Charlotte Bobcats’ Improved Defense Nowhere to Be Seen in Blowout Loss to Trail Blazers

By Cody Williams
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The Charlotte Bobcats allowed 70 points in the first half to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night and were down by 21 points as both teams headed to the locker room after two quarters. Though there were two more quarters that were played afterward, those first two quarters pretty much tell you all that you need to know about how this contest played out.

Portland ultimately proved to be one of the NBA’s best once again on their way to this 134-104 win on Thursday night. The Blazers tied a franchise record by knocking down 21 three-point field goals against Charlotte, all while hitting 63.6 percent of their attempts from long-range and knocking down 58.1 percent of their field goal attempts. That’s pretty much been the story with Portland all year.

The Blazers have had the best offense in the league for almost the entire season. However, what’s also been true this year and what made Thursday’s game even more surprising is the fact that the Bobcats have had a solid defense this season.

While Charlotte stayed near the bottom of the league in the 2012-13 season defensively, new head coach Steve Clifford came into this season putting extreme emphasis on defense and the results have shown. Even with the Blazers’ blowout win on Thursday, the Bobcats still rank sixth in the NBA in terms of points allowed per 100 possessions.

Though it’s alarming to have a team drop 134 points on you, this game can’t be looked as at as anything too telling for either team. Portland is a juggernaut offensively that can outscore most any team in the league and the Bobcats are still a developing team that are going to have hiccups. It was ugly for Charlotte and beautiful for the Portland, but there’s nothing to worry about or get too excited about for either team based on this one game.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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