After a win over the short-handed Utah Jazz Friday, there has been little to be happy about in Charlotte Bobcats country.
On Sunday, the Bobcats failed to capitalize on Dwight Howard's foul trouble. On Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, they went nearly seven minutes without scoring their first field goal.
Charlotte still don’t know when Jason Richardson will return from his knee injury. It’s been reported that Richardson still has swelling in the knee and the team plans to bring him back slowly to avoid aggravating the injury.
Gerald Wallace has picked his play up amid all the trade rumors about him; more on that later.
Raymond Felton has been the steady hand for the Bobcats with 12.8 ppg and 4.9 apg. He had a strong game against the Jazz with 23 points and six assists and it seems that when he plays well the Bobcats stay competitive.
The Bobcats are still in desperate need of help in the frontcourt. Emeka Okafor has remained quiet so far this season with averages of nine points and 9.4 rebounds per game. The next best big men are Jared Dudley (6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Ryan Hollins (5.7 ppg, three rpg).
Sean May has made very little impact this season (2.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and has not received much playing time since being reactivated last week.
Charlotte released forward Andre Brown and seldom used forward Linton Johnson III this week, leaving the roster with only 13 players.
Look for the Bobcats to make a trade soon. With two open roster spots, a thin frontcourt, and trade rumors swirling about Wallace, it seems there may be change on the horizon for the team. While it would be nice to keep Wallace, the team’s most exciting player since their inception, he remains the only trade bait that would return a quality player.
Rumors have been picking up about a possible Adam Morrison trade. His increased playing time may be an attempt to showcase him to other teams in hopes to increase his trade value.
The Bobcats travel to Atlanta tonight to face the Hawks (7-4) and return home Saturday to play the Milwaukee Bucks (5-8). The Philadelphia 76ers (5-6) and Elton Brand come to town on Tuesday. Charlotte goes on the road to face the Toronto Raptors (6-5) on Wednesday, and the Indiana Pacers (5-5) on Friday.
Charlotte need to get more wins under their belt this week and try to keep their ship afloat until Richardson returns from his knee injury.
Team Notes: Larry Brown has expressed his frustration with the starters’ lack of effort. He told the Charlotte Observer that he may send a message tonight by starting rookies D.J. Augustin and Alexis Ajinca in place of May and Matt Carroll. The move would make Felton the team's starting shooting guard.