There was no fourth quarter collapse, and no second half inconsistency to discuss in this contest. There is truly only one thing to say about the Charlotte Bobcats‘ 119-92 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night: The Cats simply were outplayed from the second the ball was tipped to the second the final buzzer echoed around the arena.
A first quarter that saw Charlotte trailing by just one point didn’t echo the final outcome of the game. A 27-point loss to any team is unacceptable, and you better bet Steve Clifford will be holding an extra long practice to sort out what exactly went wrong in this one.
The Cats couldn’t handle Kevin Love in the post. They couldn’t handle Nikola Pekovic on the rebounding end, and to be brutally honest, Charlotte couldn’t do anything right on this night. Minnesota’s hot offense looked lethal at times as it tore apart Kemba Walker and company’s chance at having a shot in this matchup.
It’s that inconsistent manner that greatly reflects on the now No. 8 seed Bobcats. One game you could see a dominating 15-plus point win, and the next day you could see a heart-breaking 20-plus point loss. You never know what you’re going to get from this team nowadays.
One quarter you could see a dominating lead taken, and then the next quarter it simply diminishes. It’s a recurring process, and Charlotte fans are starting to get a little shaky on what to think about this team.
Are they really even good enough to be Eastern Conference playoff material? Can they patch the inconsistency and shift back to the dominating No. 5 seed we saw earlier this season? Many questions are starting to arise about this often changing Charlotte team and what they really want to accomplish.
Though Charlotte saw a few good things from guys they don’t necessarily need the most out of, the damage was still done and a 20-plus point loss leaves the Cats wobbling at the 8th spot in the East with teams currently tied with them.
Anthony Tolliver scored a season-high 21 points, and the seldom-used Chris Douglas-Roberts shined once again with 16 points in his increasing role with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s injury period. But at the end of the day, those promising performances wont matter if you get outdone in literally every statistic.
The Bobcats were outshot, passed, rebounded and at the end of the day when you’re out scored it’s another upsetting “L” in the loss column. These unneeded losses are going to start coming back to hurt Charlotte if they can’t do anything to correct their ways soon.
The Cats’ next game is Saturday against Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET in the United Center. Watch for the Al Jefferson-Joakim Noah center battle; it should be a great matchup to see. Hopefully the Bobcats can earn a much-needed win if they want to stay in the playoff picture.