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Pacers snap Charlotte’s one-game winning streak

Charlotte Bobcats 77 Final

Recap | Box Score

101 Indiana Pacers
Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 1-7 FG | 3-6 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -23

The rebounds and blocks were nice, but Biyombo’s eight offensive boards are probably a better reflection of how many shots the Bobcats missed. His night on offense, on the other hand, speaks for itself.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7

It’s a shame that MKG’s offense has regressed to the point that he’s struggling to make it off the bench. The team’s defense noticeably tightens up when he’s on the floor, almost making up for his lack of scoring. Getting more time with the second unit might help him regain his confidence.

Byron Mullens, C 35 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -23

Mullens was more or less the only guy scoring on Wednesday, showing off a more restrained shot selection in the first half. He even passed up an open look to find Jeff Taylor in the corner for a three-pointer. The rebounds are a concern, but Byron essentially did what he’s paid to do on Wednesday.

Kemba Walker, PG 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -18

An uncharacteristically passive game from Kemba. He couldn’t find much room to operate with Roy Hibbert clogging the lane, so he was forced to settle mostly for mid-range jumpers. On the plus side, he did a good job of finding others and limiting his turnovers.

Gerald Henderson, SG 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -19

Henderson hasn’t really grown into an explosive scorer, but he’s at least been one of Charlotte’s more consistent players this year. That’s not nothing.

Jeff Adrien, SF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -3

A mix of the good and bad with Adrien, as usual. He hit the boards especially hard tonight — grabbing 10 rebounds in 11 minutes — but couldn’t hit a shot, turned the ball over too many times, and was in foul trouble all night.

Brendan Haywood, C 10 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +1

A poor showing with some especially bad shot selection. Haywood can sometimes try too hard to create in the post, and it’s ugly when he fails. He also shot three mid-range jumpers, which he shouldn’t be trying period.

Ramon Sessions, PG 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -13

Wednesday was just Sessions doing Sessions, with a hefty chunk of his points coming at the line.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Taylor’s training as a 3-and-D player seems to be coming along smoothly; he rarely makes a huge impact on the game, but he never seems to be out of place and does a good job of working for open shots.

Ben Gordon, SG 16 MIN | 2-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -6

Another blah night for Gordon, who’s shooting 30% in February. Gordon brings so little on the defensive end, it’s hard to justify his minutes when he isn’t scoring.

One Thing We Saw

  1. The afterglow from the win over Boston lasted about 12 minutes. Charlotte got off to a hot start, shooting 57% in the first quarter — and then things got very ugly. The Bobcats shot just 23% (14-for-61) over the final three quarters, and turned the ball over 16 times. The offense looked extremely disjointed, with possessions eventually devolving into isolation attempt after isolation attempt.

2 comments to Pacers snap Charlotte’s one-game winning streak

  • The game was fun to watch for a while, then sadly it went back to what we’ve done over and over again this season, not show up in the 2nd half. It was so depressing, that it was actually helpful, because when I saw the Tarheels jump all over Duke I actually turned the TV off, figuring they were gonna pull a Bobcats and give it away so I’d best not get my hopes up too high, and I didn’t. Instead of getting all happy ‘yay Roy Williams finally figured out how to coach up these guys, we’re a real team again!’ I recognised it wasn’t likely to last and we were still probably going to lose, even though everything I was seeing said otherwise. I was being extra-negative because of what the Bobcats had just done, and it saved me some grief when they did indeed give it away in the 2nd half, so tonight’s loss to Indiana at least served some useful purpose :) . Otherwise, just a terrible, terrible way to go into the All Star Break. If we’d played 4 good solid quarters we would’ve been positioned strong to end the season on a positive note. And hey, certainly it was nice to see Bismack getting a TON of rebounds, too bad he was so bad at actually shooting.

    I actually had an idea for getting Biyombo more involved in the offense, and it really should’ve been obvious all along. Lob City! The Clippers love to do Alley-Oops, and they’re quite effective, but nobody they have is as purely athletic or has such incredible reach as Bismack. He could really reach up there and dunk those balls on the alley-oops! We need to become the East Coast version of Lob City, Bismack really is an even better candidate to receive those passes than Griffin. Let’s go Lob City to start the 2nd half!

  • charlottean

    I agree about the biyombo lob scenario. He doesn’t seem to have the hops necessary to go all tyson chandler, but he has the length and is often left wide open. byron too. just in general, our guards have GOT to do a better job of passing to the post. those 2′s post games aren’t going to improve without game experience. lobs AND post up entry passes are completely missing from our offense. and I think that’s just a bad habit created from the lack of post play from biz and mullens. it’s a chicken egg situation.

    they looked good in the first half. but indiana was horrible outside hansbrough early on. we turned the ball over A TON early and they were stupid stupid stupid turnovers too. they only credited gordon with 1 turnover but at least 1 and probably 2 of adrien’s 3 were on gordon with horrible passes.

    haywood is horrible to watch. it reminds me of him as a freshmen at unc. it was so depressing then and it is now. he’s just horrible. bad news about noel because that might make the draft very difficult this year. if he comes out as expected and is the best available when we pick…… that’s going to be tough. as limited as his offense is criticized to be, it’s nowhere near as bad as haywood. looking forward to that replacement whether it’s noel or not.