The Charlotte Bobcats played three quarters of quality basketball on Wednesday night, unfortunately it takes 4 solid quarters to defeat a team like the San Antonio Spurs.
For the Spurs, Tony Parker led the way finishing with 22 points in another great performance. Parker also dished out seven assists. Parker was steady throughout the game.
However, the story of this game was the play of Kawhi Leonard. Leonard in addition to playing great defense as he always does added 18 points on 7-10 shooting, including shooting 4-5 from three point range. Leonard finished the game with an absurd +24 +/- rating.
Tiago Splitter and Danny Green both added solid games with 15 and 17 points respectively. Splitter and Green also posted great +/-.
Overall, the Spurs finished 9-16 from three point land, and shot 55% from the field.
For the Bobcats, Ramon Sessions had a nice bounce back game scoring 20 points. Kemba Walker had a decent game with 15 points.
The problem for the Bobcats on Wednesday night was the 14 point second quarter. The Bobcats could not buy a bucket, and after that the Spurs just gradually increased their lead in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away.
Yet it seems this game showed the Bobcats two major weaknesses again. Firstly, they gave up over 100 points to the Tim Duncan-less Spurs, and the Bobcats just do not have the firepower to outscore teams. This is the second problem, their is just not enough scoring potential in the starting lineup right now for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday versus the Houston Rockets.