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Suns Run Past Bobcats

Phoenix Suns 117 Final
Recap | Box Score
110 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2

Taylor was awarded the (token) starting spot in place of Henderson and played a mere 10 minutes. Missed all three of his shots and failed to make an impact on the game.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +4

Good effort out of MKG, especially on the defensive end. I would’ve liked to see him get to the line more often but he is certainly making improvements offensively. Had the best plus/minus at +4.

Brendan Haywood, C 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -3

Efficient night for Haywood, particularly on the boards grabbing seven in only 17 minutes. Dunlap decided to give Biyombo more minutes than Haywood at center for the first time this season and I don’t know if it paid off.

Byron Mullens, C 37 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 24 PTS | -8

A strong offensive game from Mullens, who continues to try his hand from beyond the arc. Tonight his hand held up more often than not. As anticipated, he struggled to handle the Phoenix bigs, however.

Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 6-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | -9

A solid game out of Kemba, though his rebounding production was light. Good assist numbers and zero turnovers – certainly noteworthy.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 22 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -1

Blocks and more blocks, but not much else. With his limited offensive repertoire he needs to pull down more than five rebounds in 22 minutes.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 16 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -1

A lot of shots in just 16 minutes, but he was active on the defensive end got to the line. Good signs for Tyrus.

Reggie Williams, SF 10 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | 0

A nice jolt off the bench. Look for more minutes out of Williams in lieu of Taylor and possibly Gordon/Sessions.

Ramon Sessions, PG 35 MIN | 2-10 FG | 12-14 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 17 PTS | -8

Terrible night from the field but he made up for it by getting to the line an incredible 14 times. For everything the Bobcats lack, point guards who can get to the rack is not one of them. Great job setting up his teammates as well.

Ben Gordon, SG 25 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -11

Disappointing night for Gordon given the opportunity he was afforded to exert himself on the offensive end in Henderson’s absence. Gordon has to get to the line more often as well as do a better job creating offense for his teammates. Had the worst plus/minus at -11.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Jeff Taylor in the starting lineup. Surprising choice by Coach Dunlap. I doubt we see it again anytime soon.
  2. Bobcats were unable to force turnovers. The Bobcats are not an efficient offensive unit. In order to win they need to rebound well and create turnovers, which affords them more possessions and presumably some easier fast break points. The Bobcats forced only 13 turnovers tonight and allowed 22 offensive rebounds, leading to six more field goal attempts for the Suns.
  3. Kentucky reunion on hold? The Bobcats travel to NOLA for a match up with the Hornets this Friday night. Anthony Davis missed tonight’s game versus the Sixers after sustaining a concussion last Friday against the Jazz. This marked the second consecutive game Davis missed because of the injury. He is currently listed as questionable for the game against the Bobcats so MKG may have to wait to battle it out with his former Kentucky Wildcat teammate.

14 comments to Suns Run Past Bobcats

  • Lion

    Think it’s possible we could see a lineup starting Kemba and Sessions? I think a lineup of Mullens, T-Time, MKG, Sessions, and Kemba would be great for the Cats and would work very well in the fast paced physical style Coach Dunlap has brought to Charlotte.

  • 4aseer

    I think they are improving every game but we got off to a slow start, better job defending the three point line but we have got to figure out how to stop these guys with the hot hand.

  • charlottean

    you don’t want to start 2 point guards. both of them get 2 fouls in the first quarter and we have to play cory higgins long stretches. we aren’t playing for a championship, we’re playing for development so minutes are valuable going to the guys that could be here a while. that’s why you won’t see much carroll or diop unless necessary. taylor starting keeps the rotations in tact until henderson gets back. just means a few more minutes for sessions and gordon.

    i don’t think we need to figure anything out regarding the 3′s….i don’t think that’s a trend just a coincidence. as a team they shot well but so did we. I think stopping the layups is more glaring and it also contributes to the 3 point shooting. guys get confidence from the layups, they get in rhythm. developing biz as a mutumbo esque landlord of the paint is going to be big for this team going forward.

    i thought biz, thomas, walker, mullens, and mkg all looked really good last night. mullens will have nights like this and he’ll have nights going 2 for 8. If we ride it out for 82 and let him find his game…..we’ll have far more nights like this and then teams will be keying in on him. one of the big reasons we were so bad last year was because when henderson and augustin were both out, there was literally NOBODY that owned the offense and even when they were in it wasn’t like it is becoming with mullens. You’re going to have opponents best shot blockers running out to the 3 point line opening up all kinds of driving lanes for walker, MKG, hendo, etc.

    I just hope he isn’t being developed for somebody else. I would imagine that jordan isn’t going to feel to confident in giving him 40 million like he did thomas but I would also imagine there will be a GM that will give him the 40 million. that’s going to be a tough situation. skilled 7 footers are hard to come by. especially 23 year olds. we’ve got diop and carroll money to spread between he and henderson but it’s hard to imagine that they’re going to give both of them extensions. I will be floored if they do.

    I like the way things are going thus far though. I want to see them run a post up play for biz 1-2 times every game. Sure it might end poorly but we gotta do it. He had a gaff or 2 yesterday, but the dunk and the block where he had to contest 2 players show you why he was drafted highly. They have to tap into that more though.

  • charlottean

    big thing to note about biz….thus far he’s not fouling and he’s not getting called for 3 second violations on either side of the ball. Least I haven’t noted any. haywood has one or 2. Those are big gains over last year.

  • Edmond

    I see it like this.. Shannon Brown knocked down, what, 6 3′s in the 4th? And the team stuck around and battled back.. Polar opposite of last year when games were over at halftime. After 3 games, it’s very entertaining to watch these games regardless of result. I’m also glad that Kemba has improved so much, looking like be could be elite in a few years.

  • 4aseer

    i think when a guy gets hot like dude was in the fourth then you gotta break his stride, go for the steal, make him move off his spot, i mean this is two games in a row where some shooter has teed up outside and blew us up and thats something they want to fix because you just get the feeling that once they get over that hump they are gonna be really dangerous every night

  • 4aseer

    clap in his face

  • 4aseer

    its one thing to get a hand to the face, but entirely another to get a loud clap

  • 4aseer

    man this is the NBA, everybody is good, you gotta get creative, if you can’t block it, clap on em

  • 4aseer

    distract him out of his groove

  • Spencer/SDS

    @edmond, i agree on everything u said^^, Biz is jumping as much, although he dd seem jump happy in the pre-season, but i guees he was just REALLY excited, Mullens loves his new toy as do i^^, Kemba slash that, the ENITRE team is extremly good with ball handling, this team does not turn the ball over…Kemba leads that charge and i love it, he still doesn’t really know if he shouldbe the scorerNO plz, or a faclitaor and a 3rd option for scoring, which he should be with the starting lineup, MKG looking better, Biyombo looks alright, still has a lot of room to improve but his athleticism and length arn’t going anywhere anytime soon so he can take time to develop…

    SIGN MULLENS NOW, we need to sign that guy for sure

  • charlottean

    ^^^ glad to see you on the mullens bandwagon.

    as for clapping in shannon brown’s face. trust me when I say this……..that kind of stuff DOES NOT WORK ON PROS. I promise you that because I used to be the king of the disrupt the hot jump shooter. first you yell off everytime they shoot, then you yell good everytime then it was clap then it was penis. then it was taylor swift. then it was sham wow. that works on guys that do not play ball 24/7. guys that play ball 24/7 and don’t have major concentration issues have the whole “clear the mechanism” billy chapel ish. Trust that shannon brown’s mechanism was clear as could be.

    dude heard NOTHING but the net during that run.

    and we did mix it up on him. we were in zone, we manned up, we switched that man, we came out of a timeout after dude hit 3 or 4 and put kemba on him face guarding all over the court which kept the ball out of his hands for one possession, then the next he basically gets entirely shut down and pulls one right in walkers eye. then they got in transition and sessions was picking him up because that’s the way the matchups went the other end of the floor and dude drained another or 2.

    the guy was just ON. same with mayo and carter. guys were just on. so was mullens. wasn’t anything they could do about that either.

    as for kemba, the only thing I’m seeing thus far is the shot selection thing and maybe overshooting but he didn’t do that against dallas which was a great sign. If he learns to run with it when he’s hot and dish when he’s cold…..he could be in that rondo level. he has the quickness and the handle looks improved from last year. I love guys that don’t accept being mediocre. that’s the thing I love most about this group…..it looks like walker, biz, henderson, mkg, mullens, etc. these guys are actively trying to be a lot better than they are. that’s a great recipe for success. not one andray blatche or sean may in that group. not one charlie villinueva or gana diop.

    this group is REALLY exciting. they’re going to lose a lot this year and probably next year be mediocre but by 2014-15 (assuming they retain the core) i think they’re well in the playoffs. In my mind (if kemba continues and biz develops) we have a starting 5 that could win big time in 4 or 5 years when these guys reach their primes. and we have a TON of good draft picks to go with that. and the cap room to keep everybody. Here’s to hoping they don’t eff it up like they effed up so many good situations before. We haven’t looked this good looking into the future since 2005-06 with a felton/carroll/wallace/may/okafor group or maybe the following year with morrison stirred in. problem then was ownership/coaching/injuries…..none of which seem to be an issue now. great time for the city to start piling on to the bandwagon.

  • 4aseer

    ok but they have no excuse to lose from a guy just doing his job without being frustrated to death before he hits 3 in a row from NBA 3point line and after he hits four in a row you better steal or you will be going to the d league shortly