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Bobcats come up short in Dallas

Charlotte Bobcats 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Dallas Mavericks
Corey Maggette, SF 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 9-10 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -4

Not a great shooting night, but another 20+ point performance with ability to get to the foul line.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 28 MIN | 5-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -1

A much better performance from Tyrus- possibly his most promising game of the season. You wouldn’t know it talking to him though.

Tyrus after the game- “I play to win. It’s not about individual stats.” “If you don’t win, it don’t matter.

Bismack Biyombo, C 24 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

Poor night from the field and looked a little more uncomfortable than he has as of late. Haywood’s big body gave Biyombo some problems in the first half and allowed him to never get in any kind of rhythm on offensive end.

Biz on what he needs to improve most in his game right now- “Right now I need to improve my post game. Offensive game.”

Gerald Henderson, G 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -1

I’ve seen this stat line many times from Hendo and I’m never overcome with joy when I see it. Wasn’t very aggressive tonight and at times I forgot he was on the floor. Has got to attack the rim more at some point.

D.J. Augustin, PG 35 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -6

Augustin continues to take care of the basketball- 0 turnovers again tonight. I like the 12 shot total, but tonight they weren’t falling as often as he would have liked. All that considered, it was a crazy day for Augustin hearing the rumors about himself possibly becoming a Laker by the trade deadline.

Augustin on trade deadline fiasco- “Unless it really happens, it’s just rumors. I’ve been in trades talks here since I was a rookie. Until it really happens, I won’t believe it, but it is what it is and I don’t listen or care about it.”

Kemba Walker, PG 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -4

Kemba came out of the gates in this game smoking hot with 10 points in the first half. Oddly enough, Walker didn’t enter the game in the second half until the 2:44 mark in the 3rd quarter- he only scored 2 points and took 3 shots in second half.

Kemba on what he needs to improve the most- “Probably just getting everybody involved more. My decision making could get a lot better. That’s probably it at this point.”

Four Things We Saw

  1. Inconsistent shooting- The Bobcats shot 51% in the first half and then came back to shoot 31% in the second.

    I asked Coach Silas if he thought Dallas’ zone defense had a lot to do with the struggles from the field in the second half- “It was the fact that we didn’t penetrate enough and we didn’t put them in the middle enough. We weren’t cutting, we were just standing and we really haven’t had a lot of time to work on our offense against the zone. If they would have continued to play man-to-man I think we could have had a chance to get them.”

  2. Points in the paint- Dallas scored 42 in the painted area, Charlotte had just 20. This statistic has continued to rear it’s ugly head for the Bobcats all season and again tonight it broke them down the stretch.
  3. Improvement- Silas on his teams’ performance as of late: “If we can continue to play like this, I’ll be satisfied, I think everybody will. We’ll win some games, we played a very good team tonight and hung in there with them. It was really a great effort, because we’re struggling to get there, but we are getting there.”

    Positive Stats- only 12 turnovers, 18-20 (90%) from foul line, 40+ rebounds.

  4. Boris Diaw was in street clothes for the entire game and tonight may have made his final game as a member of the Bobcats.

4 comments to Bobcats come up short in Dallas

  • For me, the high point was Thomas and his impressive performance, its great to see he’s finally getting back to where he was supposed to be all along. If he was going to have a bad year, this really was the best year to have it, and if he is indeed getting things back to where they were supposed to be all along, then thats going to be a huge advantage for our team heading into next season. The low point was watching Bismack miss those easy layups. Especially that one where he got the ball all by himself under the basket, and given the choice between dunking and laying it in he chose to lay it in, which is probably not a good idea in and of itself, but the worst part was when he MISSED it. That is just incredibly frustrating to watch. Of course the good part of that is that teaching somebody how to make layups has got to be about the easiest thing anybody could ever teach. Even I, somebody who has never played professional basketball, could no doubt learn to make the vast, vast majority of my layups if I had a coach show me how, so its not like theres any danger of him being incapable of learning how to make layups or something. I just hope they do it soon, give Bismack the attention he needs so that at least he can make the easy layups on a consistent basis. Also, I hope they encourage him to just dunk it more, no reason to lay it up when you can dunk!

    I suppose the biggest disappointment for the day wasnt that we lost a game we could’ve won, its that we didnt make any trades. We’ve got the best Trader in the NBA, Mr Cho, this guy doesnt do anything but win trades, generally by a fairly wide margin. Its quite unexpected that he wasnt able to find any deal for any of our players, its definitely a shame, we could’ve used another good draft pick, and we’ve got so many solid-yet-expendable players, I just dont understand how we werent able to move anybody. Oh well, there’s always the off-season, certainly he made a really sweet trade for us during last year’s off-season, that essentially got us Magette and Bismack for Jackson, hopefully there will be more of that this year too. And speaking of draft picks, more good news as Washington, a 9 win team, just became a 10 win team, meaning we’ve got an extra game’s cushion on them for getting the most ping pong balls in the draft! Between that and Thomas really starting to improve his performance, things are definitely looking up for next season and beyond!

  • Spencer

    Sometimes the best trade is no trade.

  • bobcatsFAN.charlotte

    i think the fact that we didnt make a trade was a good sign that MJ has matured as an owner. all season, cho’s vision was to stock picks and have cap flex next year. a lot of the trade rumors that were surfacing wanted us to take salaries from other teams for a first-rounder. i dont think any of those trade options, esp the NJ nets farmar for diaw trade; were any good. i know im not a GM but seeing our front office not make any trades only gave me more confidence that MJ is finally trusting in his front office.