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Close, but no cigar. Make it 19 straight losses

Memphis Grizzlies 85 Final
Recap | Box Score
80 Charlotte Bobcats
Derrick Brown, F 39 MIN | 5-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | +2

Had bright moments tonight and had bad moments. Brown has been forced to be an important part of the offense with all the injuries this team has suffered and the bottom line is that this guy is still trying to figure out his game on the offensive end of the floor. I like the fact that he’s attacking the basket as much as he can and the only way he knows how, but he’s got to have some go to moves.

Byron Mullens, C 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -2

Very aggressive on the glass early on. Mullens had 8 rebounds after the 1st quarter, but just couldn’t keep pounding in the paint. Another struggle from the field and especially with the jumper. The positive in what his struggles consist of is in the fact the he’s trying to cut out all the long jumpers from his game and develop more of a post game, but it’s certainly going to be a long, painful process. Again, this kid shows spurts of high potential, but continues to be extremely inconsistent.

Bismack Biyombo, C 41 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | 0

Biz was energetic for all 41 minutes that he played tonight and that’s just about all you can ask from a 19-year old. The staple of the game for Biyombo was getting in Rudy Gay’s face when things got testy in the 4th quarter. If your reading this and haven’t listened to me about Biyombo before, I can promise you that he’s got as much, if not more, heart as anyone in this league, wants to be a team guy and goes through his progression as a player in all the right ways.

Gerald Henderson, G 40 MIN | 12-24 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 32 PTS | 0

Hendo made it clear that he really doesn’t want to be associated with the worst team in NBA history with his performance tonight. Above all else, Hendo seems like he’s becoming more comfortable with the 3-point shot. That’s encouraging for one reason- it’s the one aspect of his offensive game that needs improvement in order for him to become a consistent 15 point/game type of player in this league.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | +1

7 turnovers tonight. Growing pains. I don’t know how else to say it. Kemba has got more expectations than any other rookie on this team because of the fact that he’s a PG and expected the be the guy directing traffic on the offensive end. I’m definitely not sold on whether or not he’s going to end up being a good PG in this league, but he’s a fierce competitor and that trait always has a place on the basketball court.

Jamario Moon, SF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Still hasn’t scored in a Bobcats uniform…

Three Things We Saw

  1. Competitive. The Bobcats played like the game meant something to them tonight. In the 1st quarter when guys were crashing the offensive glass like their lives were on the line explained it all. No, Memphis didn’t play very hard early on tonight, but don’t take the effort away from Charlotte.
  2. Turnovers. Bryan Wendland pointed it out in the game preview. The Bobcats turned the ball over 22 times and it led to 27 Memphis points. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, turned it over 19 times, but it only led to 13 Bobcats points.
  3. One more opportunity to avoid being the worst of all time. On Sunday night the Bobcats will face a Sacramento, which will likely be their last winnable contest. Charlotte finishes the season @ Washington, @ Orlando and vs New York.