Feb. 4, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez (15) is guarded by the Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens (22) during the second half at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Bobcats 95 - 89. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Bobcats lose to the Suns

I was somewhat incredulous last night after the game.  I couldn’t figure out how the Bobcats lost.  They led or were very close most of the game.  The fourth quarter was just a collapse.  I’m not pissed.  Just confused.  I don’t know how it happened.

I’m convinced that wins and losses don’t matter this time around for the Charlotte Bobcats.  11 straight losses don’t feel like a big deal.  It’s totally bizarre as a fan.  I don’t think it’s tanking because tanking would feel dirty.

The game itself was pretty ugly.  The team who won was 40% from the field on 85 attempts.  The AP wrap-up credits Robin Lopez with a large part of the win.  Robin Lopez?  13 points on 4-8 shooting and 20 minutes and that’s your hero?

It’s fine.  I mean the Bobcats got a double-double out of Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker and Reggie Williams each had over 20 and it was closer than any game over the last 2 or 3 weeks.

But still, the Bobcats lost.  You can blame injuries, and that’s a valid complaint.  You can blame the bench who combined for 14 points.  But you know what?  I don’t want to blame anyone really.  There’s no point in blaming anyone.

Congrats to the Suns, who have had their struggles in their own right.  It was a close game in the NBA.  Robin Lopez, Reggie Williams, the ghost of Michael Redd, not exactly the stars you’d expect to see but that’s the reality right now.

I don’t know where the Bobcats go from here.  More Biyombo, his first start went well with 11 points, 12 rebounds and the customary 2 blocks.  Kemba Walker will continue to be relied on.  I think he would deserve more rookie of the year consideration being the MVP of a bad team over a guy like Ricky Rubio who is sliding into a PG position with guys like Kevin Love scoring 25 ppg and the rest of their guys backing him up.  Kemba is on his own here, with DJ Augustin on the shelf, Corey Maggette in no rush to return from a strained hamstring and Gerald Henderson being nicked up.

The Phoenix team was a valid foe for the Bobcats.  They’re pretty bad as well and down the stretch they simply pulled it out on the back of guys like Robin Lopez and Sebastian Telfair, which, if you’re counting on those guys to win and you do win, congrats.


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