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Bobcats storm back from 17 down, but fall short

Miami Heat 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Charlotte Bobcats
Hakim Warrick, PF 38 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -12

The 4 turnovers are really the only thing keeping him from an A+ here. Impressive with ability to isolate and score and also have the ability to read the defense and kick it out when needed. 9 rebounds is much needed from whoever plays PF for this team. A lot to be encouraged by and hopefully help relieve the worry about being without Byron for what could be a month.

Coach Dunlap on Warrick: “A lot of times in this league a guy will fall off the face of the earth. You know, and then they tumble and are kind of just out there as an 11th in the league. He’s not that. He can play and he’s got an offensive game and can rebound. He just needs some time, it’s not instant coffee.”

Bismack Biyombo, PF 38 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -12

A lot of positives tonight. Was great on the glass and also very effective defensively. He’s the best big that Charlotte has to hedge high on PnR’s as Dunlap likes to do. Biyombo was also stuck on Lebron some on switches and when Diop was playing 5 in this game and showed an effectiveness at guarding him away from the basket. Offensively, he’s certainly improving and going strong to the rim much more often.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -1

Limited minutes tonight as Sessions and Warrick played in many lineups for offensive reasons. The most impressive aspect about MKG is the fact that he takes everything in stride and never tries to play outside of his own abilities.

Kemba Walker, PG 43 MIN | 9-20 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 27 PTS | -10

Awesome night. Wow, has this guy turned a corner.

Gerald Henderson, SG 44 MIN | 5-19 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -13

Hendo struggled from the field tonight, but don’t let that overshadow how much effort he exerted on the defensive end and on the glass. He was given the assignment of guarding Wade for most of the night, so that obviously had an effect on his game, but you have to love the effort.

DeSagana Diop, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +3

Diop had 4 blocks. Okay then. After the game I heard one person joke that he receiving 2 million/block. Haha. For now, it’s clear that Diop is receiving Haywood’s minutes. No one is certain as to why, but there’s plenty of speculation that Dunlap hasn’t been happy with him.

Ramon Sessions, PG 36 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | -13

Listen to end of interview when Sessions talks about Wade and his cheap shot in the 3rd quarter.

Mike Dunlap

Coach Dunlap quotes in post game.

“To guarantee yourself a chance in this league, you have to play hard. I’ve said that’s the one thing where people can see where we are at. The second is execution and defense on a string. I thought we were better tonight than we have been in those areas. I’m just trying to hold that down until the young guys figure some things out.”

Dunlap on Henderson’s game: “i thought he did some gritty things tonight that were very good for him.”

Two Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats gave up 32 points in the paint and 14 second chance points to Miami in the 1st half. In the 2nd half Charlotte changed the course of the ship defensively and only gave the Heat 8 points in the paint and also surrendered 0 second chance points.

    Dunlap on the defensive adjustments to make this possible: “Our biggest defensive adjustment was not to give them run-outs off our turnovers. That’s where they got separation and pushed away from us was our mistakes on the offensive end. They have done that to everyone. I am unaccepting of a high turnover count whether we are on the road or at home. We have to be at 12 (turnovers) or less to be able to win a game. That’s just the way this league is.”

  2. Bobcats next game will be Friday in Brooklyn.