Fresh off of a key win against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, the Charlotte Bobcats looked to use their high confidence to stop Goran Dragic and the Phoenix Suns. The Cats couldn’t pull the same tricks they did just a night before, however, as they lost to LA by a final score of 105-95.
Al Jefferson most notably dropped below his standards from the previous game, as he only managed to put up 10 points (4-15 shooting) and six rebounds. The slump lasted the entirety of the game as Big Al truly couldn’t find his groove inside the post or in the mid range game Saturday night.
Jefferson had a standout 40 points and 18 rebounds just a game before. It was a serious shock to Bobcats nation; without Jefferson playing his best ball, it becomes hard for this team to stay in the contest all four quarters. His scoring and rebounding presence has made a significant difference for Charlotte in Kemba Walker‘s absence.
Double figures were achieved by seven Cats, but Goran Dragic overpowered the poor rebounding Cats. Dragic’s 25 points (10-14 shooting) were a game high for Phoenix, and once again Charlotte couldn’t find an answer to a hot shooting streak. Not only was Dragic impressive, but the Suns rebounding core as a whole was impressive.
The rising young team out rebounded the Bobcats 51-to-34. All 12 Suns that entered the game compiled a rebound, and all but one had more than two. There was no problems for Miles Plumlee (11 rebounds) and company to grab every defensive board possible.
A combination of poor perimeter defense and rebounding will most definitely lead to a defeat and Charlotte learned that directly tonight. The Cats dropped to 21-28 with the “L” tonight, but they are still the holders of the final playoff spot in the East by a half game. The Jefferson-led squad will look to redeem themselves Tuesday night as they go up against Steph Curry and the powerhouse Golden State Warriors at 10:30 ET.
Charlotte Bobcats Game MVP: No players performance truly stood out
Honorable Mention: Jannero Pargo
Phoenix Suns Game MVP: Goran Dragic
Honorable Mention: Markieff Morris
In other news, “$13 million man” (with just a five points a game average) Ben Gordon DNP’d his 11th straight game, as he was out with an “illness.” He did not travel with the team to Denver Tuesday and hasn’t been labelled with any new “injury” news since. Bummer! (Not!)