Some days, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. There will be no full blown recap tonight, because the Bobcats somehow failed to meet even my decaying expectations for them. The Washington Wizards came into this game 6-19, the worst record in the Eastern Conference and third-worst in the whole league, without their phenom starting point guard, and they rolled the Bobcats, 108-75, despite not having a single guy with a 10% chance of making an All Star Game in his career.
Sure the Cats missed Gerald Wallace, but has it really come to that? If the situation's gotten so bad that Gerald Wallace, a guy I love, but one I still can admit is "only" a borderline All Star, is the one guy who lifts this team out of top-draft-pick contention, then bring on Kyrie Irving, Josh Selby, Renardo Sidney, or whoever.
It's late, and I only have two bullet points, because I'm afraid I'm being overwhelmed by bitterness, and I don't want to write that way, because even in the midst of a losing season, I want to remain dedicated to the idea that Rufus on Fire is a place to intelligently discuss the Bobcats and basketball in general, and to have fun. We care a lot because we believe that, someday, our support will pay off with glory and ecstasy. We will have fun along the way.
-- The Cats turned it over 29 times, which is an ungodly amount for an NBA game. League average is a shade under 15 per game. Stephen Jackson's 6 led the way, and Gerald Henderson's 4 stick out like a sore thumb because he only played 15 minutes, but every single player who got in the game for Charlotte was credited with a turnover, and 8 players had at least 2 turnovers. That's negligence combined with fluky badness.
-- Dominic McGuire (sigh), it should be noted, is probably not a bad guy. He's a professional athlete who I've never met, and about whom I've read very little that sheds light on him as a person. That said, what I have read indicates he's probably a pretty cool dude, a hard worker, and easily coachable. However, that doesn't change that he's barely an NBA-caliber basketball player. McGuire (sigh) got the start and played 21 minutes, shooting 0-2, getting 6 rebounds, and blocking a shot. The 0-2 is fine by me, because it means he wasn't shooting. But unless he was playing fantastic defense (wouldn't bet on that, given the score), it's unlikely McGuire (sigh) produced more than Derrick Brown and his 3-4 shooting and 4 rebounds (and 3 turnovers), or more than Tyrus Thomas and his 5-7 shooting and 4 rebounds. McGuire (sigh) has become emblematic of Larry Brown's shortcomings. I fully admit that bringing this up all the time probably comes off as unfair to McGuire (sigh), but understand that it's a criticism of management putting him and his teammates into position to fail, and it happened once again tonight, in D.C.