Bobcats rally over Bucks: Post game
- After a first half where the Bobcats were out-rebounded 25-19, they dominated the second half and finished winning on the glass 52-39. “You know, my guys were really hitting the boards. In the second half especially. Just battling. I’ve been preaching, preaching, preaching to no avail, but tonight everybody was doing it,” said Silas about the Bobcats amazing effort to win the rebounding category.
- The Bobcats had good balance on the scoring sheet tonight: Augustin 19, Henderson 18, Maggette 12, Walker 13, Diaw 9. The performance of the night came from the undersized center, Boris Diaw. Diaw came just short of a triple-double with 9 PTS, 11 REB, and 9 AST. Corey Maggette added praise to Diaw after the game saying, “It shows Boris’ versatility. This is a guy who can do this anytime he wants, literally anytime he wants he can do this.”
- In the first half Maggette and Henderson were leading the team with the turnover struggles, but an adjustment that Coach Silas made and talked about after the game helped the Bobcats not only take better care of the basketball, but also put more points on the scoreboard. “I told them that you cannot turn down open shots and we were in the first half. So many. Turning it down, pump faking and all. I told them at halftime that they have to let it go and when they did they started going in,” said Coach Silas about getting his team to just shoot the ball, something that he stresses to his players.
- One player that seems to understand Coach Silas’ when he says to shoot the ball is newcomer Byron Mullens. Mullens had a career high 10 PTS on 5-7 shooting while looking extremely comfortable. Byron commented after the game, “It’s just a lot of hard work. Coming early to the arena to get shots up, we stay late to get shots up, and even before the game today we got a workout and then with about seventy minutes left to go (before game) we went up to practice gym and worked on some pick-and-roll shooting. The coaches here are great and they really want to make the players better, so just want to give a shout out to them.”
- Kemba Walker electrified the crowd in the third quarter when he was isolated with Larry Sanders on the wing, broke him down, and made the layup while getting fouled. TWC Arena was as loud as I’ve ever heard it and seemed to spark the comeback from the Bobcats. Kemba finished the game with 13 PTS. 7 of those came from the FT line, and Kemba continues to show a knack of being able to get to the charity stripe with ease. When I asked Kemba what part of his game helps him get to the line so efficiently he responded, “I just attack guys bodies. That’s really it.”
- In what was a very impressive and exciting game from this young Bobcats team, Coach Silas praised them after the game for their ability to believe in themselves and do the things that are required to be successful. “You have to be patient with them, but they really work hard, and that’s the key,” said Silas about his young team.
- Ex-Bobcat Stephen Jackson had just 6 points in the game, picked up a technical, and fouled out of the game in the 4th quarter.
- The Bobcats will stay at home to play in a david and goliath type of game on Wednesday night when they welcome Miami into TWC Arena.