Well, let’s just say this right off the bat — it was not a good start to 2014 for the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats got squashed and lost their first game of the new year to Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers by a final score of 112-85. What was the problem? Why couldn’t Charlotte even keep it close? Inconsistency.
The inability to play through all four quarters has seemed to be the key problem for the Bobcats in their recent slump. This was the team’s fourth loss in a row, but they didn’t even keep it close in the second half this time. Even in games where Charlotte loses by close margins, it seems that consistent basketball still isn’t present. At the end of the first half, the score stood tied at 51, but what happened next? Inconsistency set in as they only scored 29 points in the second half.
To put it in perspective, the Bobcats matched their horrendous second-half scoring total with their 29 point second quarter. Kemba Walker also continued his growing shooting slump as he shot 4-of-10 from the field for just 14 points. It’s been a long time since anybody in a Charlotte uniform has scored 15 points or more in a game.
Though all of the starters scored in double-digits, that didn’t take away from their horrid second half that was full of shooting woes. They truly could not keep up with the Doc Rivers-led team. If the Bobcats actually want to win ball games consistently, its simple: they have to play all four quarters.