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Bobcats blow 20-point lead, lose to Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +8

Another blah performance, but he only played 11 min.

Byron Mullens, C 25 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -3

Very active defensively- much better awareness of his defensive positioning on the floor. For the exception of the one shot that was closer to half court than the three point line in the first half, didn’t really force shots.

Ramon Sessions, PG 35 MIN | 4-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16

Tough day for Sessions from the floor. Also had 4 turnovers- eww. This was his first real struggle in a Bobcats uniform and the frustration boiled over as he was T’d up by Joey Crawford in the 4th quarter.

Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 6-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | -5

Another impressive performance from Kemba. He’s shooting the ball so much better than last season and that is likely attributed to the fact that there are more weapons around him for the defense to key in on. He also didn’t turn the ball over once.

Gerald Henderson, SG 20 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Slight shooting improvement from past few games and continues to take his fair share of shots from behind the arc.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 13 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -12

Didn’t play a lot today. That’s about it.

Brendan Haywood, C 34 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -14

If Haywood gives Dunlap one of these performances every 3-4 games he’s going to be a happy coach.

Ben Gordon, SG 30 MIN | 2-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | -16

Gordon, like Sessions, struggled from the field today and we saw in the second half that when these two can’t get it going offensively then the Bobcats are going to have some real trouble scoring the basketball.

Four Things We Saw

  1. First half was very encouraging. Second half was very discouraging. Charlotte was 42.2% from the field and 53.3% from behind the arc in the first half. Bobcats also forced 12 Milwaukee turnovers that translated into 20 points. Second half was completely different story- Bobcats were 28.9% from field and 12.5% from deep. Charlotte also allowed 32 points in the paint in second half and were basically doubled up in the paint for the game (50-26).
  2. More bad stats- Bobcats were out-rebounded 56-38 and allowed Milwaukee to pull down 21 offensive boards.
  3. Bobcats led 71-51 in the 3rd quarter. From that point on they were outscored 49-19 on their way to a 100-90 defeat.
  4. I’ll end on a positive stat- Bobcats only turned the ball over 10 times today.

20 comments to Bobcats blow 20-point lead, lose to Bucks

  • charlottean

    6 for 16 isn’t shooting to applaud. dude was like 4 for 7 to start the game and had 7 assists EARLY. then he and gordon and higgins and sessions got together to start a brick party in the late 3rd and 4th. His 1st 2.5 quarters were GREAT and last 1.5 quarters were awful. I’ll live with that for now though because it IS showing more promise than he showed last year.

    more mike conley, less brandon jennings please.

    oh and I really hope biz gets more playing time in the regular season. he and henderson don’t seem to be working with dunlap like i thought they would. If anybody, I thought henderson would be the perfect match. I was actually worried about mullens, and that seems to be working out greatly. Mullens had another solid game. 2-3 on 3′s……they can go ahead and sign this dude now before he earns more money.

  • Spencer/SDS

    i kinda hope biz just starts or plays equal minutes to Haywood, Haywood will be here maybe 2 years as a larger role…Biz SHOULD be here for the next DECADE…
    Kemba same thing compared to sesions, although i wouldn’t mind looking into a true PG UNLESS, MKG can prove to be a future point foward, which im thinking will be his true position in years to come..he was made to be a point foward IMO^^
    Henderson has been dissapoiting to what i was expecting, has been inconsistant and seems to be the designates chuck it up at the last second player, i feel l like we arn’t getting his hands on that ball early enough into a posession…

  • charlottean

    I haven’t seen MKG on the level of a lebron or evan turner or lamar odom in any way. I did see a guy that can absolutely make plays and run the break properly and what not. I could be wrong but he seemed way more anthony mason in that regard than the above named.

    if we’re smart we’ll trade haywood for a 1st rounder or young talent the second his restriction is lifted. He’s a solid player but at the wrong point in his career to really help the franchise. He would be ideal to keep if his trade value wasn’t so good with his salary at 2 million a year for 2 years. that’s ideal trade value to get a young talent from a contender needing depth up front.

    i’m afraid henderson is going to play entirely too few minutes. MKG, Henderson, Bismack, and mullens should all play AT LEAST 32 minutes to develop something real. I’m afraid only mullens will actually get those kind of minutes. and they should get those kind of minutes TOGETHER to develop chemistry. bite the bullet. invest in the future. walker should play that much too. problem is……dunlap will want to play haywood 25+, tyrus 25, sessions 25, gordon 25+ and the math just doesn’t add up. and that’s without getting anything at all out of williams, or taylor. have to figure carroll and diop are rocking suits unless someone’s hurt. gotta get biz and hendo on the floor though.

  • 4aseer

    didn’t get to see the game but Haywood I have followed since he was a freshman and I know he can be a great player but compared to a lot of guys he looks out of shape, maybe not, but the bar is set pretty high in the pros, i would keep hay around if he workout every other day haha

  • 4aseer

    also, i’d say harrison barnes looks better than MKG at this point

  • 4aseer

    Butttttttt beat Indiana, and everything changes

  • 4aseer

    I really don’t care for Indiana, basketball began in North Carolina but we get no respect now.

  • charlottean

    barnes’ skill set WOULD look better at this point though. he’s had some big games but he’s had some weak ones too. If we’re being fair, it’s way too early to tell. Me personally, I wanted barnes. and I definitely didn’t want MKG at 2 if we could have had him at 4 and had the 24th pick to get jones or whoever. plus MKG has had some solid games in 10-15 minutes that if he played the same level for 40 minutes would look like a great game.

    basketball started in springfield.

  • buhaha

    Ca’t even order customized Bobcats Kidd-Gilchrist hoody on NBA.COM…. name is too long or should I say the field is too small. Surely this is an easy fix! It’s just software…

  • Spencer/SDS

    think of it like this, MKG vs Barnes, MKG wins every time, barnes is average at defense, MKG looks like a top tier defensive player his rookie year…Barnes looks like a good shooter-35% 3pt most likely, good mid range, can drive, not very good mentality to finish after the drive thou, MKG-terrible shooter, can drive and finish extremely well for a rookie once again..

    MKG wins against Barnes 1 on 1, Barnes isn’t worth a 2nd overall pick either in my opinion, should we have tried to get Cleveland’s pick? hell YES, we could have still gotten either 1 of these guys-maybe not barnes i think the wizards would have taken a LONG look at him, and gotten more total all, but either way it was a good draft

  • 4aseer

    against the Mavs 14 assist… lowest total of the night for any team, just quality assist would prob help the shooting percentage you would think

  • 4aseer

    well, one thing is obvious, if these guys are gonna win more games this year and not break their record for the most losses ever then we need some sweet bunch of assist and i mean creative stuff, to sneak out that extra win or two.

  • charlottean

    barnes isn’t exactly a defensive liability though. I think the advantage today goes to barnes in a big way but i think MKG has the potential to be slightly better. Barnes would have been better off coming here though. More pressure, but more shots and minutes. going to golden state leaves him in a bunch with curry and thompson and bogut to share touches on offense. by all accounts the reason the cleveland deal got held up was the bobcats insisting to include tyrus thomas in the deal some how. huge gaff. this is big money wise for MKG, pressure wise for MKG and also that we could have added another solid piece. worst case scenario here was barnes instead of MKG. and that wasn’t likely.

    walker can’t possibly take 17 shots and only hit 3. he’s got to learn when it’s not his night he HAS to let others shoot.

    augustin had 13 assists over 1 turn last night.

  • 4aseer

    When MKG goes off in a game, I will sing his praises in the middle of town square at noon time, but you have to understand, its just hard to be a Bobcats fan right now, its a lot of frustration and humility but we still have hope that this lowly team might rise up and play like champions, beat Indiana!

  • spencer/sds

    yea we might have actually gotten lucky with not trading tyrus, he is still paid too much but he could turn into a good trade chip and what not^^,

    Augustine is a pass first pg-not very good at penetrating, not very good scorer unless someone sets HIM up, but he cn set other people up extremly effectivly, personally i think sessions is better for THIS team than augustine would have been…

    Kemba, he fights too much, when we go down he forces things, sometimes it works, often it doesn’t in the nba, he is a true sg lke a Kobe, his issue is he is 6 ft-maybe-and doesn’t have great touch when shooting

    MKG i think might be turning into a Pippen/Rodman type player,e out husles people can rebound extremly well despite his size and is alright on offense-if it isn’t for free throws he looks terrible at this point…someone that is palying today would say he looks like Shawn Marion who’s with Dallas, just rawer on offense

    Mullens-destroyed the boards, aainst one of the worst rebounding teams in the league…but he still destroyed the boards…great niht by him-if you take away the bad shooting night anyway^^, our issue s that are leading scorers all play pg or sg, other than Mullens, sf-pf very bad at scoring, i think if we have a chance at zeller take him-or Shabazz if we either don’t keep Henderson of go fast like so

    starting-
    Kemba
    Henderson
    Shabazz
    MKG
    Mullens

    backup
    Sessions
    Gordon
    Taylor
    Thomas/biz
    biz/haywood

    Bigger lineups-
    Kemba’
    Shabazz
    MKG
    Mullens
    Biz

    i mea that would be next year but hey

    what i want it to be for thisyear
    Kemba-32min+
    Hedo-32 min+
    MKG-32 min+
    Mullens-32min+
    Biz-32 min-

    Session, 24-26min
    Gordon 20-22 min
    Taylor-as much as possible
    Tyrus as much as possible

    if u say sesions and gordon get 48 total, that leaves 32 mns left for everyne else total, Taylro and Tyrus should get the majority, but ehh

    what do u think the reality of it will be, i thin Bizwill get li 16-20, Haywood 24-26, which i wouldb un happy about etc etc

  • charlottean

    agree about the minutes….i think haywood will get a ton. he deserves it performance wise, but we just won’t benefit long term from that.

    disagree entirely about augustin. he couldn’t create much last year because the entire other team was keyed in on him and him only. he absolutely has the handle to get to the rim. being in a bobcat uniform, everyone would get away with hacking him when he got to the basket. dude was sprawled out on the bassline regularly with no respect. only thing kemba has on augustin is balls and defense and the defense isn’t DRASTIC but walker definitely gets more steals. i think you could plug augustin in for westbrook on OKC and he would put up westbrook like numbers. i think he’s the ideal #2 or #3 option to an elite scorer. if we had renounced his rights earlier, dallas would have been all on top of it. indiana would be a good fit for him if they could afford to keep he, hill, and george and others which they can’t, and only if they planned on playing those 3 in a rotation.

    he’s just way better than kemba was at the same point in their careers as well as right now. and that was including the fact that we absolutely failed to develop him. as a rookie, he looked as good as ANYBODY.

  • Spencer/SDS

    yea but the reason why i say Augustine is worst than sessions for the BOBCATS, it because of what u just said, he is suited to be a 3rd and lower scoring option, in Charlotte he would be a 2nd to 1st man to look to for scoring ability…which isn’t going to work out, Sessions is a better scorer, is he an overall better player than Augustine?…i doubt it, at least not as a pg, but he is better suited for the bobcats at the MOMENT, due to the simple fact that he doesn’t rely on other players scoring abilities to make him an efficient offensive player…

    Now ima just say this, if you take westbrook out of OKC and implace Rondo/Nash they are unstoppable…simple…if you make westbrook the SG that he is and make a TRUE point handle the ball more than him, have him handle the ball maybe a 3rd of the time…than they are unbeatable…dude is a SG, and has such tremendous ability that he could be a top 5 pg despite being a sg^^, dude is better than wade, as athletic as Rose, he is a monster…Durant, eww if durant had the mind set of Westbrook, BOOM, he’s the goat…to bad for OKC Durant doesn’t have that ima DESTROY you attitude…but still OKC is going to try and fight for that 96 bulls, 86 celtics, 72 lakers teams, they are going to fight for the title for best team in history, in 3 years anyway^^, the Heat with lebron still have the best at the moment…

  • spencer/sds

    harden traded HUGE-Martin as good as a scorer if not better than Harden, got two first round picks for next year, both should be at least top 20, got jeremy lamb…this team got better IMO

    my only issue is that they could have kept him by amnestying Perkins for Harden and have Aldrich and that company play ceter when Ibak goes up against the lakers and teams with the true centers-which is very few in this league

    both a good and ad trade considering that i thought they could easily keep Harden by jsut amnestying Perkins…

  • charlottean

    okc effed up big time. they could have waited on this. they could have had beal in exchange for harden and I think that would have been a better replacement than lamb. they got good value for harden on paper with a potential short term and long term replacement plus 3 picks.

    essentially the rockets gave up martin, lowry, lee, hill, and lamb for harden; a really good player who will no doubt be overpaid a bit. and they didn’t say if he had been extended as part of the deal or not.

    okc gave up cole aldrich who was basically byron mullens part 2 (less of the shooter of course) a guy who sat for a few years and is now ready to contribute. now they either lack depth in the front court or are putting a TON of faith in thabeet. I just think they could have approached this better. they could have gotten ATLEAST this year, if not next year out of harden before letting him walk. I think they are further away from a championship now.

    This reminds me of when turkoglu left orlando after their finals run. they brought in vince carter and everybody thought “oh well that’s kind of an upgrade” but they gave up courtney lee and nobody factored in the chemistry that was lost and can’t be repaired after that point. they could have gone all in this year, say they won the championship and harden was a big part of it…..obviously they’re gonna give the dude the extension he wants at that point. say he has a mediocre year…..his value might go down to the point where he’s willing to play next year on the QO. like you said they could have amnestied perkins as aldrich stepped up. they had options. This deal will entirely hinge on harden vs. lamb but i think there are so many more what if factors on both sides and I don’t see either side winning this. OKC gave up on their core (again) and houston gave up A LOT for a guy that might not be the guy they want him to be. they’re going all in on a lin/harden/parsons/white/asik lineup that doesn’t really strike fear in anybody.

    have to wonder how durant feels about this. he’ll be a free agent eventually and might not feel as loyal to OKC next go round.

    as for augustin…..you’re basically saying sessions is better suited to be on the bad version of the bobcats and augustin on the good version of the bobcats. I wouldn’t want to be slightly better now to be slightly worse later. The big thing there is that sessions probably wants to be here more than augustin does. he had to endure the coaching changes the ownership change, the insane amount of personnel turnover. by the time augustin left, there wasn’t anybody left that was there before him unless you count matt carroll who came and went. in 4 years, that happened. that speaks volumes about your organization. but he should have been made the franchise pg. at 24 years old….as solid as he was and the flashes of brilliance that he had within all the BS that went on here…..it could have been something special. especially playing up tempo with this team. people will laugh but boris diaw would have thrived with this coach as well.

  • Spencer/SDS

    yea, Boris-he gave up last year, Augustine well like you said might have been sick of it, at the moment Sessions isn’t a bad down/up grade from Augustine last year

    one thing that scares me this year, of the 5 guys we had scoring double digits this pre-season, not one shot over 45%, hell the highest of the 5 was mullens, shooting 42.9%, the really good part of pre-season scoring wise, gordon 12 of 19 from the 3, 41.4% shooting from the 3, Mullens 16 of 39, 41% from the 3,
    henderson attempted 18 3s this preseason, almost reaching a third of the attempts he had in 55 games last year, meaning he at least has faith in his 3, just has to get in down in game,

    Kemba found a way to shoot WORSE % wise in pre-season than last year, last year 36.6% overall, preseason 36.4%, he did increase his 3pt% slightly lmao, Kemba can’t keep on forcing shots, a top 5 scorer for anyteam shooting below 40% means u are terrible and won’t get better with that player

    now will any of these % cross over to the regular season? unlikely other than the 3% for players, game will completely change, less bench warmers playing their hearts out on defense and more starters that don’t play their hearts out on defense but have a ten times better offensive scoring ability…

    OKC i don’t mind this trade, they got-basically 3 1st rnd draft picks, with Lamb-a guy said to have great scoring ability looked like a top 5 pick early on last year, but without kemba he looked lost, Martin will be a very good scoring 6th man, just without the flash and overall ability that Harden brought in, plus two possible top 20 1st rnd draft picks, and with OKC brilliance of knowing how to just sit on their asses and allow possible super stars fall to them they will likely get another ibaka or perry jones…Rockets are retarded thou, they got a guy who will want max contract-he is deserving but he shouldn’t be your STAR, he went to OKC for one reason, he told OKC GM straight up he didn’t want to be the leader and superstar, he isn’t that guy, he wants to be the greatest roll player of all time, not the GOAT, that is not something you want in your “superstar”…