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Bobcats push Lakers to the brink

Charlotte Bobcats 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

101 Los Angeles Lakers
Bismack Biyombo, PF 33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-6 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

Another appearance from Good Biyombo. Fouls were a problem, but he rebounded and defended well all game, then came up huge in moments during in the fourth. Bismack tied it up late with a tip-in on an offensive board, then dropped two clutch free throws after struggling at the line all game. His statline wasn’t too impressive, but he was all over the court. His hands are still a work in progress, though.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +22

A relatively quiet game that saw him sitting the bench down the stretch. MKG’s minutes can be an unfortunate casualty of the team’s small-ball lineup — when Henderson and Sessions have it going offensively, it’s hard to sit either player to bring Kidd-Gilchrist back in.

Byron Mullens, C 44 MIN | 5-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 17 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +7

A perfect slice of what makes Byron such a frustrating player this year. He started the game very well, scoring 10 points in the first quarter on 4-of-7 shooting. He ended it very poorly, playing the entire fourth quarter but failing to score despite taking eight shots. It’s unfortunate that his late-game shooting leaves such a bad taste; he was great at everything else on Tuesday night, grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds and recording five assists.

Kemba Walker, PG 42 MIN | 12-25 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 28 PTS | +9

It’s sad such a great performance went to waste. Kemba scored from all over the floor, and did a solid job of getting teammates involved. He’s played very well in general during the team’s losing skid: In the last 10 games, he’s averaging 20 points on 46 percent shooting and 40 percent on three-pointers, and dishing out 6.6 assists. Hopefully that will continue as the team finds its footing.

Gerald Henderson, SG 38 MIN | 6-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +14

Not a very efficient shooting night from Henderson, but he made his impact elsewhere. He did a solid job defending Kobe, hit some key three-pointers and grabbed several crucial rebounds. He also did this, which is in competition with Mullens’ annihilation of LaMarcus Aldridge for the Bobcats’ dunk of the year.

Reggie Williams, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Not much more than a cameo appearance from Reggie.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -13He couldn’t buy a shot on Tuesday, and couldn’t do much of anything else, either. Hopefully he can bounce back into shape over the next few games.
Brendan Haywood, C 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -12

Noticing a trend? The Bobcats didn’t get much out of their bench players tonight, with one notable exception. A quiet night for Haywood.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | -37

And here’s the exception, himself. Sessions scored 20 of the team’s 25 bench points, and quickly stopped the bleeding after an 11-point run by the Lakers opened the fourth quarter.

Ben Gordon, SG 8 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +12

The team looked terrible when Gordon was on the floor; he managed to post a +/- of -19 despite playing just seven minutes. His defense is still a legitimate issue, and he had two ugly turnovers in his limited minutes.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Fourth-quarter execution remains an issue for the Bobcats. Charlotte shot 6-of-26 in the final frame, and missed several easy looks that could have won the game on the last possession. For all their growth this season, the team still lacks a go-to scorer in crunch time.
  2. Seriously, did you watch that Gerald Henderson dunk?

7 comments to Bobcats push Lakers to the brink

  • charlottean

    Helluva game. Hate they didn’t pull it out in the end.

    I continue to hold out hope that nights like these for mullens will turn into 20/20 nights next year. Or at least 45% shooting. He is still learning what it’s like to play. The guy hasn’t played much since high school. I liked dunlaps minute distribution and subs. Worked great.

    Kemba is turning into the iverson like player he looked like in college.

    We have some serious dunkers on this roster between mkg, mullens, hendo, biyombo, taylor…..we’re making some crazy highlights. Love this group, hope they stay here and grow up.

  • Spencer/SDS

    hell we had a chance to win on THREE attempts in the end…2 were very good efficient shots, other was kinda a chuck it up 3…watched the game, i got pissed when we lost, then passed out^^

    good game, take away KOBE and damn do the Lakers suck offensively…

  • charlottean

    i hate watching guys take off balance end of game shots like gordon (and really mullens too) did. If the clock expires, fine, but heaving one up has a far lower % of going in. Take a legit shot like a man. If gordon goes straight up, he probably gets mauled for a 3 shot foul even though they rarely call that (we saw them do it for very very very little contact). if mullens had gathered himself and just lunged at the rim instead of softly fading up, he gets the call.

    this is really my only gripe about the entire game. LA did not play horrible. they didn’t shoot GREAT, but we out rebounded and won the turnover difference (barely). and that’s factoring in that they got something like 19 rebounds on that one possession that never ended. without that, we SIGNIFICANTLY outrebounded them. that’s something to hang your hat on. usually results in wins. More than anything I want mullens and biyombo to rebound like they did EVERY SINGLE GAME. mullens should be all over the defensive glass and biyombo on the offensive glass. It’s a perfect compliment. Biyombo isn’t much of a threat otherwise on offense, mullens on defense. No reason why they can’t pull down a bigger % than they have been having that sort of definition to their roles.

  • SirGladiator

    Its always frustrating to lose like this. Up 18 about halfway through the third, and already losing a couple minutes or so into the 4th. We did well to stay close and be in a position to win, but then blew the easy layups that would’ve given us the lead with seconds to go. The good news is our players have gotten so much better than we’re in most of the games at the end, and could (and should) be winning a lot more games this year, the bad news is instead of just turning the game on 10 minutes in, seeing we’re down 20 and then watching something more enjoyable, we have to watch game after game that we appear to be about to win and watch in frustration as they find yet another new way to give it away. I get more than enough of that from watching the Cubbies when baseball season rolls around :) . I hope they either get back to winning these games they should win, or just go back to getting blown out, because this is the worst case scenario right now, constantly having games won and finding ways to give them away. If we can’t execute in the 4th quarter anymore, then lets just trade some players, get some draft picks, and go back to being blown out nightly so that we can all have a lot more fun watching something else. This is just sickening right now, I still can’t believe we lost after being up 18 so late, and totally dominant most of the game. I know we’ve got a rookie coach, but he’s really gotta step it up.

  • charlottean

    the lack of patience is incredible. we have easily the youngest core unit in the league. crawl, walk, then run. why would you want to blow up an improving, competing, young core? not to mention, close losses is EXACTLY what we should want this year. we aren’t playing for playoffs this year. You want guys to start figuring it out, sure, but it’s EARLY in the year. walker, mkg, and mullens are first time starters. taylor was. biyombo and walker had some experience last year but realistically, this is their first years as starters. i’m thrilled they are even allowed IN the staple center.

    we have some great trade chips and fortunately diop is one of them (finally). but we aren’t trading the guys that are failing on day one. look around the league…..27-33 year olds win. we have 19-23 year olds with a few 26 year olds. you should be thinking “man in 4 or 5 years……..” instead of “let’s trade them all for a mediocre group to be the 8th seed in the east again”

    patience.

  • Spencer/SDS

    @sir like with what Charlottean said it is idiotic to give up on a team that is the YOUNGEST team in the league, trade young guys for even younger guys that will make the same mistakes next year because they are ROOKIES or SOPHMORES in this league…damn people have NO patience, the games are still fun to watch-except this Suns game of which is just pathetic, they cant miss the 3, we get called for poking a guy and they don’t get called for karate chopping our guy…damn refs in this league are pathetic…they can’t ever call a foul on the same exact thing on the opposite side of the court half the time…but thats beside the point

    you see people saying trade mullens=u are a RETARD, dude has the potential to be better then Dirk offensively, and you want to trade him because this is his SOPHMORE year as an NBA player get MINUTES, being in OKC was worst then being in College for his development, he never played and couldn’t learn how to play in the NBA, plus he is TWENTY THREE, 23, that is young…bis 20, Kemba 22, Taylor 22? MKG 19, Henderson 25, i mean seriously, how many teams do YOU see that win with a core like that, not to mention Sessions is 26 and Gordon is 29…both are back ups…trade young guys to get youngs and make you wait even longer to develop is one of the worst ideas ever…

    i seriously hope you were being sarcastic….

  • charlottean

    idk about mullens being better than dirk that might be a step off the ledge i’m standing on, but he is going to be nice. he’s shown it in major flashes. With him it’s mostly about whether he brings it each night. If he’s anything like zach randolph and eventually “gets it” about that……..we’re going to have a great core group. Biyombo is going to be elite, what he’s doing at age 20 is impressive. MKG too. Walker went from looking like a bust at 9 to looking like a steal at 9. He’s making pistons fans question the brandon knight pick all of a sudden. Crazy. he’s shooting the ball a lot better and scoring consistently. If he adds a few more assists and gets even better at the 3 ball? that’s all you can ask for. to have all of these pieces in place at their age is insane. there’s a chemistry there with these guys too. it’s not like a sacramento where they have no idea who plays what position and who plays well with who.

    we can win big with this group. it’s all about developing these guys and keeping them. getting them all to buy in contract wise. all it will take is one guy leaving for more money and it’ll be a pretty big step back, but if they keep the group together…..it could be beautiful. they’ll be hitting their prime right at the time when the miami’s and chicago’s and new jersey’s and new yorks are aging out. and if they learn to play with them by next year or the year after? woah.