Singleton had a fast-break dunk to bring the Wizards to 91-86 with 5 minutes 40 seconds remaining, but the Bobcats responded with a 14-0 run over the next four minutes, allowing the team that Michael Jordan owns to add misery to the franchise that banished him nearly seven years ago. "They kick you while you're down," Shaun Livingston said. "When you're losing games like this, you got to find ways to win or you'll find ways to lose."
"We always have something going on with our team," coach Flip Saunders said Friday before Charlotte beat Washington 107-96 for the Wizards' team-record 14th straight loss. "It's just one thing after another." Saunders and Wizards players reacted with relief and some dark humor after finding out about three hours before facing the Bobcats that Arenas won't be going to prison for bringing unloaded guns in the locker room in December. Arenas began serving his season-long suspension on Jan. 6.
Not even a career-high 19 points from Alonzo Gee, playing on his second 10-day contract and starting for the injured Al Thornton, could prevent their 50th defeat of the season. Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, Stephen Jackson added 20 and the Bobcats overcame some lackadaisical stretches to move four games above .500 for the first time in their six-year history.
I knew Gee had been playing fairly well, but just how well is fairly well? (The answer: fairly. I know, I'm helpful.) Looking at Knickerblogger's 2010 stat page to get more specific, Gee has an effective field goal percentage of 54.7, third on the current roster behind Mike Miller (no surprise there) and Fabricio Oberto (who rarely plays, so there might be some sample size issues with him). Gee's 55.5 True Shooting percentage also is third, behind the same two players. Gee is shooting an astronomical 83.3 percent on three-pointers, which is bound to come down, but it's nice to see him providing an outside threat for the team. His PER of 16.8 is second among guys on the active roster behind Andray Blatche. He has a higher rebound rate than both Blatche and JaVale McGee. So basically he's, you know, good.