CHARLOTTE --- Whatever the Charlotte Bobcats did in the first half of their season-opener Monday night doesn't matter. It's what the team did after the intermission in its 96-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that is the lesson it needs to take moving forward.
Charlotte trailed 52-41 at the half and by 14 points early in the third quarter, but the home team then got defensive, infused by the simple nature of making a few shots.
It pounded the glass harder, defended better on the ball and getting in passing lanes. And it continued making shots.
Bobcats coach Paul Silas stressed throughout training camp to shoot the ball when open, regardless of the player. Everyone has a green light. Players were pump-faking and passing in the first half, but after the intermission they were more assertive. They began shooting the ball, and the ball began to fall through the cylinder. And when shots start dropping, even NBA players pick up their overall intensity just like at every other level...