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Gordon’s 34 not enough for Bobcats in NOLA

Charlotte Bobcats 99 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 New Orleans Hornets
Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | 0

Nice output for Biyombo tonight. He’s so much better defensively than Mullens and understands the concept of how to show and recover on PnR defense.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +3

Shot the ball with confidence tonight. Overall, it was just good to see Taylor get involved.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -5

What a defender MKG can be, especially in transition. Attacked the basket well, but wasn’t able to draw as many fouls tonight. Overall, a slightly above average performance.

Byron Mullens, C 25 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -9

Resembled the Byron from last season on the defensive end. Just constantly getting lost on PnR defensive, is terrible at recovering and ends up trailing the play to create a 5-on-4 advantage for opponent. Terrible offensive night as well, so there’s nothing from tonight to be encouraged about from Mully. Oh, and he and Anthony Davis had a serious scuffle that had a referee knocked over and NOLA coach Monty Williams on the floor to break it up.

Kemba Walker, PG 25 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +1

Meh. Kemba was in with some weird rotations tonight and only played 25 min- probably a product of the fact that Ben Gordon took over the game.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 23 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +1

He only ends with 1 turnover, but when you consider that at least 4 of his terrible missed shots led to Hornets run-outs and easy baskets then you can understand that his bad shots are just as good as turnovers. Just has such a difficult time playing under control.

Reggie Williams, SF 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -3

Great spark on the offensive and defensive end off the bench. Williams is learning to become a great cutter off the ball.

Ramon Sessions, PG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Shots were going to Gordon tonight, so I thought that Sessions did a great job of filling in and picking his scoring spots the right way beside his hot hand teammate. I’ll say it all season- Sessions is the smartest basketball player on Bobcats roster.

Ben Gordon, SG 35 MIN | 14-21 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 34 PTS | -11

It was so fun watching Gordon score at will. In the second half when the Hornets were showing and shadowing on every screen that Gordon ran off of, it just didn’t seem to matter. He was scoring however he wanted. Can’t think of any Bobcats performance in recent memory that was as fun to watch as Gordon’s tonight.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Charlotte traps in the full court press more than any other team in the NBA, but the Hornets showed signs tonight that the league is already starting to figure out the weaknesses in the chaotic defensive pressure that Dunlap has implemented. NOLA repeatedly made Charlotte pay tonight by spacing shooters to the corners and having players off the ball quickly cutting to the basket when Bobcats were scrambling to get back into position.
  2. It going to become tougher and tougher for the Bobcats to get points in the paint going forward because of the fact that they simply don’t have an inside scoring presence to dump the ball into. We saw the Bobcats struggle at times tonight to find a penetrating lane because of how good NOLA’s gap defense was.
  3. The Bobcats will make their first of two national TV appearances tomorrow night on NBATV against Dallas at home.

    Note: Bobcats are 0-16 all time vs Mavs.