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Blazers scorch Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
122 Portland Trail Blazers
Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -9

Nice work on the boards for Bismack and some aggressiveness in getting up shots (though with limited success). Unfortunately, J.J. Hickson and Meyers Leonard had big games and at Bismack’s expense – the two combined for 30 points on 13 of 17 from the field.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -10

That’s more like it for MKG – several baskets in the paint and attacking the glass. It does seem a bit odd to see a boxscore with zeroes in the blocks and steals column for him, though.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 5-20 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 11 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -12

Hooray – 11 assists! Boo – 5 of 20 shooting.

Gerald Henderson, SG 28 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -5

Boo – 6 of 16 shooting. Hooray – …

Josh McRoberts, PF 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -9

Thanks to Bismack, MKG, and McRoberts, the Bobcats won the rebounding battle 44-41, after getting doubled up (basically) in their last two outings. Progress.

Ramon Sessions, PG 27 MIN | 8-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -9

Very efficient scoring night for Ramon with 18 on just 11 attempts. But offense wasn’t the struggle for Charlotte – it was how freely they were also giving up points. And Ramon is no stopper.

Ben Gordon, SG 16 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9

Nor is Ben Gordon. Who also got his, with 14 in just 16 minutes. Despite that offensive outburst, the Bobcats were still outscored by 9 in those 16 minutes. Again, offense – not the problem tonight.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Hooray – the Bobcats scored 105 and had 44 rebounds.
  2. Boo – the Bobcats gave up 122 points and 50% on 3s, as Portland made 12 of 24 from deep. Not going to win like that (unless you’re the 7SoL Suns or this year’s Rockets on a hot night).

9 comments to Blazers scorch Bobcats

  • Matt

    Gordon does not deserve an A+ that is all.

  • charlottean

    I don’t want to be overly defensive of biyombo’s game, but he wasn’t guarding hickson nor was he guarding leonard. he was guarding aldridge almost every possession he was on the floor. if you saw him trying to block leonard or hickson it was on help D or in transition and because he is the only big we have that plays defense. he can’t guard everybody.

    aldridge had a great game mind you, but he also scored a ton when biyombo wasn’t on the floor. biyombo did a pretty solid job of containing aldridge. but i mean aldridge is aldridge. only so much you CAN do. but leonard was scoring on diop and adrien. hickson was dunking all over them and mullens during his 3 minute cameo. i remember one post up on biyombo out of transition that he converted but it wasn’t on bad defense.

    we still allowed 11 offensive boards which is unacceptable, but we also got 21 of our own. the game was lost on shooting % (3′s specifically). which is a good sign because most nba games are not lost that way. most are lost because of the possession differential. that has been our problem these last few games. it’s a step in the right direction. unfortunately it coincided with kemba and gerald being wayy off on their shots. it’s not normal that you lose by 17 and had ~15 extra shots at the basket.

    biyombo was 4 for 10 from the field where at least 2 of those misses we ones he rebounded and made later. mkg had one too. that means he both padded his rebounds and deflated his shots, but his points per possession used was solid. I really wished they would spend these last ~20 games giving him a ton of shots. i mean a ton. like running the 2 man pick and roll like they did with kemba/gerald and he NON STOP and if teams start shading that side of the floor, you have mullens on the other side for open 3′s. mkg on the weak side for put backs. it’s the old phoenix offense. similar to the utah version also.

    the guy is NOT as offensively limited as he was last year and they’ve got to build upon it. he showed some great athleticism and made effective moves that he didn’t tend to finish, but when he missed, he got his own rebound and dunked. that’s exactly what you want out of the guy. the more touches he gets, the more effective he’ll become. Him not being left alone on offense will have great dividends for this group long term. diop playing at all does nothing for this team. when he was younger, he was at least effective as a defender and a body. now he’s only effective as a fouler. haywood is only slightly better at fouling.

    MKG is showing signs of life again but mullens is making his qualifying offer look expensive. if we can ever get these guys going at the same time, we’ll have something. but until we do…..it is uuuuuugly. but simultaneously, mclemore is looking more and more like the guy and giving up a win to portland helps solidify us getting a 2nd 1st rounder so……..glass .000001% full?

  • Spencer/SDS

    nice post…Charlottean

    i heard Mullens crapped his pants on the floor…i doubt this is true but….????is it???

    lol, anyway as Charlottean said Biyombo can’t guard every single player, nor can he constantly rotate to help defense and leave his man (Aldridge who loves shooting that mid range shot) wide open…Adrien is a bit small for help defense, Mullens well…he is Mullens he could do it but he lacks possibily the mental capacity to do so (somehow just realized why Mullens was probably a one and done)

    MClemore is there, and i love the guy but he has a MAJOR flaw at this point…scoring by himself, he just can’t really do it, he hasn’t gone ISO once all season and just broke his guy down, he has to learn how to get better ball handling skills and ISO skills….that is the one (major) flaw that could make him more of a Brandon Rush then Ray Allen….Brandon Rush is a damn good defender and a damn good spot up shooter and in college he was a high flyer like Mclemore…his issue was always creating for himself….MClemore has a high change to be either really IMO, he could become a Ray Allen (superstar guy that can stroke that 3 and just go off on a team) or a Brandon Rush who can stroke it and dunk and make layups, but it all needs to be off of off ball screens, he won’t really do it by dribbling and creating for himself…I love the guy, but unless he becomes more aggressive and suddenly shows off an ability to create for himself in the tourney i fear for him…he will be a good starter on any team with that stroke, or very good 6th man, but if he doesn’t become more aggressive and create for himself more often (Self draws plays up for him like crazy when he isn’t “feeling” it to try and force him to do something, but he just passes it out immediately)…i fear for his aggressiveness (especially on off nights) and creating for himself…he can pass, he can shoot, he isn’t a ball hog chuck it up player, he plays within himself (maybe too much) he is a good defender, and is extremely athletic…he isn’t aggressive, more passive and likely to pass the ball up if he doesn’t see anything rather then try to make something…he is still a damn good player and at least a top 3 pick in this draft despite that thou^^, and with Kemba’s ability to create he should be fine…i just want to see him pick up his “i’ma win this game for us” mentality and start driving down the middle of the defense and finish in a layup (most of his drives end in uncontested dunks)…ehh just my 2 cents

  • charlottean

    i hear what you’re saying. it’s tough to judge college iso vs. pro iso though. college, you’re looking beyond your guy and there’s 2 bigs sitting in the paint waiting for you and you got guards cheating in. with the shorter 3 point line and no d-3, there isn’t the same kind of spacing that you see in the pro’s.

    it will be interesting to see what happens between now and june but I can’t see anybody else except maybe muhammed being the guy for us. noel seems too duplicative with biyombo and the injury DOES cause concern (anybody who says otherwise can draft greg oden and sean may they want to). zeller is there, but i just don’t feel like the ceiling is there. he’s definitely going to be solid at worst but i don’t even know if he’ll be andrew bogut. I think that’s his ceiling. i think muhammed would be the best of the 4 for us but they’re going to avoid taking a guy that seems too similar to MKG. i don’t think they are anything alike at all, but that’s the way it would appear because he’s not such a traditional ray allen type shooting guard. but he is GOOD.

    i wouldn’t go any other way than the 4 and mclemore just seems to be separating himself. as for mullens crapping his pants, that seems improbable. they say it’s the knee….he would have returned to the game otherwise. eitherway I HATE SEEING DIOP ON THE FLOOR AT ALL.

  • Spencer/SDS

    with Mullens alright…just espn board where going crazy about him Crapping his pants and well yea….it was Espn….i have learned time and time again not to go there but i had to:(

    anyway, Diop….is gone, he won’t be on ANY nba team next year let alone ours….would rather Tyrus play then Diop….Tyrus may still not be amnestied (highly unlikely) but if he can just show SOMETHING like early in the year then we might be able to trade him somehow some way and get a pick or two out of it….highly unlikely but whatever

    yea, I see about the floor being less spread out in college but i would rather see him drive to the basket more….damn speaking about Muhammad if he had gone to KU….ehh, he probably gave up a NCAA title to go get money from UCLA…I have serious questions on how Baylor, UCLA, and Arizona get all of this talent and yet their coaches suck and they haven’t done anything in forever….seriously….they must be shelling out money like crazy…

    I don’t think you lose either way with Muhammad or Mclemore, Mclemore is more of that shooting 2 guard that plays within himself and doesn’t force things EVER, Muhammad is a driving (needs the ball) to be effective 2 guard and is more of a quantity shooter then Quality…(doesn’t mean the “quality” of his shots are bad, just not as efficient as a Mclemore styled player, basically a Dion Waiter but far more efficient and just better)

    also just heard skip Bayless say LeBron is the most “durable superstar we have ever seen”….does he even know of Wilt Chamberlain??? Jordan for that matter????…Wilt missed i think 1 game in his entire career??? maybe less…and never missed a minute…Jordan played through a frickin flu and other then his sophomore year almost never missed a game….LeBron is durable…but he is maybe tied…with a lot of these greats imo…LeBron doesn’t play in nearly a physical game…(as in brute physical, some seem to forget that the game is A LOT faster then it used to be causing more ACL, MCL type injuries, although less bruises and pain)…ehh :(

    I think i am obsessed with Wilt Chamberlain now…dude was too good:(…if the damned Celtics didn’t have 6 hall of famers the entire time then i doubt Wilt Chamberlain isn’t recognized by every as the GOAT center by far…if not the GOAT…

  • charlottean

    i don’t know that wilt played in all that physical of an era. jordan played in THE physical era. idk, i kinda think lebron IS the prototype durable, well built athlete. But at the same time, dwight looked like the taller version and then he had back problems. no telling what’s around the corner for lebron.

  • Spencer/SDS

    true, Wilt played a SLOWER era which led to less injuries and less fatigue in games resulting in less injuries and more minutes per game, Jordan played in an era which held a lot of the physical nature of the past, but also added in more of the speed o today which caused more injuries…idk for sure….i’m probably/ extremely likely to be younger then you but iv’e done my studying^^…speed leads to more injuries then brute strength…look at Walter Peyton, he was not that strong really (but he was bruiser) the reason for it was that he was so fast you just didn’t want to get in the way of him, it would hurt like crazy running into him when he is going full speed…i think Wilt’s era was more of the elbowing cheap shots really getting up into a person style brute force, while Jordan had a lot of that but added in the speed, LeBron has none of the brute strength type of punishment anymore and more of just the pure speed….

    idk, its a long debate to be made by doctors or athletic trainers, i know i’m neither and idk bout you^^…in total IMO Wilt was more durable and probably took more of a physical punishment then LeBron will ever, but LeBron is more likely for injury because o the speed of the game…which does go to show his great Durability…but very few come close to the durability of Wilt…or Jordan, where it still had the brute physicalness of the game i guees^^

    anyway….if only we could see a night where all of the youngins of the Bobcats got on a roll together…we haven’t yet, but it would be damn nice to see

  • Walshy

    Wilt played in the fastest era in the history if the NBA as far as pace goes. Teams averaged almost twice as many possessions per game as they do now. The year he averaged 50 ppg teams averaged something like 150 possessions per game and more than any other year in NBA history. The fact that Wilt could play the minutes he did at such a fast pace with his size is pretty incredible.

  • charlottean

    but am i the only one that saw biyombo catch on a sideline pick and roll go up like he was going to stuff it, saw the shot blocker, brought it back and went up and under? he missed it, got his own put back, but the move in itself was BEAUTIFUL. this kid is going to have insane game once he learns it all. reminds me A LOT of how deandre jordan was at first. not that jordan is all that great now, but he’s way more polished offensively than he was as a rookie.

    biyombo was very promising in this game last night. kemba getting 11 assists was awesome as well. that ties his career high. and he would have had more if biyombo had converted the first time on those PnR’s. very promising night on that note. very. here’s an eye popping stat for you…..biyombo’s career high FGA’s is 11. that dude just needs more shots. out of those 11 i bet 5 of them are tips or put backs. eff the score for a minute and just dump the ball down to him on the block and let him go in and get some confidence doing so. he wasn’t ready for that last year or even early on this year but i think he is now.