If someone was to tell you in the beginning of the season that the Charlotte Bobcats could beat the Brooklyn Nets, would you believe them? After tonight’s game, you can actually say that the Cats were the better team than the struggling Nets (now 3-8), something nobody would have expected to happen anytime this season.
In fact, the Bobcats are looking like a better overall team than Brooklyn as they move to a record of 6-6 after their 95-91 win on Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable arena. Tonight was a night that Charlotte fans can actually go to bed happy as they now find their team in a top five spot in the Eastern Conference.
Yes, it sure is early in the season … But sooner or later we could see this Charlotte team as a possible playoff team. Is it too early to think that? No. You can just see that if this team slowly improves throughout the entire season, they could easily become playoff material and slip in at the eighth spot.
It maybe is to early to suspect that, but let’s hop right into the Cats win over the Nets tonight. Both star centers for each team were inactive tonight as Brook Lopez sat out with a sprained ankle and Al Jefferson (man, has this guy been upsetting so far) was out once again with a sore ankle. With big players out for each team, you just knew someone had to step up. Kemba Walker was the best candidate for MVP of the night as he was on fire from the field.
Walker had one of the best scoring games of his career tonight as he had 31 total points on 12-of-20 shooting. He is slowly becoming the face of the franchise and this performance today shows that he can be the primary leader for this team and have big games when the Cats need his presence most.
Now, we’re not going to sit here and talk about every player’s specific performance, but there is one player I’d love to call out besides Kemba, and that man is Josh McRoberts. Dang, has this guy been possibly the most quiet contributor in the entire league? It seems as though every night he has such a balanced performance; did you know he leads the entire Bobcats roster in assists? Who would have thought? I feel his contributions have gone just a tad unnoticed. Tonight he had a very quiet six points, seven rebounds and five assists to help in the improbable win over Andray Blatche and the Nets.
Andray Blatche? Your probably asking why would I not say “Joe Johnson and the Nets” or “Deron Williams and the Nets,” but tonight … This guy, in my mind, looked like he was the star of the Nets. The star performer for the B-town boys was none other than Blatche who went off with 25 points (11-of-14 shooting) and seven rebounds. Oh, I forgot to mention … This great performance didn’t come from a starter, it came from a bench player. One of the only good things that Brooklyn can take from this game was his exceptional play.
I also liked what I saw from another quiet Bobcats player, and that is the often seldom used Jeff Adrien. He had a surplus of minutes tonight (25 total minutes) and he did nothing more than impress as he had seven points and a team-leading 10 rebounds (including five offensive boards). His good amount of minutes were most likely do to Jefferson’s minutes being up in the air as a result of his third-straight missed game.
The Cats took a big lead in the third, but the Nets rallied in the fourth to cut the lead to just four. However, they came up just short in the end and as a result Charlotte now is back at .500. The Nets actually out-shot the Bobcats tonight, but their inconsistency on the rebounding end and numerous amounts of turnovers ultimately led to the loss and the now 3-8 record.
The Bobcats next game is against the Phoenix Suns on Friday at 7 p.m. EST. Jefferson will most likely make his return according to head coach Steve Clifford.