The Charlotte Bobcats have been completely awful this season as every game this year has just been one joke after another as at 4-31 they’re the NBA’s stand up comedian act. However during today’s game against the New Jersey Nets they gave up one of their most hurtful jokes.
Facing the fourth worst team in the NBA ahead of themselves at dead last, followed by Washington at 8-28, and Sacramento at 12-25 the Charlotte Bobcats not only allowed the 12-26 New Jersey Nets defeat them 104-101.
Though it gets better or well worse…depending on what way you look at it as New Jersey Net’s guard Deron Williams, whose averaging 21.2 points per game scored 57 points against the helpless Bobcats.
Williams’ 57 points also set a New Jersey Nets franchise record. See I told you it would get better for the Bobcats as they helped Nets’ guard Deron Williams make history.
But wait, there’s more good news as since the Bobcats didn’t allow Williams to score 58 or more meant that they saved their franchise record for most points allowed by one player in a game as Kobe Bryant owns that record from December 29th, 2006 when he dropped 58 points in a 124-133 Lakers loss.
Though unfortunately for the Bobcats unlike they were able to do when they allowed Bryant to put on a shooting clinic for 58 points, they were however unable to come up with the win for Williams’ record breaking outing.
Now to the Bobcats’ defense their defense against opposing teams was considerably better in 2006 than it was this season as they ranked ninth for most points allowed in the NBA with 100.6 points per game where as this season they rank fourth with 101.1 points per game.
Now also to the Bobcats’ defense, head coach Paul Silas told his team not to double team Williams tonight as they were not giving him special “star attention” sort of speak.
As for Williams he loved it.
“I’m used to getting double-teamed on those,” Williams said. “It’s kind of refreshing not to be.”
Though you think after Williams had 39 points through three quarters that you would switch up the defensive routine and try to stop him? Nope, instead they thought that letting him score 18 more points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets to a 104-101 victory was a better idea, a much better idea.
“You can do one of two things: you can try to stop him and double him and leave other players wide open or guard everybody,” Silas said. “I thought that’s mainly what kept us in the game. Nobody else was doing anything (for them). It gave us a chance.”
The Nets will end their four game road trip in Miami on Tuesday so let’s hope that Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra was taking some notes or some advice as to pss pss (whisper noises) to double team the man and shut him down.