WTF? WTF? WTF?
The Bobcats? The Bobcats? After thumping the rival Spurs at home on national TV the first Sunday with no football? That. Makes. No. Sense.
Then again, this is a young team playing a long season.
But, more importantly, this is what happens when Kobe Bryant fouls out down the stretch. The rest of the team has come a long way, but Kobe is still the straw that stirs the drink. Hell, he’s the blender that mixes the smoothie.
Also, what is up with the Lakers losing the games I don’t watch? I was working from my desk late last night and said, eh, this game will be over by the third quarter, maybe halftime. Feel like I jinxed ‘em or something.
One theory I have is that the Bobcats are just a real physical team. Emeka Okafor, Gerald Wallace and Raja Bell are tough-as-nails players. Maybe that’s why they pounded our Lakers on the boards and outscored us in the paint? Maybe that’s why Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza both, well, sucked?
Boris Diaw also thoroughly outplayed Pau Gasol. 23, 9, 9 compared to 10, 7, 1. Ouch. That’s not going to lead to very many victories. C’mon, Pau.
Then there was Raymond Felton basically outplaying all of our point guards combined in a brilliant 53 minutes (that’s a lot of burn, too).
Speaking of burn, the Bobcats’ top players played huge minutes. It was almost a playoff game for them. It was almost like Phil said, I’d rather lose than play my guys 50 minutes. That makes some sense to me, too. Especially with us still the No. 1 seed.
The good news is that Andrew Bynum continued his tear. 24, 14 and 6 blocks. Diaper Drew, that’s getting it don, dude. Keep on balling. If Bynum turns into a nightly 20-10 guy, then it’s curtains for the rest of the league. Curtains. The only thing that could save them is Kobe having to file for some of his broken ankle insurance.
Those are my thoughts, here are the highlights: