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Thunder blast Bobcats in second half

Charlotte Bobcats 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
120 Oklahoma City Thunder
Bismack Biyombo, F 20 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -12

Meh. Hate the goose egg in the scoring department, but only took three FG’s in 20 min. Biz looks like he may start the season coming off the bench as Byron Mullens has definitely proved to be the superior option at PF.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -13

Struggled from the field, which has been a repeat offense for MKG in the preseason. Only took four shots in the game, though. Did a good job on Kevin Durant and held him to just 2-8 shooting in the first half.

Byron Mullens, C 34 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -11

He’s taking A TON of threes, but he’s also knocking down 43.8% of them so far this preseason. Still needs to get better on the glass and defensively- effort is better on the defensive end, but Byron still getting out of position and not seeing the basketball regularly.

Ramon Sessions, G 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | -23

Solid performance on the offensive end and very efficient. Sessions can do a little bit of everything on the floor and clearly has one of the highest basketball IQ’s of anyone on this roster.

Gerald Henderson, G 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -17

Would have liked to see him be a little more assertive on the offensive end, but let’s hope these are Hendo’s bad kind of night’s this season.

Tyrus Thomas, F 12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -8

Only played 12 min, but when he was in Tyrus played with energy, played within himself and was surprisingly efficient.

Reggie Williams, G 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | 0

0-7 from the field so far this preseason.

Ben Gordon, G 25 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +1

Solid performance offensively. We’ve only seen three preseason games, but it would seem that Gordon is the leader in the clubhouse to carry this team in the scoring department this season. Great weapon for Dunlap to bring off the bench.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions have emerged as serious contributors to this team. Still can’t completely convince me that Kemba is going to get the nod at starting PG to start the season- he’s clearly been outplayed by Sessions so far. If Kemba is the starting PG opening night, he surely now has a shorter leash.
  2. Andy Rautins had 20 points for OKC- that’s a tad bit depressing.

6 comments to Thunder blast Bobcats in second half


    Kind of forgot to rate Ben Gordon the leading scorer

  • Spencer

    Hmmmm, for some reason he was left off when I posted. Thanks for the eye and pointing that out.

  • Spencer/SDS

    i know this is random but i want to see what you (spencer) or the guy that i have conversations with since he seems to be the only other guy to ever comment on this website^^,

    in reviewing the 2011 pick swaps between Charlotte, Milwaukee and Sacramento Charlotte has to be considered to have won that trade by a LANDSLIDE, what we got out of the trade

    immediately-Cory Maggete and Bismack Biyombo
    Bucks- Stephen Jackson and Tobias Harris
    Sacramento- Jimmer and Salmons
    what we lost players wise- Stephen Jackson
    Bucks-Salmons and Maggette, big contract dumps

    Now what did we get out of the trade today?
    Bismack Biyombo-2nd string Pf-maybe 1st, HUGE UPSIDE, especially defensively, athletic freak, could be the next Wallace-from the pistons, if not better offensively-also he was the younger player in the draft, Also today with the trade of Maggette you can say we also got a 1st rnd pick and Ben Gordon in that trade-meaning we traded a 1st round pick for two 1st round picks-basically and Ben Gordon- a very good 6th man

    Bucks- They got Tobias Harris who currently in the pre-season and summer league does look like he will make it in the NBA as either a good role player to a good starter-they dumped basically 3 big contracts with Salmons Maggette, and Bogut, with the trade that landed Stephen Jackson and Bogut for Monta Ellis-bucks didn’t do half bad-they got rid of a lot of bad big contracts in return for a couple young guys-one being what could be a stud SG-if he can stay healthy, and a sf that looks like he is blossoming

    Sacramento-Still only have Jimmer-currently a 3rd string pg/3rd string SG out of the trade, and John Salmons, a bad big contract who is currently maybe their 2nd string SF-i think Johnson will beat him out for the starting SF position, dont know about the million other SF’s on that team…

    So Charlotte obviously benefited from the trade GREATLY, Bucks Benefited fairly well, Stephen Jackson was a bust for them, but he helped land in a young athletic SG that can flat out score, and got rid of a couple bad big contracts-bogut can’t player 60 games so i kinda consider him a bad contract, -Sacramento-well the just screwed themselves royally and all they did was help Charlotte get Bismack-thank you or that^^

    trades like these make a franchise good, and make a franchise shit, hopefully we turn out being Good, and well we ALL already know Sacramento is basically a lost cause-soo many issues on that team, they lose despite the fact that, that they are an extremely talented young team

  • Spencer/SDS

    oh forgot about Udrih of Sacramento-they lost him at PG, he’s been a good backup so far in Milwaukee and is considered one of the better back up PGS in the league, also we lost Shaun Livingston-which isn’t too big of a deal either.., also forgot to add in that Milwaukee landed Udoh in the trade with Golden State

    So really the Buck might be even with Charlotte today in that trade, i think we turned out slightly better though, mainly due to the fact that we basically robbed the pistons of a 1st round pick because they are trying to dump big contracts on their older guys

  • Edmond

    Ben Gordon has been playing really well, hasn’t he? Bobcats have been making some solid trades recently.. hopefully the recent transactions make up for the Tyrus Thomas trade.

  • Spencer/SDS


    well i’ve been thinking of a way to fix that trade-think Golden State, they have two big contracts that could impede them from signing Stephen Curry with ease, we can fix that little issue for them,

    we give up Tyrus Thomas, and Diop- we get? Jefferson and Biedrins, the center

    now this isnt a great trade for talent, BUT, what do we do? we give up Thomas’s bad contract and we all realize the genius in not amnestying Diop or Tyrus, than we should also Get a 1st rnd pick with this trade-since we are taking in 2 big contracts for 2 years each-both have player options, Jefferson will be a good leader and help develop MKG/Taylor, Biedrins is an upgrade over Diop, he has a bad contract, but remember we get a 1st rnd pick right off the bat, plus we might get Golden State to give us Ezeli or Jeremy Tyler…or some other young guy

    why this is a good trade for both teams

    Charlotte, one we get rid of Thomas’ bad contract, plus we get a 1st rnd draft pick, another young player, Jefferson who isn’t a half bad player, can shoot the 3 and will be a good role model for the younger guys

    Golden State-they give up two bad and big contracts, they will have the cap room to offer Curry a big extension, plus this than allows them to start Harrison Barnes,

    The bad

    Charlotte-takes up two contracts, that are both bigger per yea money wise than the 2 they give up, we lose the ability to look at free agency this coming year sadly-but i don’t mind that too much, we give up on Tyrus Thomas who might actual turn his career back into a good direction this year

    Golden State-they lose a 1st to enable this trade, they also suddenly become pretty deep at the pf position and a lot of money in that one position, other than that, i don’t really see too much going bad for them, they trade a bad center with a bad contract for a bad center with a not as bad contract, they give up an older SF that isnt going to be around when they actually become relavent and they give up his bad contract to help resign Curry, and once again its a trade for a player with less money per year on his contract-although Tyrus has one more year on his contract

    what this does for Charlotte- one it gives us even more picks, meaning Cho will have plenty of options in the coming years in the draft, through trading up with the large amount of 1st rnd picks too trading down to get EVEN MORE picks, or just stay where the picks we get are at^^, Charlotte takes their eyes off of this coming years free agency, but in the 2014 free agency or we could go back and amnesty Biedrins if need be, we should still have money to resign Mullens and Henderson, we get another good bench player in Jefferson-basically another Gordon, a guy that although older can still score

    plus if we have a bad year this year-which i assume will happen-record wise at least, than what BIG free agents are going to want to come here? non? i assume…Paul isn’t coming to Charlotte, neitehr is Howard, Bynum i assume is staying in Philly, i mean he grew up that and it looks like he is happy their, Igludala? a good player that fits our system of defence defence defnence, but really he has 2-4 prime years left, then he become a battier type player, dude doens’t have an offensive game that you can rely on to win games, the only guy i see that i really want in free agency this coming year, or two, is Greg Oden, thats a low risk high reward pick up, only issue is that tons of teams will be looking at him this coming year. Then i would like to look at Dallas’ Beaubois, dude can score, he’s athletic, 6 ft 2 frame with 6 ft 8 wingspan, quick, just has always been stuck behind the depth in Dallas at Pg and never has been given the chance to develop, i think he couldbe an upgrade over sessions, or even Kemba if kemba doesn’t show much this year…both of those guys should not be very exspensive…