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Injury-Riddled ‘Cats Stumble in the Iladelph

Charlotte Bobcats 72 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Philadelphia 76ers
Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -13

Diaw committed five of the team’s 14 turnovers and played like he was allergic to glass (2 rebounds).

Tyrus Thomas, PF 32 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -2

Not a bad effort from Thomas, who has turned it around over the last handful of games after an uninspired start to the season. Whether his improved performance is no more than a bi-product of his desire to prove his worth to other GM’s around the League, it’s a positive result for the Bobcats, regardless.

DeSagana Diop, C 14 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6

Limited playing time for Diop after getting the nod as the starting C. He performed relatively well while on the floor, but couldn’t log enough minutes to make a significant contribution.

Gerald Henderson, G 31 MIN | 2-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -30

Single-game plus/minus numbers usually aren’t that useful, but when a player posts a -30 it certainly says something about their performance. Henderson was undoubtedly hampered by injury, as he was taken the locker room at one point. Give him respect for logging 31 minutes, but they were an unproductive 31 minutes.

Kemba Walker, PG 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16

Kemba finished a little stronger than he started shooting the ball, but his night still featured a handful of forced field goal attempts. He continues to rebound at an impressive rate for a guard of his size, a testament to his effort despite his struggles from the field.

Matt Carroll, SG 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -3

Another good shooting night for Carroll in front of his friends and family back home in Philadelphia. He did get beat off the dribble by Andres Nocioni, however, which more than likely had those same friends and family turning their Carroll jerseys inside-out.

Derrick Brown, F 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -5

A nice effort by Brown, though as Spencer pointed out on Twitter during the game (@QCSportsCrave), if anyone still thinks he can hang with legitimate NBA 3’s they’re crazy. He’s simply not agile/quick enough to stick with smaller wing players, which he’s forced to do when on the floor as part of a bigger Bobcats lineup. Looking across to the opposing team’s bench, if Brown could become a poor man’s Thaddeus Young I think the team would be elated.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Attrition getting the best of the Bobcats. No matter how much effort a group of players give out on the floor, there’s ultimately a ceiling on their productivity based on the collective talent base. That talent base is simply not strong right now. 40-50 minutes were logged by players that more than likely shouldn’t see time in an NBA game.
  2. Limited minutes once more for Bismack Biyombo. #freeBismack, #freeBismack already!
  3. A Bobcats Blueprint? The Sixers have done what the Bobcats are in the progress of attempting to do – rebuild from scratch with a core of young players. Outside of Brand and Iguodala (who is only 27), all of the core rotation players are 25 and under. They’ve made vast improvements since last year, and currently lead the League in Efficiency Differential (according to hoopdata.com) despite lacking a true superstar. Whether or not Walker, Biyombo, or whomever the Bobcats select in the upcoming draft ever morph into a top player in the League, management would be well served to mimic the blueprint laid out by Philadelphia.