It was a short week leading up to All-Star weekend, but it still had one of Charlotte’s best wins and worst losses.
Monday, Feb. 11: Boston Celtics 91, Charlotte Bobcats 94
It was the Byron Mullens Show in the big man’s best game of the season. Mullens’ 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting helped carry the offense on a night when the rest of the team shot 37%, and his 18 rebounds helped give the Bobcats a 47-44 rebound margin. The win snapped a seven-game Celtics winning streak, and gave Charlotte their first win in eight tries.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Charlotte Bobcats 77, Indiana Pacers 101
Shooting 32% from the floor and being outscored by 30 points in the paint is no way to go through life. What can you say about games like these? The Bobcats looked like they’d at least be competitive, only trailing by three points at the break, but a complete no-show in the second half led to the lopsided score.
Links of note:
— According to a report by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bobcats are stepping up efforts to deal Ben Gordon after he blew up at Mike Dunlap during a team practice. One potential trade target could be Andrea Bargnani, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. However, Stein also mentions that Toronto’s glut of wing players makes the swap unlikely.
— QCH’s Mathew Lewis took a look at the way the Bobcats use the shot clock, and how they could get higher-quality looks.
— Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist participated in the Rising Stars Challenge, but it was a quiet night for both players. The biggest tidbit to come out of All-Star weekend was MKG admitting he lost to Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.
— QCH participated in a mock draft run by Hornets247, taking Ben McLemore out of Kansas with the first pick. McLemore seems to be the frontrunner for No. 1 overall with the recent injury to Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel. This piece from Jonathan Tjarks at SBNation does a good job of breaking the shooting guard down.
— Wright Thompson at ESPN had a wonderful piece on Michael Jordan’s post-retirement life. It only briefly touches on the Bobcats, but it’s probably the best feature you’ll read this week.
— MKG discussed his transition to the NBA in a video with Hoopsworld.
— Via Sam Amico at Fox Sports Ohio, the Bobcats may offer Greg Oden a contract after the trade deadline. If there’s any truth to the rumor, Charlotte may need to shed salary in a trade. They’re currently sitting just under the cap, according to Storytellers Contracts.