Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bobcats Beat Bucks in Overtime

I really hope this is the last time we see Stephen Jackson this year, because he is starting to upset me. We have seen him five times this season, because of the one game when he was with the Warriors. I don't know what it is about this guy, but for some reason he always seems to have big games. Not only against the Bucks does he have big games, but every night it seems he leads this team in scoring. To be honest I really think this team might be the best chance for a low seed in the East to upset a top seed.

As for the game Friday night, the Bucks started off early in the first quarter slow but picked it up late to take a two point lead. This was a very low scoring game with the Bucks only have 19 points in the first. The second was when things got out of hand for twelve NBA minutes. This was the highest scoring quarter for both teams, but it seemed that every possession the Bobcats were shooting free throws. The Bobcats were 14-18 from the free throw line in the quarter, while Milwaukee was 10-15 from the line for the whole game. The Bucks have been getting killed at the line of late, so if they want to make a run in the playoffs they need to stop hacking people.

The Bucks were up one after halftime, and the third was a close quarter also. The Bucks had a lead of five a few different times in the quarter, but the Bobcats kept fighting back and won the third quarter by a point. With the game tied at 65 after three quarters you could tell that both teams were not playing well on the offensive side. This game had a playoff feel with about six minutes left in the third quarter. The good thing about that is that the Bucks found out how hard it will be to play on the road against a tough crowd.

The fourth quarter was a very tough one for the Bucks, as they just kept turning over the ball. They had four straight possessions that they never got a shot off. The only good thing is that the Bobcats didn't really take advantage of the Bucks mistakes. Both teams put up a whole 15 points each in the quarter. The biggest shot of the quarter came with 10 seconds left in the quarter when John Salmons hit a game tying three. Raymond Felton missed a jumper at the horn that would send the game into overtime.

In overtime John Salmons pulled the Bucks to within one, after none other than Stephen Jackson hit a three pointer with Delfino right in his face. So it being a one point game with 41 seconds left you'd think the Bucks still had a chance. Well this is when things got ugly, with about two seconds left on the shot clock Jackson was way out at midcourt on the floor when Luc Richard hit his face diving for the ball. The refs bailed out Jackson, and called a foul. That put 14 seconds on the shot clock for the Bobcats to work with. Raymond Felton would put up a jump shot with 4 seconds left in the game. He would miss, but Tyson Chandler smacked the ball out to half to allow the time to expire on the Bucks chance to win it. Just an awful final 40 seconds for the Bucks as they never even got a chance to take a shot.

Lets check out some highlights from this tough 87-86 Bobcats win.

* John Salmons is getting the Bucks POTG because he hit that huge three to give Milwaukee a chance in overtime. He finished the game with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Another solid game from the trade deadline man, but it just wasn't enough to get the win.

* Andrew Bogut had a nice block party Friday night in Charlotte. He finished with a double double scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocks. He also played the last third of the fourth on with five fouls.

* 6-21 from three point line for the Bucks, if you going to take that many of them you should be making a few more than that.

*Stephen Jackson, I mean I think I saw this guy in my dreams last night. That SOB was just on fire again Saturday night against Bucks. He finished with 32 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. That will get him the Hunter of the Night award for Saturday. Like I said above if we don't play this guy again this year I wouldn't be upset.

Milwaukee dropped out of the 5th seed as Miami won Saturday night. So as of right now they are the 6th seed in the East, and would play the Celtics I would guess because they already won their division. The Hawks could still catch the Magic, but the Hawks would have to win out. Milwaukee only has a one game lead on the Bobcats going into Saturdays game against the Suns. So they could drop to the 7th seed, and then have to face the Magic. Either way they need to start winning games, and that better start tonight against the Suns at home. For the rest of the box score click the link below.


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