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Bobcats receive a Brooklyn beating

Charlotte Bobcats 81 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Brooklyn Nets
Hakim Warrick, PF 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Another solid performance for Warrick. Struggled to keep Reggie Evans off the glass, but Evans is one of the best rebounders in this league. Missed a lot of mid-range jumpers, but Hakim is great at finishing at the rim and overall is doing a solid job of filling in for Mullens.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 0-0 FG | 6-12 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -16

It was a hack-a-Biyombo kind of night and he did what he does from the FT line- shoots 50%. Very average from for Biz.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -15

Another low minute outing for MKG. He’s lost the aggressiveness on offense we grew accustomed to earlier in the year.

Kemba Walker, PG 33 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -25

It’s hard to give Kemba an F, but compared to how he’s been playing so far this season, this is deserving of a flunking grade. Brooklyn did a great job of taking away the paint from Kemba and forced him to take numerous contested fading jumpers.

Gerald Henderson, SG 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -9

Hendo is not 7-26 (26.9%) from the field in his last two games. Very discouraging. Like Kemba, Brooklyn’s length gave Hendo a very tough time in finding his shots. That being said, he has got to find a way to get more productive from the field. Defensively, Hendo is a different player this season and is definitely buying into the Dunlap defensive system.

Reggie Williams, SF 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +8

I think he needs more minutes. Outside of Kemba, Reggie is the only guy on this roster that can hit the 3. Dunlap doesn’t give him more minutes because of the fact that he doesn’t give consistent effort on defensive end, but if this offensive struggle continues, he may have no choice.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +6

Seemed to have broken out of his shooting slump tonight, so that’s good.

Brendan Haywood, C 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Solid outing for Haywood. 4 offensive rebounds is awesome. There’s no doubt that this is a better team on the glass with Haywood playing, but what we need to take out of tonight if nothing else is the idea that he may have broken out of the Dunlap doghouse.

Ramon Sessions, PG 26 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -14

What in the world has happened to Sessions outside shot? He’s never been thought of as a good shooter from 3, but he can’t even hardly break iron anymore after starting the season so well.

Ben Gordon, SG 20 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2

Bad offensively, bad defensively with no effort. Gordon doesn’t fit the mold of what Dunlap is looking for in a player and it’s going to result in him seeing less minutes, I believe, as the season progresses.

Mike Dunlap

Dunlap had to drop his team into a 2-3 zone for much of the night due to the fact that Brooklyn was having their way in the painted area early on. The zone was successful at times, but the Nets were hitting shots at opportune times and their star guys got it done tonight. Joe Johnson had 16, Deron Williams had 19 and Brook Lopez had 26. Better players usually beat teams that don’t have as good of players- that’s what happened tonight and Dunlap understands that.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The kind of blowout loss we all got used to enduring through last season. This game was never close and Dunlap was searching for lineups that could be effective all night. 12 Bobcats saw the floor tonight.
  2. Charlotte has now dropped 17 straight games and the best opportunity to break that streak in quite some time will come tomorrow night at home against New Orleans. The game will be nationally televised on NBAtv.

5 comments to Bobcats receive a Brooklyn beating

  • Its nice if we’re gonna get blown out, to just get blown out right from the first quarter so you can find something else to watch. I’d like to quibble with one of the comments at the top, the one about Taylor ‘breaking out of his shooting slump’. He made TWO baskets. He did make some free throws, but TWO baskets. No doubt it feels like 10 when compared to watching the rest of the team play that badly, but its still just two baskets. I agree completely with the F for Kemba, and I’d have gone lower on Biz as well. No baskets at all, although he was brutalized by the ref in the 1st quarter (and the only one I actually watched), that defender was WAY inside the circle, and they called an offensive foul when he went in for a dunk, that was just insanely sick, and the worst part was having to listen to Dell Curry try to defend the referees, as if he was calling the game for the other team. Hey Dell, we weren’t playing Golden State tonight, you don’t actually HAVE to root for the other team. Can somebody please have the good sense to replace this guy with Stephanie Ready on a full time, not just a part time, basis?

    On a more positive note, Warrick definitely seems to be improving as he gels with his new teammates, he’s still not all that good, but compared to how horrible the rest of the team was, he actually looked like a genuinely good player tonight, so that was nice anyway. I like that we’re gonna get a great draft pick and all, but this insanely long losing streak is time to end. I liked it a lot better when we were playing tough, close games, and winning them. We used to look like a real team win or lose, now we just look like last year’s joke of a team, and I don’t understand why, but somebody better figure it out, and obviously that is the job of the coach. Instead of giving him a C+ for coaching us to another blowout loss, I’d give him an F. The guy started the season great, but he hasn’t done his job well in quite some time, I know its his first year and all, but he’s really gotta get his act together, there’s just no excuse for this.

  • awannam

    Liked that Warrick is starting to gel a bit with the team. The Cats were completely flat tonight. Worst performance since Oklahoma City game. Let’s bounce back guys and keep plugging away.

  • charlottean

    I actually liked biz’ game tonight. 7 boards in 26 minutes is solid and getting 6 free throws in 6 trips to the line is horrible, but he got a point per possession used. If it had been 3 for 6 from the field the result is the same and it looks better. I think he actually drew those fouls and they weren’t at all intentional. If he can make those kind of plays night in night out AND get to be a 70% ft shooter, he could be more of an offensive force than we ever thought. He doesn’t have a bad stroke from the line either….just misses a ton.

    I didn’t like much of anything else. Just flat, horrible play basically across the board. The officiating was horrible again. Nba really needs to work on block/charge calls with their refs. It’s in the rulebook that you cannot set up for a charge underneath a guy that has already begun to jump before you were there. They continue to call it and wallace got the call at the end of the half on one of the absolute worst examples ever. Kemba was already in the air and then he wasn’t even close so he went and set up where kemba would be landing. Horrible horrible horrible officiating.

    They need a win tonight in a huge way. Not winning games like tonight and continuing this streak will severely hurt development not help in any way.

  • Spencer/SDS

    :( NBA/(slash that) officiating in general, either football, NBA, whatever, it is all completely biased on star potential and who the team is…I mean when refs call one foul on one end, then on the complete opposite just ignore it, then that’s just idiotic…the consistency of the refs is terrible and it’s all because they are people and well, they probably like the other team more and think well the Bobcats are 7 and 21, the whatever are whatever, but the Bobcats don’t really have anyone i know…but this team has LeBron, Kobe, Paul Pierce, whatever…so ima go there way…it’s idiotic that refs call fouls just because they know who the guy is, rather when the exact same happens with some rookie then they don’t call the foul because who the hell is this “Jeffery Taylor” or whatever rookie in the league…

    ehh. Biz good offensively, couldn’t get a handle of Lopez, when Haywood was in there was a big difference defensively…Kemba couldn’t knock down his pull up jumpers at the free throw line and couldn’t get to the lane…if both arn’t working then it won’t be a good night…MKG…fouls too much, the one other thing that is bad about his game other then his jumper…made 1 of the 2 3s we hit in the first half, was a really awkward shot lmao, he was at the 3pt arc, with like 3 feet between him in the defender then he backed about 2 feet away from the 3pt arc, then did a dribble pull up back to the 3pt arc to shoot it….ehh…

  • charlottean

    i didn’t get that impression at all. I could be way off, but it appeared that lopez got a TON of buckets on haywood. he definitely got some on biz, but lopez is gifted offensively. He’ll never win because he has no balls and isn’t a leader but he can make shots. there’s no denying the guy makes shots, regardless of who’s guarding him.

    mkg gets a ton of those rookie calls you mentioned. taylor more so, but both of those guys are just getting raped by the officials. they aren’t making bad defensive plays. biz DOES make the error and get called for it, but it’s not as bad as last year. there’s definite progress there. last night was tough to watch. like i said, biz was the only positive i could pull from it and it wasn’t a wow game at all. I was just marveling at the fact that he was drawing so many fouls on jersey’s post players and they were legit fouls created. if he gets that foul shot to go, he can really become a guy we can go to. getting fouled on all 6 possessions used is valuable even if he misses all of his free throws which he doesn’t. especially when it’s your big drawing fouls on other bigs. creates a big problem for opponents ability to help defend.

    tonight’s the night. looking forward to watching the nba tv broadcast for a change. hope that isn’t blacked out for some reason here. either that or i’m going to the game. haven’t made my mind up yet.