The Charlotte Bobcats once again are losers of a game they easily could have had tonight, as they lost to the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 89-87. Former Bobcats star D.J. Augustin (28 points, 15 in the fourth) came up huge for the Bulls in the fourth quarter as he sunk four of five shots (three three-pointers) to help break up a tightly contested game.
In what was mainly a sloppy game from both teams, we can conclude that you never know what you will get from the Cats. One night they’ll lose by about 30, and then the next they will lose by just two points. You never know what Bobcats team your going to see on the court going into a game.
The Bobcats had another 10+ turnover night against Chicago and it clearly led to greatly missed possessions. When you end up losing by under five points, you can go back and realize a lot of mistakes cost you.
Costly turnovers might be one of the main reasons the Cats couldn’t overcome Augustin and the Bulls. Of course, the inconsistency of the defense in the fourth comes into play as well. Lost possessions aren’t the only thing that cost Steve Clifford and his boys tonight.
It was just a plain out ugly game. When two defensive minded teams go up against one another there is no telling what type of game you’re going to see. Though the Bobcats cut the Bulls’ lead to six with just 1:50 remaining, the game seemed a little closer than it truly was.
Two points doesn’t always mean a desperation shot could have won it. With just a few seconds left in the final quarter, Augustin hit two key free throws to seal the deal with an 89-84 lead. Al Jefferson hit a three as the horn sounded to cut the deficit to just two, but no time was left on the clock.
Despite the loss Jefferson continued his hot streak. The 29-year-old center had 32 points and 13 rebounds, as the Cats failed to secure their 20th win of the season.
This was “Big Al’s” 10th straight 20-point game. The upsetting loss goes to show once again that Charlotte simply can’t be a consistent team when it comes down to the final frame. The Bulls move back to .500 with their 11th win in the last 14 games.
Charlotte Bobcats Game MVP: Al Jefferson
Honorable Mention: Jannero Pargo
Chicago Bulls Game MVP: D.J. Augustin
Honorable Mention: Joakim Noah