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Bobcats Falter Down the Stretch, Fall to Knicks

New York Knicks 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 39 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Along with MKG, was tasked with checking Carmelo for much of the night. The offensive production was light for Taylor, though understandable given the defensive assignment.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 27 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -10

A very fine night for MKG, particularly from the field. A great hustle play late to secure an offensive rebound, which at the time appeared like it may propel the team to victory. However, an errant pass by MKG (one of his 4 turnovers) granted the Knicks the final possession and eventually the win.

Brendan Haywood, C 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | 0

Takes at least one head-shaking shot a game (tonight’s came on an offensive rebound, when upon securing the ball he acted like the shot clock was still bearing down and forced a terrible fadeaway attempt). Nine rebounds in 22 minutes is all you can ask for, however.

Byron Mullens, C 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -13

Logged only 19 minutes, a season low. Coach Dunlap had a tough time playing Byron when the Knicks went with Carmelo at the 4 and Chandler at center, as both are bad matchups for Mullens.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 8-15 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 25 PTS | -11

Great game from Kemba. A double-double with 11 assists while shooting efficiently from the field and knocking down 2-4 from behind the arc. All that production coming at the expense of only one turnover. Went to the line 7 times (knocking down every attempt) despite not receiving a few calls on drives to the hoop (Kemba picked up a technical foul for arguing the most egregious non-call).

Bismack Biyombo, PF 30 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +7

A good run for Biyombo, as he battled with Chandler on the boards and held his own for the most part. Only a single block, though an impressive effort that elicited the Mutombo finger wag.

Ramon Sessions, PG 14 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +9

A slightly better effort than what we’ve seen lately out of Ramon; though, like Byron, he saw limited minutes.

Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +3

Good Ben. Bad Ben. Good Ben shoots and makes three-pointers. Bad Ben handles the ball and commits turnovers (four of them). Oh yeah, and bad Ben fails to pass and enter the ball inbounds (or call a timeout, which the team had). So far this season the highs are ultra high and the lows are seemingly lower.

Gerald Henderson, SG 25 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -6

What an encouraging effort out of Henderson. A highlight reel block as well 2-3 from downtown. Keep it coming.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats fail to execute again late. Bobcats final five possessions: shot clock violation, missed shot, 5 second inbound turnover, traveling call, bad pass for a turnover.
  2. Bobcats allow Knicks to live and (almost) die by the three. New York took 41 attempts, converting on only thirteen (31.7%).
  3. Carmelo missed the final minutes with a laceration to his finger. The absence of Carmelo from the lineup afforded J.R. Smith the opportunity to attempt the final shot. He made it.
  4. Regression to the mean. The Bobcats won a handful of close games early in the season, which many interpreted as a positive sign for the young team. They’ve now proceeded to lose the last three.
  5. The Bobcats take it on the road versus the Bucks this Friday night. Milwaukee will look to avenge their earlier loss to the Bobcats.

4 comments to Bobcats Falter Down the Stretch, Fall to Knicks

  • charlottean

    It’s awesome having a real coach. Instead of watching a painful night of mullens trying to guard chandler or anthony, he goes to biyombo and it worked great.

    Henderson balled like no hair©drake.

    No need for gordon. All the extra scoring he will bring will be offset by the extra defense hendo brings minus the brain dead activity in the clutch. No way you can give that a b minus. He turned the ball over 3 times in a row in the 4th quarters closing minutes of a tight ball game.To offset that he would have to go 9 for 9 on 3′s from half court, grab 12 boards, 7 steals, 14 blocks, break scott skiles’ assist record, and make a free throw eyes closed mj style. Anything less results in an automatic D minus.

    Still an extremely promising showing today. We have the cards in the deck to play against everybody. As we gain more respect we will get more calls. And we’ll learn how to close. And dunlap will learn to sit ben gordon immediately after he hits that dagger 3 he always hits that is SUPPOSED to put the game away.

  • SirGladiator

    Once again we dominate, and once again we lose. Its starting to feel like baseball season already, and I’m watching the Cubs. Ahead after 7 or 8 innings, and finding yet another creative way to lose. 5 straight turnovers to close out a game after being up 8 points, and thats on top of the game before, up 18 with less than 5 1/2 minutes to go, and letting the other team score literally every time they had the ball in the final 5 minutes. Forget the Hornets vs Bobcats nickname debate, maybe they should just be called the Cubs. I can’t believe what I’m seeing. We are SO much better than these teams, and yet we keep finding ways to give the games away. I know its a team of youngsters, and handling the pressure of late game situations comes with experience, but this kind of unfathomable ineptitude 2 straight games is rather frustrating. Hopefully next game we can find some way to play the full 48 minutes, and get a nice comfortable win.

  • Tsai

    a reversal of fortune. We were once winning those close games now we are breaking down in the last few minutes. Although we are young we need to play at a fast pace and keep the pressure on. I hate to say it, but after the Knicks game I miss Gerald Wallace for the first time. He could have stepped up and been the X factor. That is what we are missing right now is someone that can shoot,defend, and make a big play down the stretch. Hakeem has not really fit that role as of yet. We need a frontline scorer that can be a difference maker off the bench.

    You teams go through the close lose deal, but its Vets making the mistake Ramon playing eradict against Portland, Gordon with two turnovers late against the Knicks. MKG made a rookie mistake which is forgivable. They can win two of the next three games, Stick to defense and build a big lead. We need win 8 thru 10 right now.

  • charlottean

    gerald wallace was almost never clutch. we don’t need him, mkg will be far better. patience with the young team. 4 years from now we will be great.