It was a stunning way for the Charlotte Bobcats to end their 10-game losing streak.
The Boston Celtics decided to rest Paul Pierce Tuesday night but it may not have mattered. It was destined to be the Bobcats’ night in a 100-74 victory. The Bobcat defense, non-existent for most of the season, came forth in a major way this particular NBA contest.
Josh McRoberts found himself in the new role of starting forward and was rather impressive with his first double-double for the Bobcats, scoring 13 points and putting in 10 rebounds.
It was about time the Bobcats try something different and putting McRoberts in a starting role was a stroke of genius, at least for this particular evening.
The Bobcats decided to bench Byron Mullens and give McRoberts the starting assignment.
McRoberts will probably stay in the starting lineup for awhile, thanks to his strong performance. He was 5-of-6 from the floor for 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. McRoberts was 5-of-6 from the floor and 1-of-1 in three-point shots. He was 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Those are the kind of numbers that coaches like. Those are also the kind of numbers that should keep him as a starter for awhile.
McRoberts has been averaging 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Expect those numbers to go up dramatically in upcoming weeks. The more time he gets, the more comfortable he’ll be in a Bobcat uniform.
When a team is struggling, changes in the starting lineup can help. They certainly helped the Bobcats Tuesday night.