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Bobcats drop another close one late

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Recap | Box Score
98 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 40 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -8

Solid effort with tons of energy, as usual. Cannot throw Biz the ball late in the 4th during a close game, which the Bobcats did. Paid for it with an empty possession, late in 4th, when they had to have a basket.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -2

Limited minutes as Dunlap attempted to ride Hendo to the finish. MKG only earned one trip to the free throw line tonight- not encouraging.

Byron Mullens, C 37 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10

First half was horrid. Second half got better with some big baskets and a great block at the rim in the 4th that led to a Kemba transition basket and put Charlotte ahead 93-92. It’s just encouraging to see Mullens giving consistent effort for four quarters these days.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 11-20 FG | 8-9 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 32 PTS | -7

Career night. 32 points is a career high for Kemba, so congrats to him for that. Got into the lane at will and the two 3′s he knocked down couldn’t have come at a better time. Offensively, this team depends so much on Kemba and that makes it even more amazing that he’s been able to put up the numbers he has so far this season.

Gerald Henderson, SG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -2

Hendo looked good through three quarters. The 4th came and he disappeared. I would suspect that Dunlap called Hendo’s number a lot late, but regardless, he came short every single time. 0-4 in the final period and all his opportunities came when Charlotte could have cut the lead to one possession or tied the game. I had two thoughts — either Hendo’s rusty still, or he’s just simply a role player, at best, in this league.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 16 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -8

His one FG gave the Bobcats their first lead since early in the 1st quarter at 67-66 midway through the 3rd.

Ramon Sessions, PG 25 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -6

Encouraging that Sessions had a competent night from the field, but he couldn’t keep it going late. Again, the Cats went to Hendo a lot late and Sessions kind of just blended in.

Ben Gordon, SG 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | 0

You can tell that Dunlap is holding his breath while Gordon is in the game.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats suffered their 11th straight loss tonight, but these losses are clearly not like the ones that Charlotte fans endured through last season. This team continues to compete, but also continues to come up short.
  2. The Bobcats now venture out west for a quick 4-game trip before Christmas comes. In Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Tuesday night — imagine if L.A. managed to drop one at home to Charlotte. Would that be the official end of their season?

4 comments to Bobcats drop another close one late

  • Spencer/SDS

    1st quarter i personally was not happy, in fact i was pissed at Mullen’s often not helping when players were driving at the rim but would always like to help at random double teams way past the 3pt arc… offensively he also wasn’t in the flow-i still believe he is the key to this team long term but damn…only gotta see the 1st 2 quarters, Kemba basically did whatever he wanted offensively, as did Nelson for what i saw…

    also did the announcers for this game know something the entire league doesn’t? such as apparently the bobcats have already decided to trade Hendo? i mean seriously, the two quarters i saw the announcers were just terrible, half the time they didn’t even sound like they knew what they were talking about…seriously, it has got to be one of the easiest jobs in the world to be announcer, all you need is a name somewhat known in the sport and boom you got an easy ass job…

    saw the Hobbit, loved it, would advise others to go see it…not as good as Lord of the Rings, which is obviously but it was pretty funny, had a lot of small humor while having a ton of action…not a “lord of the rings” feel in it intensity more of just a fun movie

  • charlottean

    i think you want to give the ball to biz in those situations. his conversion rate is still higher than most and i think the growth is way more important than the win. he is NOT diop on the block at all. and if we want him to be better, we have to feed him experience. not forced, but not forced away either.

    agree about mullens. he has the ability to be an elite shot blocker. what he lacks in wingspan, he more than makes up for in height, quickness, athleticism, etc. him being a horrible defender is inexcusable. when you see him have 14 rebound games and 6 steal games and multi block games…..it’s hard to tolerate the mediocrity that he’s bringing on the regular. he’s making brook lopez look like mutombo. having biyombo in the lineup with him should make him even better defensively. i can be patient for a few years with his offense as he develops range and gets more efficient and accurate. I can’t be patient with his laze-fare defensive mentality.

    i still like henderson coming off the bench as opposed to starting. let him go nuts against other team’s 2nd unit as opposed to loading up our 1st.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Agree with Henderson off the bench, make him our “Jason Terry” he could be an average maybe above average starting 2 guard, he is one of the most complete 2 guards that would come off the bench, that’s a big advantage especially long term…Taylor is our Battier/Selfolsha, he is a rookie and he is a very good perimeter defender already and if he can get his shooting touch to be more “consistent” he will be the steal of the draft, when we were winning he was making shots, when we were/are losing he hasn’t been able to reign that shooting touch back in…

    Gordon, play when we can’t get anything done offensively(which we have) let’s see Biyombo vs Howard^^, Biyombo is one of the best guys to defend Howard in this league…why? Howard get’s offensive points purely based off of strength and size, he has bad/terrible footwork for how long he has been in this league and the limited improvement he has made there, Biyombo has that rare strength/mentality to go up against Howard^^, damn i love this team, all we need is another big man, of which there happens to be a ton of in this draft, this draft has sooo many 7 footers^^

  • charlottean

    We may even only need tyrus thomas and mullens and biyombo to grow up and learn to play together.

    Henderson and Taylor are basically the same player just at different points of development (taylor is a better shooter, henderson a better finisher) it’s just starting henderson leaves our bench weak. We agree i think that gordon should only play when the game is essentially out of reach as a wild card type of guy. Or if henderson/taylor are just horrible. Even in both of those situations I think i’d rather see reggie williams. It’s frustrating because gordon can be elite and i mean ELITE 1 out of every 5 or 6 games. Here’s to hoping that isn’t how we describe mullens long term.

    Biyombo gets up for howard too. I think that’s the guy he looks at and says he wants to outplay the most. Had 2 big games against him last year. 11, 10 and 4 in one and 10, 15 and 7 in the other. the later being 1 of the 7 victories.

    I like sessions and think he’s worth keeping long term to backup walker and even play a little 2. But as we get into trade season…and walker continues to own the point guard position (surprising many of us who watched him over the summer and pre season and all last year)…..any pairing of diop, gordon, sessions, williams and potentially mullens or henderson could net us a huge return. I mean if we ever wanted to make a power move, we have enough pieces in expirings and young talent that we could give up a TON in a godfather offer and still be sitting on draft picks AND young talent to go with whatever big fish we land. I’m not very big on tyreke evans, but he would HAVE to be obtainable. Probably along with thomas robinson. Would be hard not to entertain the idea at the least. He might be available for little given the sacramento instability. Derrick williams in minny, enes kanter or paul milsap in utah, motiejunas in houston.

    I’m big on mullens, but i would trade him for motiejunas without flinching. and immediately give motiejunas mullens’ role. I’m not sure what the disconnect is in houston, but he looks GREAT everytime he steps on the floor. Has the range, has balls. Young.