Bobcats Come up Short in the ATL « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats Come up Short in the ATL

Charlotte Bobcats 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Atlanta Hawks
Jeffery Taylor, SF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -16

Limited minutes due in large part to Gordon’s night. Nice to see the 2 three-pointers though.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Also saw less minutes due to Gordon’s night, especially down the stretch as Dunlap went with Kemba, Sessions, and the aforementioned Gordon. Not an efficient night from the field, though his assertiveness on the offensive end was a positive note.

Brendan Haywood, C 34 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

Great work on the boards from Brendan, with three of his 11 rebounds being offensive. Also did a respectable job against the Hawks’ bigs.

Byron Mullens, C 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -7

Also a good job on the boards, though he allowed Horford to get the best of him in the post on a few occasions (most notably on a spin-move blow by in the 4th). Missed on the game-tying three-point attempt on the Bobcats’ final possession.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 4-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | -5

Another tough night for Kemba from the field, though as usual he contributed in almost every other statistical category. Helped keep the Bobcats in the game by getting to the line in addition to hitting on 2-4 from beyond the arc.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +7

Welcome back, Bismack. A very strong return as he recorded four blocks and eight rebounds in 27 minutes. More importantly, he looked healthy. The only play that stood out as a negative for Biyombo was his inability to convert on a put-back at the rim. He missed on the initial point-blank attempt and was then called for basket interference as he tried to tap the ball in as it hung on the rim. As the announcers mentioned, he needed to go up strong and dunk the ball. Maybe the only play his ankle injury had a noticeable effect on.

Ramon Sessions, PG 34 MIN | 7-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | +1

Another night, another solid effort out of Ramon Sessions. Distributed the ball well, got to the line, and chipped in with two steals – the second of which helped keep the Bobcats in the game down the stretch as he glided to the basket to finish with a jam amongst the looming Josh Smith.

Ben Gordon, SG 27 MIN | 7-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 26 PTS | +5

Ben Gordon put the team on his back, Greg Jennings Madden-style. 26 points on eleven FGA’s in 27 minutes – can you say efficient? Converted on 7 of his 10 attempts from deep and tied a team record for three-pointers. Also 5 for 5 from the line. Hit an incredibly difficult double-clutch three on the Bobcats’ third to last possession that cut the deficit to a single point. All for naught, however, as he was denied an attempt on the final possession as the Bobcats fell by three.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats respond from embarrassing loss on Monday night. The effort was there. The execution was also there – at times. The manner in which they played has Monday night’s result looking more and more like an aberration, especially when you take tonight and the other twelve contests into consideration.
  2. Bobcats scuffle on the final two possessions. The Bobcats attempted to inbound the ball to Ben Gordon on the second to last possession, in hopes he could score the go-ahead basket after converting on a near impossible three-pointer. Josh Smith would have none of it, however, as he jumped in the passing lane and although not stealing/deflecting the ball (it was reviewed ad nauseam by the refs) caused an errant pass that bypassed both he and Gordon and eventually went out of bounds for a turnover. The Bobcats were then forced to foul Horford, who hit on both of his free-throws after coming into the contest shooting below 50% from the stripe.
  3. Dunlap feeds Mullens’ ego. The Bobcats’ TV announcers mentioned the possibility of Mullens getting the opportunity to take the game-tying three, though I was hoping they were wrong. They were not. As expected, the Hawks did everything they could to ensure the ball did not make it into the hands of Ben Gordon. Consequently, Mullens came to the ball after setting a back-screen and was forced to take a three which was thoroughly contested by Horford. Brick.
  4. 76ers come to town on Friday. The Bobcats will look to salvage a game from this week’s difficult three game stretch.

8 comments to Bobcats Come up Short in the ATL

  • charlottean

    It’s not like he drew the play up for mullens. Dude was the 3rd option and we basically got away with a 5 sec violation there trying to get the ball to gordon. Worse than the blow by horford gave him was the turnover he had that led to josh smith getting hot in the 3rd. That was a huge momentum swing.

    Great game all in all, it took gordon shooting lights out for us to be in it as everyone else shot mediocre at best. Turnovers were the problem, rebounding was solid. Defense wasn’t bad either, tons of blocks. Just too many turnovers.

    Kemba is reverting to summer league kemba these past few games. Trying too hard. Less shots preferably. Biz looked good. Would love to see them give it to him in the post once everygame just to develop that ability for him. Experience is needed.

  • SirGladiator

    Don’t forget that Mullens was fouled on the 3 at the end, they just didn’t call it, unlike the ‘foul’ that wasn’t really a foul in Washington, that they were all too eager to call. Mullens said after the game the reason he missed the shot was because he was hit on the arm and over-compensated. I agree it would’ve been nice to have a better shooter taking the last shot, but it would also be nice to have consistent refereeing, if they’re going to call a foul on Taylor in Washington, then call the foul on Horford in Atlanta, the one that was actually a foul.

    Ultimately the problem was after taking a nice solid lead, we let up bigtime, it was like ‘OK, we’ve got it won, we can stop now’ even though it was still the second quarter, and in the 3rd quarter it already seemed like we were going to get blown out again. Just can’t let up like that, winners play for 48 minutes, we stopped before halftime. Happily, we got it going again late, mainly Gordon who really kept us in the game, and gave us a great chance to win. If we had actually inbounded the ball with 5 seconds left instead of just throwing it away, or if the ref had called that foul at the end, we might indeed have won. Oh well, another day another learning experience, at least we didn’t lose by 157 points like last game, hopefully next game we’ll finally get the W.

    PS, in any game that you lose, you can’t have literally every player with a B- or better grade. I never second guess the grading, but obviously that’s not right. I’ll just pick one guy, Kemba. 4-15 from the field and he gets a B-, I understand he did do ‘some’ things right, but I’m going to say C-, that’s really awful shooting.

    • Mathew Lewis

      I grade on a curve…but the criticism is noted

      • Spencer/SDS

        personally i would have given kemba a c+ and Taylor a C, other then that i agreed with your grades personally, @sirgladiatorsure kemba gets an F for shooting, but defensively, rebounding and when not shooting i would give him a B through A-, shooting isn’t everything in this world, its important but other than that i would say Kemba had a good game

        Byron Mullens,i love him while hating him, his potential is possibly higher then anyone on this team,if he can work out how to balance his offensive attack every game and not just leaving one part of his offensive rep out of a game, you never see EVERY part of his offensive game in a game, i think we need to start seeing him doing more of everything, rather than one night just shooting 3s, the other just shooting mid range, etc etc….need to see him be in the low post, high post, mid range, 3pt range, pick and pop/roll i want him to do everything in every game….he can do it, its just does he want to and are we allowing him to, if we get him into doing all of that, damn will he be scary for teams

  • 4aseer

    yeah i think that guy down low for atlanta plays dirty. mullens was getting pushed around to much i especially think about when he got beat on the def glass because that dude pushed the crap out of mullens and it was an obvious foul that didn’t get called!!

  • 4aseer

    will the NBA be willing to admit to an obvious foul that didn’t get called or not?

  • charlottean

    mullens rounding out his game will come with time. that’s on dunlap too. they’re feeling it out right now but give it 2 years and he’ll understand “when” and “where” a lot better. late in the game when we’re up, he needs to be on the block. really he needs to be on the block all the time and only shooting 3′s in transition or in pick and pop. he’s so used to shooting deep 2′s that it will take a while for him to build up his range. but it’s there capability wise. and i think he’ll put it all together with time. last year was basically his rookie year and this year is his first year as a starter. his %’s will surely improve as the year goes on but you have to be excited by a guy giving you 14 and 9 at his age. and i would imagine the scoring could be more like 16 by the end of the year. he’s going to be a lot better off with time as he adds the bulk and maturity to bang in the post. the savvy to get to the line more. but you can’t teach size and you can’t teach big guys to be coordinated.

    dunlap will learn with time how to better utilize him on the elbow and in face up situations a la pau gasol or lamarcus aldridge. but the fact that the 2 hit it off early and have good chemistry is a great sign for his development. the biggest problem we’ve had over the years was that our young talent was suffering because the coach wasn’t on board with them. felton, okafor, henderson, augustin, ajinca, etc. all were either ruined or severely damaged by lack of development. that problem appears to be over. i’m giving mullens and kemba 2 solid years of struggling to find themselves before i’m questioning anything. biyombo gets a third year.

    should be a great game tonight. love the evan taylor vs. mkg matchup. very similar players. mkg more defensive but both extremely versatile and athletic.