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1 and 16, 2 and 3

Dallas Mavericks 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -1

The other rookie is playing better – Taylor plays strong defense (he did a good job when matched up with Mayo and Carter tonight). Offensively, his jump shot looks solid, so those 3s will start dropping at some point. His biggest problem is his hesitation near the basket – he needs to attack more quickly, rather than giving the defense time to recover, like he has done in transition.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 41 MIN | 8-12 FG | 9-10 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 25 PTS | +19

Well, I guess I was a bit pessimistic in predicting MKG’s first 20-point game. MKG is already very good at attacking the basket, drawing fouls, and adjusting his shot. Watch him work off the ball, sneaking behind the defense, and cutting to the basket as his defender tracks the ball. In addition, Gilchrist, like Taylor, already plays very good defense – MKG stuffed a Vince Carter turnaround jumper right back in VC’s face. He also chased down rebounds all over the court. Just an all-around great outing for the rookie.

Brendan Haywood, C 34 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +17

Good defense. Good, efficient offense. Except for the couple of plays at the end of the 4th where he wasn’t ready for the ball in the post. Otherwise, good night for the big man, Haywood.

Byron Mullens, C 38 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +16

14 rebounds for Byron. Last year, we would have expected that in a week. The three wasn’t falling for Mullens tonight, but he got a follow basket late, and also a dunk on a nice find from Sessions when Mullens cut to the rim. It was good to see him move his game inside as the game wound down.

Kemba Walker, PG 41 MIN | 10-22 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 26 PTS | +14

Darren Collison has caught to be glad that he won’t see Kemba again until next season – 8 steals on the night for Kemba, and his on ball pressure was outstanding (as well as quick hands in traffic). Oh, and he scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and had 7 assists. Kemba’s not going to get 5 blocks to complete a 5×5, but this may not be his last 4×5 of the season.

DeSagana Diop, C 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

Diop played very good defense in his brief court time – he played Kaman well straight up, with a block and a steal, and also did a good job on the pick and roll. He is such a liability on offense that the Bobcats can’t have him on the floor too long, but he showed that he still has the ability to be a solid defender in short stretches.

Ramon Sessions, PG 22 MIN | 5-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | 0

A slow start for Ramon, but credit him for a couple of big baskets late to extend the game and get the Bobcats to overtime.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats finally got a win over the Mavericks. Last weekend, they ended a 23-game losing streak in front of the home fans, and this weekend, a 16-game losing streaks to the Mavs. Sure, there was a home loss to the Suns in between – but they’re giving fans a reason to come out.
  2. Dahntay Jones is still a jerk – he broke up a fast-break for the Bobcats by throwing an elbow into Ben Gordon’s side to push him into Kemba Walker.
  3. The Bobcats still gave up too many open threes to the Mavs – they made 9 of 19. Tonight was Vince Carter’s turn, going 5 of 8. After getting blocked by MKG (mentioned above), Carter came down on the next possession and drilled a long 3 – and let the rookie hear about it all the way back down the court.
  4. The Bobcats are now 2-3 – and kept things close in the losses to the Suns and Hornets. This team is fighting and scrapping all the way through games, unlike the end of last season. There are going to be ups and downs, but so far it does not look like we’ll have to worry about this team challenging any futility records.

16 comments to 1 and 16, 2 and 3

  • Spencer/SDS

    any GRADE FOR BIZ OR tryus? loved watching this game, exspecially kemba and Kidd, those two just do not like losing, they are the ultimate competitiveness, something Jordan can relate to, they just hate losing and their mentality, with Taylor and Bismack is perfect, those 4 are all gym rats that don’t want to leave, add in Kemba and MKG’s drive in game to not allow their teams to lose-or at least do everything in their power to prevent it, and u have a great core, its obviously rubbed off on Mullens, Diop looks slimmed down from last season, williams although he didn’t play this game also has looked more motivated, its just always good to have these type of players^^

    • No grade for Bismack or Tyrus. They were relative non-factors in their brief time. Bismack got a quick hook in the 2nd quarter after a couple of defensive lapses (bad double team attempt) and a shuffling attempt in the lane forr a travel. Tyrus – I seem to remember a forced jump shot and some complaints to the refs. Or, I could be remembering most any other game he plays in.

  • 4aseer

    wow what if we win two in a row, whoa that would be like a dream, is it even possible to talk like that?

  • 4aseer

    Is this Bobcats team actually want some respect?

  • 4aseer

    can they really play basketball with the pro teams?

  • 4aseer

    be consistent then

  • Edmond

    Bobcats might get a winning streak going against the Wizards coming up. MKG is the real deal, like I was saying before and after the draft, and I’m glad he’s playing so well. Heck.. If the bobcats put up a respectable record, who says MKG couldn’t get rookie of the year?

  • 4aseer

    Two things.. Sessions holding the ball too long taking too much time off the shot clock, just sayin and a few guys not ready for the pass, the latter concerns me much more though because I suppose he could be reading the court but just standing there for five secs is too long.

  • 4aseer

    and when you have a great look, hit it!!!

  • Nate

    D. Jones is a jerk? Hmm. Are you a UNC fan?

    Jones is just a good defender. (I am a duke fan.)

  • charlottean

    regardless of what you think about jones, and even if you thought it shouldn’t have been a flagrant OR a technical………it still should have been a clear path foul because he was not between the ball and the basket on a fast break. either that is a MAJOR technicality fail in the rule book or it was poorly mishandled by the refs.

    i think a lot of people probably feel that way about henderson, although I think henderson is tough where jones goes a little further to the point of being dirty.

    cats benefited from 2 horrible calls at the end of the game but man it was a helluva game energy wise. I agree about sessions holding the ball too long, kemba did too on several possessions but both redeemed themselves with outstanding clutch buckets AND assists.

    MKG completely validated his draft status, I think rookie of the year is impossible because he will finish about 5th or 6th in rookie scoring behind davis, beal, waiters, and lillard. but if i’m not mistaken, he’s first in rebounds, steals AND blocks. and he’s not just 1st among rookies….dude is 36th in rebounds, 30th in steals, 11th in blocks among EVERYBODY thus far. if that trend continues, or *gasp* improves……you might have an argument. when the youngest kid in the league is among the top 30 in any major category that says something in a 30 team league. I said it after friday and i feel it even more after last night…..i’m glad we didn’t get the ping pong ball we wanted.

    I really like this group we have. Imagine 1 more top flight prospect in the upcoming draft + hopefully extensions to henderson and mullens + more experience and development from biz (and mullens for that matter) + kemba grasping pass vs. shoot and a better shot selection……….you HAVE to feel like this team is going in the right direction for the first time since 2005. and definitely more so than back then.

    tyrus thomas actually had a SOLID stretch of his short game. 2 for 2 and a couple of loose balls. I can’t remember what he was complaining about but I actually agreed with him which isn’t usually the case.

    biz should have gotten diop’s minutes. anything positive diop did (or does for that matter) is always negated by something idiotic. i want to think that had the game been out of reach or not quite as close that biz would have gotten those 9 minutes but I’m not so sure. I’m on board with dunlap saying he’s going to teach him more than play him this year, but there’s no effing way that giving diop 9 minutes helps the team in ANY way past that particular 9 minutes in which his help is marginal at best. biz definitely wouldn’t have been as hesitant as haywood was down the stretch. that was FRUSTRATING. twice dude was wide open for a dunk and passed it up. and it wasn’t like we were up and trying to milk clock. dude just didn’t realize how open he was and his first look was to pass out instead of go up. almost cost us.

    fun to get a win, great to see mkg and walker have been games statistically and actually. here’s to hoping we go to overtime every game and lose a good share of them but win enough to not hurt our confidence too much.

  • charlottean

    *have good games*

  • bobcatsFAN

    biz needs to work on catching the ball in the post. i dont know if hes not expected it or his reflexes aren’t fast enough. diop actually had some good possessions where he would either grab a rebound or knock it out for someone else to get. and his defense wasn’t too bad.

  • 4aseer

    it would just tickle me to death if a group of pro players decided that they would not listen to the people who says ‘they can’t’ and prove to these young people out there that all the talent and money in the world can’t make up for a team.

  • charlottean

    the 2 plays diop made defensively were completely negated by the 3 or 4 possessions he either stalled or deleted on offense. biz needs to work on catching, no doubt. can’t do that on the bench. some of those passes he’s dropped have been far from perfect though. some have been.