Bobcats fall just short in Miami « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats fall just short in Miami

Charlotte Bobcats 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 Miami Heat
Bismack Biyombo, PF 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Had some bright moments and was big on the glass with 9 rebounds in only 23 minutes. Didn’t play at all late in this game as Dunlap decided to stay with Mullens for offensive reasons, I guess.

Jeff Adrien, SF 15 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +3

Solid effort and gave Charlotte an offensive and defensive spark to start this game. Adrien is the perfect starting 4 for this team right now because he brings energy on both ends.

Kemba Walker, PG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +5

Didn’t see a lot of the floor tonight due to foul trouble. You don’t love 3 turnovers and one of them was very costly late when Kemba just got in a hurry, drove baseline, got in the air with no apparent plan and threw ball away. As I mentioned, this is still his biggest issue offensively — got to stop leaving his feet around the basket unless he’s going to shoot or knows exactly who he’s passing to.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -10

Seems as if coach Dunlap is encouraging Taylor to shoot the ball more- he took 3 3′s in the first 5 minutes of the game tonight. Taylor is always trying to make the simple play and that’s why he never turns the ball over (0 tonight), but Dunlap is right to try and get him to be more aggressive on the offensive end.

Gerald Henderson, SG 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -9

Nice effort for Hendo tonight. Love the way that he was rim cutting and attacking offensive & defensive glass. If the Bobcats are going to be forced to play a lot of small ball in the absence on MKG, Hendo will need to have lots of 7+ rebound games like tonight. Watching Hendo trying to check Lebron was just sad. No chance.

Reggie Williams, SF 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +4

Nice to see Reggie get some minutes. Likely an effect of MKG injury, but one thing that this guy can do is shoot the basketball. I’d like to see Dunlap use him in more guard heavy lineups that Cats will play fast with- great shooter to spread floor with in fast break situations.

Byron Mullens, C 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -14

Byron was receiving a lot of hate on Twitter during and after this game. Much of it was justified, but I’ll give the guy a break here and admit that it was a better performance than expected in his first game back since late December. Bad shot selection plagued him again tonight, but that is going to have to be something that he simply grows out of over time. Hopefully.

Ramon Sessions, PG 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 10-10 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -4

So fun to watch this guy get to the foul line. He has a skill unlike anyone else in the league with being able to go up against much taller defenders in the lane and constantly use his body to draw contact. Another very solid game for Sessions.

Ben Gordon, SG 28 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -3

A few mental lapses from Gordon on the defensive end, but the effort was there for him tonight and that was quite encouraging. You can take a 6-16 shooting game from Gordon when he’s putting forth the effort all over the floor as he did tonight. He did a good job at face guarding Wade on many occasions tonight and somewhat staying in front of him.

Mike Dunlap

He’s probably going to end up staying with the small ball lineup more after what it showed tonight. Offensively, the Cats can play ridiculously fast with some of these guard combinations.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Encouraging performance from this squad tonight. Every time it appeared as if Miami was getting ready to blow this game open, Charlotte struck right back with a run of their own. Gutty performance as a team.
  2. Bobcats out-rebounded the Heat 40-39 tonight. Miami isn’t one of the best in the league in this category (26th- 48.6), but it’s nice to see Charlotte on the glass, giving themselves more opportunities.
  3. The Bobcats scored 36 points in the paint tonight. They allowed their opponent to score 66 in the paint. The front court has got to improve in so many different ways. It will be interesting to see what the Bobcats do this summer via free agency to bolster this. Names such as Nikola Pekovic, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and David West all come to mind as likely candidates that front office will target.

6 comments to Bobcats fall just short in Miami

  • charlottean

    Not sure how anyone could hate mullens tonight. The alternative was more haywood or tyrus thomas or hakim warrick. Twice he went up like he was going to flush and just didn’t have it. I know that feeling coming off a severe sprain. I would have preferred bismack down the stretch, but i mean mullens was on the glass as well. Should have been a foul on wade at the end there.

    The biggest gripe on mullens is “too many 3′s” but when he cuts wide open to the bucket as the roll man, they neeeeeever throw it. When he posts up, they almost never give it to him in a good position. I mean he can force the issue MORE (experience issue), but his shot selection would be dictated by pg play on most teams. But he’s an insane talent upgrade over the alternatives.

    Officiating was horrible as expected. The nba has too many resources to deliver such a mediocre product due to ridiculous officiating. Basketball is way to predicated on the “justice system” of the game.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Half the NBA fans in this league don’t understand the game…they don’t understand the importance of spreading the floor (Dunlap does and that is why Mullens plays more then Warrick, T-Time…plus he is far more efficient then either of them in my opinion…at least all of his shots arn’t mid range jumpers where they miss, plus he is a better re bounder then both, defensively is still to be seen, he (when he tries) is not a bad defensive player…defensive is a lot of effort, and knowing when to do things…he lacks the effort (gotten a lot better this year) and lacking in the awareness (also gotten a lot better)

    Hopefully this team doesn’t listen to the…brainless Fans???

    Williams i want playing more then Gordon at this point…he is just 1, taller, 2 younger, 3 cheaper, 4 isn’t a huge liability defensively (isn’t good, but at least average defensively) and doesn’t turn the ball over like Gordon…he isn’t as good as a shooter as Gordon (at this point i believe very few are)…but still, he isn’t bad at it by any means^^

    All you need is 1)experience, 2) a big name, 3) drive to the ball and flop/act like you were shot when touched by anything…thus u get fouls called all the time…Bobcats have no big name….but we have Sessions, an experiences guy who can get real contact like crazy…Lebron and Wade have a bit of all 3…Harden has 2 of the 3 categories (doesn’t flop as much as Wade/LeBron)…

    the flopping rule that came in was a good rule…BUT it needs to be used on the offensive end as well (it hasn’t been as bad as recently though)…Pierce loved/built a career nearly off of this once he got his name out there as a better player in the league…

    Dunlap needs to start calling more plays himself specifically for Mullen’s…it looked like we were doing that before he got hurt…

    also props to the injury committee in Charlotte so far…2 injuries of which looked big haven’t taken as much playing time from the 2 players as expected at first

    T-Time although lost his career with the injury…also remember when people were talking about us trade T-Time for Blatch? right now that doesn’t look like it would have been a bad deal…20/20 vision in perfect when looking back in time lol^^…but still Blatch looks like he got his head straight (probably a lot of help to the experience from Williams, Johnson and Crash Wallace)…but hey^^

  • David_C_Hornets

    i know there were some bad no-calls in the game but i can’t blame them. lebron ran over j taylor but taylor is nothing but a rook and its gonna take him a long time to build up that respect from the nba and refs. no ref is gonna call that charge on lebron because of how the nba works with their superstars.

    i think this game showed how much the cats can play as a team. everyone was scoring and getting touches and i think this helps in the long run because they would be more inclined to pass up to the open man if he trusts that hes gonna make the shot. i saw a lot of fast breaks where the person takes it themselves but i think its ok. moving the ball and trusting that someone else is gonna make the shot is really tough for a young team and im glad to see the cats do it tonight against one of the best teams in the nba.

    and i would never put reggie over bg. ever. regardless of bg’s defensive lapses, he can score off the dribble and create his own shots. reggie needs someone to set him up for an open shot that he prob can hit 40% of the time. i just think that we’re so stacked at the 2 guard that i dont think reggie’s gonna get much pt. i would put taylor over reggie also.

  • There really were only two factors in the game that resulted in Miami winning, but they were huge factors. One was the refs, 3 different players with 3 fouls in the first half, then giving Kemba his 4th super quick in the 2nd half so he played almost no time in the 3rd quarter, and part of the 4th as well. And the other was no D in the paint, just like the bad old days of last year. If we defended the paint the way we’ve done the majority of this year, holding other teams to more around 30-40 than 60-70, we’d have won easily. If the refs had called the game down the middle, we’d have won easily. But those things didn’t happen, we allowed dunk after dunk, layup after layup, and when we weren’t courteous enough to let them dunk the ball and were rude enough to actually play defense, they’d just call a foul on us. It’s Dunlap’s job to get the players to stop giving up a million layups and dunks, and it’s MJ’s job to get Stern to tell the refs to call the games fairly. Obviously MJ doesn’t mind us getting screwed this year because it means a possible #1 pick next year, but hopefully once the season is over, his first call is to Stern and telling him its time for the refs to finally call our games straight.

    Mullens did well for somebody who hadnt played in so long, obviously its easy to criticize him since his turnover at the end cost us what was, at that point, a very real chance to win the game, but he almost got a double double after being gone with an injury for so long. Overall we proved that as a team we can hang with the best team in the NBA on their court, and if the refs call things down the middle we can beat them. That’s a lot to build on for next year, not to mention the rest of this year. We’re so much better than we were last year, and only getting better!

  • charlottean

    Taylor not getting the charge foul for stepping in front of the king is one thing……but him throwing heisman esque stiff arms on top of it was egregious. That deserved AT LEAST the foul if not a unsportsman tech. It was bad.

    As for blatche vs. Thomas….blatche is clearly more talented and better physically, but thomas is a better teammate and not the head case blatche is. How you could think he’s grown up when he’s letting his boys gang rape groupies in front of him at the team hotel is beyond me. He wasn’t tradeable with his contract for a reason. Jersey is the only team that offered even the minimum.

    Biyombo was solid in post defense….the problem was lebron posting up against guys like henderson or sessions or even taylor. Taylor did a GREAT job on lebron. Taylor is clearly going to be a top 5 wing defender in this league, he just needs the calls to accompany his play. We just couldn’t match up against lebron without mkg. But extremely promising watching taylor and biyombo against lebron and bosh. If they had gotten the calls, we would have pulled out an insane upset.

    Ben gordon can score the ball effectively. But when you factor in him giving up layups on defense AND his turnovers AND how his offense takes his teammates out of the game, reggie williams can absolutely match the net production. Williams was a 40% 3 pt shooter in golden state 2 years ago. And i think he can create his shot reasonably. Not gordon level, but reasonably. Gordon just doesn’t help us long term. I would rather have biyombo shooting 3′s than gordon. Gordon won’t be here.

  • charlottean

    I was speaking of lebron throwing the stiff arm, not taylor to be clear.