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The Queen City roots for the Stars, as Clippers crush Bobcats

Los Angeles Clippers 111 Final

Recap | Box Score

86 Charlotte Bobcats
Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -22Too many three point attempts – not enough effort on the glass or defensively.
Tyrus Thomas, PF 18 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | 0While some of the Bobcats seemed to let up a bit as the game progressed, Tyrus was not one of them, delivering a couple of hard fouls on the Clippers rather than surrender layups. In addition to an efficient scoring night and solid rebounding numbers, it was a good effort out of Tyrus.
Bismack Biyombo, C 19 MIN |1 -2 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -22NIce rebounding…but don’t jump at every pump fake. The Bobcats continue to struggle defensively with Biyombo on the court (look it up, they’re worse on defense with him) in large part because he chases too many blocks and does not establish defensive position, getting pushed under the basket. But remember – he’s young and there’s a lot to like.
Reggie Williams, SF 28 MIN | 1-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -17Reggie looked like someone coming back from an injury – his jumper was flat and not falling tonight. It happens – unfortunately for the Bobcats, right now it means they’re not likely to compete when it does.
Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 11-12 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | -25I like Kemba’s aggressiveness and how he gets to the free throw line. I’m looking forward to him using his ability to draw extra defenders to create better looks for his teammates a little more frequently.
Derrick Brown, F 23 MIN | 1-3 FG | 8-10 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -5More of the Derrick Brown that I expected to see early in the season – aggressive and trying to dunk it every time he got in the paint. Brown got to the free throw line over and over with his attacks to the basket, and the Bobcats will need him to continue to do so going forward. It was encouraging after seeing a few too many jumpers early in the year.
Cory Higgins, G 19 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -3The lanky college shooting guard is in a tough spot having to learn the point guard spot on the job – and he is struggling. Cory is not hitting jumpers enough to keep defenses honest and struggles to get looks for his teammates. And the college ballhawk is finding it much harder to perform larceny in the NBA, registering just 0.3 steals per 40 minutes.
Byron Mullens, C 20 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | 0A couple of made jumpers, a couple of drives to the rim – a solid offensive night for Byron. A good thing, because he is still finding his way defensively – pick and roll defense is an adventure as he sometimes never recovers to his man until after the layup/dunk is complete. As I said with Bismack, though remember he’s young and there’s a lot to like (offensively).

Three Things We Saw

  1. Despite the internet saying it was a sellout, there were a decent number of open seats for tonight’s game. And the expected energy and excitement were non-existent. You could almost hear crickets as the Bobcats were announced.
  2. But when Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were announced? Decent cheers. And when Blake Griffin threw down a couple of big dunks? Huge cheers (and disappointment that there weren’t replays shown).
  3. I only recall hearing the public address misspeak and say Bobcats once – remember, it was a Hardwood Classic night, and the Bobcats became the Carolina Cougars, while the Clippers were the Los Angeles Stars. The players had a bit more trouble, as Corey Maggette threw a nice entry pass to Caron Butler early on, which I can only assume was due to being confused about the jerseys. The Stars quickly returned the favor with a similarly bad pass, though things settled down after that.