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Bobcats witness history in loss to Celtics

Charlotte Bobcats 84 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Boston Celtics
Boris Diaw, PF 29 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -17

Diaw’s shot seems to have completely abandon him. His 3-point attempts look something like if I took the basketball in my right hand and tossed a fastball at the rim. Don’t worry diaw, 25 down, only 41 to go.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -12

Goodness. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Tyrus to settle in and start putting together some consistent stat lines, it’s just not happening. Tyrus having to play SF isn’t helping at all as he’s being forced to catch the ball farther away from the basket than he’s comfortable, but the ultimate problem with him rest in his own hands- I don’t know if he’s capable of playing under control and within his own abilities.

Bismack Biyombo, C 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -9

Didn’t see the minutes I was hoping for him tonight. Biyombo is as raw as raw gets on the offensive end, but he’s a good defender not only at the rim, but also away from it because of the fact that he talks defensively, defends ball screens well and just flat out hustles. He’ll never get you monster numbers in the scoring department, but I’ll take him over Mullens any day of the week.

Reggie Williams, SF 37 MIN | 6-15 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | -18

Not a great night from the field for Reggie, but he can get to the FT line and that’s exactly what propelled him to his second straight 21 point game.

Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -14

Loved the aggressiveness across the board tonight. Beating the opponent up the floor, attacking the rim, splitting the pick-and-roll defenders- AHH, just really was pleased with what Kemba showed tonight. He’s starting to become more comfortable out there and it’s quite evident in his body language- he’s having some fun again. On another note: For anyone wondering how he gets on the glass at the rate that he does for a guy so small, it’s simple- willingness and determination to just go after the ball when it comes off the rim. You don’t have to be tall to get rebounds.

Derrick Brown, F 28 MIN | 10-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +2

WOW WOW WOW WOW. 10 for 10? Was D. Brown playing an early April fools joke on everyone or is this a sign that he’s moving in the right direction, attempting to mold into a SF in this league? Still a lot to be determined, but chew on this split for a bit- Last 4 games: 24.3 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 64.7 FG%.

Byron Mullens, C 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2

Seriously, has no clue on defensive end and has shown zero signs of improvement since he started getting significant playing time. Mullens continuously gets lost ball watching, sometimes leaving his man wide open right under the rim. Sure, he’s got a nice shot for a 7-footer, but come on people- what else can this guy really do?

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats easily have the worst front court in the NBA. The Celtics came into tonight 29th in the league in rebounding, but still managed to out-rebound Charlotte by 5.
  2. Reggie Williams is going to be a primary scoring threat for the Bobcats for the remainder of the season- even when Maggette, Augustin and Hendo get healthy.
  3. The Bobcats competed for three quarters again tonight and are showing small signs of improvement. They’re valuing the basketball more, shooting percentage is climbing slowly, but the backbone of this team is defense and they’re just not good at all in that category. I could go back, watch a lot of film and point out all the places it’s going wrong, but bottom line is that this roster is compiled low IQ defensive players- other than the rookies and Gerald Henderson.
  4. The road trip is finally over! The Reward- Bobcats get to return home and face 3 of the top 5 teams in the NBA (record wise: Chicago, LA Clippers, Phili) in four nights starting Friday.
  5. Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for second on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a three pointer in the third quarter. The Boston crowd gave Pierce what seemed like a five minute standing ovation. Congrats to Pierce, who’s been with this Celtics franchise through thick and thin.