|Boris Diaw, PF 26 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 PTS | -7
Good gosh, he was bad. Going 0-5 from the field should be the least of the worries here. Lazy, uninspired, no attempt to rotate defensively, and overall looked like he didn’t care. Silas is surely growing frustrated. If Diaw continues to play like this, he may find a spot on the bench for good since he won’t be around next season.
|Tyrus Thomas, PF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -12
Tyrus trying to guard Joe Johnson was comical at best. The Hawks just constantly ran Tyrus around through screens and instead of making an attempt to get around them, Tyrus was simply plowing the screener. Tyrus can’t guard 2/3’s in this league.
|Byron Mullens, C 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | -26
Mullens can shoot the ball, we all know that now. What he can’t do is defend on the block and be an imposing force on the glass. It’s great that Mullens in a solid pick-and-pop option, but at some point he’ll have to catch the ball in the post if he really expects to be a relevant center in this league. On the bright side, he showed that he can get out in transition well for his size and is able to find buckets around the rim by diving to bucket before defense is set on lobs in the half court.
|Gerald Henderson, G 33 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -24
Really liked what I saw from Henderson last night. He attacked basket aggressively, pulled trigger from numerous spots on court without hesitation, and playing harder than anyone on the floor as usual.
|D.J. Augustin, PG 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 8 PTS | -12
Give the ball up in the open floor! Augustin is a great finisher around the rim for his size and I know he’s not used to have people out and running with him in transition on this team, but last night he had two chances to reward teammates for running the floor on the fast break and he didn’t, leading to easy Hawks buckets. Augustin also has got to find some other kind of offense other than settling for a terrible fade-away jumper from top of the key when play breaks down. Too much standing around in the half court and that goes on the PG.
|Cory Higgins, G 12 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -4
Higgins provided an offensive spark for team last night. He’s a smart player, makes the simple play, and clearly has a high basketball IQ. Higgins found all 6 of his PTS by simply passing and cutting the basket (weakside and entry cuts).
Three Things We Saw
- Tyrus Thomas cannot play the 3 in this league because he can’t guard quicker players at that position. I know this isn’t a long term position for him, but when having to guard the SG and SF position Tyrus goes from being a good post defender to a defensive liability on the floor.
- The Bobcats are taking way to many jumpers in the half court, and this is the exact reason that if you’re Coach Silas you’ll probably have to continue to play Diaw. Sadly, he’s one of the only scoring options on the block and really the only guy on the roster that can catch the ball on post and make defense collapse.
- This team’s defensive rotation has got to get better if they want to compete. The Bobcats have had one of the worst offenses dating back to the Larry Brown days, but they always had a stingy defense, even last season under Silas. This season that has not been the case. The Bobcats look lazy and uninspired on defense for whatever reason.