Post-mortem: Bobcats 94, Cavs 87
The good: I could give credit for a late-game rally, but it was too little too late. It's becoming a trend with the Cavs that they clamp down on opposing teams defensively in the fourth quarter. They held the Bobcats without a field goal for the last 9:06. Too little, too late.
The bad: Once again the Cavaliers gave ground in the paint. The Bobcats deserve some credit because they had their outside and inside games working tonight. Gerald Wallace had both working as he scored on easy dunks, but killed the Cavs in the third quarter by connecting on 3-of-4 three-point shots.
The ugly: It took being down by 24 for the Cavs to wake up. The Bobcats went on a 16-7 run to open the third quarter. That was pretty much the ball game, despite the fact that the Cavs made a run at them.
Other notes: Despite 25 points and eight rebounds, LeBron James didn't have a particularly good game, as he turned the ball over six times in the game. As a team, the Cavs turned it over 17 times which led to 20 Bobcat points...Rookie Danny Green scored more points (two) than Delonte West...J.J. Hickson didn't see the ball much Friday, taking just two shots. That shouldn't be a big surprise given the Cavs had just 14 assists as a team against Charlotte.
Game: Cavs (11-4) at Charlotte Bobcats (11-4)
TV: FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM).
Cavs: LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson (F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Bobcats: Gerald Wallace (F); Boris Diaw (F); Tyson Chandler (F); Stephen Jackson (G); Raymond Felton (G).
Injured: Cavs: Leon Powe. Bobcats: None.
Officials: Eddie Rush, Joe Forte and Phil Robinson.
Owning the second best road record (6-2) in the NBA behind the Dallas Mavericks, the Cavaliers arrive in Charlotte having won three games in a row. The Bobcats have their own two-game win streak going as they impressively beat the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. Their 35-point win against Toronto was the largest margin of victory in team history.
Big key to the game is how Anthony Parker handles the recently acquired Stephen Jackson. Jackson came to the Bobcats in a trade with the Golden State Warriors. Jackson scored 23 points in his team's win over the Raptors. Equally as important: LeBron's handling of forward Gerald Wallace who scored a season high 31 points against Toronto.