|Luis Scola, PF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +12
The normally consistent Scola finally had a down game, but I suppose that’s excusable. Boris Diaw is a BEAST.
|Chandler Parsons, F 31 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +7
After the Bobcats cut it to 5 with just under 3 minutes left, Parsons hit a huge three, then a fallaway two in the corner. After Kemba Walker came back with a jumper of his own, Parsons put it on the floor and finished with a nifty reverse lay-up. He was the team’s closer tonight, leading them in scoring and playing an all-around great game. It’s good to see Morey’s found yet another ruby searching through second round sewage.
|Samuel Dalembert, C 26 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +18
Dalembert was solid on the defensive end, but saw a bit of trouble against Byron Mullens, who led the Bobcats in scoring.
|Kevin Martin, SG 42 MIN | 5-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +11
Martin had a terrible shooting night, and managed 17 of the ugliest points you’ll ever see.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 41 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 8 AST | 6 PTS | +19
It was weird to watch Lowry not look for his shot tonight. He finished second on the team in rebounds and had a respectable number of assists, but the results didn’t feel like his triple double flirtations of the past.
|Goran Dragic, PG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -6
Dragic just didn’t bring it tonight. From the start he looked wobbly, finishing with 3 turnovers and 1 assist in 12 minutes. With the Spurs coming to town tomorrow night, Dragic’s lack of sobriety forced McHale to play Lowry over 40 minutes.
Three Things We Saw
- This may have been the most repulsive excuse for a professional basketball game the league’s put on display this season. Was the lockout a possible reason for it? Maybe. The two defenses heading into tonight’s game ranked at the NBA’s bottom, yet Houston shot 38.6% and Charlotte 34.1%. Offense simply did not want to show its face.
- The Rockets had 22 turnovers, but Luis Scola was called for traveling 97 times. Weird.
- As gross as things were, the Rockets won the basketball game, and did so with their second round draft pick leading the team in scoring, and closing the game down the stretch. That’s great news as the team prepares for its eventual major roster turnover next season.