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Bobcats Struggle Offensively, Fall to Rockets

Houston Rockets 82 Final
Recap | Box Score
70 Charlotte Bobcats
Boris Diaw, PF 38 MIN | 2-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -5Boris continued his pattern of up and down play by following up last night’s strong performance with the antithesis of it tonight. Boris was 0-4 from behind the arc and settled for a lot of jumpers on his way to 2-14 from the field overall. Three turnovers didn’t help either.
Derrick Brown, F 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -12Derrick notched another start but again saw limited minutes throughout the rest of the game. Given his unrefined game, he needs to bring more to the table than two rebounds in 18 minutes. He did go 3-6 from the field, however.
DeSagana Diop, C 13 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -12Diop struggled to contribute on the boards as well, and saw limited minutes much like Brown out of his starter’s role. 2 blocks on the defensive end are really the only positive to note.
Gerald Henderson, G 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -13A decent night for Henderson, and considering the team shot 34% from the field his 6-14 looks out of this world. He continues to struggle to get to the line, however, failing to even notch an attempt tonight.
D.J. Augustin, PG 29 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -11Augustin did a decent job defending Houston’s Kyle Lowry, but struggled on the offensive end as he was 4-13 from the field and unable to set up his teammates for easy buckets (3 assists).
D.J. White, PF 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +5A solid contribution by D.J. White off the bench, as he ended up seeing more minutes than Derrick Brown. He was active and rebounded at an effective rate, though like the rest of the team he had a difficult time putting the ball in the basket.
Kemba Walker, PG 31 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +1Kemba continues to play with energy, as evidenced by his eight rebounds in 31 minutes from the guard position. However, he is still finding it difficult to convert after breaking down his defender and getting into the paint. If he’s not cashing in it would help if he at least got to the line a little bit more often.
Byron Mullens, C 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | -7If Byron doesn’t get the start next game we’re going to have to unleash #freeByron to the masses. This was his strongest all-around game as he showed a few refined moves in the post to go along with his outside jumper. 10 boards, a block, and no turnovers as well.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Ugly basketball. The Rockets won despite shooting 38.6% from the field and committing 22 turnovers. How did this happen? The Bobcats shot an even more paltry 34.1%, including 1-13 from 3-point range. Given these are two of the worst defensive teams in the league, I think it’s safe to say tonight’s result was a product of bad offense and not much else.
  2. Tyrus scratched. Tyrus Thomas was a surprise scratch from tonight’s game due to pain in his ankle. Not a good sign for him or the Bobcats. Hopefully this is not a reccurring event going forward as fans are already frustrated with his inability to stay on the court.
  3. Writing on the wall. This is going to be a difficult season for the Bobcats. Coming into tonight’s game the team ranked last in Defensive Efficiency, 8th worst in Offensive Efficiency, and 4th to last in Differential. Look for players such as Walker, Mullens, and Biyombo to continue to get more minutes as management has to get a grasp of what they have in each of these players.