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Bobcats Come up Short in the ATL

Charlotte Bobcats 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Atlanta Hawks
Jeffery Taylor, SF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -16

Limited minutes due in large part to Gordon’s night. Nice to see the 2 three-pointers though.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Also saw less minutes due to Gordon’s night, especially down the stretch as Dunlap went with Kemba, Sessions, and the aforementioned Gordon. Not an efficient night from the field, though his assertiveness on the offensive end was a positive note.

Brendan Haywood, C 34 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

Great work on the boards from Brendan, with three of his 11 rebounds being offensive. Also did a respectable job against the Hawks’ bigs.

Byron Mullens, C 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -7

Also a good job on the boards, though he allowed Horford to get the best of him in the post on a few occasions (most notably on a spin-move blow by in the 4th). Missed on the game-tying three-point attempt on the Bobcats’ final possession.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 4-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | -5

Another tough night for Kemba from the field, though as usual he contributed in almost every other statistical category. Helped keep the Bobcats in the game by getting to the line in addition to hitting on 2-4 from beyond the arc.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +7

Welcome back, Bismack. A very strong return as he recorded four blocks and eight rebounds in 27 minutes. More importantly, he looked healthy. The only play that stood out as a negative for Biyombo was his inability to convert on a put-back at the rim. He missed on the initial point-blank attempt and was then called for basket interference as he tried to tap the ball in as it hung on the rim. As the announcers mentioned, he needed to go up strong and dunk the ball. Maybe the only play his ankle injury had a noticeable effect on.

Ramon Sessions, PG 34 MIN | 7-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | +1

Another night, another solid effort out of Ramon Sessions. Distributed the ball well, got to the line, and chipped in with two steals – the second of which helped keep the Bobcats in the game down the stretch as he glided to the basket to finish with a jam amongst the looming Josh Smith.

Ben Gordon, SG 27 MIN | 7-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 26 PTS | +5

Ben Gordon put the team on his back, Greg Jennings Madden-style. 26 points on eleven FGA’s in 27 minutes – can you say efficient? Converted on 7 of his 10 attempts from deep and tied a team record for three-pointers. Also 5 for 5 from the line. Hit an incredibly difficult double-clutch three on the Bobcats’ third to last possession that cut the deficit to a single point. All for naught, however, as he was denied an attempt on the final possession as the Bobcats fell by three.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats respond from embarrassing loss on Monday night. The effort was there. The execution was also there – at times. The manner in which they played has Monday night’s result looking more and more like an aberration, especially when you take tonight and the other twelve contests into consideration.
  2. Bobcats scuffle on the final two possessions. The Bobcats attempted to inbound the ball to Ben Gordon on the second to last possession, in hopes he could score the go-ahead basket after converting on a near impossible three-pointer. Josh Smith would have none of it, however, as he jumped in the passing lane and although not stealing/deflecting the ball (it was reviewed ad nauseam by the refs) caused an errant pass that bypassed both he and Gordon and eventually went out of bounds for a turnover. The Bobcats were then forced to foul Horford, who hit on both of his free-throws after coming into the contest shooting below 50% from the stripe.
  3. Dunlap feeds Mullens’ ego. The Bobcats’ TV announcers mentioned the possibility of Mullens getting the opportunity to take the game-tying three, though I was hoping they were wrong. They were not. As expected, the Hawks did everything they could to ensure the ball did not make it into the hands of Ben Gordon. Consequently, Mullens came to the ball after setting a back-screen and was forced to take a three which was thoroughly contested by Horford. Brick.
  4. 76ers come to town on Friday. The Bobcats will look to salvage a game from this week’s difficult three game stretch.