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Bucks blast Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats 102 Final

Recap | Box Score

131 Milwaukee Bucks
Josh McRoberts, PF 39 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -29Not a good night offensively or defensively. McRob was noticeably lazy boxing out. Used to seeing more effort/energy from him than we did tonight.
Bismack Biyombo, PF 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -16Watching Biz go up against Larry Sanders puts into real perspective just how far he has to go with his development. Lately we’ve seen random flashes of Biz becoming more competent offensively — tonight did not provide us with any of those moments.
Kemba Walker, PG 35 MIN | 8-11 FG | 11-13 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 27 PTS | -20Extremely efficient night for Kemba — he was 8-8 for FGA inside the 3-point arc. Wow. Just showed how versatile he’s come with his overall game. Finishing at the rim and knocking down step back mid-range jumpers. 100% of them. 4 turnovers is the only reason he doesn’t get A+.
Gerald Henderson, SG 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -33Hendo didn’t dominate the ball as much as he has lately. He also wasn’t a factor on the glass, which Charlotte apparently needs him to be badly if they’re going to compete at all.
Jeffery Taylor, SG 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -10It’s clear to see that the coaches are imploring Taylor to attack the rim more, but he has no go to move to get there. 3 turnovers.
Tyrus Thomas, PF 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -12HE PLAYED AND HIT TWO 3′S. Yes, this is April Fool’s, but this stat line isn’t a joke.
Ben Gordon, SG 20 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 14 PTS | -13An efficient 20 minutes of basketball for Gordon tonight. He really is fun to watch on the offensive end when he gets into a groove. That being said, he turns the ball over at a high rate when dominating the ball. 6 turnover tonight. So basically the 6 made FG’s are negated by the 6 TO’s.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Charlotte turned the ball over 21 times and that led to 27 Milwaukee points. In contrast, the Bobcats only scored 6 points off 10 Bucks turnovers. When you turn the ball over against a team that plays as fast as Milwaukee, you’re asking for trouble.
  2. The Bobcats took 28 less FGA than Milwaukee tonight. A -13 rebounding margin and 21 turnovers will do that.
  3. You wouldn’t think that Charlotte has given up this many points to an opponent this season and if so, you’d be wrong. The Bobcats surrendered 132 to San Antonio back on Dec. 8th.
  4. Bobcats get Philadelphia at home on Wednesday and a nationally televised (ESPN) game against Miami, in Charlotte, on Friday.

11 comments to Bucks blast Bobcats

  • tagisjag

    So why do we get grades after the blowout and not after that string of competitive ones before it?

  • charlottean

    how is 14 points for gordon on 14 possessions used efficient? there is NOTHING fun about watching him turn the ball over all the time. It’s not even acceptable when kobe turns the ball over 6 times in 40 minutes while scoring 30. Gordon doing so in 20 minutes is insane.

    This is why he has never worked out as a player. it’s not even aggressive turns where he’s going for the homerun or trying to draw the foul or just didn’t get the call or whatever……..it’s just dumb and lazy ball handling and passing and him trying to do WAY too much instead of just spotting up and catching and shooting. If he modeled his game after dell curry, he would be an exceptional role player. He can shoot. He can do NOTHING else right. He gets some assists because of the attention he draws, but he’s a HORRIBLE passer. Most of his assists are where the scorer makes an incredible play to even catch the ball, let alone score.

    Thomas is just depressing. You almost rather that he goes 1 for 12 every time he hits the floor to justify the amnesty instead of being in this predicament of “can he play or can he not”. Cho has to decide this summer and it seems as though they already made their mind up but games like this WILL influence that decision. 2 more years on his contract either way. Might be tradeable after next year. But the flexibility is too valuable and most of the year near minimum paid players (adrien/mcroberts/mullens/warrick etc) have outplayed him.

    kemba has been exceptional. He and henderson have chemistry going right now. We get MKG in on that, Biz in on that, our draft pick (hopefully noel or bennett) in on that and we have something real.

    Larry sanders looked like biz last year. Hopefully next year, biz looks like larry sanders this year. We gotta give him the ball more on post ups. He isn’t going to get better any other way.

  • Spencer/SDS

    was at the game…Biyombo…when did he “expand” his range??? made a jumper from the free throw line and he practiced right around the free throw line for jumpers in the warmups…went i believe 8 of 12…surprising..

    T-Time in warmups i saw make 2 3s and miss about 12 others in warmups….when he wen’t on the floor and actually tried to shoot it it was just wdf??? when he made 2…even more surprising..

    Taylor made 8 from 8 on the left corner 3 early….then went 50/50 the rest of the way (that is all he shot) Biz did good defensively (especially the 1st) on Sanders…but after that (wasn’t on the court as much) Sanders got into motion against our very small lineup and just meh…got it together…Gordon was just…well u made that 3…oh now u give up a 2….oh now u turn it overs…go back floater made…dude can flat out shoot…just nothing else…Kemba looked pissed off at Gordon at times…Henderson was fightin with the Refs half the time after time outs (got him a tech near the end) Ellis blew the game up…a couple 3s (of which he is surprisingly awful at over the last 2 years) really broke us down…Biz should have played way more…McRoberts way less

  • Spencer/SDS

    when i said Taylor went 8 o 8…I meant in practice

  • charlottean

    biz is going to be nice. He’s inconsistent with the shooting right now, but this year compared to last year is like watching a 5 year old grow up to be an 18 year old. Insane improvement. he has great form and touch for a big. he had that stretch of free throw shooting where he got up to like 56% on the season but had hit like 75% over a 10 game stretch or something and then he’s fallen off since. I wonder how much dell works with him on shooting.

    they need to give him the ball these last few games though. It’s annoying when he gets a great seal on the block and the guards don’t give it to him. That’s a high % shot even at his skill level NOW, imagine if they gave him the experience now how much that would improve. He could absolutely hit okafor level by next year if they decide to give him a few touches on the block in addition to the ones he goes out and gets.

    gordon for bargani needs to happen. seth curry needs to happen. noel or bennett needs to happen. henderson extension needs to happen. I could go either way on thomas at this point but he probably needs to be amnestied. brendan haywood is an asset this summer and should be dealt. You can get a big of his caliber for the minimum but somebody will give up a 2nd rounder for his friendly contract and experience.

  • Spencer/SDS

    agree…especially on Henderson…Biyombo i have do admit he seems like a clumsy athlete (if that is possible) to me…dude is athletic as all hell and isn’t clumsy…but when he gets a ball passed to him he just thinks too much…gets clumsy and the ball gets away from him…dude has it though, I mean just the fact that in warm ups he was shooting above 50% in warm ups on jumpers was nice to see (would rather see him work on the block a bit more-but hey, a jumper is easier to develop and he just needs to get something going offensively) T-Time amnesty him…he at best will be a decent roll player getting payed started money…unless we don’t go after anyone in free agency and just resign Mullen’s, McRoberts and Hendo and we think this team we have now can develop then maybe keep him (just to add up in the cap space department for the time being)….if we get anyone/target anyone in free agency worth starting money and gets starting money get rid of him immediately…

  • charlottean

    agree completely. It’s almost as though the flexibility outweighs ANYTHING thomas could possibly bring. If there’s even a .0000001% chance we land a stud star franchise changing guy because we amnestied thomas….you have to do it. The only argument to that is that there might be a .0000002% chance that we can land that caliber of a player in a trade because we can package thomas in the deal. completely debatable.

    as of right now, the only free agents on my watch list are tyreke evans and earl clark. clark might be getting the trevor ariza effect (playing with the lakers is easier than playing with an average or below average team) but he’s 24 and looks like a stud prospect as a starting or AT LEAST rotation 4 man. We’ll have more money than most teams, but overpaying for a clark OR evans….is dangerous territory. Neither are sure things. but could you imagine signing both, drafting noel, signing curry, resigning henderson, letting 1 of mullens/mcroberts walk and keeping the other. could you imagine?! and we would still have picks owed next year by portland and detroit (eventual pick owed to chicago) and we would have haywood and sessions as MAJOR trade chips.

    that would be INSANE. and it’s completely feasible. If i’m understanding things right, cap is going to be just below or right at 60 million next year. We have 40.4 committed not including henderson and mullens but they would be bird rights players so it’s my understanding, we can sign UFA’s AND those 2 (not mcroberts). Under that scenario we would have 48 committed, so 12 million to throw at evans/clark and then be able to resign henderson and mullens to extensions or QO should that be the game plan. If someone signs them to an offer sheet, that would change. Amnesty to thomas would add 8 million to that.

    I’m not positive as to mcroberts’ status regarding bird rights.

    I love the idea of evans along with henderson because I think you can play evans off the bench in a james harden OKC type role and I also think you can play henderson that way. You can play evans as the point 16 mpg while kemba rests and 16 mpg as the go to scorer for the 2nd unit while henderson is resting. That would cover the backcourt on it’s own and having curry and sessions/pargo (whoever is kept) would be plenty of depth. MKG/Taylor have the 3 on lock for a while. Have Biz and clark starting with mullens/mcroberts and noel off the bench in a 4 man rotation……..

    THAT is an insanely feasible plan that builds a contender from young guys without spending too much. We could have that team with a payroll of around 66 million (with thomas) next year and that’s with gordon’s 13 million coming off the books after and no extensions kicking in next summer.

    evans, clark, noel, curry. done.

  • SDS/Spencer

    Always liked Evans..his biggest issue has always been his jumper (rather then just working on shooting higher %’s he tried to change his stroke(which is a terrible idea to do if you are already in the NBA IMO) Evans is the perfect 6th man when u think about it…can play both the 1 and 2 guard…damn good scorer, good rebounder and passer, average defender…has everything to fit the bill and i like the Idea of Kemba, Evans and Henderson on the court together a whole lot more then Kemba, Session/Gordon and Hendo on the floor…

    Earl Clark will be good even in a bad situation (look at last years playoffs, he went hammer without Dwight or any stars around him, he was the reason they won 1 or 2 games despite having no one-Not sure about how many games they actually won)

  • charlottean

    so imagine a walker/henderson/mkg/clark/biyombo lineup with a curry/evans/taylor/mcroberts/noel bench next year. That’s insane and COMPLETELY feasible. we amnesty thomas and we COULD give evans whatever he wanted and have plenty left for clark.

    I too like the idea of a walker/henderson/evans/mkg/______(misc big) lineup when going small. way better size and strength defensively without losing a lot offensively. Evans isn’t great off the ball on offense, but if you figure he gets 16 mpg to be the guy and 16 mpg to blend in……it should work out beautifully. Can’t see any other free agents being worth a dime barring something unexpected. They seem like obtainable targets too.

    No way the lakers give clark 5+ a year when it will cost them like 30 because of their tax level. No effing way. Most of the teams with cap room…..new orleans, phoenix, cleveland, detroit, houston, milwaukee, etc. already have the 4 position covered. hard to imagine he goes back to orlando. that leaves us, philly, utah (who would probably keep milsapp before swapping him for clark), and sacramento (no effing way someone wants to sign there right now, might as well call em the new clippers).

    seems easy. evans should be harder, I expect detroit, milwaukee, orlando, maybe dallas/houston if they want him as a 1, all to have interest and heavy. and most of them will be able to give him the keys to the crib. We would be asking him to co-star with a lot of high draft picks. But the fit is good. very good. dude is 23, same age as taylor, year older than kemba. speeds up the rebuild without compromising it at all.

    is evans/clark/curry/noel too long for campaign slogans, facebook pages, and arena chants where nobody comes to the games this time of year anyways?

  • SDS/Spencer

    Liking the ideas^^

    Biggest question will just be if Evans wants to be the “6th man” even though he will likely get 30 mins a night…Clark isn’t coming back to LA unless Dwight leaves and LA does the smart move and amnesties Gasol…(if they haven’t used it yet which i doubt to be honest) I mean if Dwight stays then don’t (50/50) amnesty Gasol because next yr will likely be their only chance at an NBA title…if they lose Dwight get rid of Gasol…i don’t see them keeping both with Clark…and i doubt they can even afford Clark and Dwight if they amnesty Gasol….

    Charlottes future is looking brighter and brighter as the year has gone along (yes even during the long losing streak) 1:the team has fight, they haven’t just given up, 2: the youngens do look like they are getting better 3: the younens are very young^^

    I assume we also trade Seesions if we get Evans??? (may be able to deal a team into taking Gordon with Sessions and get rid of both of those 2-adding room for Curry to get more minutes-if we get him) ^^

  • charlottean

    more likely to buy out gordon than trade him unless it’s for kris humphries or bargani or beidrins/jefferson something along those lines. Not a lot of teams willing to take gordon even as an expiring without putting back some horrible contracts. Better to buy him out and eat the cost or let him sit on the end of the bench.

    Evans probably won’t go for the 6th man role. Can’t blame him. He’s capable of being a franchise guy. But maybe henderson can be the 6th man instead.

    Clark probably only stays if they amnesty/trade gasol or if they’re more willing to spend money that I can imagine.