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Bobcats drop another close one late

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Recap | Box Score
98 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 40 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -8

Solid effort with tons of energy, as usual. Cannot throw Biz the ball late in the 4th during a close game, which the Bobcats did. Paid for it with an empty possession, late in 4th, when they had to have a basket.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -2

Limited minutes as Dunlap attempted to ride Hendo to the finish. MKG only earned one trip to the free throw line tonight- not encouraging.

Byron Mullens, C 37 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10

First half was horrid. Second half got better with some big baskets and a great block at the rim in the 4th that led to a Kemba transition basket and put Charlotte ahead 93-92. It’s just encouraging to see Mullens giving consistent effort for four quarters these days.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 11-20 FG | 8-9 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 32 PTS | -7

Career night. 32 points is a career high for Kemba, so congrats to him for that. Got into the lane at will and the two 3’s he knocked down couldn’t have come at a better time. Offensively, this team depends so much on Kemba and that makes it even more amazing that he’s been able to put up the numbers he has so far this season.

Gerald Henderson, SG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -2

Hendo looked good through three quarters. The 4th came and he disappeared. I would suspect that Dunlap called Hendo’s number a lot late, but regardless, he came short every single time. 0-4 in the final period and all his opportunities came when Charlotte could have cut the lead to one possession or tied the game. I had two thoughts — either Hendo’s rusty still, or he’s just simply a role player, at best, in this league.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 16 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -8

His one FG gave the Bobcats their first lead since early in the 1st quarter at 67-66 midway through the 3rd.

Ramon Sessions, PG 25 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -6

Encouraging that Sessions had a competent night from the field, but he couldn’t keep it going late. Again, the Cats went to Hendo a lot late and Sessions kind of just blended in.

Ben Gordon, SG 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | 0

You can tell that Dunlap is holding his breath while Gordon is in the game.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats suffered their 11th straight loss tonight, but these losses are clearly not like the ones that Charlotte fans endured through last season. This team continues to compete, but also continues to come up short.
  2. The Bobcats now venture out west for a quick 4-game trip before Christmas comes. In Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Tuesday night — imagine if L.A. managed to drop one at home to Charlotte. Would that be the official end of their season?