Bobcats start second half of season off on same losing foot « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats start second half of season off on same losing foot

Charlotte Bobcats 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
109 Detroit Pistons
Corey Maggette, SF 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-10 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -13

Pretty efficient night from Maggette. This is the kind of production you need from him on a nightly basis, but with better results from the charity stripe. Maggette gets to the line a ton, which is nice, but he sort of puts all his eggs in one basket there- if he doesn’t get the whistle then he’s likely not going to finish anyways and it results in a wild, out of control FGA.

Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -12

Well, at least he attempted 10 FG’s. Not real surprised he only made 2 of them, but give him the credit for having enough guts to chuck it towards the rim tonight.

Bismack Biyombo, C 9 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Grade N/A here as Biyombo left in the first quarter with a right shoulder strain and did not return. Not sure to the severity of the injury to this point. Biyombo’s importance to this team was quite evident as the Bobcats were out-rebounded 43-30 after he left.

Gerald Henderson, G 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -11

Not a terrible night for Hendo from the field and pretty efficient at 50%, but he’s got to make the free throws. Can’t figure out why he’s not better from the line- got to be a mental demon.

D.J. Augustin, PG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 8 PTS | -4

The ten dimes is nice, but Augustin has got to be more proactive at attacking the paint and looking to score- 8 PTS just isn’t going to cut it from a guy as offensively talented as Augustin is on this team. Short story, more passive than he should be on offensive end.

DeSagana Diop, C 18 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +2

Would rather watch Diop waddle up and down the floor, actually TRY defensively and throw up air balls than have to watch the effort Mullens brings. Yes, I’m suggesting more minutes for Diop and less for Mullens.

Reggie Williams, SF 18 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -4

Super efficient from the field, but only saw 18 minutes in the game- mostly due to the return of Hendo I guess.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7

You probably read my mind- that word that starts with an A and ends with a Y.

Kemba Walker, PG 19 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 6 PTS | -11

Struggled from the field- kind of the story of his season, but he plays harder than any other Bobcat on the floor night-to-night. Kemba has a bright future in this league, no doubt about it- just stuck on a pitiful team right now.

Byron Mullens, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -18

Refer to Diop.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats at full strength are still awful. All 15 players on the roster were available for the first time all season, and well, it didn’t make any difference.
  2. Bismack Biyombo is very important to this team. Biyombo left the game in the first quarter with a strained right shoulder and never returned- neither did the Bobcats. Charlotte was simply a different team from an energy standpoint after Biyombo left. Without the 6’9 rookie on the floor the Bobcats basically play zero defense.
  3. Glass half full. Attempting to come from the fans perspective here- thank goodness this is a shortened season, because the little hope for this team in the second half of this season being at full strength was squashed tonight.

4 comments to Bobcats start second half of season off on same losing foot

  • Wow, great effort to keep it under 20 ! Maybe the All Star break made us rusty!

  • Just a minor quibble, having more minutes for Diop and less for Mullens would be completely counter-productive. Even if he were somehow the better player (which could only be because Mullens is genuinely as horrible as he seems right now) its still the wrong move, as Diop will be gone the first chance we get to dump him, at least Mullens is still young and has a ‘chance’ to develop and improve and stay with the team long term. He needs a lot of minutes to do that. I’d even go so far as to say give more mintues to Thomas for that same reason, unless we’ve 100% decided to Amnesty him (which would certainly be reasonable at this point). The young players need the minutes, thats the only thing left this season. Playing the older, terrible players we’re guaranteed to cut the second their overpaid contracts run out won’t do us any good at all, even if it leads to a couple more wins at this point thats not even a good thing. We should be happy to lose as much as possible so long as we’re losing the right way, with our youngest, highest-ceiling players on the floor, getting better and better and ready to do some damage next year!

  • Spencer

    I hear your argument about playing the younger players as much as possible and really you’re correct. I’m speaking about Mullens mostly in frustration at this point- have never watched an NBA player with as bad of a defensive IQ as Mullens. And to add on to that, from a effort standpoint he’s just pathetic, so on the contrary, the guys that aren’t going out there and giving it everything they have shouldn’t play. It’s clear that Mullens gives as little effort on a given night for this team as anyone else I’ve watched.