After the Bobcats lost in Orlando Friday, coach Paul Silas figured it was a given they had to win their last four home games to have any realistic chance of catching the Pacers for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Then they turned around Sunday and lost at home to the team with the worst road record in the NBA. In one of their worst performances in a long time, the Bobcats trailed by as much as 19 to the Wizards in a game they absolutely needed and absolutely blew.
Silas has been concerned for months with his players' indifferent approach to blocking out. It caught up to them Sunday when the Wizards grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, converting those into 22 second-chance points.
Silas had just nine healthy players Sunday but that didn't stop him from benching power forward Boris Diaw throughout the fourth quarter. Andray Blatche had 17 rebounds and 25 points, doing much of that damage against Diaw in the first three quarters.
Finally, Silas gave up on Diaw and went with the smaller, but more physical, Dominic McGuire.
WIZARDS 97, BOBCATS 91: The final score was close only because Matt Carroll scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats were clobbered on the boards, 50-39.
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