- Bobcats took care of the ball in the first half as they only surrendered 6 turnover, and then in the 3rd it all went bad. The Bobcats had 12 turnovers in the 3rd quarter which led to 14 Miami points. The Heat outscored the Bobcats 24-10 in the 3rd, so avoiding turnovers would have technically brought the quarter to a draw.
- “Third quarter we turned it over too many, too many times. It got them (Miami) back in the game. Once they got back in the we played them tough. They’re just too good. The last shot, we contested it and everything, but they just made a good shot,” said Silas about the destructive third quarter for the Bobcats.
- Silas was asked about the last play of the game that was drawn up for Augustin and how he suspected Miami knew what was coming.
- “We called a play for DJ Augustin. He goes, we screen down for him, he comes up. They knew the play I guess because they put Lebron on him (Augustin). They probably knew who we were going to,” said Silas.
- Gerald Henderson continues to mature as a player offensively and tonight hit a huge three that gave the Bobcats a 95-94 lead with 12.2 sec left. Henderson told me on Monday, “the corner is my best three (shot),” and I asked Silas tonight if that play was setup for Henderson to be open in the corner for the shot.
- “Yeah, we set it up for either him (Henderson) or the roll man, and the way they played pick-and-roll defense, the corner man’s going to be open. So we set it up for him (Henderson), he was wide open and he hit the shot which put us up one. It was great,” commented Silas about the play.
- Silas was asked about the progress of this team overall and what he thought about his teams effort overall tonight.
- “Well I think we’re getting there. Let’s face it, I don’t think very many people would have thought we would have played this team as tough as we did even though they (Miami) did play last night. I’m happy with my team, I mean they played tough against Milwaukee and won the game, almost won it tonight. We got some tough games coming up, but if we keep playing hard and tough, eventually it’ll all come together. That’s what I want them (the team) to understand, that it’s going to take us time,” said Silas.
- Silas was also asked about the 7th overall Bismack Biyombo and his drastic improvement from Monday night’s game.
- “It’s going to take him some time. He’s going to come along. Blocking shots, rebounding, made a basket tonight which was nice. Shot a free throw in. He’s got a great attitude and wants to play. Eventually, more and more and more, he will play,” said Silas.
- Boris Diaw had yet another monster game with 16 PTS, 16 REB, and 8 AST. After the game he spoke to me about his second straight huge performance and his early success rebounding the basketball.
- “Like I say, it’s just a team thing. We’ve been working a lot during the pre-season and practices. Once all the five players on the court are boxing out the ball was just falling to go get it,” said Diaw.
- Kemba Walker adds an unbelievable spark to this team with his ability to be so effective on both the offensive and defensive end. I asked him after the game how far his confidence has come in just two games.
- “I think I’ve been pretty confident for both games. I’m just trying to go out there and bring energy to this team. You know, just set the tempo. That’s really our job, the second unit,” said Walker.
- DJ Augustin commented on his ankle injury from Monday night, which you would have never known about watching him play tonight.
- “It’s still sore (ankle) but I’m just going to get treatment and just keep working hard to get back healthy,” said Augustin.
- Augustin also commented on Bobcats character as a team.
- “We’re a tough team, you know we’re gonna fight hard. We have a lot of young guys and we never give up no matter who we’re playing. Like I said, they’re a great team but we felt like we were the better team tonight,” said Augustin.
Diaw, Henderson, and Augustin combined to go 24 for 44 from the field while also pulling down 25 boards and dishing out 18 assists. The only negative trend they all shared in common – turnovers, amounting to 15 (21 for the team) collectively. As Coach Silas touched upon in his post game comments, you erase one or two of those and it’s probably a different outcome. The Bobcats took a 15 point lead into half-time after finishing the first 24 minutes with only 6 turnovers. When you end with 21 the story of the second half tells itself.
The Bobcats out-rebounded the Heat 53 to 30, an incredible disparity Miami was able to make up for due in large part to the 21 TO’s as well as their effectiveness at the free throw line (23-28).
Maggette struggles: The player GM Rich Cho acquired to bare the brunt of the load offensively found it difficult to get anything going, finishing 1-10 from the field.
In a nutshell, why the Bobcats lost: Turnover Rate (23.2) and Free Throw Rate (19.5), compared to Miami’s TOR of 10.5 and FTR of 35.9. The Heat converted on 9-13 fast break opportunities and 23-28 from the line. Given, these are two of the Heat’s greatest strengths; however, the Bobcats undoubtedly went into the game knowing they had to limit the opportunities on both fronts.
Positive take away: The energy is there, as illustrated by the rebounding numbers in addition to 10 blocked shots. The execution is still lacking. If the Bobcats can maintain the type of effort shown tonight against opponents not named Miami while improving their execution the product on the court is sure to be better than previously expected.