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Losing streak continues against Detroit

Detroit Pistons 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
81 Charlotte Bobcats
Boris Diaw, PF 25 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 3 PTS | -10

I have nothing to say.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -16

So now that Tyrus is forced to play SF he actually believes he is a SF? Continuously lost on D, can’t get around a screen if his life was on the line, and foams at the mouth to take bad jumpers. Tyrus has got to learn his role on the court, but until he does that he’ll continually be out of control and not very efficient.

Byron Mullens, C 29 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -14

Mullens is showing his ability to get out ahead of traffic in transition and dive to the rim off a pick-and-roll every now and then, but he has no post game on offensive or defensive end. He’s got to put on some muscle and get more physical on the block if he wants to be a legit starting center in this league.

Gerald Henderson, G 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not a great shooting night for Henderson, but he may be the only guy on the floor who gets it defensively. When you watch the Bobcats, watch closely on the defensive end and you’ll see that Hendo is the only player who consistently rotates like he’s taught.

D.J. Augustin, PG 31 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 13 AST | 7 PTS | -13

Augustin seemed to understand that he had to shoot a lot at the beginning of the season. In the first 10 games he had 11+ FGA, but last night in Atlanta he took just 9 shots and tonight a season low 7. Augustin has got to take 14+ FGA a night on this team, where else is the offense going to come from?

D.J. White, PF 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Just another PF that this team is crowded with. White could be a nice rotation player for a lot of teams in the league, but his early season success has got him now taking bad shots that aren’t falling nearly as often. On the same token though, who can blame him, shots got to come from somewhere (not named Mullens) in CHA. He’s not exceptionally athletic or full of raw talent, but he plays hard every night and that’s all you can ask for.

Cory Higgins, G 10 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -4

He’ll see more playing time in the future, and likely for Tyrus at SF. I think the Bobcats are better off going small here then giving up easy layups and jumpers because Tyrus can’t chase shooters around.

Kemba Walker, PG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -11

A much better night from the field and you can thank Brandon Knight for inspiring Kemba. The two rookie PG’s had their own game going on in the 3rd quarter, trading baskets. The three ball that touched nothing but air in the second half when Kemba seemed to be feeling it is singeing in my memory, but overall tonight was a baby step in right direction.

Bismack Biyombo, C 12 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

When this guy is in the game, under no circumstances is there going to be a layup. Bismack had 5 blocks in the first half and provided some much needed defensive energy, but not much more than that. Was also good for Biyombo to go against one of the best rebounders the NBA has seen in this era, Ben Wallace.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats are really, really, really bad offensively. Can’t remember ever watching a team in this league that settles for more bad jump shots than they do. They’ve got to find a way to get the ball on the block and keep defenses honest.
  2. No toughness. Paul Silas was one of the toughest guys to ever play in the NBA, and yes, I know this is a different era and a much different type of player these days, but still quite shocking a Silas coached team is this soft. In the last four games the Bobcats are -51 in rebounding.
  3. If the Bobcats continue to play this poorly then they’re going to have very good odds in the lottery. Washington looks like the only other team in the NBA right now that could be worse from top to bottom.