2012-13 starts off right, Bobcats win « Queen City Hoops

2012-13 starts off right, Bobcats win

Indiana Pacers 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Charlotte Bobcats
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

MKG looked like a very young rookie, on offense. A couple of forced jumpers and couldn’t get a call in the paint (tough to tell from where I sat if he earned any). But he is already a nuisance defensively, even turning back a dunk attempt from Hibbert. A decent enough start.

Brendan Haywood, C 31 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +14

Played big and stopped the Pacers from getting easy baskets at the bottom of the Bobcats zone – no blocks, but he used his fouls well and made it tough near the basket for the most part.

Byron Mullens, C 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +12

Watching Byron during warmups, he shot nothing but 3s during the free shot portion. He mixed it up slightly more during the game, but just barely. I know he likes his new toy, but Dunlap may have to take it away from him if he doesn’t start diversifying a bit more. However, in spite of the disappointing offensive output, Byron earned his spot on the court for the final defensive stand. Byron did a good job throughout the night (with a couple of lapses) of rotating within the Bobcats zone and using his length to make things difficult – even breaking up an alley-oop attempt. It was a very encouraging display for Mullens, defensively.

Kemba Walker, PG 33 MIN | 10-21 FG | 9-10 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 30 PTS | +13

Yeah, Kemba gets an A+, even with a couple of missed shots at the end of the game and few assists. Kemba attacked the rim and pushed the pace in transition, and did a fairly solid job of converting once he got in close. He still has a tendency to float into his pullup jumpers – not quite floaters, not quite a pullup, and it hurts his efficiency. But overall, Kemba had a very strong opening to the season (and made me look silly for suggesting Ramon had a shot at his job).

Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +10

A quiet 18 for Gerald Henderson – a few midrange jumpers and a few scores in transition, and all of a sudden he is in the mid-teens. The better part? He made a couple of threes, but was not forcing them like a certain teammate. If Gerald can make the corner three regularly, he becomes a significantly more valuable player. Different topic: In the arena, they didn’t show a good replay of what occured between Henderson and Gerald Green, that earned GH, Jr. a flagrant foul, so if someone can clarify in the comments (or share a gif even better), I’d appreciate it.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -13

Bismack was excited for the season to start, he could barely contain himself. Literally. On one of his first possessions in the game, a teammate created a wide open dunk for Bismack, who got so excited about the flush that he bobbled the ball away and blew the basket. He got it back later, with a bit more patience in his gather and finish. Between Hibbert’s height and David West’s (and Tyler Hansbrough’s) bulk, it wasn’t a great matchup for Bis tonight – but he still grabbed a handful of rebounds, blocked a couple of shots, and forced a turnover by poking away a defensive rebound from Indiana.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 17 MIN | 1-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -11

Out of position repeatedly on defense. Forced shots on offense. Complained to the refs throughout. The lone “F” of an otherwise exciting opening night. I’m concerned.

Ramon Sessions, PG 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -12

A solid opening night for the backup pointguard (just wanted to reiterate it, after Kemba’s big game).

Ben Gordon, SG 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -11

Gordon did what he was brought here to do – shoot. 10 points on 8 attempts in 22 minutes. Maybe a bit too much dribbling at times, but another good debut for a new addition.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats didn’t announce attendance at tonight’s game – it was far from a packed house. Not to say the place was empty – but there were seats available, which was a bit disappointing for opening night.
  2. The atmosphere, however, was very good. The crowd was engaged throughout (it helps when the team is competitive) and it got very loud during the last couple of minutes during defensive possessions. Fortunately for the Bobcats and their fans, D.J. Augustin’s shot at the buzzer to win fell short.
  3. As expected, the Bobcats played large portions of tonight’s game with a small lineup – Reggie Williams, Ramon Sessions, and Ben Gordon were on the court together for a while, and there were other 3-guard lineups as well. The Bobcats used a zone for large portions of the game, giving up some 3s and offensive rebounds in the process, but if it gets their best offensive options on the court, they’ll have to make it work.

10 comments to 2012-13 starts off right, Bobcats win

  • bobcatsFAN

    i thought it was a very entertaining game to say the least. from a fan standpoint, i would like to see them play every game like this, keeping it close and having a chance to win at the end. no more blow outs. from a diehard standpoint, i’d like to see them blow every team out by 20 but i know thats not going to happen.

    and the thing with G. Green and G. Henderson, under the basket, G, Green shoved an elbow into G.H’s face, so then G.H retaliated and G.H got hit with a tech and G. Green got hit with a flagrant.

    I felt that G.H shouldn’t have gotten a tech if he played it off like he was boxing him out but he buried his elbow into G. Green’s chest and thats what got him that tech.

    It reminded me of the demar derozan elbow that G.H took last year when they played toronto

  • Spencer/SDS

    @ Hendo question, even when watching the game at home i was confused with what happened, i think Green initiated contact by “pushing”??? i guess and than Hendo reacted and pushed back,

    why the f for tyrus? personally i felt like he had good effort, tried to drive to the basket-didn’t end well but he helped disrupt the pacers defense forcing them to have to get up to him since he wasn’t afraid to drive, defensively he could have been better but he wasn’t terrible imo, had a good block that got taken off because west stepped out of bounds right before it

    i’m fairly unhappy with the play or not playing of Jeffery Taylor, MKG still his greatness on D, still is horrific jumpshot on the O, he’s not smooth at all he gets the ball even with his forehead with his non shooting elbow jacked out to the left and holds it there for a half a second than shoots when he starts to fall down….terrible shooting mechanics…still love the guy thou^^

    Mullens good game defensively, the zone d is perfect for this team, Haywood excelled at it in Dallas and has probably helped the improvement of Mullens Biz and company in playing the Zone defense immensely. Biz i just love the guy, although he didn’t have a “good” game i just love watching a guy get excited to play a game, kinda reminds me of Brett Farve, he just loves to play…last year even when losing u could just watch him smile all the way up and down the court some games^^

  • Spencer/SDS

    also i can’t wait till December 7th^^, Charlotte will be visiting Milwaukee and i will actually get to see the game^^, ehh i love these type of games, they jsut get u so pumped afterwards

  • bobcatsFAN

    i just hope we’re not repeating last year when we won our first game by 1 point, then everything went downhill from there =\

  • Edmond

    Tyrus Thomas deserved an F, it seemed as if each time he touched the ball he did something terrible.. and each time he touched the ball, the Boo’s became louder. Did MKG get injured late in the game? I saw him walking gingerly at one point and I don’t remember seeing him afterwards. It’s encouraging that we won despite mediocre games from MKG, Tyrus, Bismack, and no minutes from Jeff Taylor.. GH played a lot of the 3 position.

  • 4aseer

    It was a good team effort, my mind continues to flash back to the first quarter with a couple of wall double teams in the paint that just shut hibbert out, very nice! The only reason I cringe when Mullens shoots the three ball is because he isn’t gonna get the board, i thought he looked great in the low post the whole time though ahaha I felt like guys were playing together well and Haywood wasn’t winded like the other night. Excited about the potential of this squad… ect… ect… Bismack just needs to work on his handle, constantly. ahaha Great win!

  • Spencer/SDS

    @edmond, mkg is alright, he is just horrible on offense and it over weighed his great defensive ability, so we -played Kemba-Gordon-Henderson-our scoring boys, with Sessions playing to give Kemba a rest

    also Mullens is a 35-40% 3pt shooter-i assume this season, he shot at 41% this preseason off of around 30 attempts and he has worked on it the most this pre-season, i want him shooting 3s, the majority of this team can only score off of drives and garbage buckets, a.k.a offensive rebounds and easy layups/dunks, he needs to stretch the floor, if u put him in the paint-with haywood/Bismack Tyrus whoever we suddenly get very crowded and that is not good…

  • CHARLOTTEHORNETS

    Need the name Hornets back to draw fans from the 20 year old age group and up.

    • bobcatsFAN

      up to N.O to give up their name. MJ already said he would at least entertain the name change back to the hornets but it all depends on if N.O can figure out what to change their name to.

  • charlottean

    the thing i love about mullens is that when he has a horrible shooting night…..it’s 30%+. we can’t say the same for a certain teammate. and when he has a great game it’s 50-60%, again something we can’t say about a certain teammate. dude couldn’t buy a jumper and got a few buckets on the block instead. loved that. offense needs to go through this guy. he needs to shoot his way through nights like this the way durant did his first 2 years.

    I loved a lot of what I saw from kemba, but what I hated was…..we were up 7 or 8 in the 4th and dude had like 26 points and was 10 of 16 (i’m going off memory) and then he ends up 10 for 21 and we win by 1. He has to learn to select better shots and get teammates involved so that when the defense is TRYING TO STOP HIM, he has options. he brought what we got him for. but i’m afraid of tonight’s aftermath. would love to see him go all james harden on the repeat performance, but i fully expect a 4 for 18 night where he shoots us out of the game for no reason. and i swear i am the resident bobcat optimist. I hope i’m wrong. If he gives us 2 more games in the first 5 that are more good than bad, i’m officially on the bandwagon. I just don’t want these games to be 1 in 5.

    hendo looked good and hopefully this answers my concerns about dunlap regarding hendo’s role this year. hope we keep him.

    regarding the elbow…..it’s clearly in the nba rules, any elbow thrown above the shoulders is an automatic ejection whether it lands or not. with all the reviewing that should have been the result. calling a flagrant on hendo made no sense. should have been a flagrant 2 on green and a double technical on green and hendo. can’t see it any other way based on the rulebook. he threw an elbow AT HIS HEAD, hendo responded with an elbow to the chest. i used to hate hendo for ish like that when he was at duke but i LOVE THAT DUDE for that kind of toughness for this team.

    you can see an identity forming around that future 5 of walker/hendo/mkg/mullens/biyombo. develop those 5 and mix in 1 or 2 more guys and we could be rolling. we could be in indiana’s seat in 2-3 years. james mcadoo would probably be a good fit to rotate with mullens and biyombo in haywood’s spot. liked what i saw out of biyombo sans the blown dunk. he’s going to be something if we’re patient.

    prayers for walker not taking 25 shots tonight.