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Bobcats stay competitive in loss to Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

94 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 39 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -3This is graded on a bit of a curve, as Biyombo had a few of his trademark mental lapses and bobbled balls. Still, he rebounded well, had a positive influence on the defensive end, and scored when he had the opportunity. That’s exactly what the team is looking for from Bismack right now.
Jeffery Taylor, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -2Taylor’s recent struggles continued, as he picked up two fouls early in the first quarter and couldn’t find his way back onto the court for long. He’s now shooting 9-of-32 over the past five games, and hasn’t hit a three-pointer during that stretch.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 33 MIN | 3-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -5As usual, MKG’s impact on this game isn’t captured very well by the box score. He was agressive early, scoring the team’s first five points and getting to the line. He also had several important hustle plays late in the game, sacrificing his body to keep the ball in play when the team was struggling to get going.
Byron Mullens, C 38 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -4Mullens had a poor first half, both offensively (1-for-5 shooting) and defensively. He bounced back well, though, scoring 16 points over the final two quarters. He also earned brownie points by passing up a few mid-range shots for attempts at the rim, and doing his best to find teammates for open looks.
Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +5Not the most efficient night for Kemba, but still a very solid effort. He paced the team well, consistently scoring through the first three quarters and dishing six assists. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the bottom of the basket in crunch time, going scoreless in the final seven minutes. That’s been a consistent problem this year: Kemba’s field-goal percentage is at its lowest in the fourth quarter (36.5 percent).
Brendan Haywood, C 14 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -2A good game in short minutes. He led the team in offensive rebounds and converted on all of his attempts, but Dunlap continued to favor the younger players.
Ramon Sessions, PG 22 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -7Yeoman work off the bench for Sessions. He’s been a victim of the minutes crunch in the backcourt, but he remains a steady and consistent scoring option. Like Walker, he struggled to create much offense in the game’s second half.
Ben Gordon, SG 23 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -8It was one of Gordon’s inefficient nights, as he failed to find his stroke from behind the three-point line. The team could really use some consistency from him, especially since Taylor’s shooting has been cold lately.
Gerald Henderson, SG 21 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -4Henderson was the first man off the bench, and played well in his limited time. He remains the team’s most complete option at shooting guard, and his mid-range game adds a nice dimension to the offense. It’d be nice to see him get starter’s minutes, but there aren’t a lot to go around right now.

Three Things We Saw

  1. I gave out a lot of Bs in the grading, and that’s a pretty accurate reflection on Charlotte’s night. Great team play kept the game within striking distance all night, but they were missing that one transcendent effort to put them over the top. Still, it’s an encouraging improvement over a recent stretch that saw them giving up huge leads early.
  2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks a little more comfortable taking mid-range jumpers, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. He went 1-of-4 on shots outside the paint tonight and, believe it or not, that actually improved his average. He’s shooting 21 percent this season from mid-range, according to NBA.com.
  3. The ball movement looked improved, but that didn’t show up in the box score. Charlotte ended the game with 18 assists, right in line with their yearly average of 19 per game. Despite their high pace, the team ranks 26th overall in assists per game.

2 comments to Bobcats stay competitive in loss to Clippers

  • charlottean

    mullens had 6 on back to back 3′s laaaaate in the 4th with the game basically out of reach but still a great sign to see the guy knock 2 in a row down and them be in the flow of transition. that’s the absolute best time for him to shoot 3′s as a trailer in transition. guys like dirk, troy murphy, arvydas sabonis made a living off of that play. loved the assist to biz late as well.

    biz played solid. a lot of the bobbled passes were horrible passes. that HAS to be noted. we don’t have a lot of good passers on this team. MKG is no doubt the best IMO. mullens might be rivaling kemba and sessions for that #2 spot. we have to improve in that area. especially giving it to bigs like biz who don’t have great hands. but he kind of redeemed himself for any dropped passes that may have been on him when he picked up the loose ball that mkg lost and then managed to dribble in from the top of the key for a dunk. that’s one of those signs of potential for him. very positive night from him.

    great game all around, i mean 6 point loss to a title contender is a moral victory for this team no doubt. turnovers were reasonable at 12 and the rebounding was relatively even. they hit more 3′s (we left paul and barnes wide open a few times) and that was basically the difference. but a really solid game all around.

    absolutely loved how blake griffin got away with 2 of the most blatant travels EVEEEEEER. absolutely insane how bad those were.

  • Spencer/SDS

    its odd with Biz, dude has some HUGE hands, just can’t handle them, remember reports of him working on JUST CATCHING the ball in a lot of practices when in the post…

    Mullen’s was like come on man in the 1st, 2nd was like HELL YEA!!!, man this team is fun to watch, even in our loses we are usually still fun to watch. Mullen’s iv’e come to the conclusion is our most important player on this team to be a championship contender…damn i hope the work ethic and drive of the other young bloods on this team rub off on him, he already looks ten times better then last year that is for sure^^