If you are a fan of good basketball and the NBA, I hoped you missed Monday night’s game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Hornets and the Bobcats, which are arguably the two worst teams in the NBA, put together offensive performances that would rival that of LSU’s offense in the 2012 BCS National Championship game.
The first three minutes of the game included nine missed shots, three turnovers and only two points.
Needless to say, the first quarter was low scoring and ended with the Hornets leading 20-14. The two teams combined for 11 turnovers in the first quarter and only 15 made field goals.
The second quarter actually showed an increase in production by both teams, but the Hornets still finished the half with 24 missed shots and 39 percent shooting.
Charlotte found its stroke in the third quarter and looked like a competent NBA team, scoring 26 points on greater than 50 percent shooting.
But in the fourth quarter, the teams combined for only 28 points.
The Hornets and the Bobcats entered the game as statistically the worst scoring teams in the league, averaging 88.6 and 87.1 points per game, respectively.
But astonishingly enough, the two teams lowered the bar even more when the final buzzer sounded and the game ended with a 73-71 Charlotte victory.
Only seven players scored in double figures – four from the Hornets and three from the Bobcats. Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack and Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson shared the top scoring honors with 15 points each.
New Orleans finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field, and Charlotte shot 43 percent but went 0 for 12 from 3-point range. I think it is safe to say no one on the Bobcats is going to compete with Steve Kerr anytime soon for the highest 3-point shooting percentage in NBA history.
Along with the abysmal 3-point shooting from the Bobcats, maybe the only other reason why the Hornets were close to a victory was because Charlotte had more turnovers than it did assists (17 to 16).
I’m not sure if the 10 fans who were at the game enjoyed it, but after watching it on television, I would not be surprised if Cox Sports Television decided to air a rerun of the Louisiana High School basketball State Championship game during the next time these two teams played.
But on the bright side, maybe this game taught some non-athletic kids a valuable lesson: Even though you can’t make a jump shot, if you’re tall enough, you can still make it into the NBA.
About the Author
Written by Jarred LeBlanc
A New Orleans native who was a sports writer for the Daily Reveille from 2008 through 2010.