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Bobcats lose. Unfortunately, that’s starting to become trendy again

Charlotte Bobcats 80 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Detroit Pistons
Tyrus Thomas, PF 33 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +4

What a pleasant surprise this was. Put the efficiency from the field to the side- the 16 REB is such a good sign for Tyrus. Speaks to the weight that he added in the off-season. Only 2 turnovers as well.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -11

Just doesn’t look to score as much as I was expecting. Still figuring it out, so no need for anyone to panic on MKG.

Brendan Haywood, C 28 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -7

Haywood isn’t known for being a specialist on the offensive end, but a nice output in the scoring department last night. That being said, looked clumsy with the ball a lot- 4 turnovers. Not a great game on the glass and Greg Monroe made him look silly a lot, but Monroe makes numerous guys in this league look silly- he should be an all-star this year.

Kemba Walker, PG 28 MIN | 4-15 FG | 6-9 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -6

He took a bunch of shots, didn’t make very many. Had 4 assist, oh, and 4 turnovers. Very rookie-esque performance from Kemba.

Gerald Henderson, SG 22 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -19

Woof, not too good. So what I said the other day about Hendo hopefully not having anymore super lackluster performances like this- yeahhhh, um, looks like I was wrong.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

Meh in every single way possible. This has not been an encouraging preseason for Biyombo.

Ramon Sessions, PG 20 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Mr. efficient. I know that Kemba is the starting PG of this team, but Dunlap has got to get Sessions on the court as much as possible. Expect Charlotte to go with a lot of smaller lineups to allow Sessions, Gordon and Kemba to all be on the floor together at the same time.

Ben Gordon, SG 33 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +6

Not a stellar night from the field, but he wasn’t shy about getting his shot up. Gordon was back in Detroit for the first time since being traded to Charlotte, so I can imagine it was somewhat of an emotional game for him.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Charlotte has got to find a way to eliminate these awful quarters of basketball- Bobcats scored just 14 points in the 1st on 22.7% shooting.
  2. On a brighter note, the Bobcats did force 20 Pistons turnovers and turned them into 28 points.
  3. That’s about all I got. Tired of preseason and ready for the real show to begin, but am a little bit excited about seeing us against Lebron and the Heat on Tuesday. That game is being played at PNC Arena in Raleigh, by the way.

8 comments to Bobcats lose. Unfortunately, that’s starting to become trendy again

  • Spencer/SDS

    Tyrus simply out hussled people for rebounds in this game-something he was unable to do last year, maybe he will once again show why he was drafted so high-im starting to think my trade scenario with him going to Golden State will be a bad deal if he keeps this up

    Bismack-what can i say? he has looked lost in recent games, looks like he took a step backward from the end of last year, got beat by Drummond, another physical freak but one that has better ball handling skills, better hands and just knows how to make fancy dunks and layups

    We MISSED MULLENS A LOT, without Mullens this team simply can not spread the floor, he is our 3pt specialist, and with him off the floor and Tyrus or Bismack starting next to Haywood it gets clooged up, think of it like this

    Kemba-driving threat can’t really shoot efficiently, Henderson-mid range threat, can isolate players but can’t spread the floor to the 3, MKG-Defense and can only really drive, has a decent mid range game, his shot is just slow, he bring the ball up to his head, then holds it their for a milesecond than releases, its not a smooth process by any means, Tyrus/Bismack, Tyrus had/has a decent mid range game, everything else is in the paint scoring, Haywood, post up/score off of junk points, basically another bismack but more efficient

    so really we have one guy that has his offensive game built around scoring, everyone else is junk points/in the post or based off driving, so yea, i can see why we were so bad in the 1st, simply put if you stop Henderson all you have to do is put a bunch of people in the paint and we are Screwed

    Williams-looks like a lost cause, didn’t play, he’s a 3pt specialist but Summers-i think? scored a 3pt shot, making him “not really” the better 3pt specialist for this team lmao, Williams just doesn’t seem to care, he got his money…

    Ben Gordon looked like he just wasn’t in rhythem, LOVED that late 3 pt shot, the best time to take a high percentage 3pt shot in on the fast break IMO, he did that^^,

    Other than that i liked this game, we showed that we wern’t just going to give up, Kemba gave up a few bad turnovers, one was off of being tripped up thou…i was pissed at that play…

  • 4aseer

    Haywood is a baller but he was suckin wind, Thomas was beast on the board but I think Dunlap might be our best addition.

  • charlottean

    If mkg played 40 minutes at the level he played the 20, we would be thrilled with the output. No need to panic there.

    As for bismack, i sincerely hope that we don’t give too many of his minutes to haywood. It just doesn’t help the franchise. Haywood should be bismack’s crutch to show him how it’s done and give him a breather or relieve him when he’s in foul trouble. Bismack cannnnnnnot play 20 mpg this year. More time invested now the better he turns out and it probably will also help our draft status this year instead of haywood helping us win a few more games.

    As for thomas, the weight and strength is clearly the difference. You just don’t get 16 rebounds in 33 minutes on accident. Scoring for him will be a bonus. we want him to be dennis rodman without the techs and with a better jumper. And he’s still young enough to be a core member of this team for 8 years or so. If he starts earning this contract.

    Hendo is the one guy i am not at all worried about. The only thing that can go wrong there is playing him out of position too much or a la biz/haywood giving too many minutes to gordon. We don’t want to win this year. We want to win the most amount possible to finish last or 2nd to last. Then we want to go all in next year and forward. Playing the new vets too much will kill our draft position and lower the chances of us getting a franchise player.

    Kemba is being everything i thought he’d be on draft night. Too bad detroit didn’t take him at 8.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Kemba is an iverson type player that is being asked to be the starting point guard

    he can score but at low % scoring and with a LOT of shots, he can drive into the paint with ease, but he can’t make the shots consistently considering he’s 6 ft (maybe) and trying to shoot over 6ft10+ guys, not to mention have of them have over 7 ft wingspans, while his is 6 ft2? but he can still develop into an overall great PG, it will just take time, and a better team, if he’s on the celtics he looks like a good PG probably, it’s just he is on a team with very low scoring ability forcing him to make himself a 1st to 2nd option socrer meaning it’s not going to work out

    i still love Kemba, but i wouldn’t mind at looking at other options at the Pg position in the next few years, via free agency or the draft-just not 2013s draft-that draft has no “star” pg’s by any means

  • charlottean

    Agree…not any that we’ve seen. He’s definitely iverson type, but he’s nowhere near iverson talent.

    That’s also why i’m so all in on steph curry. He’s the real version of the same thing. Shaun livingston or evan turner would be ideal to pair with walker but we missed out on opportunities to do just that. And we absolutely should have kept augustin as the starter.

    Nba tv absolutely botched the season preview for the cats. Laimbeer and mitchell had no idea who byron mullens even is or gerald henderson for that matter.

  • Spencer/SDS

    1st quarter of ehat game so far, Bismack looks lost on defense- just doesn’t look used to being drawn out to the 3pt line and having to respect a shooting big man’s game, needs to work on his footwork when defending driving big men-i mean he’s a center but the future of this game looks to be more of a chris bosh type Big man than the Dwight Howards and Shaq’s-although Shaq is a one of a kind/or was

    kemba doesn’t look very good running the offense, when he’s at the point its mainly everyone holding the ball and moving-not a bad thing, but he doesn’t dictate things like a true point, he’s more like just another shooter on a pass heavy don’t let too many people dribble around type team…kemba can score thou^^

    Jeffery looked good, as did Tyrus, Henderson made a few mistakes, got himself open but couldn’t really finish it

    Haywood looked good, Summers with energy, Tyrus also with some good energy

    just the 1st but i liked it, issue was Biz against Bosh, Bosh just seemed to get Biz confused with what to do, he wanted to sit in the paint but can’t do that against Bosh and thus it messed up out defensive rotations

  • Spencer/SDS

    2nd quarter i could only see the first half of it and im not going to watch the rest-have stuff to do-Our defense looked “alright” the Heat seemed just giddy about giving us free points off of turnovers, an average half for a bad team

    Henderson so far looks like he is trying to be our #1 option scoring wise, so far he isn’t doing so hot, he took some 3′s, at least he is forcing the heat to defend him at the 3pt arc, kinda disappointing in his less than stellar improvement from last year-at least what he has shown in this pre-season, that can easily change over the course of this year^^

    Kemba looks like mini iverson in soo many ways, problem is that he isn’t nearly as athletic or as capable of being a point guard, Iverson if he wanted to could have been a GREAT PG, he just wanted to be the guy that shot a lot instead, Iverson was considered a 5 star recruit as a qb coming out of high scool-just a random fact^^

    Back to Kemba, i say give him another year to develop with this team,Curry im afraid of with his his ankle issues, if we can get him fairly cheap then hell yea, his “stock” will be drafting if he keeps up the injury bug. Kemba made a HUGE improvement from year 2 to year 3 at Uconn, one he became more of a point guard, and secondl he became a better scorer and just overall a better player, lets hope that in his 3rd year he can raise his playing level like he did at UConn,

    OR second option, look at MKG, MKG could become our point forward of the future?^^, plus MKG is using what he worked on a lot over this summer on and that is his dribble forward 2 steps pull up jumped from the 3 to make it a mid-long 2 pt jumper, hasn’t made too many of those shots obviously so far, but hey^^

  • charlottean

    watching biz play is and has been painful. but it’s not anywhere near as bad as diop and with every bit the upside. He had games last year that were every bit as good as diop’s best games when he was in cleveland or dallas. that said, i’m really starting to lose faith in him as an elite prospect. i’m comparing him to diop to draw inspiration for myself.

    he doesn’t seem to be blocking any shots this preseason. or rebounding much for that matter.