Bobcats start second half of season off on same losing foot

Charlotte Bobcats 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
109 Detroit Pistons
Corey Maggette, SF 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-10 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -13

Pretty efficient night from Maggette. This is the kind of production you need from him on a nightly basis, but with better results from the charity stripe. Maggette gets to the line a ton, which is nice, but he sort of puts all his eggs in one basket there- if he doesn’t get the whistle then he’s likely not going to finish anyways and it results in a wild, out of control FGA.

Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -12

Well, at least he attempted 10 FG’s. Not real surprised he only made 2 of them, but give him the credit for having enough guts to chuck it towards the rim tonight.

Bismack Biyombo, C 9 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Grade N/A here as Biyombo left in the first quarter with a right shoulder strain and did not return. Not sure to the severity of the injury to this point. Biyombo’s importance to this team was quite evident as the Bobcats were out-rebounded 43-30 after he left.

Gerald Henderson, G 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -11

Not a terrible night for Hendo from the field and pretty efficient at 50%, but he’s got to make the free throws. Can’t figure out why he’s not better from the line- got to be a mental demon.

D.J. Augustin, PG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 8 PTS | -4

The ten dimes is nice, but Augustin has got to be more proactive at attacking the paint and looking to score- 8 PTS just isn’t going to cut it from a guy as offensively talented as Augustin is on this team. Short story, more passive than he should be on offensive end.

DeSagana Diop, C 18 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +2

Would rather watch Diop waddle up and down the floor, actually TRY defensively and throw up air balls than have to watch the effort Mullens brings. Yes, I’m suggesting more minutes for Diop and less for Mullens.

Reggie Williams, SF 18 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -4

Super efficient from the field, but only saw 18 minutes in the game- mostly due to the return of Hendo I guess.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7

You probably read my mind- that word that starts with an A and ends with a Y.

Kemba Walker, PG 19 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 6 PTS | -11

Struggled from the field- kind of the story of his season, but he plays harder than any other Bobcat on the floor night-to-night. Kemba has a bright future in this league, no doubt about it- just stuck on a pitiful team right now.

Byron Mullens, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -18

Refer to Diop.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats at full strength are still awful. All 15 players on the roster were available for the first time all season, and well, it didn’t make any difference.
  2. Bismack Biyombo is very important to this team. Biyombo left the game in the first quarter with a strained right shoulder and never returned- neither did the Bobcats. Charlotte was simply a different team from an energy standpoint after Biyombo left. Without the 6’9 rookie on the floor the Bobcats basically play zero defense.
  3. Glass half full. Attempting to come from the fans perspective here- thank goodness this is a shortened season, because the little hope for this team in the second half of this season being at full strength was squashed tonight.