An embarrassing defeat for NBA's worst team

An embarrassing defeat for NBA's worst team

Washington Wizards' James Singleton, center, blocks a shot by Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson, left, as John Wall, back right, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


by Rick Bonnell / Charlotte Observer

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- How bad were the Charlotte Bobcats Monday? Two guys playing on 10-day contracts blew them away.

James Singleton and ex-Bobcat Cartier Martin – who each most recently played in China – combined for 37 points off the bench, giving the Washington Wizards a 113-85 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena.

To those Bobcats fans worried this 7-48 team might fail to deliver the most chances in the May 30 draft lottery: No sweat.

The Bobcats trail the 13-44 Wizards by four games in the loss column. Any combination of six Wizards victories and Bobcats losses clinches Charlotte a 25 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick.

Small consolation for as embarrassing a loss as this team has suffered all season.

The final margin of defeat has been greater, but seldom have the Bobcats looked more lifeless, particularly considering the Wizards are the NBA’s second-worst team.

The Wizards have won all three meetings with the Bobcats this season. They have one last game April 23 in Washington.

“Honestly, we expected to win that game tonight,” said Bobcats guard Matt Carroll. “That’s a game we had circled.”

Riding a 12-game losing streak, it’s hard to imagine the Bobcats taking any team for granted.

“Every team is good,” Carroll continued. “But against Washington, you can’t let that happen, especially at home.”

If this was a game the Bobcats circled, you couldn’t have noticed from the effort.

The Bobcats missed six of their first seven shots and trailed 8-0. The deficit swelled to 23 before halftime and 32 in the second half.

“Right from the jump (ball) I don’t think we brought good effort. The body language was poor,” said assistant Stephen Silas, who served as head coach Monday. “I guess with a young team, they don’t really understand. The NBA’s a tough league. You can’t just come out with no energy.”

The two players who did seemingly bring it were rookie point guard Kemba Walker (16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds) and small forward Corey Maggette (23 points on 7-of-12 shooting off the bench).

Walker planted the blame squarely on himself and the other four starters.

“It started badly from the get-go and it stayed that way,” Walker said. “That’s all on us – the first group. We’ve got to take the blame for this one.”

Not that there’s any lack of blame when you’re losing six of every seven games.

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