The first half was exactly like I thought it would be, flat, ugly, and just gross. The most exciting thing about the first half was the ovation given for Big Al by the Utah faithful. Other than that you had a lot of bad defending, lack of rebounding, and just bad basketball. A very frustrating half for Bobcats fans. In the first half, you could certainly tell the Bobcats were on the first game of a west coast trip.
The third quarter was up and down for the Bobcats but was an overall better quarter. A theme throughout this season seems to be the ability for Coach Clifford to control his team during the course of the game. Coach always seems to call time outs and get good response from his team. What we are seeing is a good defense suffering because it’s missing it’s centerpiece, in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. With that being sad, the Bobcats still were down by 10.
The fourth was a solid quarter for the Cats, but at the end of the day it was not enough to win. Hopefully this team remains patient. Otherwise, things could get ugly fast.
Grading The Starters:
PG: Kemba Walker: B
-Kemba helped nicely to get his team back in the game. A decent comeback performance after his lackluster game in ATL.
SG: Gerald Henderson: A-
-Gerald came up big for the Cats tonight. He played a very nice game.
SF: Anthony Tolliver: D
-Not much from Tolliver tonight.
PF: Josh McRoberts: D
-You can pretty much always tell how well McRoberts game went based off of assists. Tonight he had 4, not enough.
C: Al Jefferson: B
-Al’s homecoming was good, but not great. He had a put back that would've made the game very interesting, but he missed it.
Charlotte Sports Blog’s Player Of The Game: Trey Burke (G)
Next Bobcats Game:
The Bobcats will jet off to Los Angeles immediately following tonight's game. They will take on the Clippers Wednesday in the Staples Center. This will be the first game of a very challenging back to back, as a rested Portland team will be waiting on Charlotte for Thursday night’s contest. Gametime Wednesday in Los Angeles is set for 9:30 PM EST.
The Charlotte Sports Blog would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe