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Recap: Bobcats 121 Warriors 110 – Our first villain

Posted by Sup on January 30, 2010

Boxscore Recap

The acrimonious departure of Stephen Jackson from the Golden State Warriors was the other dominant storylines of the Bobcats’ trip to Oracle Arena way too late for me to stay up and watch. So he was prepared for the boos and such when team was introduced just before tipoff. That’s a question I should get to Big Pat, the court announcer for the Bobcats: do you get to make up the order you introduce the visitors? Because they made sure the introduce Jackson last to get the full benefit of the boos coming down.

It didn’t matter to Jack. He kept it all in perspective, with smiles and hugs to players on the Warriors, and a very cordial conversation with Don Nelson. He then dropped 30 on his former teammates. It looks like that is his M.O.:

Jackson is one of 11 players in NBA history to score at least 30 points in his first game against a team that he played for earlier in the same season, but he’s the only player to do it twice! On Feb. 5, 2007, Jackson, then with Golden State, scored 36 points in his first game against Indiana after being traded from the Pacers to the Warriors the previous month.

Thanks, Elias Sports Bureau

It was an efficient 30 points, scored on 22 shots, 3 made threes, and 3 free throws. And he was booed every time he touched the ball. I am trying to think about the last time Charlotte had an unlikeable guy that was this prominent, and I have to go all the way back to Anthony Mason, the former Knick with the highly self inflated opinion of his floor game.  All the noise about Jackson’s return and Dell Curry being on hand to watch Stephen (22 points, 9 assists, 3 steals) overshadowed another big outing for Gerald Wallace, who scored 30 points as well to go with 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Nelson’s freewheeling offense plays right into the hands of guys like Jackson and Wallace, and they felt at home getting up and down the court on Warriors misses and makes. It was good to see Gerald breaking out with rebounds and taking them the length of the floor. He also was efficient, scoring his 30 on only 16 shots and 16 free throw attempts. Everyone seemed to feel good, as the Bobcats outscored the Warriors by 16 over the second and third periods. Everyone but Derrick Brown, who got the quick hook after a defensive lapse in the second.

Monta Ellis is dangerous everywhere on the court. Multiple times, Bobcats players tried to get steals on passes to Ellis, or got off balance trying for on-ball thefts. And each time, Ellis burned them for layups. Because he and Curry are both small point guard types, the attempts to trap them on the perimeter were not very productive, and the Bobcats only forced 9 turnovers, while giving up 16 of their own. What doomed the Warriors was only 15% shooting from three and 58% from the free throw line while getting crushed on the boards 48-32.

The Bobcats continue the road trip with a 2-1 record, peeking over .500 again with a winnable matchup with the Sacramento Kings tonight. Winnable if there has been a better concept of how to stop Tyreke Evans, at least. Still, to come out of this part of the trip 3-1 with games remaining against the Lakers and Portland. I would definitely take a .500 road trip.

Cat of the Night – Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace. 60 combined points, 17 rebounts, 7 assists and 4 steals. You can win a little something with that.

Stat of the Night – 15.8%. The Warriors typically shoot about 35% from three, and with the recent shellacking the Bobcats have been taking from distance, I am very surprised at that number. But Ellis isn’t a very good three point shooter, and his 0-5 didn’t help matters. Curry was 2-4, but that was about it for good shooting from distance.


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