Five postgame thoughts after witnessing Charlotte's impressive 107-95 win over the Denver Nuggets Tuesday:
1) I knew Stephen Jackson could score before he got here, but wow, what a passer. He had 25 points and six assists Tuesday, but as Larry Brown pointed out, it would have been a dozen assists had the Bobcats' big men more often finished down low. Jackson has made both Gerald Wallace and Raymond Felton more effective.
2) Bobcats center Tyson Chandler looked absolutely terrible Tuesday -- a far too frequent occurrence this season. Chandler had five fouls, four turnovers, two rebounds and one point in 13 minutes. The Bobcats function far more smoothly when Nazr Mohammed is playing center right now.
3) It was interesting to see the Nuggets (16-6) really lose their cool late when it was apparent they were going to lose to the Bobcats (9-11). Both Carmelo Anthony (34 points) and Chauncey Billups drew technicals in the final minute, and then Billups heaved the ball into the stands -- in frustration, not exultation -- as the game ended.
4) Raymond Felton -- the subject of my column for Wednesday's paper -- is playing such smart basketball right now. He only took two shots in the fourth quarter, but they were both huge, contested layups in traffic.
5) Ty Lawson -- the NBA's fastest player, according to Allen Iverson, after Lawson made him look silly Monday night -- should be taking over for Arron Afflalo in the Nuggets' starting lineup by midseason. Once he gets the NBA routine down, Lawson is better offensively and far faster than Afflalo.
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