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Duncan-less Spurs take care of Cats

Charlotte Bobcats 78 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 San Antonio Spurs
Bismack Biyombo, PF 28 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -26

Nothing special from Bismack. 3 rebounds in 28 minutes is not going to cut it.

Jeff Adrien, SF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -12

A decent line from new starter, Adrien. Continues to play hard and knocked down 5-6 from the line.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -20

MKG was active throughout, racking up four steals and going to the floor for loose balls on more than one occasion. Outside of two strong takes to the basket (one of which was a dunk), was unable to get much going on the offensive end.

Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -14

Not a downright terrible game from Kemba, but certainly unspectacular. He was forced into a few 3-pointers as the shot clock ran down which ended up inflating his number of attempts from beyond the arc. However, he forced a few passes and got loose with the ball too often, finishing with five turnovers on the night.

Gerald Henderson, SG 17 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -15

Blah game from Henderson. Made a few mid-rangers, but overall went 3-9 from the field in only 17 minutes of run.

Brendan Haywood, C 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Haywood did a decent job on the boards, but it was largely negated by the three turnovers he committed. The Bobcats don’t need him taking five shots in 20 minutes either.

Ramon Sessions, PG 37 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -14

Another effective game for Sessions off the bench. Helped the Bobcats make one last attempt at run late in the fourth, though the Spurs would thwart the effort and finish them off.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -6

His shot wasn’t falling from behind the arc, though he was able to get out on the break and finish an uncontested flush. Took care of the ball in his 27 minutes and managed to dish out four assists.

Ben Gordon, SG 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | -15

Ben being Ben. Made four of his last five shots – including a 4-point play – after beginning the game 0-5 from the field. However (there’s always a however), turned the ball over five times in only 24 minutes of play.

Four Things We Saw

  1. It was closer than the final score. As Bobcats’ announcer Steve Martin commented as the clock ran out, the final score was not indicative of the type of effort the Bobcats put forth. True. But the game was never in the balance, as the Spurs pushed the deficit to double digits in the 2nd quarter and never really looked back.
  2. Threes do in the Bobcats once again. The Spurs made good on 9-16 from downtown, propelled by Kawhi Leonard who hit on 4-5. The Spurs finished with an uber-efficient .615 eFG% on the night.
  3. Know your personnel. On two occasions a Bobcat attempted to make a pass to a big man who was not in position to catch the ball and make a move to the basket. Both led to turnovers. The first came when MKG drove baseline and tried a bounce pass to Biyombo who was amongst a crowd and not ready for the ball. The second occurred when Kemba tried to hit Haywood coming down the lane on the break. A player has to know who he’s passing to while also taking into account where they are on the court. Face it, we all cringe when the shot clock is running down and Kemba drives and kicks to Haywood standing 17 feet from the basket. Some players are open for a reason.
  4. See you in Houston. Harden, Lin, and Co. are up next on Saturday. The Bobcats look to earn a win versus a team they led for much of their contest on MLK Day.

8 comments to Duncan-less Spurs take care of Cats

  • Spencer/SDS

    Ginoboli got hurt…i loved the effort of the Bobcats and the Spurs are the PERFECT team for a Gordon…they wouldn’t require him to dribble or pass much….meaning he can do what he is best at…shoot that 3 ball like its nothing

    Biz didn’t get going or doing much…sadly:(…the Spurs did what we all expected, the Bobcats tried to keep it close, they ran/hustled their asses off…the spurs don’t just have Mr. Fundamental in Duncan…they are the perfect example of Fundamentals…they arn’t the most talented team in league…not even close really IMO, but they do the little things better(far better) then any other team in the league…

    Side note: who would have thought the Grizzlies would give up Gay for so little…i get that he wasn’t a great fit with Zbo and Gasol…but damn, he is GOOD and they got rid of him for cheap, got basically nothing back other then 1 young player and a 2nd rnd pick

  • charlottean

    I don’t think they got a bad deal…….tayshaun prince is not rudy gay, but he’s a better shooter. Might be a better fit. Ed davis is becoming a legit post player, so he’ll take over speights role. Daye’s contract is expiring so they have time to give him away to a team and save even more money or they might actually like his shooting. He COULD be solid but he’s been inconsistent thus far. The 2nd round pick has value.

    I actually like the deal. Detroit on the other hand is insane other than to salary dump. Or villinueva must be back in good graces. Dallas would have been a great landing spot for calderon who is the ultimate loser in this deal.

    Anybody else alarmed by how little mkg has done lately after looking so good early? I’m pretty tired of watching sessions and gordon launch 20-30 shots every night. Would rather lose by 30 and give those shots to mkg, taylor and biz.

  • Spencer/SDS

    my issue is they could have got more picks…i’m saying its a bad deal because 1) they arn’t young, Zbo has maybe 2 MAYBE, good years left (last year he was out of shape, he got back into this year, but i have concerns with his willingness to stay in shape+he is by no means young) when Zbo is gone, then what? they have Marc Gasol (not an elite C but a top 10 easily)-hopefully he doesn’t turn into Paul with age…they got an older guy who can play decent D and a decent shooter (better player to fit with this team) but not a better player by ANY MEANS

    basically they freed up cap room, got older, have a worse future in the long run Davis + a 2nd rnd don’t make up just for the loss of their future possibilities…i H8 the deal when looking at the future…right now??? its easily a good deal for this year, and MAYBE next year…after that they are old and done…

    this is a win it all or you guys have no chance for awhile trade…

  • Spencer/SDS

    forgot to add i agree i would rather see less Sessions and Gordon and more of the younger guys, on the court and when shooting…we know what Gordon and Sessions can do (sessions can still improve-only 26-but he isn’t a big deal for the future of this team)

    in fact i wouldn’t mind seeing us trade Sessions and Gordon now while their stock is high (a possible reason why they play as much as they do-although unlikely)…maybe try and get a Beaubois type player from Dallas…still young, athletic, has a lot of potential and issues has been more on not getting enough playing time (behind Kidd and Terry most o his career) and a few injuries at the worst time

  • charlottean

    I would gladly give sessions to dallas for either collison or beaubois and a pick or another asset (brandan wright?). That would be a deal worth doing. Sessions has been great and 26 is not too old to keep. But he’s developing habits that aren’t going to win for us in the future. There were 2 cases last night where he glaringly missed the obvious pass for an easy layup/dunk and opted for a floater in one case and a mid range pull up another and missed both times.

    as for the gay trade……it’s dumb because they could have traded him AFTER the playoffs this year. They could have waited to see if they could have pulled off the magic and then blow it up florida marlins style. Teams are incredibly dumb in doing these deals because in a lot of cases….playoff income can offset tax implications. I don’t think this is necessarily a case of that. When you look at net results, they moved speights, ellington, and gay for prince, davis, daye, leur, and a few late picks. They definitely could have gotten a better deal, BUT if davis continued to play the way he’s been playing lately……they couldn’t have gotten him. AND, i actually like the idea of doing a deal NOW instead of waiting until the deadline because you allow the new pieces to gel earlier in the year BEFORE the playoffs. There’s less time for the rumors to swirl. And you have the opportunity to make another move if you recognize there’s something still missing.

    i think marc gasol IS an elite center in this league. I would take him over brook lopez any day. He’s not the same player as pau at all. He’s brutal in the post, but equally a great passer. Not quite the shooter, but just as good a scorer. He’s just surrounded with more talent than gasol had back when he was playing with williams and battier. randolph is 31, he’s easily got 4-5 more years in him and is under contract for 1 more after this + 1 year player option. Prince will be around as long as randolph. They have a good core that can rely on conley and gasol for the future and ideally, davis takes the reigns from randolph at some point. I doubt daye sticks, but he can bring the shooting ellington brought. I would take ellington all day every day over daye for the future, but for just this year? not much difference.

    you just can’t justify paying gay what he was getting paid. especially after they had plenty of success (more really) with him out. He’s a great talent. I think he’s better suited as a 4 (josh smith style) than a 3 that can’t shoot well, and i think toronto will go that route quite a bit. he and danny granger are not max players. brook lopez neither. but teams paid them to keep them. roy hibbert too. it’s stupid. memphis was able to dump without clearing the deck. it’s not bad. a high 1st would be ideal to get back but I think they sacrificed that idea to continue to be competitive RIGHT NOW. they almost could have needed to attach a 1st round pick to get someone to take gay’s contract without sending back salary. dude is worth every penny of 10 million….but 17-20 a year? hell no.

  • Spencer/SDS

    issue is…oh yea they did better without him…but you know who stepped up during that period? Not Gasol or Randolph they stayed relatively the same efficiency wise…the guy who stepped up was Mayo…

    the main issue also is just…they let Mayo go…because of the big contracts (Especially with Gay) and then they just end up getting rid of Gay and don’t keep Mayo…that’s really disappointing…

    once again my main issue is just they only got a 2nd rounder…if they could have got a 1st (Detroit and Toronto already owed 1st rounders to either the Bobcats or OKC) then I would agree with this deal all around…i just don’t see too much going forward after 1-2 years…

    If Randolph stays in shape he has 4-5 yrs left…if he starts the season like he did (out of shape and got hurt) then idk…i’m just concerned with how dedicated he is at times

    Gasol…he can but idk, he is a better overall (all around) center then Brook, but Brook is the better down low post threat…Gasol is more complete, better rebounder, better defensively (brook is somewhat improving in this area) better passer….scoring? maybe equal…maybe…Brook doesn’t have a Zach Randoplh on his team and has Humphries so he gets more low post opportunities then Gasol-he is a better finisher % wise though down low…gunna give him a little edge there + Brook is younger

    Marc isn’t as skinny as Paul and thus i doubt he goes on a down turn like Paul…Paul’s confidence is low and he doesn’t seem to be able to muscle the ball into the basket anymore

    anyway…who cares??? it affects the Bobcats very little^^ how bout Oden…i wouldn’t mind him but i also don’t care on going on a bidding war with Cleveland if it turned into that…at least if it got close to the 5 mill a year (Extremely doubtful)…one thing i wouldn’t mind knowing is when is the last time he touched a basketball??? and his weight etc…

    + any ideas on where Ben Gordon could end up if we part ways??? I’m starting to think possible Minnesota, Boston or even Memphis…Minnesota needs a starting 2g (not what Gordon really is) but they need shooting badly (could get your beloved Willaims somehow) plus we might get Ridnour in this trade by giving up Sessions (sessions would go somewhere else and we got Ridnour)…

  • Spencer/SDS

    lol i said my main issue for two different issues^^….quick sum of the 1st 2nd sentence/paragraphs i guees…

    I believe Mayo was the main cause of them playing better without Gay (Randolph and Gasol doing relatively the same, not much increase in production). Then the Grizilies not getting a 1st round was a big reason why i do not like the trade. Plus the fact that they let Mayo go, because they extended Gay and couldn’t afford him, but just end up getting rid of Gay anyway a few months later is just sad…really bad management really in my opinion

  • charlottean

    I can agree about the mayo thing. It was short sighted to let mayo go if they were going to let gay go. I think the ownership change muddied that up a little bit. But scoring wings are easier to replace than bigs. Prince can give you the offense gay did if he stays healthy, and probably at a better clip too. bayless is a wild card here for them too. I’m surprised they let selby go in the previous deal and i’m even more surprised cleveland is hardly playing him. I would love for him to be on our bench taking shots instead of gordon.

    brook is no question better offensively or scoring rather. he’s the best scoring center in the game right now. bynum is the only guy that can even compare when he’s healthy. gasol is just better in every other category and he’s not bad scoring the ball either. he’s the best passing center too. they’re running the offense through him successfully all year.

    gordon isn’t moveable i don’t think. 13 million for him is outrageous (joe dumars) and nobody with a brain would touch that not even in desperation. if he were expiring this year, I could see a minnesota or somebody who needs scoring AND a salary dump make that move. other than that? we might could get afflalo and big baby for him if we threw in a young talent. only way he goes is for worse contracts. better to just ride it out but i just don’t want him shooting the ball so much if we’re already out of the game. if we’re in the game, shoot appropriately. if we’re down 15, test the waters, see if you can spark a comeback. but if we’re down 30? dude needs to be on the bench.

    i’ll comment on oden in the other section.