Bobcats scrap, but fall short to Wizards « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats scrap, but fall short to Wizards

Washington Wizards 102 Final

Recap | Box Score

99 Charlotte Bobcats
Boris Diaw, PF 41 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-10 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 21 PTS | +4Boris had his monthly big game, posting the double-double, with 21 points and 10 assists on efficient shooting and just 3 assists.
Tyrus Thomas, PF 35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -6Tyrus and Boris split the forward duties tonight, allowing Tyrus to cover for Boris’ rebounding deficiencies. Strong rebounding, but not as disruptive defensively, with no steals or blocks tonight.
DeSagana Diop, C 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 PTS | -81 point on 6 possessions used – grabbing 8 rebounds in 17 minutes is nice, but the Bobcats can’t afford offense so impotent.
Matt Carroll, SG 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +3With Gerald Henderson out with an injury, Matt was called on to start – and it’s a bit too much for him at this stage in his career. 13 points on 13 fga, and Nick Young lit him up for 21 on 15 attempts.
Kemba Walker, PG 43 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 11 AST | 20 PTS | +3As Steve Martin said as the game wrapped up, Kemba answered critics tonight, showing off better passing skills and court vision than he had displayed so far this season. Kemba notched a triple-double, going for 20, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. I’m really impressed with his activeness on the glass – but even more pleased with the assists, as improved ball movement will help the offense overall.
Byron Mullens, C 31 MIN | 10-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 23 PTS | +53 rebounds is disappointing – and he still had some weak moments on the defensive end. But Mullens provided an offensive spark of the bench, with 23 points in 31 minutes, on solid shooting at 10-17 from the field.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats competed throughout – they out-rebounded Washington by 10 and gave the home fans a reason to cheer, though they came up short. Having a shot to tie it at the buzzer after the recent blowouts was encouraging.
  2. Washington shot better than 52% from the floor…and even better from 3, at 54%. The Bobcats continue to give up open looks from the outside, as rotations are off and some guys get caught ball-watching.
  3. 14 turnovers for the Bobcats tonight. Not bad. Only shooting 17 of 29 on free throws in what wound up being a 3-point loss? Bad.

2 comments to Bobcats scrap, but fall short to Wizards

  • We did a lot right offensively, but I can’t recall ever seeing any team give up as many layups and dunks as we gave up last night. Its not a mystery, our best interior defender, Bismack Biyombo, got 7 whole minutes. We all know the knock on Bismack, his lack of offensive polish, no doubt that is a fair criticism. We used Diop for 17 minutes, obviously nowhere near as good a defender, but we used him for the offense…and he got 1 point in 17 minutes. Even Biyombo got 2 points in 7 minutes, so why again did we waste yet another opportunity to get our future Superstar the minutes he needs to develop? We got less offense, and of course way less defense, from Diop, and we lost a game we would’ve won with Biyobmo in there blocking shots and preventing those layups and dunks that Washington was getting almost at will.

    On the upside, it sure is nice to see Thomas finally starting to play more like what he’s capable of, still a ways to go but so much better now than he was before, he’s finally taking steps in the right direction, hoping to see more of that. Of course Kemba was awesome, the star of the show, he and Bismack are the next Kobe and Shaq, and he really demonstrated that last night. Hopefully we can keep up our improvements, and finally start getting Bismack some playing time also.

    • It was close, but according to the play by plays for the year, the Cats gave up 21 dunks and layups last night, but “bested” that when they allowed 22 combined to the Cavs on Jan 3rd. Good eye though.