The Charlotte Bobcats faced the Toronto Raptors at home on Wednesday night. The Bobcats were still riding the momentum of beating the New York Knicks and for much of the first half, it looked as though the Bobcats were going to cruise past the Raptors.
Gerald Henderson frustrated and beat Toronto forward Demar DeRozan with relative ease, but this certainly wasn’t an easy 92-90 win over the Raptors.
The Bobcats had 13 missed free throws that allowed the Raptors to stay in the game. However, the Raptors' 13 turnovers allowed the Bobcats to hold on to the lead. In the end, a 23-point night - which included a buzzer-beating three pointer from Henderson - gave the Bobcats the victory.
Obviously this was a tough loss for the Raptors, but there are some positives to take away from it. Jonas Valanciunas continued charging the net and ended the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Rudy Gay led the way with 20 points, even though his shooting was average at best. So the Raptors are clearly starting to get some more consistent play from their bigger players. This game is just a result of going down too early.
The Bobcats were able to penetrate the Raptors defence far too easily in the first quarter and DeRozan just couldn’t deal with the constant pressure from Henderson.
This is the second straight loss for the Raptors and I’m sure coach Dwayne Casey’s first objective will be to address the defensive breakdown before Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
I believe if the Raptors can tighten up things on the defensive end, they’ll start winning games more consistently. For the Bobcats, it’s another win and I for one can’t wait to see how far the Bobcats will go this season.
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