Bobcats Falter Against Lakers -

Bobcats Falter Against Lakers

Charlotte Bobcats 73 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 Los Angeles Lakers
Boris Diaw, PF 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -14

Diaw had several open shots throughout the game, but with a FG 35% he simply could not make it work.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 28 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -19

It was not Thomas’s night. It was not the Bobcats night. Thomas and Henderson shared a similar fate of the ball that wouldn’t drop.

DeSagana Diop, C 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +7

It’s easy to forgive a primarily defensive player for not making a strong impact offensively. For Diop, however, it hard to see his impact on defense and even harder to see his impact on offense (case in point: arguably the worst free throw of all time shot against the Wizards on Saturday). The Bobcats would benefit greatly from an offensive-minded center.

Gerald Henderson, G 30 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -6

Henderson, as with several other Bobcats, was taking good shots that simply didn’t drop. Henderson held his own defending Bryant and came into his own offensively in the second half.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -17

Kemba’s statistics are nothing to scoff at nor or they anything to praise. You have to give this rookie credit for holding his own against the veteran Lakers squad.

Reggie Williams, SF 13 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -22

In his first game as a Bobcat, Williams showed that he can make a notable contribution from the bench.

Derrick Brown, F 20 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -14

Great effort by Brown in getting offensive boards. 12 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes make Brown one of the most valuable Bobcats in this game.

Three Things We Saw

  1. There was a notable void in effective shooting outside the key. The Bobcats will benefit greatly from the return of DJ Augustin.
  2. With only one player shooting above 50% for the night, the Bobcats will need to facilitate more easy points in the paint as evidenced by Derrick Brown’s performance.
  3. Near the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Bobcats had the game within 11 points (62-73). For the remainder of the quarter, the Bobcats scored 11 points while the Lakers scored 33. As the Lakers nailed 3 after 3, you could literally see the energy escape the Bobcats. Although the prospects of the Bobcats winning this game were low, this type of loss is a morale deflator for the franchise.
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