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NYtilIdie
01-11-2011, 01:54 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Matt Carroll’s(notes) first hint was the curtains blocking off the upper deck when he came out for his pregame shooting routine. The effects of a rare Southern snowstorm really hit home just before tip-off when the Charlotte guard was supposed to throw a free T-shirt into the crowd.

“I was looking around and I couldn’t find anybody,” Carroll said. “So I said I was going to throw it up to a zone and see if someone can get it.”

No fans, no problem for these suddenly resurgent Bobcats.


Stephen Jackson(notes) scored 27 points and Charlotte beat the listless Memphis Grizzlies 96-82 on Monday night in a game played in front of about 1,000 fans who braved the treacherous roads that shut down most of the city.

“We knew we had a job to do, that’s come out and play and get a win regardless,” Jackson said. “You can’t expect everybody to come out in his weather and drive.”

D.J. Augustin(notes) added 18 points and nine assists and Carroll scored a season-best 12 points for Charlotte, which was never threatened while moving to 5-2 since Paul Silas became the coach after Larry Brown was fired. It’s the Bobcats’ first three-game winning streak of the season.

“The energy level is really going up,” Silas said.

Not so for the Grizzlies.

Zach Randolph(notes) had 15 points and 15 rebounds but got little help as Memphis lost its second straight thanks to terrible shooting. The Grizzlies missed 33 of their first 42 shots in falling behind by 16 points in the second quarter.

“We came out and we were cold and they started making some buckets,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “Everybody that shot the ball for them made buckets. Guys that hadn’t shot in two years made buckets.”

That was a reference to Carroll’s first double-figure scoring game in more than two years, part of an odd night that included Charlotte shooting 51 percent and Memphis’ top scorers coming up small.

Rudy Gay(notes) was held to 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting, Mike Conley’s(notes) 13 points came on 6-of-17 shooting and O.J. Mayo(notes) missed seven of eight shots for the Grizzlies, who beat the Bobcats by 33 points last month.

“We just didn’t seem like our minds were in the game,” Mayo said. “I thought they came out and remembered the last game with a ready-to-play mindset.”

Not even the continued absence of Gerald Wallace(notes) (ankle) and center Nazr Mohammed(notes) (knee), 18 turnovers and no fans could stop Charlotte’s transformation under Silas.

Players arrived without much difficulty amid the rare intense snowstorm that dumped about six inches of snow in downtown Charlotte before turning to sleet and freezing rain. The Bobcats put a tarp on the upper deck and invited fans to sit near the court.

While owner Michael Jordan was in his customary courtside seat next to the Bobcats bench, there were large swaths of empty seats. When the music wasn’t playing during the action, you could hear players talking on the court, individual conversations in the stands and nearly every heckler.

“The fans that were there you could hear everything they were saying,” said Carroll, who hit 5 of 9 shots. “It was fun.”

So many were scared away by the weather only four of the more than a dozen dancers showed up to perform during timeouts. People who didn’t show will be able to exchange unused tickets for select future games.

Memphis seemed to be more sluggish than Charlotte’s overwhelmed snow removal crews in the first half.

Starters Gay, Conley and Tony Allen(notes) combined for an 0-of-15 start from the field as Charlotte built a 38-22 second-quarter lead.

Randolph, who earlier in the day won the Western Conference player of the week award for the first time in his 10-year career, helped Memphis close to 44-31 at halftime with a late offensive rebound and hoop.

The Grizzlies, who shot 39 percent from the field with 16 turnovers, never got closer than eight points the rest of the way in their fourth straight loss in Charlotte.

“We took bad shots, missed them. They took good shots, made them,” Gay said. “That was the game.”

NOTES: The official attendance, which is of tickets distributed, was 10,188. … Silas was hopeful the weather wouldn’t prevent Charlotte from practicing Tuesday so Wallace could test his ankle and perhaps play Wednesday against Chicago. … Hollins, who played briefly under Silas with the San Diego Clippers in 1982-83, was asked about Silas’ claim that he was a tyrant in his first coaching job. “I wasn’t listening to anything he had to say anyway,” Hollins said, smiling. … Hollins expressed frustration in rookie Xavier Henry’s(notes) slow recovery from a sore right knee. “They’ll learn real quick you have to play with some pain in this league,” he said.



:laugh2: at the bolded. Last year it was the Nets, this year its the Bobcats.

*Superman*
01-11-2011, 01:57 AM
LMFAO!

I just read that a few mins ago. Wanted to see if I could find some video.

210Don
01-11-2011, 01:58 AM
lol i could hear everything they were saying lmao those are dedicated bobcat fans

Gators123
01-11-2011, 01:59 AM
wow!

Look at the highlights, watch "spin and score" its damn near empty lol

http://www.nba.com/games/20110110/MEMCHA/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp0021000551#nbaGIboxscore

cantstopthee
01-11-2011, 02:00 AM
that'd be pretty cool to attend

RipCity32
01-11-2011, 02:06 AM
Looks like one of our games at the palace lol.

kArSoN RyDaH
01-11-2011, 02:09 AM
Michael Jordan sucks.....





























































as an owner. Jerry Buss would fill up those seats and put a team together by now. lmao

black1605
01-11-2011, 02:19 AM
People in Charlotte panic at one inch of snow. I'm not the least bit surprised by this, not to mention the football game was on TV.

bigsams50
01-11-2011, 02:21 AM
Michael Jordan sucks.....

as an owner. Jerry Buss would fill up those seats and put a team together by now. lmao

Yea becuase Buss would be able to attract FA's in charlotte like he does LA :rolleyes:

kArSoN RyDaH
01-11-2011, 02:24 AM
Yea becuase Buss would be able to attract FA's in charlotte like he does LA :rolleyes:

:nod:

SB1
01-11-2011, 02:27 AM
:laugh:

BuddhaMONK
01-11-2011, 02:33 AM
to be fair it was against memphis, the snow storm doesn't derserve all the blame for that attendence

Knicks21
01-11-2011, 02:42 AM
It says on nba.com that the attendance was 10188 when you look on box score. :shrug: Stern probably lying.

NYtilIdie
01-11-2011, 02:51 AM
It says on nba.com that the attendance was 10188 when you look on box score. :shrug: Stern probably lying.

Thats how many tickets were distributed, not people in attendance.

Knicks21
01-11-2011, 06:27 AM
Thats how many tickets were distributed, not people in attendance.

Ahhhhh thats screwy.

pistonsfanomg
01-11-2011, 12:00 PM
Knicks21 nice signature.....

Anyways lol I want to see pictures of this and the shirt part was funny

Mile High Champ
01-11-2011, 12:03 PM
Wish i was at this game.. hahaha