|Tyrus Thomas, PF 28 MIN | 2-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -15
All I can say is Tyrus better figure it out soon. If not, he’ll be just another bad contract this franchise has to carry around (5yr/$52mil).
|Gerald Henderson, G 39 MIN | 7-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 22 PTS | +3
Hendo has officially emerged as the go-to guy for instant offense when the Bobcats can’t find anything in the half court or start to go stale. The guy continues to be deadly off of curls and is getting to the foul line at a high rate.
|Byron Mullens, C 23 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -6
I’m presuming that Mullens will stay in the starting lineup for now, but if his true colors aren’t apparent by now, they should be. He’s a great mid-range shooter for a 7-footer, but not much more than that. Looking better defensively as of late, but it’s certainly not in his basketball DNA. Once the Bobcats find a reliable starting center (hopefully in the draft) then Mullens will be a solid rotation player off bench. Nothing more.
|D.J. Augustin, PG 41 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -13
I liked the way that Augustin played tonight as he was very aggressive at getting into the painted area and seemed to be in attack mode more than usual. The 8 turnovers (season high) are what earned him the mediocre grade here.
|Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | +2
Overall, another efficient night in starting lineup. Note: Kemba loves throwing in one air ball a game from deep just to throw his audience off- I guess. After studying this guys game from the beginning of his senior at UConn I’m inclined to believe that he’s simply so used to shooting the ball off the dribble and creating his own shot that he’s struggling to make the transition in getting open shots with his feet set. I know, sounds odd, but it’s my theory. Brandon Jennings struggled with the same problem in his rookie season.
|Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +6
Much more aggressive on the offensive end. That’s all anyone’s looking for right now.
|Derrick Brown, F 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -13
Derrick Brown has now attempted to dunk on Lebron James and Dwight Howard this season. For that sir, you’ve earned your grade. You know the ole’ saying, ‘A for effort.’
|Bismack Biyombo, C 21 MIN | 5-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +1
Welcome to the NBA Bismack Biyombo. The first game of the 19-year old’s career where you actually felt as if he had an impact in every quarter. It’s obvious that Dwight Howard hates playing against Biyombo because of how aggressive the rookie is with him. Howard was whining after every sequence on the post and even trying to clown on Biyombo with his teammates on the court during dead balls. How does Biyombo respond? Plays harder than anyone else on the court. I love this kids heart and passion on the floor; something you very rarely see anymore. There is definitely a lot of moving parts going on with the youngster while in action, but his age gives plenty of time to reign all that in.
Four Things We Saw
- Improvement. The new Bobcats starting lineup is providing this team with a spark on both ends of the floor. Although the Bobcats still rank towards bottom of the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency, both have climbed at least one spot since implementing new lineup.
- Biyombo may log more minutes in future. D.J. White didn’t play at all last night, and when Paul Silas was asked after the game why not, he simply claimed that it was a product of Biyombo’s impressive play. The Bobcats have a barrage of PF’s on the roster, some they really want to develop and other’s that can be used as trade chips. Expect the Bobcats to explore options of moving one before the trade deadline.
- Rest. After playing 6 of the past 8 nights the Bobcats now have three days off before they travel to Chicago for a game Saturday night.
- Obnoxious. The Magic have got to be the most annoying team to watch play in the league. Every single guy on this team complains to the officials non-stop and the combination of Howard-Davis have their own scripted on-court antics they pull out when hitting the floor. With some of the things they call technicals for now, not sure how they didn’t get hit numerous times. Not taking shots here, just pointing out the obvious.