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Bobcats fall just short in Miami

Charlotte Bobcats 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 Miami Heat
Bismack Biyombo, PF 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Had some bright moments and was big on the glass with 9 rebounds in only 23 minutes. Didn’t play at all late in this game as Dunlap decided to stay with Mullens for offensive reasons, I guess.

Jeff Adrien, SF 15 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +3

Solid effort and gave Charlotte an offensive and defensive spark to start this game. Adrien is the perfect starting 4 for this team right now because he brings energy on both ends.

Kemba Walker, PG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +5

Didn’t see a lot of the floor tonight due to foul trouble. You don’t love 3 turnovers and one of them was very costly late when Kemba just got in a hurry, drove baseline, got in the air with no apparent plan and threw ball away. As I mentioned, this is still his biggest issue offensively — got to stop leaving his feet around the basket unless he’s going to shoot or knows exactly who he’s passing to.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -10

Seems as if coach Dunlap is encouraging Taylor to shoot the ball more- he took 3 3’s in the first 5 minutes of the game tonight. Taylor is always trying to make the simple play and that’s why he never turns the ball over (0 tonight), but Dunlap is right to try and get him to be more aggressive on the offensive end.

Gerald Henderson, SG 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -9

Nice effort for Hendo tonight. Love the way that he was rim cutting and attacking offensive & defensive glass. If the Bobcats are going to be forced to play a lot of small ball in the absence on MKG, Hendo will need to have lots of 7+ rebound games like tonight. Watching Hendo trying to check Lebron was just sad. No chance.

Reggie Williams, SF 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +4

Nice to see Reggie get some minutes. Likely an effect of MKG injury, but one thing that this guy can do is shoot the basketball. I’d like to see Dunlap use him in more guard heavy lineups that Cats will play fast with- great shooter to spread floor with in fast break situations.

Byron Mullens, C 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -14

Byron was receiving a lot of hate on Twitter during and after this game. Much of it was justified, but I’ll give the guy a break here and admit that it was a better performance than expected in his first game back since late December. Bad shot selection plagued him again tonight, but that is going to have to be something that he simply grows out of over time. Hopefully.

Ramon Sessions, PG 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 10-10 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -4

So fun to watch this guy get to the foul line. He has a skill unlike anyone else in the league with being able to go up against much taller defenders in the lane and constantly use his body to draw contact. Another very solid game for Sessions.

Ben Gordon, SG 28 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -3

A few mental lapses from Gordon on the defensive end, but the effort was there for him tonight and that was quite encouraging. You can take a 6-16 shooting game from Gordon when he’s putting forth the effort all over the floor as he did tonight. He did a good job at face guarding Wade on many occasions tonight and somewhat staying in front of him.

Mike Dunlap

He’s probably going to end up staying with the small ball lineup more after what it showed tonight. Offensively, the Cats can play ridiculously fast with some of these guard combinations.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Encouraging performance from this squad tonight. Every time it appeared as if Miami was getting ready to blow this game open, Charlotte struck right back with a run of their own. Gutty performance as a team.
  2. Bobcats out-rebounded the Heat 40-39 tonight. Miami isn’t one of the best in the league in this category (26th- 48.6), but it’s nice to see Charlotte on the glass, giving themselves more opportunities.
  3. The Bobcats scored 36 points in the paint tonight. They allowed their opponent to score 66 in the paint. The front court has got to improve in so many different ways. It will be interesting to see what the Bobcats do this summer via free agency to bolster this. Names such as Nikola Pekovic, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and David West all come to mind as likely candidates that front office will target.