Bobcats blown out in the second half in Staples « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats blown out in the second half in Staples

Charlotte Bobcats 85 Final
Recap | Box Score
112 Los Angeles Clippers
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -12

Just a McBob kind of night really. Still continues to be cognizant from 3-point range, so we’ll see if teams start running defenders at him a little bit more when he catches the ball at the top.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 37 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -26

Well, he took 10 3-pointers tonight. I know that he’s one of the very few deep threats on this team, but that’s too many. Also, Tolliver getting 37 minutes tells you just how depleted Charlotte is at SF and Clifford’s hands are tied.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 30 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -18

Overall, the numbers don’t look awful, but Big Al’s second half truly was. Jefferson went 2-7 from the field in half number 2 as the Bobcats played the worst 24 minutes of their entire season.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -17

Rough night. 5 turnovers and just 3 assists really tells you all that you need to know. It’s hard to imagine Kemba ever really going off against a team that has CP3 — like most, he just can’t guard him and that ends up affecting many different facets of your overall game as a player.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -17

After draining his first two FGA, it was all downhill from there. This is actually one matchup I thought the Bobcats may be able to exploit on the offensive end – Hendo vs. Jamal Crawford. Not so much.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 20 MIN | 0-6 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -15

Whoa. After a decent December + when many thought that Zeller was turning a corner, the past 4 games happened — he’s 2-20 (yes, that’s 10%) from the floor in the past 4. The only thing that saves his grade in this game is getting to the foul line 6 times.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -9

This is all that mattered.


Steve Clifford

“We just couldn’t get over the hump in the second half. We didn’t execute as well as we did in the first and it hurt us.”

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats played their worst half of basketball in the 2nd last night. Not great timing as Charlotte flew to Portland late last night and has to take on the Blazers tonight.
  2. With two games left on this road trip the Bobcats have to dig deep and find a way to get a win. As surprising as this team has been at times this season, if they get thumped in Portland + Sacramento to end this trip that could be too many wounds to have to lick.

7 comments to Bobcats blown out in the second half in Staples

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  • Dave Walshy

    As good as Clifford has done coaching the defense I feel like he has done just as poorly coaching the offense. I’m a McBob fan and I understand he is a deceptively good passer but I don’t think virtually every offensive set needs to start with Kemba giving him the ball 20 feet from the basket. It also seems they aren’t running enough pick and rolls especially with Kemba and Jefferson. Considering Kemba’s biggest strength is the pick and roll game it seems like they should try to get him into more pnr situations earlier in the shot clock instead of having McBob or Hendo hold the ball forever. I know Jefferson prefers to just camp on the block a lot of the time but they still should be able to manage to get him in a few pnr’s with Kemba (I don’t remember any in this game). McBob is a threat rolling and popping too so I don’t see how this isn’t a bigger part of the offense. I wouldn’t mind so much because I honestly want to lose more games this season so we don’t lose our pick but I feel like these things could actually hurt Kemba’s development. I’m also starting to think that maybe resigning Hendo wasn’t such a good idea. I think he is a fine player and I didn’t want to see him walk but he doesn’t seem to fit with this team at all on offense. It would be much less of a problem if Clifford didn’t have them playing at a crawling pace like the team was a bunch of slow old players. Does anyone have any kind of explanation for why they play such a slow pace? It literally only benefits a single player on the entire roster (AJ). I still can’t figure out why Biyombo doesn’t play more. I’ve been pretty impressed with him whenever hes been able to play this year.

  • AJ

    We need help bad at forward. We should draft one and I think we will have 2 picks in this draft in which we might be able to package for a higher pick. However, more youth isn’t what this team needs. Maybe we can get a trade with Toronto for Amir Johnson, Landry Fields type player. We have tons of cap space we can take one of their many bloated contracts.

  • charlottean

    we don’t necessarily need more youth, but we need to develop the youth we have. getting one more elite talent would go a long way but they’re playing their way just out of their pick this year. far from ideal. also far from ideal would be bringing back bloated contracts for veterans that won’t get the franchise anywhere long term. that’s the exact problem with our CURRENT roster. we have a bunch of veterans that aren’t franchise players that won’t be around long term. we aren’t building anything that’s built to last. we should be building around walker/henderson/mkg/taylor/zeller/biz and a 2014 draft pick that could have been top 6 (wiggins/parker/randel/embiid/exum/smart) if we weren’t playing the veterans so much which has surely added 2-3 wins to our total thus far. playing the young guys would give us experience AND a better draft pick.

    dave – jefferson isn’t built for the pick and roll so that would be a horrible idea but i get your complaints about how bad our offense has been. I hate how much we post up jefferson, yet refuse to post up biz or zeller. henderson’s down game (12 points in 14 possessions) shouldn’t be an excuse to go away from him. dude has been lighting it up lately.

    14-19 staring down a back to back against portland and sacramento on the road……and that’s in “win-now” mode. there’s no reason why we should be continuing down that path. MKG gets back and we should be playing through him and zeller the rest of the season.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Jefferson isn’t bad at the pick and roll, he can pop out (has a decent mid range shot) and isn’t a bad finisher either when going to the basket(however he doesn’t have the athleticism what so ever to throw it down reliably)…Biyombo could actually be very good at it (I believe kemba and Biz were extremely efficient at it last yr despite Biz’s lack of offensive talent) with Biz’s slowly developing jumping around the key and his ability to finish when he goes up strong for once wouldn’t be bad what so ever, but once more Jefferson ruins that because Biz isn’t going to get starter minutes or be with kemba that often.

    I don’t dislike Clifford in a winning aspect, but in the building a franchise up aspect he isn’t there…should have Kept Dunlap another year and hoped that we could get Clifford next (who has his mind correct in terms of winning games via defense-which is the most important).

  • Dave Walshy

    I agree with both on Jefferson. I don’t think he should be the primary pick and roll option for this team but I think he is decent at it so it would be good to throw some in occasionally instead of immediate post ups to get Kemba more looks and mix things up. I think they should run more pick and rolls in general with the other bigs. I really appreciate what Clifford is doing defensively and changing the culture but losing this years pick is the worst possible scenario for this team other than catastrophic injury.

  • charlottean

    that defense looked great last night.

    i think clifford got a ton of credit for personnel and now that mkg and taylor are out, and he’s playing biyombo and zeller less…..the stats are regressing. i don’t mean to imply clifford had nothing to do with it……i’m just saying the personnel had a LOT to do with it.

    14-20……schedule isn’t getting easier. we could easily be 14-24 by next saturday. which is actually a good thing. the more we lose RIGHT NOW the less likely we are to make an idiotic trade to boost our playoff roster. and it puts us back in the draft mix.

    hopefully we get mkg back around then and trade jefferson for bynum/bennett/pick.