Take two – Bobcats squander large lead vs. Lakers « Queen City Hoops

Take two – Bobcats squander large lead vs. Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

93 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 33 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +5

Not a bad job defensively on Dwight Howard, as the Bobcats allowed Biyombo to try his hand straight-up on the Lakers’ big man from time to time. Showed better hands around the basket on a couple of catch and finishes, while even shuffling off a nice give-and-go to Henderson for a basket. Double-digit rebounds as well, which you love.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -1

A shaky return from the field for the rookie, though he chipped in majorly on the boards. Great to see him healthy and back on the court.

Byron Mullens, C 39 MIN | 8-18 FG | 3-3 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +1

Byron did some very nice things tonight outside of the attractive stat line. Besides of a few quick shots from the wing, I thought he did a very nice job with his shot selection. I particularly liked when he took Earl Clark down into the post and finished with a moving jump-hook after beginning the possession on the wing. I can more than live with tonight’s version of Byron Mullens.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +6

Got off to a fast start as the Lakers basically decided to alternate field goal attempts and turnovers each possession throughout the first several minutes. This allowed Kemba to cash in on the break. Distributed and took care of the ball well, pacing the Bobcats to a 3 to 1 assist/turnover ratio.

Gerald Henderson, SG 39 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -2

Solid output on the offensive end considering he was called to check Kobe for most of the night. Although much of Kobe’s lack of production through three quarters was due to his lack of assertiveness, Henderson is due some credit. To Henderson’s chagrin, Kobe woke up in the fourth quarter, going 4-7 from the field and hitting on all six of his free-throw attempts. A tough end to a pretty good night for Henderson.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -19

Made a few plays versus his previous employer, though he was unable to get to the line with as much frequency as normal. In turn, all in all it was not a very efficient shooting night for Ramon.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11

Flew through the air for an alley-oop dunk.

Ben Gordon, SG 24 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -11

Seven assists. Let that sink in. Maybe the Bobcats should engage in trade talks for him before every game. But more on that later. In addition to his normal barrage of outside shots (he did shoot an ineffective 4-13 from the field), Gordon was able to get into the lane on more than one occasion, leading to a handful of those seven assists.

Four Things We Saw

  1. A tale of turnovers – The Lakers committed 11 turnovers in the first half, with the Bobcats taking a 53-41 lead into break. Although the lead quickly ballooned to 20 points, the Lakers slowly crept back into the game by way of protecting the ball (2 TO in the 2nd half). The lack of fast break opportunities forced the Bobcats to operate out of the half court, particularly in the fourth quarter. The offense bogged down and the result was a comeback victory for Los Angeles.
  2. Old Kobe comes alive in the fourth – As touched upon in Henderson’s recap above, Kobe decided to take an ultra-passive approach to the game through the first half, taking only two shots and remarkably failing to score a single point in the first 24 minutes. The second half was a different story, however. He picked up the aggressiveness in the third quarter after the Bobcats pushed the lead to 20 points, helping the Lakers cut the deficit to eight at the end of three. It was vintage Kobe in the fourth, as Nash simply fed the ball to him in the post nearly every trip up the floor. Bryant worked Henderson in the post on multiple occasions, while also getting to the line for 6 attempts (converting all six). He would tally 14 points in final quarter, in which he virtually willed the Lakers to victory.
  3. Repeat performance. The loss was eerily similar to one suffered back in December, with the Bobcats relinquishing large double-digit leads in both contests. This young team simply doesn’t know how to put away games like this yet.
  4. According to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, the Bobcats and Nets have engaged in discussions regarding a trade that would send Ben Gordon to the Nets in exchange for power forward Kris Humphries. If you remember, the Bobcats courted the Nets power forward in the offseason, offering him a 3-year deal worth a reported $28 million. The swap works from a financial perspective, as both Gordon and Humphries make roughly $12 million this season. However, the trade would presumably save the Bobcats $1.2 million next season as Gordon has a player option worth $13.2 million. On the court, Humphries would provide the Bobcats with much needed help on the front line.

12 comments to Take two – Bobcats squander large lead vs. Lakers

  • Spencer/SDS

    Loved Mullens in this game…he got this team rolling offensively… aggressively posting up, a nice pass to Biyombo, good couple of drives…pump faked a couple of times to get people in the air, nice fadeaway, nice face up jumpers in front of MWP, he did everything well on the offensive end, when we went through him we flourished tonight

    issues: Kemba and Sessions “took over” in the 2nd half…a lot less Mullens and more of the due to force us to lose…im sorry but those two pissed me off tonight…yes we didn’t get the easy fast break points, but offensively we were TERRIBLE in the 2nd half, especially when Kemba and Sessions held the ball for more then 5 seconds, they forgot their respective positions and just shot (yes they have done this to get them into games, but they started doing it when we were up 20+)

    multiple wasted, and i mean wasted positions…forced pull up jumpers in the earl clock time by Kemma (multiple times), Kemba wasting possessions by having a rribbing contest by himself, Sessions was so predictable, it was just drive and force a shot up, idk how he got 7 assists

    Gordon, same thing but i don’t mind it considering he always does that and he is a 2 guard…Sessions and Kemba should not have been allowed to try and take the game over when we were up 20…

    Personally i give those 2 an F…if not a Z (giving them a new grading scale)…those 2 single handed ruined all of our offensive flow…it was pass, pass, pass very few quick isos/one guy dribbling the ball (other then Mullens)…in the second it was Kemba Sessions (we gotta get us back in this game, we only up 20!!!) iso, iso, iso, iso, iso….seriously this game pissed me off

  • charlottean

    I loved a lot of what we saw, but you have to look at this realistically……the lakers misseda ton of open layups and 3′s early AND committed a bunch of turnovers. Our “good play” was a result of their poor play more than anything.

    But i love a lot of what we saw. I was worried the time off would ruin this pivotal year for mullens, but it looks to have refocused him thus far. He seems to clearly understand what was needed from him while he’s been out. Either that or he just looks better when compared to adrien/warrick/thomas.

    Henderson vs. Kobe didn’t disappoint at all.

    For all the hate i show ben gordon, 7 assists over 0 turns is astounding. I will say, he’s the only guard that regularly looks for biz down low. Kemba has got to do that more. It’s an investment in our future.

    Also on that note, if at all possible to involve atlanta in the gordon/humphries discussions we should but only on our end. If brooklyn gets smith and somehow affords to pay him too…..they will be very scary. Atlanta saying he’s not worth a max contract is ignorant to the market. There are easily 5 teams that would do everything possible to throw max money at smith. Houston, dallas, us, probably orlando, and i could see teams like indiana, new jersey, golden state, etc doing everything in their power via sign and trade.

    After saying that, they shot theirselves in the face. We should absolutely look to grab him now. Even if he doesn’t stay we will get some sort of compensation (optional) via sign and trade. And possibly dump gordon in the process.

  • Spencer/SDS

    ehh i calmed down a bit^^

    the issue is we had a 20, a 20 point lead, i think we’ve lost the most games with these type of games with big leads, Kemba stopped looking for Mullens…or just started handling the ball more (because of the less turnovers and fast break opportunities) and it hurt us GREATLY…Mullens was HOT, he wasn’t hitting EVERYTHING, but he was the one dominating the game, he was the guy that was making us work when we got into a half court offense…really we should do what u have said all along…give him 20 shots a night and let him improve…Kemba + Sessions didn’t run the half court offense…they ran an iso based offense when they didn’t have to

    hmm…Smith would be interesting…but i doubt he would want to stay in Charlotte…then again maybe he just wants to be payed what he DOES deserve…he does have issues thou…he tries to be a SF rather then a PF too often, he doesn’t have a good shot and he can be a great post player…

  • charlottean

    yea i’m not a huge smith fan, but he IS a franchise kind of guy. Not one that can carry your team to a ring on his back, but the kind that could be #2 on a championship team and #1 on a perennial playoff team. i highly doubt he would stay, but he doesn’t have 30 options who can give max money. pulling off the trade allows for the most possible money. and that gives big leverage in sign and trade. I’m just thinking of assets. If we can manage to move gordon to jersey, get humphries going to atlanta along with the detroit pick and…..warrick? and get smith back? I’d maybe even throw in that portland pick to make that happen.

    We could turn around in july and sign and trade for something major. capitalizing on others mistakes is what other teams (mostly dallas) has done to us for years. It would be awesome if we would be on the other end for once.

    and yea mullens is looking like the light is turned on right now. He needs to post up deeper, but once teams start doubling him like they’ve done at times…..passing out of double teams is how you win games in this league. you put MKG on his side for the basket cut, hendo opposite for the 3…..walker his wing for kick out and biz baseline for the dump off. over and over and over and over again. larry johnson made a living off of that offense. what’d the call it? dallas or something? over and over and over. made scott burrell look GREAT.

    kemba is pretty bad in the front court. that part has been just as bad as last year. but since he improved his shooting so drastically from last year, i’m going to hold out hope that by this time next year it will be improved and he’ll be finding biz and mullens (****) more often out of the pick and roll. it’s almost never that he finds the roll man.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Kemba may have become TOO accustomed to having to score so much by himself…as talent continues to surround him (and as that talent improves) i am confident he will start to improve his court vision passing

    also what happend to all of these teams big name teams???

    Kansas lost 3, THREE in a row…i have no idea how long its been since that last happened, but of top 5 teams losing in college…this will be an interesting march madness…that is for sure

  • Its a good thing our coach knows how to develop young talent, because he sure couldn’t get a job at a place that requires actually winning games. The repeated inability to win games when up by about 20 points is simply incredible, and of course incredibly frustrating. I understand his role is to make our young players better, and as we saw he clearly has done that, but it would be nice if we could find a new role for him, one that still lets him work with the players before and after games, while letting someone else actually do the coaching during the games, somebody who knows how to hold 20 point leads for example. That would be the best of both worlds. As it is, at least we’re getting better, perhaps at some point we’ll be so good that it won’t matter how bad our coach is at actually coaching during the games. I also like the idea of trading Gordon for Humphries, that’ll be another major step forward for our team. Hopefully next game we’ll get another 20 point lead, and actually keep it this time.

  • charlottean

    I’m pretty tired of hearing people blame dunlap as if he’s on the floor playing. He IS a good coach, that’s been proven by his ability to draw up effective plays coming out of timeouts…..his personnel decisions (rotations, subs, lineups) have been very solid considering the roster……his systems will work when the players playing it grow up.

    our starting lineup has a combined experience in years of 13 years. Most of the contenders have a player in their lineup with about 13 years experience on his own (kobe, timmy, kidd, tyson chandler, garnett, pierce, hamilton, z-bo, prince, billups, boozer, all come to mind).

    he’s having to deal with guys like brendan haywood and gana diop. ben gordon and hakim warrick and tyrus thomas. How he isn’t getting credit for that blows my mind. the guy took a team that went 7-59 last year, subtracted basically everyone with any experience, and replaced that with 3 young’ns and 4 cast off vets, is starting all the young’ns and has already won more games per 82 and has 33 games left. WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR? he’s already improved the team while getting younger. and his 1st season isn’t even over yet. and he’s made ZERO major coaching gaffs and even when he’s made debatable ones, he’s owned em post game.

    meanwhile ron rivera is burning timeouts with 10 defenders on the field for field goal attempts and running the option on third and inches with a 6-5 250 QB and 2 solid running backs.

    dunlap is far from the problem. there isn’t even really a problem. it’s a good thing we’re losing more than the rest of the teams but less than last year. that’s the ideal scenario. another top 5 pick to stir into the bunch. i don’t know what people expected after last year and the clear approach laid out for everyone in the offseason by cho and jordan.

    they lost a 20 point lead to kobe. every team in the league has lost a 20 point lead to kobe once or twice.

  • charlottean

    *** word is philly has said turner is in play…….if we could move henderson and a pick for turner i would do it all day. i’ve always been a big fan of pairing a player like a livingston or turner with walker to get a distributor with size on the floor with him. let walker play the 2 essentially. iverson style.

  • Spencer/SDS

    heard that Philly is mainly looking for shooting (specially with the inury to J-Rich)…maybe find a 3 way trade to get Humphries and Turner???…that would be nice^^

    …althou it would hurt us with shooting probably….Kemba, Turner, MKG, Mullens, Biyombo…that doesn’t spread the floor to much…but would be interesting…Turner is another good SF rebounder…would be great for a sg in th rebounding department…and an underrated passer by the fan base in philly…probably a better version then Tyreke Evans

  • David_C_Hornets

    i can see taylor turning into a turner type player. a strong defensive player that gradually improved his offense. turner’s offense was horrible his rookie season and he is now creating his offensive game like taylor is.

    and to say dunlap can’t coach, he was the one that coached them up to get a 20 point lead so at least give him credit for that. you learn how to close out games and keep the lead by more experience, which we dont really have. it doesn’t even matter if phil jackson was coaching the team. dunlap is doing the best he can with the roster he is given. hes essentially our doug collins to MJ. once our young guys get more experience and games played, we’ll then go out after our “phil jackson” and hopefully be a perinnial playoff team.

  • charlottean

    i hope we stick with dunlap.

    as for turner……he and taylor are nothing alike. taylor is wayyyyy more the athlete/defender/shooter. turner is way more shaun livingston with good knees. he’s way more the ball handler/play maker type. that’s why I like pairing him with walker. his offense was bad. walkers offense was bad. paul george’s offense was bad. more reasons to believe that we completely effed over adam morrison who i still to this day believe could absolutely have been larry bird even with the bad knee had we given him time to come back.

    i like the idea of walker/turner/mkg/mullens/biyombo. mkg’s shooting will improve with time. turner is already hitting almost 40%. mullens and walker are both improving and already hitting a respectable %. i expect mullens will hit upwards of 38% next year. he’ll finish this season around 34 or so. if you could manage both he AND humphries to bring off the bench……well then we might have something to really cook with especially with another top 5 pick coming. You could easily afford to go with a noel at that point. Or mclemore would a good fit taking gordon’s role as well.

    the only reason i can come up with as to why kansas is winning is elijah johnson being a sr. and feeling like he needs to do more than he needs to. he’s a role player whose attempts at being the star often lead to critical turnovers or horrible shots. I mean between withey, mclemore, and releford you have an elite trio of nba prospects. self must feel like he owes johnson something. or he literally has zero confidence in some of his other young’ns.