Down the stretch in the fourth quarter and overtime of Wednesday night’s contest between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Brooklyn Nets, it was Kemba Walker and Chris Douglas-Roberts who hit a number of big jumpers to help guide the Bobcats to a 116-111 win and another step closer to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. However, it was Al Jefferson that carried them to that point and who also came up with a number of big rebounds.
Jefferson finished the night with 35 points, 15 rebounds and one assist in 41 minutes of action while shooting a phenomenal 15-27 from the floor and hitting a solid 5-7 from the foul line as well. Jefferson was doing whatever he wanted against Brooklyn, much like he has to anyone in his path over the past few months.
Since the start of 2014, Jefferson has been a near-unstoppable force. In 40 games, the big center has put up 24.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and one block in 35.4 minutes per game while shooting an ever-reliable 53.2 percent from the field. He’s been so effective offensively lately and was so effective on Wednesday against Brooklyn that even Nets forward Paul Pierce was left singing the praises of the Bobcats center.
Per a tweet from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Pierce said after the loss that “nobody on the planet can guard him.” Bondy said that Pierce added after that Jefferson deserves consideration for MVP this season.
Obviously there’s a bit of hyperbole involved here and Jefferson isn’t some immortal super-being blessed by Zeus and Odin with the ability to score a basketball at will. However, there’s no denying the ridiculous level that Jefferson has been playing at this season. He’s not going to take home the MVP trophy by any stretch of the imagination with Kevin Durant and LeBron James still consuming oxygen on this planet, but if he’s not in the top-five-or-so in voting, the voters clearly haven’t been watching what he’s been doing this season in Charlotte.