IT'S OVER! IT'S OVER!
The Charlotte Bobcats' most recent of double-digit loss streaks has met its demise with today's early afternoon game against the Chicago Bulls.
Even without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who was an late scratch, the Bobcats held off the inconsistent Bulls to hang on with a 10-point win.
This is going to sound weird, but I don't think the Bobcats deserve as much credit for winning this game as the Bulls do for losing it. Chicago lacked effort and focus. Their roster also didn't look that talented. Before I get ahead of myself, the Bobcats' defense wasn't as bad as it's been in the past. The rotations looked decent, but the Bulls missed so many decent looks, it was surprising.
On paper, this may have been an easy victory in the paint for Chicago. But Joakim Noah was barely a factor and Carlos Boozer had an inefficient 19 points on 18 FGA. The Bulls got plenty of looks inside through being able to get good positioning and make entry passes but the Bobcats played the paint well on defense, and made shots for the big guys difficult.
The Bobcats, meanwhile, got plenty of guard penetration, allowing them the ability to stretch the floor. The Bulls couldn't take advantage of the Bobcats' defensive rotations and just didn't put in the gusto to stay with the Bobcats, who drove hard to the hoop, racking up attempts at the free throw line.
Ben Gordon had a good revenge game, going 7-for-12 for 15 points. He also had some moments when he dribbled the ball into the paint, normally a weak point of his game. However, I would say this lies more on the defensive effort. We've seen Ben Gordon make so many unforced errors that I would think the defense either lacks focus or just stinks if they let Gordon waltz in there so unperturbed like I saw.
Regardless, this was a solid game for Charlotte, if nothing else to get a monkey off their back, no less against one of the better teams in the East ... though I'm not sure if that says much at all.
Also, shoutout to Jeff Adrien for ballin' out today. His effort was strong, and even though he had his mistakes here and there, he definitely played better than Hakim Warrick, who underwhelms me more each time I watch him play.