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Injury-Riddled ‘Cats Stumble in the Iladelph

Charlotte Bobcats 72 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Philadelphia 76ers
Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -13

Diaw committed five of the team’s 14 turnovers and played like he was allergic to glass (2 rebounds).

Tyrus Thomas, PF 32 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -2

Not a bad effort from Thomas, who has turned it around over the last handful of games after an uninspired start to the season. Whether his improved performance is no more than a bi-product of his desire to prove his worth to other GM’s around the League, it’s a positive result for the Bobcats, regardless.

DeSagana Diop, C 14 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6

Limited playing time for Diop after getting the nod as the starting C. He performed relatively well while on the floor, but couldn’t log enough minutes to make a significant contribution.

Gerald Henderson, G 31 MIN | 2-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -30

Single-game plus/minus numbers usually aren’t that useful, but when a player posts a -30 it certainly says something about their performance. Henderson was undoubtedly hampered by injury, as he was taken the locker room at one point. Give him respect for logging 31 minutes, but they were an unproductive 31 minutes.

Kemba Walker, PG 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16

Kemba finished a little stronger than he started shooting the ball, but his night still featured a handful of forced field goal attempts. He continues to rebound at an impressive rate for a guard of his size, a testament to his effort despite his struggles from the field.

Matt Carroll, SG 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -3

Another good shooting night for Carroll in front of his friends and family back home in Philadelphia. He did get beat off the dribble by Andres Nocioni, however, which more than likely had those same friends and family turning their Carroll jerseys inside-out.

Derrick Brown, F 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -5

A nice effort by Brown, though as Spencer pointed out on Twitter during the game (@QCSportsCrave), if anyone still thinks he can hang with legitimate NBA 3′s they’re crazy. He’s simply not agile/quick enough to stick with smaller wing players, which he’s forced to do when on the floor as part of a bigger Bobcats lineup. Looking across to the opposing team’s bench, if Brown could become a poor man’s Thaddeus Young I think the team would be elated.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Attrition getting the best of the Bobcats. No matter how much effort a group of players give out on the floor, there’s ultimately a ceiling on their productivity based on the collective talent base. That talent base is simply not strong right now. 40-50 minutes were logged by players that more than likely shouldn’t see time in an NBA game.
  2. Limited minutes once more for Bismack Biyombo. #freeBismack, #freeBismack already!
  3. A Bobcats Blueprint? The Sixers have done what the Bobcats are in the progress of attempting to do – rebuild from scratch with a core of young players. Outside of Brand and Iguodala (who is only 27), all of the core rotation players are 25 and under. They’ve made vast improvements since last year, and currently lead the League in Efficiency Differential (according to hoopdata.com) despite lacking a true superstar. Whether or not Walker, Biyombo, or whomever the Bobcats select in the upcoming draft ever morph into a top player in the League, management would be well served to mimic the blueprint laid out by Philadelphia.

2 comments to Injury-Riddled ‘Cats Stumble in the Iladelph

  • This is seriously getting insane, our #1 draft pick, a guy who we’re hoping will one day be the best center in the league (and have every reason to believe he’s capable of it) only got 11 minutes. We got destroyed tonight, what would it have mattered if he had played 35 minutes and we’d lost by 10 or 15 points more? Quite frankly, he’s a lot better than Diop, I would imagine if he’d gotten 30-35 mintues we’d have made it a closer game, but it doesn’t even matter whether that’s true or not, he needs minutes, playing Diop and/or Diaw at Center, players we’re going to get rid of as soon as humanly possible, is just literally wasting an opportunity to make one of our young guys better, with much needed and extremely valuable experience. You could say something similar for Mullens. Honestly, if anybody other than Mullens or Biyombo gets a single minute at center, its nothing short of a waste. Those are the only centers we have who even have a chance of being on the team a second longer than their contract calls for, they’re the ones who should be getting all the minutes and getting the experience they need to get better. Let the guys who ‘have’ to be here, especially Diop and Diaw, play center only when both Mullens and Biyombo require rest.

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