Bobcats get the horns from the Bucks « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats get the horns from the Bucks

Charlotte Bobcats 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Milwaukee Bucks
Jeffery Taylor, SF 27 MIN | 1-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -3

I just liked this tweet:


After tonight’s performance by Taylor (and Henderson), the rookie may not have a starting spot much longer. If he does get moved back to the bench, he has already impressed with his fairly solid play in GH, Jr’s absence.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 32 MIN | 4-4 FG | 3-6 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +4
Apparently Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a crisis of confidence in the preseason, but his college coach quickly put out that fire.
-MKG had confidence restored by Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer

Byron Mullens, C 14 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -17

Mullens didn’t take any threes tonight, but I still want to use this space to pass along this link: The Kobe Assist from Grantland. Consider the likelihood of a teammate getting an easy putback score on a Mullens three after reading this article, and it may further turn people against Mullens’ shooting from deep.

Kemba Walker, PG 26 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | -6

Bismack Biyombo, PF 29 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -18

Not a great performance from Bismack tonight – tentative from the field, but the blocks and boards are nice. Speaking of boards, check out this video of him doing the Mutombo finger way the other night: Bismack Biyombo blocks and does the Mutombo finger way from SlamOnline

Reggie Williams, SF 9 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +1

Reggie Williams almost made this a game late, as he scored 8 straight points at one point during a 12-0 run by the Bobcats that closed the gap from a 21-point deficit to just 9 with 1:23 left. The Bobcats then proceeded to give up 3 offensive rebounds on the next two Bucks’ possessions sandwiched around a Warrick turnover to end all hope for this one.

DeSagana Diop, C 22 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +4

Grading on a curve, but a good effort for Diop in the blowout. But it’s not a good sign for this team when he gets minutes.

Ramon Sessions, PG 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -18

Keyser Soze has a point – that’s a pretty tough trio to field and play defense with.

Gerald Henderson, SG 24 MIN | 6-10 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -10

Nice game from Gerald, including a nice explosion from the baseline for a dunk late in the game. Probably getting his starting spot back soon.

One Thing We Saw

  1. I included all the additional thoughts I want to think on this game above. Next please.

11 comments to Bobcats get the horns from the Bucks

  • Lukas

    why did Mullens only play 14 minutes??

  • spectre

    I’m more curious on how Kemba gets a B- and Sessions gets a B. Also A+ for Biz?

    Starting to think we weren’t watching the same game.

    • The A+ for Bismack was a mistake – I’ve corrected it now.

      As for Ramon and Kemba – c’mon, it was a disappointing loss and I didn’t want to dwell on it for too long. What would you have given each?

  • spectre

    I’d have probably went A- for Kemba as he was at least our 2nd best player last night and probably a B- for Sessions.

    I mean…8 for 13/6 assists/1 TO vs 2 for 6/2 assists/2 TOs. That’s not even a comparison.

    If you’re just admittedly throwing random numbers out there I won’t bother to comment on them anymore. I will say that I did like your total omission of Gordon; too bad we can’t make him disappear from the team so easily.

  • charlottean

    I absolutely did not understand the lineup that started….i think it was the 2nd quarter. it was something along the lines of walker/sessions/gordon/taylor/mullens though it might have been henderson instead of walker and biz instead of mullens. either way it was 1 big and 4 guards and the opposing lineup was something like jennings/lamb/illyasova/mbah a moute/dalembert

    it was beyond comprehensible. i mean i usually trust that dunlap knows what he’s doing, but that was one i couldn’t let pass.

    the thing about mullens and 3′s that i will point out is that he’s shooting too many, but you want him to shoot a ton this year to get himself used to it and then scale it back as the games start to matter. make it to where he’s only shooting em when they’re wide open and he’s knocking em down automatic. just enough to constantly draw the defense out to open up lanes for slashers. he’s shooting wayyyy too many this year. but who cares? he should take 20 shots every night just for experimental purposes. if he’s not going to be an offensive focal point, we can go ahead and end the experiment now because he definitely isn’t going to be kept for his defense. he looked so good at the beginning of the year getting steals, blocking a few shots, deflections……now dude is steady ole’ing all over the place. he had several last night where he didn’t even both contesting a layup on help defense. that’s frustrating. maybe it was the ankle, but he’s been doing it a lot lately so I don’t want to give him ANY credit he hasn’t earned of late.

    bismack is steady coming. I wouldn’t have graded him so tough based on the 1 for 7. not once did he get the ball on the block and go to work, several of his shot attempts (or airballs) were him being given the ball with no time left and just throwing something up. there were another 1 or 2 where he failed to deliver in the paint or got his shot blocked clean where you want him to go harder to the rim. i think you want him trying to dunk everything where he’s not in a post up. if he’s in a post up, he has a solid hook shot, but given a dump pass he’s got to dunk or it’s getting blocked or altered. he’ll get there. I’m excited about his progress. he looked GREAT early. i mean most of his blocks and rebounds came all at once in one stretch of play.

    henderson is clearly ready to step up and be the guy but i’m not sure I want him to start. he’ll have more of an impact off the bench than taylor would. I think we’re ready to go ahead and give biz – haywood’s spot but i would rather have henderson coming off the bench than gordon. that guy is insanely annoying to watch play. at first it was so much better than maggette or jackson because he actually passed the ball within reason but now it’s just as painful if not worse. No need to play him at all at this point. only if we’re down big and want to throw a wild card out there.

    walker is looking solid right now. very solid. jennings had his way with him but he had his way with jennings. jennings was seriously on fire last night. he had some of the greatest passes you will ever see and they got little attention because they were winning by so much. elite game by him even with the horrible stat line.

    no need to get all emotional about the losing streak, buzzer beater loss to NY at home, a road loss big, losing a big lead against portland to lose in overtime….none of that is horrible when you are using your pre season expectations. less haywood and gordon is all i ask. more effort out of mullens and taylor. big test tonight.

  • spectre

    I guess when you say “lit up by Jennings” you mean the 3 shots he made in the 2nd quarter. He only made 5 out of 16 shots for 15 points which I doubt anyone would call efficient at all.

    We do play a lot of match up zone too, but fair enough.

    I could have sworn someone on this site was advocating Sessions to start at the beginning of the year? That shows how much Kemba has really grown to where he’s in a much higher standard.

    IMO if anyone got ‘lit up’ it was Taylor & Henderson against Daniels. The guy just couldn’t miss last night.

    • Lit up was a bit strong – outplayed would have been better. Jennings didn’t shoot great from the field, but he also got to the line, and his drives to the hoop led to a couple of layups/put backs for teammates on his misses, making them productive missed shots. 5 of Jennings’ 11 misses were rebounded by teammates, an unusually high percentage – partly due to the small sample, but influenced by Jennings attacking the paint and drawing help defenders to himself.

  • spectre

    “5 of Jennings’ 11 misses were rebounded by teammates, an unusually high percentage – partly due to the small sample, but influenced by Jennings attacking the paint and drawing help defenders to himself.”

    That problem has manifested itself a lot this year regardless of who drives. Is that a strike against Kemba (Sessions/any wing) or against our bigs who can’t seem to play together in the paint? One will come to ‘help’ and the other doesn’t rotate over.

    But it’s all good. If you think Sessions was better/Kemba had just a slightly above average game then so be it. I’ll just respectfully disagree and move on.

    • It’s against both – the team for not being better rebounders, but also on the perimeter player who struggles to stay in front of their man.

      And I appreciate the back and forth – the quick recaps are very subjective and it’s interesting to see different takes. That’s why I sometimes pull in twitter reactions – just to try and show different views. The NetsAreScorching have a post after each game with the average grades for players as submitted by readers – if I thought we’d get enough participation, I’d certainly institute a similar item, with included comments.

  • spectre

    You also still have to have the caveat that we don’t really play a lot of man. I’m sure you’ve heard Dunlap talk about overloading the strong side and Dell/Steve continually talk about how the other teams exploit it.

    This is also a pick & roll league where most times the guard is going to get past his guy; our guys also live by that. Defending the paint is a team concept and not necessarily on the perimeter players. Sans Gordon I think our perimeter guys do a decent job…the issue IMO is definitely in the interior.

    I’ve always read your site Brett…heck i remember pimping it years ago on BCP many times. Most likely I’m not alone.