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Bobcats receive a Brooklyn beating

Charlotte Bobcats 81 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Brooklyn Nets
Hakim Warrick, PF 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Another solid performance for Warrick. Struggled to keep Reggie Evans off the glass, but Evans is one of the best rebounders in this league. Missed a lot of mid-range jumpers, but Hakim is great at finishing at the rim and overall is doing a solid job of filling in for Mullens.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 0-0 FG | 6-12 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -16

It was a hack-a-Biyombo kind of night and he did what he does from the FT line- shoots 50%. Very average from for Biz.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -15

Another low minute outing for MKG. He’s lost the aggressiveness on offense we grew accustomed to earlier in the year.

Kemba Walker, PG 33 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -25

It’s hard to give Kemba an F, but compared to how he’s been playing so far this season, this is deserving of a flunking grade. Brooklyn did a great job of taking away the paint from Kemba and forced him to take numerous contested fading jumpers.

Gerald Henderson, SG 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -9

Hendo is not 7-26 (26.9%) from the field in his last two games. Very discouraging. Like Kemba, Brooklyn’s length gave Hendo a very tough time in finding his shots. That being said, he has got to find a way to get more productive from the field. Defensively, Hendo is a different player this season and is definitely buying into the Dunlap defensive system.

Reggie Williams, SF 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +8

I think he needs more minutes. Outside of Kemba, Reggie is the only guy on this roster that can hit the 3. Dunlap doesn’t give him more minutes because of the fact that he doesn’t give consistent effort on defensive end, but if this offensive struggle continues, he may have no choice.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +6

Seemed to have broken out of his shooting slump tonight, so that’s good.

Brendan Haywood, C 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Solid outing for Haywood. 4 offensive rebounds is awesome. There’s no doubt that this is a better team on the glass with Haywood playing, but what we need to take out of tonight if nothing else is the idea that he may have broken out of the Dunlap doghouse.

Ramon Sessions, PG 26 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -14

What in the world has happened to Sessions outside shot? He’s never been thought of as a good shooter from 3, but he can’t even hardly break iron anymore after starting the season so well.

Ben Gordon, SG 20 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2

Bad offensively, bad defensively with no effort. Gordon doesn’t fit the mold of what Dunlap is looking for in a player and it’s going to result in him seeing less minutes, I believe, as the season progresses.

Mike Dunlap

Dunlap had to drop his team into a 2-3 zone for much of the night due to the fact that Brooklyn was having their way in the painted area early on. The zone was successful at times, but the Nets were hitting shots at opportune times and their star guys got it done tonight. Joe Johnson had 16, Deron Williams had 19 and Brook Lopez had 26. Better players usually beat teams that don’t have as good of players- that’s what happened tonight and Dunlap understands that.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The kind of blowout loss we all got used to enduring through last season. This game was never close and Dunlap was searching for lineups that could be effective all night. 12 Bobcats saw the floor tonight.
  2. Charlotte has now dropped 17 straight games and the best opportunity to break that streak in quite some time will come tomorrow night at home against New Orleans. The game will be nationally televised on NBAtv.