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Charlotte Bobcats / Toronto Raptors recap and a look ahead to the Washington Wizards

The Charlotte Bobcats survived the Toronto Raptors last night to gain their second win of the season. The Raptors played the Bobcats tough and had strong nights from Andrea (chick name) Bargnani, Sonny (Wait.. Who?) Weems and Reggie (good touch bad touch) Evans.

rambling sidebar - I really have a hard time calling a man Andrea, maybe its because when I was in this college there was this thick 5'5" sister named Andrea that looked like Lisa Raye dipped in Hershey's chocolate. She was phenomenally smoking, but to delve into further detail probably borders on a little to much sharing for this blog.

There were a few interesting things to note in this game.

  • There were extended minutes for Gerald Henderson and he made the most of them. He showed his usual aggressiveness on defense and displayed a surprisingly consistent jumper. Hendo wound up with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal in 19 minutes.

  • Tyrus Thomas was a defensive force in his limited minutes. If anyone can explain to me why Boris got 17 minutes more this game than Tyrus, I would be glad to hear your rationale on it. In 21 minutes TT tore it up for 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 huge blocked shots.

  • Jax was inconsistent for the first 3 quarters, but with the game on the line in the closing minutes he knocked down a couple of gianourmous threes and stripped the ball from Andrea ( theres that name again ) Bargnani. When things got tight, Jax stepped up big time.  He may not have exactly made love to pressure against the Raptors, but at a minimum he did some heavy petting.

  • DJ Augustin had a solid game at the PG spot on his birthday with 16 points, 7 assists, 3 steals and shooting 3-5 from three point range. He seems to be doing his best not to be seen as any sort of weak link in this lineup since he has taken over for Felton who is doing his thing for the Knicks.

All in all, it wasn't a pretty win, but it was a WIN. So far this season those have been pretty hard to come by.

Looking ahead to Friday's game versus the Wizards, I am really, REALLY looking forward to seeing rookie sensation John Wall. In 6 games this season he has been utterly ridiculous.  Tallying 9 steals in a game last week ( 2 off of the NBA record ) and racking up a triple double last night in just his 6th game as a pro ( my fantasy team really appreciated this ). It truly appears that the hype surrounding him is on the money, you can make the argument that he will have the biggest impact of any player entering the draft since Lebron James.

The Wizards will also have in their lineup Gilbert ( pop a cap in your punk ass ) Arenas. From my understanding Kevlar vests will be sold in the stadium lobby on the off chance that Gil has some sort of meltdown.

This is a game that the Bobcats need to win. Will it happen?