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Bobcats steal one late from Milwaukee; improve to 5-4

Milwaukee Bucks 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +7

Not the performance I predicted for Taylor in the preview, but a career high in points, so I’ll take that as a consolation. Taylor is going to be a great defender in this league one day.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 30 MIN | 4-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +5

Kidd-Gilchrist uses his body so well to draw contact, and I actually think he should have gotten a lot more whistles tonight than he did. 4 offensive rebounds for MKG tonight and 5 of his 9, total, came down the stretch in the 4th.

Brendan Haywood, C 33 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Haywood faded late in the game, but he continues to be an extremely serviceable true center for what the Bobcats are paying (app. $2mil this year).

Byron Mullens, C 40 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +12

You’ve got to love the effort Byron is making to transform his offensive game. Only took two 3′s tonight and continuously attacked basket. Still has no left hand and gets caught in the air when he goes left, but overall, Mullens is looking like he’s starting to buy into Dunlap’s system.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +5

Walker was 6-6 from the field in the first half. And then the second half came. 3 turnovers and just 4 assist for Kemba tonight. I can’t stress enough how great having Ramon Sessions has been for Kemba. Having two PG’s on the floor at one time that can both create for teammates and get into the lane at will is really paying dividends for Charlotte, and Kemba.

Ramon Sessions, PG 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 10-10 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +6

One of the smartest/craftiest players I’ve ever watched play in a Bobcats uniform. Came up so big for the Bobcats from the foul line tonight and hit the 3 to tie the game late in the 4th during the Bobcats 21-6 run to close the game. Sessions and Kemba are becoming one of the most underrated backcourt duo in the league.

Ben Gordon, SG 14 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -9

Left game in the second half with a right knee contusion and did not return. Status for Wednesday night vs Toronto is uncertain.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats turned the ball over 17 times- I said 12+ would be the death of them in preview. The difference was that Milwaukee only turned those turnovers into 12 points, so the extra possessions were wasted.
  2. After going 19-28 from the foul line on Saturday night vs Memphis, the Bobcats used foul shots as their friend tonight and took advantage of their opportunities, going 27-30 from the charity stripe.
  3. Byron Mullens. The Bobcats continuously went to Mullens in ISO sets late in the game. It was clear that Milwaukee had a lot of respect for him and over helped a few times on him. One of those sequences led to the Sessions 3 to tie the game at 96-96 late in the 4th. Mullens is beginning to understand he can be as much of a distributor as a scorer, when teams send help defenders running at him.
  4. The Charlotte Bobcats are 5-4 and should now officially be one of the most surprising story lines of this early NBA season. The next three games for Charlotte include home game against Toronto and Atlanta, and a road game against the winless Wizards. Not inconceivable to think this team could REALLY be raising some eyebrows across the league within the next week.

10 comments to Bobcats steal one late from Milwaukee; improve to 5-4

  • Spencer/SDS

    1: this team has HEART, Jordan should be extremely proud of this team and their unwillingness to just give up, they are scrappy and multiple players have the work ethic that are comparable to even Jordan-at least from reports
    2: Bad thing about Gordon’s injury, he really helps spread the floor for this team, especially for the bench-look to see Williams get more minutes even if Gordon plays…
    3: Bismack Grade: personally i would give him a C-i know u didn’t give him a grade-he had a couple good hard screens, issue was a bad travel where he forced a pass, just has to relax and panicked, second was he wasn’t prepared for an entry pass for an easy 2 points, i think we need to stress to him on offense to always see the ball, needs to focus on that bad boy and make it his “precious”…Liked his defense…needs to become more “aware” on the offensive side of the floor
    4: got to watch this game on an actual TV!, was wonderful seeing an nba game in actual good quality rather than a computer screen-i’m currently in Wisconsin-and have been…
    5: At this point i’m very happy with the wins this team is churning out and it really shows the potential we have, BUT, i don’t want to be raising to many eyebrows this year, i think we could still use another high drat pick player…wouldn’t hurt at least, but hey, maybe we can draft possibly Ben McLemore of Kansas in the 6-12 range…if we do that good, guy could be a top 3 pick this year IMO, and this is IF he leaves, he might stay another year…good 2 guard with range that we might be missing, Taylor is good-but he isn’t a “starter” at this point, although he is starting, he isn’t the guy we have in at the end of games for a reason, Henderson may not be back, plus we could upgrade from Henderson, although i do love that guy^^
    6: EXTEND MULLENS NOW, dude could get bank this year, he has extremely rare offensive tools and he looks like he could be special IMO-thank you Oklahoma, although he is still inconsistent and has a lot of room for improvement, this dude is the key for this team being either a contender or pretender, his offensive skill set,exspecially with 2 to 3 more years of development will just be close to unstoppable to guard, Dirk-esc? hell he could be overall far better than dirk ever was, Dirk just started the trend for 7 foot shooters, Mullens could be making it the new best thing, compared to 7 foot big men that can dominate the post…

  • 4aseer

    I love this new coach Dunlap, he just looks like he has a big brain

  • CHARLOTTEHORNETS

    New coach is nice and SOMEONE EXTEND MULLENS FOR US WHY WAS HE OVERLOOKED? He is a VERY SOLID PF and always produces and he plays harder and better every game.

    • Just a note on Byron – I’m pretty sure (but don’t have time at the moment to confirm within the CBA) that teams needed to extend during the off-season. At this point, they’ll have to wait until after the season is over to work on a new deal with Byron.

  • charlottean

    I’m afraid someone (probably houston or atlanta) is going to offer mullens the world but thankfully we can afford to pay it. It’s not like we’re capped out and someone can offer a poison pill contract that we can’t pay.

    I think biyombo was fine last night. 5 boards in 13 minutes is outstanding. that one pass looked like the kind that you just don’t throw to your center with bad hands. he will eventually be able to make that play, but it wasn’t like it was a lob to a wide open biyombo for a dunk. he slipped a pick and the ball was behind him at his head. most nba guys can catch that, but not most nba centers. especially not the 20 year olds. patience is on the menu.

    i think taylor is absolutely playing like a starter right now. dude’s defense is absolutely nuts. I would rather we start him and bring henderson in off the bench than the opposite. I think henderson could handle the role better and carry the 2nd unit along with sessions. i don’t want to see much more of gordon. he’s stretching the floor for the opponents on defense too. taylor had a stretch where he had 3 buckets in a row on offense and a few huge defensive plays. that charge he drew late was awesome.

    i’m equally as excited about walker making a 3 as I am about mullens starting to post up and actually get the ball in the post. this team is crazy exciting to watch even when they lose.

    It’s not exactly a great % probability that we lose our pick this year, but if it’s 13th or after, it goes to chicago. we’re definitely not finishing worse than detroit, sacramento, washington, and probably not cleveland or toronto either. past that it’s a complete toss up. as much as I thought coming in that what we wanted was another top 5 pick………i am not at all sold on that anymore. i don’t see a guy in this draft that fits this team that great except maybe mcadoo and he’ll be gone top 5 for sure and i don’t think he’s worth THAT. i just think he’d be taking thomas’ role eventually. not starting. i think we are pretty set if we keep the guys we have. eventually you have to replace haywood, but we have 2 more years AT LEAST if we decide too and he is extremely tradeable to where we could get a young center in exchange for him if we wanted to. i believe he and thomas’ contracts expire the same year….that would be 10 million in expirings that could be used for a center.

    but with walker/taylor/mkg/mullens/biyombo all 23 or under (we would dominate that aau bracket) and henderson and sessions only a few years older….we’re in great shape long term. As the lebron/paul/howard era ages out, this era will age in and outside of okc or indiana, there aren’t a lot of teams as positioned as we are and those 2 are a bit older. keep it together keep the chemistry brewing, extend mullens, extend dunlap, extend rufus, eff the hornets name we don’t need it, extend jordan, let one higgins keep his job and the other go, extend cho, extend dell, bring back matt carroll, bring in ewing or olajuwon or mutumbo or all 3 to work with biyombo, extend old mecklenburg for making great beer, extend tyrus thomas, etc. etc. etc. no wait don’t do that last one.

    best team in franchise history as far as future outlook. that playoff team wasn’t fun to watch (because of jackson) and they had zero future. this is FUN. (eff that corny band)

  • Spencer/SDS

    big thing is the center spot, Biyombo could be a GREAT defensive center, but we could draft big this year, lots of big men coming in, Withey is a LATE 1st, could try and get him, Isiah Austin-hurt, but looks talented as can be-more of a pf thou, Guy from Pitt, just big men all over the place in this draft-if they choose to come out, a lot of those bigs are freshmen

  • charlottean

    withey would be a solid target but we probably won’t be picking late first round. we’re either picking 13th or 14th with portland’s pick, and/or picking top 12 with our pick, or not picking at all.

    there’s an outstanding chance we’re picking like 8th and 12th, but if the roles reversed in that scenario, we aren’t picking at all. it’s weird to see. I just place the importance on developing the guys we have at this point even if it is at the expense of this years draft. if it hurts us this year, we’ll still have a solid draft the following year assuming portland doesn’t drastically improve and assuming detroit continues to suck. hard to imagine portland making the playoffs this year. they literally have a 6 man team right now.

    i think biyombo will become a 10/10/3 guy in a few years. he might only have a career high of 18 or something like that, but he’s going to be able to score with a high efficiency regardless of how ugly it looks. he’s got games on his resume where he’s gone 6 of 9 and what not. and that’s with no skill. imagine with a little refinement. that might be the regular. i imagine mullens/walker/mkg/taylor/biyombo being the pecking order of that lineup and i think that works perfectly. haywood isn’t bringing a lot of offense to the table and it’s working fine. i imagine that pick and roll where sessions is continually throwing it off biyombo’s hands/neck/face/chest eventually being a lob pass. I imagine those post ups where we go to mullens, can evolve to be going to biyombo with mullens set up for the 3. It’ll get there. it’s about investing in the guy. morrison would have been the man if we had ever invested in him. walker is becoming the man because we are. mullens too.

    i think about guys like j.j. hickson and shawn kemp when they came into the league and they were no doubt ahead of biyombo but equally young and looked flawed but then blossomed (to different degrees thus far) but I think biyombo could be hickson. i doubt he can be the scoring threat kemp became but like i said….10/10/3 is not at all improbable for the guy. and that’s probably all we need from him. we thought we were getting ben wallace when we drafted him. wallace averaged 9.5/12.5/3 when they won the championship. career high scoring was 9.7. and he didn’t put up gaudy rebounding numbers til he was 26.

  • Spencer/SDS

    yea, the best part about this team is that we have TIME, if we maintain this group, we have some talent, we have another Battier type player in Taylor-could become better then Battier ever was offensivly thou, we have a dirk-esc Power Foward, which is very rare, there is Dirk, Bargani and then Mullens, those are the only 3 TRUE 7 footers in this league with this type of range and skill set, personally i see Mullens being a better rebounder by far of the other 3 and, eventually could be better then the other 2 defensively as well, i mean in total this is what we could have

    Kemba=Iverson, FAR better pg skills and not as much as a “chuchker” as iverson, Iverson was good, but he could never score efficiently, never shot over 43% fg…,
    Taylor-Battier but better offensively,-hopefully, guy is a GREAT defender
    MKG-Pippen esc, if not a mix of Pippen and Rodmen, dude can rebound like crazy, Great defender, especially for being so young…
    Mullens-Dirk with less offensive output better rebounding and possibly defensively, could turn into Dirk like numbers if we make him our go-to option, which at this point looks like a good idea, just needs to learn how to go to his left side of his body…
    Biyombo-Ben Wallace/Mutombo, Great low post presence-eventually, already makes people think twice when driving towards him, extremely rare strength-he can take on Howard 1 on 1…

    i mean, although i doubt a lot of them getting to the level of talent some of these guys i listed are, they have those same type of playing styles and could be all stars all eventually, Kemba right now is looking like one himself to be honest…

    Iverson, Battier, Pippen/Rodmen, Dirk, and Ben Wallace, that is EASILY a championship team, now we just have to watch and see, hope management keeps this team together and we could be watching something as special as OKC had going, biggest thing is since none of them-as of yet are true stars…

  • Spencer/SDS

    also who do u think, as built right now, looks like they have as bright as a future as we do now? excluding OKC, especially once the Lebron draft class gets into like 32+ range,-so basically 4 years from now?

    i really think we might be on top, Rockets might be there?…Pacers could be there, but they are missing a PG and sg/sf at this point, one hasn’t really stepped up, George is there but he will be SF when Granger leaves, no Pf to replace West either…, Grizzlies? Randolph won’t be as good, or even there, but Arthur-been injured for a while now, or Spreights might be able to step up their game and combine make up for Randolph, Bulls? maybe…not old yet, Philly has some talent, especially if Bynum gets healthy-all starters under 26 i believe…, i mean Miami is likely to cock-block the NBA championship like the bulls did in the 90′s for 3 to 4 years, main fear is if OKC get’s it going, that team could be deadly if they win 1, after they win 1 i think they will just go off, hopefully Miami can prevent that for the sake of the other 31 teams, if they don’t, we could look at a 10 year dynasty…