|Boris Diaw, PF 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | -19
I’ve probably been the most outspoken critic of Diaw on QCH since I started writing for this website, and normally, with a stat line like he posted tonight, I would give him a D. However, my biggest problem with Diaw is he doesn’t look for his own shot nearly enough, and tonight, he honestly looked like he was trying to score.
|Tyrus Thomas, PF 23 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -6
Good lord, I don’t know where to start. He should’ve had four blocks, but got called for a bogus foul on Asik late in the game. He did have a monster swat on an alley-oop attempt, but he’s been nothing short of horrible on offense all season long.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 30 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -21
He air-balled a free-throw, or else I would’ve given him an A. He should’ve had a double-double, but for whatever reason, Paul Silas decided to sit him in the fourth quarter.
|Reggie Williams, SF 27 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -22
Williams came back down to Earth tonight. His shot looked it was coming off Jason Heyward’s bat in the form of a frozen-rope line drive. He wasn’t too bad on defense, though.
|Kemba Walker, PG 31 MIN | 2-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 9 PTS | -21
Kemba got into the paint plenty of times, but looked like a lost puppy when he got there. It’s hard to blame him though, because what six-foot NBA rookie point guard wouldn’t look like that against Noah, Asik and Boozer?
|Corey Maggette, SF 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -16
I’m not 100 percent sure what made Silas start Maggette in the second quarter. Maybe the coach was having a bad day and needed a good laugh watching 50 puke himself on offense.
|DeSagana Diop, C 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3
Pretty typical Diop box score. He’s passable on defense, but that’s about it. How he’s making almost $7 million this year escapes me.
|Matt Carroll, SG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7
The box score says it all.
|D.J. White, PF 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -11
Even though he scored just seven points, White was one of Charlotte’s only players to look somewhat competent on offense against the Bulls.
|Derrick Brown, F 20 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -10
Brown gets an A for being the only Bobcat to score in double figures. Other than that he had a pretty “meh” game.
|Cory Higgins, G 17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -10
He ran the point for most of his 17 minutes and I could’ve sworn Rose was guarding him the way Higgins played offensively. Alas, he was getting shut down by John Lucas…
|Byron Mullens, C 12 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9
Seriously, Mullens was the guy who Silas put in for Biyombo in the fourth quarter, when the rookie should’ve been getting after a double-double. Mullen’s confidence is completely gone. He pump faked a couple wide open jumpers and missed a sure layup to go along with his putrid box score.
Five Things We Saw
- There’s no slot for grading coaches in this recap template, but Paul Silas gets an F- for one simple reason. With just under seven minutes to go in the third, Bismack Biyombo scored his eighth points of the game and put himself just two points and one rebound away from his second double double in three games. Just before the third quarter ended, he got his 10th rebound. Silas sat him down for the rest of the night. I know I have an unreasonably biased passion for Biyombo, but there’s literally no reason not to keep him in the game. He’s the NBA’s youngest player, a pillar Charlotte is going to build around for years and someone who gives his all every second of every game. I know Biyombo doesn’t care, because he was the first one off the bench to greet his teammates during every break in the fourth quarter, but he deserved a double-double and Silas took it away from him.
- Just one Bobcat scored in double figures tonight. ONE! If that’s not embarrassing then I don’t know what is.
- Most of the fans kept their seats the entire game. Good for them. Charlotte is playing a brand of basketball that’s hard to watch right now, but at least the city hasn’t given up on them. Even with a shortened schedule, the NBA has a long season, and when Augustin and Hendo get back, the Bobcats will be a much better team.
- For as bad as Kemba’s been from the floor this year, he’s certainly no slouch at the free-throw line. He’s missed just on shot from the charity stripe in the last five games. For his sake and that of the Bobcats, he needs to do more to get to the line in the future.
- The Bobcats will look to avoid a franchise-worst 14 game losing streak tomorrow night. All they have to do is beat Lob City aka Griffindor aka Are-These-Guys-Really-The-Clippers? Good luck.