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Dallas is still Never Win Land

Charlotte Bobcats 99 Final
Recap | Box Score
126 Dallas Mavericks
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-9 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +7

Looks like the rookie got over his first game jitters. MKG was impressive at both ends of the court, disrupting passing lanes, challenging shots, and attacking the basket repeatedly.

Brendan Haywood, C 31 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -2

Strong play from Haywood, with an unexpected offensive boost (though Chris Kaman scored nearly flawlessly against the Bobcats front court, that was a team effort).

Byron Mullens, C 32 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -19

Still taking too many threes for my test, Byron did knock a couple down. As Steve Martin pointed out in the broadcast, the two Mullens made came within the offense, where Mullens got wide open looks from the corner setup by teammates. He’s got the stroke for it, but needs to pick his spots better.

Kemba Walker, PG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | -17

Kemba came back to Earth after the scorching opening night. I did however really like the pressure Kemba applied to th Mavericks ball handlers, harassing Darren Collison out to mid court at times.

Gerald Henderson, SG 20 MIN | 2-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -16

Junior couldn’t get the midrange game going tonight, and then left with a sprained foot. X-rays were negative, fortunately, so nothing more severe.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -16

A fairly invisible night for Bismack. He got pulled after a careless turnover on the inbounds pass following a Mavs score. Still seems too keyed up at times.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -18

A better showing from Tyrus in game 2. Took his midrange jumpers in the flow of the offense rather than forcing them, and did a better job being in position defensively and not gambling so much for steals.

Ramon Sessions, PG 28 MIN | 8-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | -16

It was a very impressive showing for Ramon on night two, offensively. Defensively, you see a big difference between the pairings of Kemba/Gerald and Ramon/Gordon.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats were outscored 11-0 in transition during the first, leading to a 31-19 Dallas advantage at the end of 1.
  2. The Mavericks closed the half on a 9-0 run, to take an 8-point advantage to the locker room. It came off a 3 on penetration, a fast-break and-one, and a runner for 3 at the buzzer. The run turned a great quarter for the Bobcats into a demoralizing deficit.
  3. In the third, the Mavs hit 6 of 7 from three-point range, as they opened up a 16-point lead. Some were contested and some came from the Bobcats zone, but it put the Bobcats on the brink of 0-16 against the Mavs.
  4. The Mavs started the fourth on a 12-3 run to end the game, with two more 3s for good measure. The Mavs finished the game 16-25 from deep, and the Bobcats will have to improve their rotations in their zones to force teams off the three point line. Dallas capitalized in the way Indiana failed to.