With the Bobcats in the midst of a seven game losing streak, the point has been driven home about the importance of depth: If you don't have it, you're not going to be very good. You may be thinking, come on, Ryan Hollins cannot be that important. He is, for one simple reason: Rebounding.
With Ryan on the floor this season, the Bobcats have grabbed 33% of the available offensive rebounds, an outstanding number, and held their own on the defensive end of the court, at 68%. However, in these last few games that Ryan has missed, the Bobcats have taken a beating on the boards, grabbing only 29% of offensive rebounds…and an amazingly bad 64% of defensive boards. If a team misses 40 shots a night, that 7% difference in offensive rebounding gives the opponent nearly 3 more chances at scoring again. As poor as the Bobcats' offense has been, that is something they cannot afford.
Another reason to be optimistic about tonight? LeBron James seems unlikely to play again…and without him, the Cavs are arguably the worst team in basketball. Really – -23.2 points per 100 possessions for the Cavs when LeBron is a spectator. Get well soon, LeBron, but another night off would do you good.
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