Charlotte Bobcats Week in Review: Nov. 1-5

Austin PennyAnalyst INovember 6, 2009

The Bobcats had a light workload this week, playing only one game and getting three days off between contests.  Charlotte touts a 2-2 record despite being the most inept offensive team in the NBA, averaging only 79.8 points per game. 

They also bring up the rear in field-goal percentage and three-point percentage, shooting just 36% from the field and an abysmal 17.9% from downtown. 

Not all is bad in Charlotte, though, as the Bobcats sit in second place in rebounds per game at 46.3, led by the NBA's leading rebounder in Gerald Wallace, who is pulling down 14 boards per contest. 

The Bobcats have also found a way to win games despite their lack of offense, as is evidenced by their .500 record. 

The Bobcats' two losses have come in Boston and Cleveland, while they have beaten New York and now New Jersey at home. 

Let's take a look at what led the Bobcats to their come-from-behind win against the Nets on Monday evening.

Bobcats 79, Nets 68

The Bobcats looked like they were on their way to another loss thanks to a startling lack of offense on Monday night before their defense kicked into an extra gear in the second half. 

The Bobcats turned an eight point halftime deficit into a five point lead during a third quarter that saw them outscore the Nets 20-7, holding New Jersey scoreless for a period of more than 10 minutes and going on a 24-0 run that stretched over the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter. 

Gerald Wallace was the top performer on the night, putting up 24 points and pulling down a career-high 20 rebounds. 

D.J. Augustin scored 21 points for the Bobcats and Raja Bell made his return from a torn ligament in his wrist, going just 1-for-8 from the field and scoring his only three points on one of his six three-point attempts. 

Despite his personal scoring woes, the Bobcats enjoyed a +11 advantage on the scoreboard when Bell was in the game.

The Bobcats were able to create almost twice as many opportunities from the free throw line as the Nets, shooting 30-of-35 from the stripe while the Nets shot 15-of-18. 

A large part of the reason the Bobcats have had increased success drawing fouls this year is the health of Augustin, who dealt with a strained abdominal muscle for much of last season. 

On Monday, Augustin scored nine of his points from the line and Wallace chipped in nearly half of his points on free throws, going 10-for-13.

The Nets remained winless on the season at 0-4 and lost forward Yi Jianlian with a knee injury after Wallace fell into him.  New Jersey is already without point guard Devin Harris, who is out with a strained groin muscle.

The Bobcats have failed to hit the 80-point mark in three of their four games, but that won't matter as long as they can keep winning.

Losses on the road to the Celtics and Cavs are nothing to be upset about, while a thrilling double-overtime win in their home opener against the Knicks and a come-from-behind win in an ugly game against the Nets are impressive, if for no other reason than the fact that the Bobcats likely would have lost those games in years past.

One of the main reasons the Bobcats have failed to reach the postseason in their existence is their inability to win the games they "should" win.

Charlotte flirted with the playoff picture down the stretch last season, one that saw them record a victory at home against the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers and then take the Celtics to the wire in a two-point double overtime loss in Boston on consecutive nights.

If the Bobcats can establish a sense of consistency throughout the year and avoid any major injuries, there is no reason they shouldn't be in the conversation for a playoff spot come April.

Up Next...

The Bobcats will have four games between now and the next installment of the Weekly Report, taking on the Hawks (4-1), coming off a West Coast swing, at home on Friday night before heading to Chicago to take on the Bulls (3-2) on Saturday night. 

They will be off then until Tuesday when Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and the division rival Magic (4-1) will visit Time Warner Cable Arena. 

The Bobcats will then complete their second straight back-to-back turnaround by heading to Detroit to take on the Pistons (2-3).

The Bobcats have a chance to start out 3-0 at home for the first time in franchise history against the Hawks, and will face four solid teams overall next week. 

A fast start is imperative if the Bobcats want to remain in the conversation in the Southeast, which is crowded early by three 4-1 teams (Miami, Atlanta, Orlando).