009-2010 when we wanted to keep him. Let him be that player and improve to be even more. If he can’t, let the front office do what they see fit. For now, though, Tyrus, it’s good to see a good game out of you. Build on it my friend.
Our next opponent is the Utah Jazz. They will be swinging into Charlotte on Wednesday night. That gives our guys a couple days to rest and nurse those sore muscles. The Cats Crazies are to be in attendance for that game, so be looking and listening for them. For those who don’t know, the Cats Crazies are some of the most passionate Bobcats fans on the planet. They have cheers for the players and they do their best to get the area they are in, and ultimately the arena, fired up and screaming for our beloved Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats Crazies want Time Warner Cable Arena to be the 6th man of this team. We need the arena to be rocking and rolling so that the visiting team can’t ever quite get in synch. I should be in attendance with the Crazies for that game, so stop by and say hi. Also…let us hear you cheering on our Bobcats.
Let’s go CATS!