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Gordon’s 34 not enough for Bobcats in NOLA

Charlotte Bobcats 99 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 New Orleans Hornets
Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | 0

Nice output for Biyombo tonight. He’s so much better defensively than Mullens and understands the concept of how to show and recover on PnR defense.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +3

Shot the ball with confidence tonight. Overall, it was just good to see Taylor get involved.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -5

What a defender MKG can be, especially in transition. Attacked the basket well, but wasn’t able to draw as many fouls tonight. Overall, a slightly above average performance.

Byron Mullens, C 25 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -9

Resembled the Byron from last season on the defensive end. Just constantly getting lost on PnR defensive, is terrible at recovering and ends up trailing the play to create a 5-on-4 advantage for opponent. Terrible offensive night as well, so there’s nothing from tonight to be encouraged about from Mully. Oh, and he and Anthony Davis had a serious scuffle that had a referee knocked over and NOLA coach Monty Williams on the floor to break it up.

Kemba Walker, PG 25 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +1

Meh. Kemba was in with some weird rotations tonight and only played 25 min- probably a product of the fact that Ben Gordon took over the game.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 23 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +1

He only ends with 1 turnover, but when you consider that at least 4 of his terrible missed shots led to Hornets run-outs and easy baskets then you can understand that his bad shots are just as good as turnovers. Just has such a difficult time playing under control.

Reggie Williams, SF 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -3

Great spark on the offensive and defensive end off the bench. Williams is learning to become a great cutter off the ball.

Ramon Sessions, PG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Shots were going to Gordon tonight, so I thought that Sessions did a great job of filling in and picking his scoring spots the right way beside his hot hand teammate. I’ll say it all season- Sessions is the smartest basketball player on Bobcats roster.

Ben Gordon, SG 35 MIN | 14-21 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 34 PTS | -11

It was so fun watching Gordon score at will. In the second half when the Hornets were showing and shadowing on every screen that Gordon ran off of, it just didn’t seem to matter. He was scoring however he wanted. Can’t think of any Bobcats performance in recent memory that was as fun to watch as Gordon’s tonight.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Charlotte traps in the full court press more than any other team in the NBA, but the Hornets showed signs tonight that the league is already starting to figure out the weaknesses in the chaotic defensive pressure that Dunlap has implemented. NOLA repeatedly made Charlotte pay tonight by spacing shooters to the corners and having players off the ball quickly cutting to the basket when Bobcats were scrambling to get back into position.
  2. It going to become tougher and tougher for the Bobcats to get points in the paint going forward because of the fact that they simply don’t have an inside scoring presence to dump the ball into. We saw the Bobcats struggle at times tonight to find a penetrating lane because of how good NOLA’s gap defense was.
  3. The Bobcats will make their first of two national TV appearances tomorrow night on NBATV against Dallas at home.

    Note: Bobcats are 0-16 all time vs Mavs.

5 comments to Gordon’s 34 not enough for Bobcats in NOLA

  • 4aseer

    Alot of guys played really well, the defense is improving and seems like we are developing some chemistry and I actually love to see the attitude from Mullens although he didn’t play well at all and neither did Thomas, who just plain looked lost on the court at times, and Kemba didn’t appear to be very assertive like he was in the first game but I would love to see them get out in front of a game somewhere along the line, we don’t always have to play from behind, its ok to get a lead, don’t be afraid.

  • 4aseer

    I made most of the women at the party mad because I had to watch ya’ll lose, so when you lose, everybody suffers, but if you win the women might get more involved and then we can all be the mack.

  • awannam

    What a tremendous offensive performance from Ben Gordon! Where has he been so far this season? I must say though, the Bobcats look absolutely lost on the defensive end of the court. They need to rectify this situation and quick.

  • Spencer/SDS

    loved Gordon, showed up why the pistons paid the man despite having hamilton and combo guard Stuckley already, it didn’t work for them but it sure has worked for us…Gordon is better at Maggette at everything other than drawing fouls/running into the lane like a bowling ball^^,He might have been a big steal in the off-season for us, kinda like how New Orleans got Anderson for NOTHING….

  • charlottean

    kemba had an off game, but he actually looked really good in the 1st 2.5 quarters. it was the 4th quarter that killed his stat line and contributed to the loss but early on I think he had 11 and 5 or 11 and 6 just after halftime in limited minutes. Some bad shot choices but good ball pressure defensively.

    I am thoroughly impressed by the defense. Between taylor (which nba refs are confusing his phenomenal defense as fouling even though he isn’t reaching or blocking) and mkg and biyombo and walker….we were locking some guys up. even gordon showed some flashes of defensive intensity.

    Fun watching gordon go NY public court all over last night. that was surprisingly fun as much of a ball stopper and iso guy as he is…..it was way better than watching a stephen jackson or corey maggette. that was how I remember him playing in chicago. I really thought he was going to be on the wade/bryant level as a 2 in this league. signing in detroit ruined him.

    I hate that we don’t go to the post more. as much as it can end badly for biyombo and mullens down on the block, they still make respectable %’s without OUTRAGEOUS amounts of turnovers. If gordon wasn’t on fire, they really need to explore that more. especially on a night when the jump shot isn’t falling for mullens. That appears to be the most lacking element of the offense right now. Jump shooting, Driving, passing, cutting has all been respectable. And biyombo had a bucket or 2 last night that really made you think about what could come in 2-3 years. He could easily be howard esque in the post. I remember how horrible howard was early on and all his points came off dunks but he’s developed a lot over time. With the right guidance, that kid could be special. some of the blocks over the past 2 games have been incredible. MKG is swatting a ton also. I think they are both top 15 right now.

    williams is looking a lot better than last year. he might be worth keeping as a role player after all. especially if the price tag stays the same.

    all in all, these first 5 games have been great to watch in comparison to last year. And I am loving the minute distribution from dunlap as well. The flaws we are seeing are completely fixable as this young group learns to defend together and develop offensively. We might have missed on a few studs after MKG but he is a PERFECT fit for this coach and as a glue guy for this team. Future looks bright if we can keep it together and keep getting better. Figure our draft pick is either going to be a big to eventually replace haywood or a guard to replace gordon. Watched a little bit of nerlens last night. Not sure if he’s the guy yet or not but I’ll be watching him more. Doesn’t look like we’ll see shabazz this year unless he can get picked up by the d-league or euro in time.

    I am really despising the NCAA these days. I know the kids are idiots for not handling their situations better but the agents continue to break the rules and continue to go un punished for it. The rest of the world lets their kids go pro at 14 or 15 and we don’t so our colleges can profit. Seems un American, yet the rest of the world gets it and we don’t. Would love to see the d-league expanded to be affiliated with universities to provide education and use their facilities. Let the schools own the teams in partnership with the local NBA team. rant for another day. sorry for the ridiculously long postings all the time i’m just hype about this season right now.