Uh. Bobcats lose. By a lot. « Queen City Hoops

Uh. Bobcats lose. By a lot.

Charlotte Bobcats 69 Final
Recap | Box Score
114 Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeffery Taylor, SF 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -38

Player of the game for Charlotte. Obviously, that’s not saying much.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -32

Always attacking the basket, but MKG found it very difficult to finish tonight. Won’t ever lose you games, but on one like tonight, you can forget he was ever even on the floor.

Brendan Haywood, C 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -39

Haywood was put in a tough spot tonight having to try and attempt to stop Durant and Westbrook getting into the lane at will. Needs to be more decisive with it when he catches ball on the block- holds it too long and offensive gets stagnant.

Byron Mullens, C 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -35

Everything about this game was awful for Byron. Was awful on pick-and-roll defense- as in, he kind of just stopped trying at one point in the 2nd quarter and actually grabbed Eric Maynor’s shoulder as he ran right past him to the rim once. On top of the defensive embarrassment, Mullens went back to his old habits of jacking as many three’s as possible. He’ll always have some value on the offensive end because of how he can stretch the floor, especially in pick-and-roll situations, but the bottom line is that he doesn’t like playing defense and never will. Therefore, he doesn’t give you a full games effort on that end of the floor. Ever.

Kemba Walker, PG 20 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -31

WOW. Just awful. Couldn’t make any shots and had no chance of breaking down the OKC defense by getting into the lane. The Thunder did a great job of helping on Kemba when he attempted to bolt into the lane towards the rim.

Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 1-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -14

Sessions worst game as a Bobcat. Like Kemba, the Thunder shadowed Ramon very well and didn’t allow him to get into the lane and draw contact around the rim. Instead, he was forced to take tough, contested, fade away jumpers.

Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -26

On a night where the offense was as stagnant as it was tonight, Gordon doesn’t do much to help that issue.

Bismack Biyombo, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Bobcats really missed Biz tonight. Diop had to play extended minutes in his place. Enough said. Ignore grade here.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats shot 29% for the game. Their opponent 51.3%.
  2. I’ve have nothing else to really say about this game. While the Thunder’s starting five were in the game tonight, it equated into two squads that didn’t belong on the same floor.
  3. Bobcats play Wednesday night in Atlanta where they will be searching for some real answers after tonight’s debacle. Early this season has been exciting and encouraging for Charlotte, but tonight was a humbling loss and should put into perspective where this team still stands.

11 comments to Uh. Bobcats lose. By a lot.

  • Steve

    IS it worth noting that Diop had 9 rebounds?

  • stacey

    Loosers, pathetic, embarrassing, By far the most unprofessional NBA team as well as poorly run organization that I’ve ever enjoyed laughing at.LMAO!!!! How ironic the greatest player to play the game of basketball is the mastermind behind this so called team SMH

  • SirGladiator

    Happily, tonight was a night to watch the Panthers and Wrestling, so I literally missed all 48 minutes of this disaster. Yay. A friend of mine, upon seeing the score, asked me if Bismack played all 5 positions tonight. Hopefully the Coach can somehow learn something from this debacle that we can take with us into Atlanta, and come away with the win we should’ve gotten against them a few days ago.

  • CHARLOTTEHORNETS

    We got beat and we played terrible. Our terrible is worse than others but our good is better than most teams too when we play with heart. You do not win 7 games that quick and it be a fluke tonight I saw NO EFFORT out of this team. Now bring back the Hornets name.

  • Spencer/SDS

    @stacy, so what do you say about the 7 wins we have this year? what about those teams we beat? what do you say about those teams..trolls man…

    played terrible, hopefully it doesn’t affect the “morale” of the team in this game, as for Mullens, i don’t care that he took 3s, what else was he supposed to do? post up Ibaka or Perkins-not a great idea, plus the majority of his shots were him being open, he just couldn’t make the shots tonight…he is as inconsistent offensively as can be. But, i would grade his shot selection as a B-most were open, the rest of his game was terrible as well, the entire team gave up at the end, at least Higgins got some playing time…

  • charlottean

    pretty harsh on the grading IMO. they laid an egg no doubt, but i mean it’s OKC. What did you expect? It’s not like we’ve been beating contenders at full strength. we’ve been beating heavily depleted teams. They played bad but to go in as hard as you did on some of the guys is a bit emotional.

    bismack gets a C without playing? haha.

    mullens didn’t lazily grab maynor on the shoulder. he wrapped him up in transition on the floor and they gave him a shooting foul. you don’t expect your bigs to guard point guards effectively. he made a smart play that looked stupid because the call didn’t go his way. his pick and role defense looked a lot worse than it was because he was guarding thabeet. coaching instruction should have been “both guys stay with westbrook or durant” and it couldn’t have been that. their effective fg% in the first 2 quarters was 60 to 29.4 and 73.5 to 20.

    I actually like that this happened. This is the best thing that could have happened to this team right now. They got put back in their place and now they have to continue to work hard. can’t wait to see them play OKC again.

    a lot of blatant carries by both teams that they let slide. I get not nitpicking on stuff like that but they were HORRIBLE. taylor had the one on the fast break dunk disaster and westbrook had one where he picked it up and let it bounce off his chest because he knew what he did.

    Silver lining: we held durant to 18 points and westbrook to 12.
    black lining: they didn’t play the 2nd half.

  • Patrick

    thank god the panthers won or else i wouldn’t be here right now

  • charlottean

    Somebody used to work for them.

  • Kurt

    Mama said there would be nights like this. While it’s disappointing, we knew this had to happen at some point. The Thunder are no joke and we’re starting two rookies, a 2nd year PG, an old C, and a 2nd year(essentially) 7 foot SG.

    The Bobcats are learning to play solid team ball and it doesn’t happen overnight. Give it time. Dunlap has them on the right path.

  • 4aseer

    OKC played really well, we played really bad but it happens, it was kinda obvious that OKC has better chemistry than we have at this point but that is to be expected by any reasonable person, we still have a long ways to go before we can pass like that team did.