12 straight losses. That, followed by a big sigh is about all the insight I’ve got. You watch bad basketball, you hope for some glimmer of hope for the young guys. It is getting harder and harder to watch and keep up. I don’t want to be “that guy” or some miserable blogger but I don’t know what to do or say about it.
I’m not willing to say it’s intentional, no one wants to lose this often, this badly. The Charlotte Bobcats ended their circus road-trip with their 12th straight loss tonight to the Boston Celtics. I said on twitter that I didn’t expect the Bobcats to win, but they played well enough, just like against the Suns, to be competitive into the third and fourth quarter to make me think they had a chance.
Derrick Brown played really well. 10-10, which adds up to a career high 20 points and 4 rebounds, for a guy who wanted to be in Charlotte before he was even allowed to be signed in the time between resolution and ratification of this summer’s lockout. Next on the thumbs-up list was Reggie Williams, 21 points on 6-15 shooting, 3 rebounds, 5 assists.
Everyone else, everyone, was a disappointment in my mind. Kemba Walker, 4 turnovers, 2 assists, 16 points but led the team in rebounds. The rookie point guard isn’t supposed to lead your team in rebounding. Bismack Biyombo followed up a 5-5 outing with 1-5. I don’t expect that much offensively out of him, especially around all those arms that come at you under the basket in Boston. The best thing I can say about Boris Diaw is that he didn’t take that many shots. The bad thing is, he was on the floor for 29 minutes.
The Celtics had a big night. Not in that they just played well or anything, but the Paul Pierce storyline was big. He finished with only 15 points but his +/- was +26 and he passed Larry Bird for second on the Boston Celtics all-time scoring leader list. John Havlicek is next on the list, at #1 but he’s about 5,000 ahead of Pierce.
It was even scoring across the board for Boston and that suffocating, problem causing defense that helped them keep the Bobcats at arms length throughout. Kevin Garnett who I hate, was the leading scorer for the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds. Ray Allen had 17, 13 in the 3rd quarter. Rondo had 10 points and 14(!) assists.
So, the Celtics are still better than the Bobcats. It won’t always be like this, because Boston is old and the Bobcats are young. This is the first of 4 meetings between these teams and I have hope for the other 3 based on this one.