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Bobcats slip but recover for win over Boston

Boston Celtics 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +13

Solid effort for Bismack tonight – after falling for a ball fake from KG early on (after a series, Bis bit finally), he did a pretty solid job (for him) of staying down and contesting shots. In addition to decent man defense, Bis also sent back 4 shots in his rim protector role.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +11

Too many fouls for the rookie, yet again – the one that stands out in my memory is I believe number 3, when MKG grabbed Paul Pierce’s arm as he was trying to chase him around a screen. The ref saw it (everyone did).

Byron Mullens, C 43 MIN | 10-16 FG | 1-4 FT | 18 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +5

A+? I think so. Byron did take 5 threes tonight, but they were for the most part in the flow of the offense. His rebounding totals are padded a bit by an unusually high amount of tipped balls, but it was a strong effort on the glass, and he led the Bobcats to a rebounding advantage overall.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +11

Kemba’s part in closing out the game redeemed his game – 2 assists and a couple of free throws to help clinch the win. That followed a somewhat shaky fourth quarter when Kemba over-penetrated and got into losing situations in traffic.

Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +6

Similar to Kemba, the late three to help in the comeback drives Gerald’s grade up a bit. A decent effort all around though, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Ramon Sessions, PG 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -10

Ramon scored 8 of the Bobcats’ 19 points in the 4th quarter – including the game winning shot to boot (the 18 footer to retake the lead at 92-91).

Jeffery Taylor, SG 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

Not much in the stat line for Jeff Taylor, but I did like his attempt to dunk on about 3 Celtics that wound up drawing him foul shots. And a vote of confidence from the coach, as Jeffery Taylor was on the court to close out the game, with the primary assignment on Paul Pierce – Dunlap clearly has a lot of trust in Taylor’s defensive abilities.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats took a 3 point lead into the 4th quarter – and turned that into a 5 point lead on their first possession. Then surrendered a 10-0 run to the Celtics, that gave Bobcats’ fans flashes back to last week’s game against the Lakers.
  2. That run by the Celtics to turn a 5-point deficit into a 5-point Boston lead came about because the Bobcats went scoreless on 6 straight possessions. The offense had regressed to the isolation focused (and stand still teammate) offense that gets them into trouble.
  3. I’ll leave you with this shot of Ramon’s shot. It was nice to see the Bobcats on the right side of an open shot in the clutch.

6 comments to Bobcats slip but recover for win over Boston

  • Its not too often you hear a Coach, in his post game press conference, praise HIMSELF, but as horrible as he’s been at actually coaching during games this year, he wasn’t incorrect in pointing out how much better he was tonight than usual. Obviously the big star of the game is Mullens, this is the type of Superstar play we need. We’ve seen nights like this from Kemba, and tonight it was Mullens turning in a Superstar-level performance and carrying the team to victory, thats what we need as a team, a go-to guy who can win the game in the clutch moments. Obviously Mullens isn’t yet that guy, but tonight showed how much closer he is now than he was last year. This is what Bobcats Basketball is supposed to look like, minus that 10-0 run against us early in the 4th of course. Mostly it was good tough ball, and we were simply the better team on this night. As we head into the All Star Break, this could give us the momentum we need to really build on our advancements.

    Now would also be a great time to trade for Pau Gasol, as it appears he won’t be back until the season is almost over. He can ride the bench, learn the system, and then step in and help us end the season on a nice positive note with a few wins, but not too many so as to jeapordize our shot at the #1 pick. But whoever we end up trading for, they’re coming to a team stacked with young talent that just keeps getting better, they’re going to be a lucky player indeed as they’ll be in position to get far more credit for our ‘miraculous turnaround’ than they will deserve. That turnaround is coming, its coming soon, thanks to our rapidly improving young guns. Keep up the great work Coach, and feel free to keep patting yourself on the back so long as you keep earning it first!

  • Spencer/SDS

    just have to say Mullens went 4 of 5 from 3..u act like he missed all 5^^

  • Elcor

    @ Spencer/SDS

    Considering Byron went 1 for 8 in his last two games from 3, it’s not like Mullens is a reliable shooter :-/

  • charlottean

    considering he’s shooting 32.4% in what is his first year shooting 3′s…..i’d say he’s reliable enough. especially for a 7 footer and all that brings to the table in spreading the floor. 33% is 1 pt per shot, just as good as 50% on 2′s.

    gladiator cannot be more wrong. about dunlap. about needing gasol. about blaming the coach while simultaneously stating that the players haven’t brought this kind of play. they are young. get it through your head. games like last night will eventually become consistent as 21 year olds turn into 25 year olds and continue to play together and be coached together. dunlap is far from the problem. talent isn’t even the problem (unless we’re talking about our 8th-13th players). age is the problem.

    this game was exactly what we are building for. we won this game and we didn’t play close to perfect. we played great while still turning the ball over 10 times, missing 10 free throws, and shooting 43% from the field. against a celtics team on a 7 game winning streak. mind you 2nd night of a back to back for them, but still. the “fans” have got to see these glimpses and know that everything that has been done the last 2 years personnel wise and this year coaching wise IS holding merits. it’s not for nothing. we’ve got another top 5 pick coming into the mix of THIS.

    mullens being out so much (in basically a contract year) must have flipped the switch for him. he seems to of realized that there’s no competition for him on the team for minutes, so his spot is there for the taking…..and there aren’t a lot of players in the league that can guard him inside and out effectively when he wants it bad enough and takes the right shots.

    biyombo had a great game. several of mullens rebounds were ones he took from biyombo. 4 big blocks and several great post ups. we can stop talking about how we have no post up threats and start talking about how walker and sessions need to learn to give it to biz and mullens when they do post up. biz had one solid hook, and 2 great post moves that had the ball rolling just off the rim. and the passing OUT of the post up? especially the give to henderson for the 3 pt play? remarkable.

    walker is still learning how to manage the game but how mullens can have 25 points on 10 of 16 with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd and not get another shot attempt is on him. i know boston keyed in and worked to stop him, but after looking for it once or twice it seems like walker completely abandoned him instead of working through him and allowing boston to double him. that’s the whole point of having a guy like mullens is to play off the double teams he creates. the 3 steals were big though. 6 assists over 2 turnovers is solid as well.

    MKG had the 3 first half fouls, but his 3rd quarter play was phenomenal. all energy 100 mph. i would def like to see another 25 and 12 game sometime soon from him, but just the moments like that 3rd quarter run are enough to feel VERY secure about his long term stock. guy is a player. he’s a jump shot away from being a very complete player.

    these guys are going to be good 4 years from now. very good. perennial top 5 seed good. here’s to hoping they don’t botch the henderson/mullens contract situations and land another stud in the draft.

  • tom

    I am starting to think Gilchrist was a mistake. How is he EVER going to be a scorer with the worst stroke I have ever seen. His motor is just not that impressive over an 82 game season with 48 minute games. Top 10 pick maybe, but MJ is going to regret not going for the obvious pick: Barnes.

  • charlottean

    i was the biggest supporter for the bobcats to take barnes…..that said….i think they got it right. MKG’s ability to finish in traffic, his passing, his ball handling, his feel for the game, the rebounding and blocks…..he’s got a lot of intangibles barnes doesn’t. barnes has an obvious better chance at being a #1 option on a good team. but MKG could be equally great. I think his potential is somewhere around ron artest without the mental issues. Rudy Gay with more heart.

    the shooting should improve with time. wallace was HORRIBLE when he was 19. a lot of guys are. even bradley beal hasn’t looked that great of a shooter as a 19 year old rookie and he’s supposed to be an elite shooter.

    he’s such a good fit with this current starting 5. It’s a defensive minded, tough, physical, athletic, quick 5. All they lack is experience. eerily similar to the pistons championship team in makeup.