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Bobcats buried by threes, again

Charlotte Bobcats 90 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Atlanta Hawks
Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Bismack picked up a couple of quick fouls in the first half, biting on a pump fake and setting a moving screen (he tried to slip a screen and ran through the screenee). A slightly better second half, but by then it was too late.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -20

Taylor recovered from his shooting slump a bit, with a nice scoring line of 12 points on 6 attempts. But he had one particularly bad turnover where he threw a really poor entry pass to Mullens, when Mullens had a mismatch against a guard, and it got swiped.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -21

This may be too harsh, but MKG took himself out of this game, after picking up two fouls very early in the game (both on transition attempts for the Hawks – so I appreciate the hustle, but…) and then picked up a third foul on a mismatch with Horford in the paint. The rookie needs to learn that he is too important to this team to pick up 3 fouls in about 9 minutes of playing time.

Byron Mullens, C 14 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -19

Forced shots, bad defense (standing straight while guarding on the block, allowing easy drives for his man), no presence on the boards. Just a bad outing for Byron.

Kemba Walker, PG 31 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | -18

Kemba couldn’t get a three to go down tonight, but shot solidly inside the arc, and the 6 assists against 2 turnovers was solid considering the Hawks ability to pressure the ball and jump passing lanes.

Ramon Sessions, PG 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -8

Sessions had too many turnovers considering his number of field goal attempts and assists (3 turnovers), but otherwise, he did his part offensively.

Ben Gordon, SG 17 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | -1

Some bad shots (even for him), and they weren’t going down tonight. Without his scoring punch, the Bobcats were hurting for offense for spells.

Gerald Henderson, SG 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | -4

Solid line for Gerald – he was making some from midrange, and also attacked the paint given the chance.

Four Things We Saw

  1. I didn’t get into for individual players, but the team defense was terrible for pretty much the entire game. There were miscommunications on assignments when they Bobcats were in zone. Following a screen and roll, both players would initially guard the dribbler, and then both would sag to roll man. Players were losing track of shooters on the perimeter, and giving up open looks (and the Hawks capitalized). Just a total team effort in the poor defense.
  2. The Hawks shot 4 of 9 from threes in the first quarter, then followed that up with a 5 for 7 effort in the second quarter. This led them to a 17-point halftime lead and a game that was never in doubt.
  3. The Bobcats played against a very large Hawks lineup for a big chunk of the second, with Atlanta putting Horford, Smith, and Ivan Johnson on the court at the same time. The Bobcats frequently countered with a 3-guard attack, MKG, and a big. It was enough to trim a 28-point deficit as close as 17 a couple of times, but the expected offensive boost did not really come to fruition couldn’t convert on their own 3-point attempts (6 of 21 for the game).
  4. The losing streak moves to 10 games in a row, with the Magic coming to Charlotte Saturday night. Between injury issues and a depleted roster, the Bobcats need to capitalize on this opportunity to get another win, and boost their confidence and spirits. This season is going to be a learning opportunity for both the players and coaches, and it cannot turn into the general malaise that was the second half of last season.