Bobcats blow another second half lead in Dallas « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats blow another second half lead in Dallas

Charlotte Bobcats 82 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Dallas Mavericks
Josh McRoberts, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -1Maxing out what this team hoped to get from him tonight. Seizing the right opportunities to turn the corner on dribble handoff situation + getting all over the glass. He’s one of the best ‘glue guys’ in the league right now.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1MKG fractured his left hand at some point in the game. I still don’t know when it exactly happened. The team will re-evaluate when they get back to Charlotte, but if recent news tells is anything we should expect for him to be out for 4-6 weeks.
Al Jefferson, C 38 MIN | 6-10 FG | 7-10 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -3Mavs had no answer for him tonight. Dalembert had no chance and DeJuan Blair + Bernard James surely didn’t. When Dallas started catching fire in the 4th Jefferson kept Charlotte in the game, but it really hurts this team to not have another option at the end of games. Hey, maybe that’s why they have such a tough time closing games.
Kemba Walker, PG 35 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +1Certainly no complaints here. The best part – 0 turnovers.
Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -7Solid performance from Hendo and surprisingly very efficient. Would be nice if the team trusted him a little bit more in the clutch, but I understand why to this point.
Anthony Tolliver, PF 26 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -626 minutes. That’s something. Had numerous chances to hit big 3′s in the 4th, but couldn’t capitalize on any.
Cody Zeller, C 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -6………….
Ramon Sessions, PG 21 MIN | 1-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -10Horrific night from the field, but we’ve seen this from him. Expected Sessions to be able to get to the line at will tonight with how often Charlotte gets to the stripe + how much the Mavs foul, but to no avail.
Ben Gordon, SG 13 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +2Of course he wasn’t shy to shoot the ball. Actually made some nice offensive plays, minus the one 3 he took was an air ball. Clifford went to Gordon in the 4th for the majority of the quarter, which was surprising, but also could’ve been a bi-product of the MKG injury.
Jeff Taylor, SG 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0This guy has obviously lost every ounce of confidence in his shot and it resulted in Clifford going with Tolliver instead of Taylor down the stretch. For that matter, most of the game.
Steve Clifford
Only thing I question: Why not send a second defender at Dirk earlier in the 4th quarter?

One Thing We Saw

  1. The Bobcats dropped their second straight game in which they led by double digits in the 2nd half.

4 comments to Bobcats blow another second half lead in Dallas

  • charlottean

    hand fracture presents a very interesting situation for MKG.

    shooting hand unharmed but the off hand is out for over a month. sounds to me like the perfect opportunity for mark price to earn his paycheck. can’t hitch with one hand.

    this was HORRIBLE substituting by clifford. clifford is a sound coach strategy wise, but his personnel moves are baffling to say the least. beginning of the 4th he pulls zeller and biz almost immediately after they entered the game and dallas was on the comeback……..yet dallas was already on the comeback before they entered the game. the problem was sessions and gordon combining for……..4 airballs? 4 turnovers? 3 for 17 from the floor? 10 points on 21 possessions?

    yet he left them on the floor instead of bringing back henderson and walker earlier than desired. and henderson and walker were having their way with dallas’ guards.

    the worst part was not going to taylor in that situation over gordon. with MKG out for a while, taylor is going to need to play big minutes and he plays……3 min the entire game here? what the eff is clifford doing? winning with tolliver/gordon/sessions does NOTHING for our future (and we can’t even win with those guys anyways). we were winning more games and competing better with the good teams with the young guys playing and the old guys sitting. he switched that up and it’s look like a disaster outside of jefferson’s offense which is as good as advertised (better on the passing end). the only positive to this is our draft status improving but I think that was likely to happen regardless as better teams rise up from slow starts. But wasting opportunities to develop our young core is just unjustifiable.

    i thought zeller did a GREAT job guarding dirk. the one play that got him was the late 3 at the top of the key, but dirk is good from about 30 in, so there’s not a whole lot you can do about that. but that’s a surprisingly good matchup for us given zeller’s athletic ability.

    for all you +/- guys, explain to me how that’s a good stat if gordon posts a +2. he did NOTHING to earn that. nor did he or sessions deserve passing grades from you guys here. that lead evaporated ENTIRELY because of their horrible play. i think they had a stretch of 5 straight possessions that ended in turnovers or airballs and several of them never touched another player’s hands.

  • Spencer/SDS

    +- only shows what “units” are good together generally…and thats still flawed because it could just be that the therr teams “unit” at that time happens to be garbage A.k.a not starter quality…which is generally the coaches fault for putting the “garbage” unit out there, or not finding a way to make said unit better

    Anyway…im baffled how Tolliver gets playing time…he’s basically a Jeffery Taylor with very limited handles, better post defense, worse on ball defense, and can really only shoot the 3…of which even then is very consistent…plus he’s 30+ yrs old, Clifford is playing this season like if he doesn’t get in the playoffs he’s fired…which very easily could be the case, but all he is doing is setting himself up for failure by not getting the young guys of which will be on his team in the coming yrs any playing time…My Assumption…its Jordan’s fault…he wants to win now, and Clifford realizes this in seeing how many coaches have been fired in Jordans tenure and Jordans comments…sadly he seems to not realize that age/experience…doesn’t always mean better

    Wasn’t able to watch too much of the game, got finals coming up so have been busy :( Side note…its amazing how good this team is at keeping good spacing on the offensive end, and yet can’t make anything of it…lack of shooters is killing this team…whether or not i’m happy its killing this team or not is still up to debate…

  • Berdj Rassam

    The Bobcats started the game flat and ended the game flat, the 2 quarters in between they did very well.

  • charlottean

    i agree, i think jordan got tired of rebuilding and jumped the gun. i’m blown away cho hasn’t walked out like he basically did in portland.

    dunlap should have been the coach.