Originally written on Trade Street Post  |  Last updated 11/14/14

The Bobcats come into this game TIRED. They battled the Bucks to the bitter end last night.  Only 6 players scored for the Fighting Felines last night, and they were hoping more points would come from other areas.  Atlanta came off of a victory last night off of the Detroit Pistons.  The Bobcats only had 9 available players and needed everything from every one of them as the Hawks threw the kitchen sink and Jeff Teague at the Bobcats. Bobcats fell 116-96 to the Hawks.



First quarter started off a little sluggish, until Byron Mullens blew up for a 3 and an alley-oop from Gerald Henderson. Joe Johnson and Josh Smith had other thoughts as they stormed the Hawks back to the lead early in the 1st.  Back to back turnovers lead to back-to-back fast break baskets for the A T L.  Not what we want to see. Rough passing early on, not enough cuts and no movement.  Byron Mullens continues his confidence push as he leads the team offensively for the second night in a row. Kemba Walker has looked solid offensively and is finally getting his early shots to fall. Still waiting for bench production. LOOKING AT YOU, DJ WHITE!  Corey Maggette made his way into the game late in the 1st, but did not contribute.

Fight fight fight for Char-lotte fight fight fight to wi-......well the Bobcats are fighting strong here in the second, and they are trying to win.  No love for a Bobcats fight song that's as awesome as the University of Iowa, but we can always hope.  Kemba, Byron, Hendo, and Corey Higgins? Yes, Corey Higgins has contributed in a positive way.  The Cats battled head to head with the Feathered Air Brigade of Atlanta and came out close mid way through the second.  Still lots of mistakes, but we're seeing a desperate team that simply will not give up.  Making the team fun to watch is really the biggest part despite winning. The Hawks knocked down a barrage of 3's to climb ahead by 8 late in the 2nd.  The average to good shooting that the Cats had been enjoying fell off a cliff as they bricked shot after shot late in the 2nd. ATL goes up 48-36 at the half. 

I changed the channel to watch some of the NCAA Hockey Championship. I turned it back and the Bobcats were down 20.  Looks like Atlanta's long range shooting is not cooling down and the Cats can't do anything to stop it.  On the offensive end, we're simply not getting it done. Too many turnovers and now a lack of will have infected the team. They're beaten and tired. Very hard to keep focused.  Little bit of life clawing it's way back in, but it's obvious that after last night's battle and not getting home until after 2am, this team is tired.

The 4th quarter seemed to go on forever. There was a little bit of coast-to-coast Matt Carroll, but not a whole lot else. You know, at this point in the season, you have to give the team credit for heart.  They got down 20 and brought it back to 12 before losing control again, but they sure keep fighting. We simply do not have the talent or energy to stick around in a game like this.  Good fight Cats, I salute you.

Gamebreaker Award: Goes to Cory Higgins. I, in no way, endorse this guy being in the NBA what so ever, but he played hard tonight and rocked it.  Good for him.  He had a career high of 22 pts and 9/15 shooting. A golf clap for you sir.


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