The week in brief:
One win, one blowout, two standard-issue losses and Josh McRoberts (!)(?)(!).
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Charlotte Bobcats 105, Orlando Magic 92
The Bobcats rarely run up the score on opponents, even when they manage to win, as this was just their third double-digit victory of the season. Mullens, Walker and Henderson did the heavy lifting, with the trio combining for 68 points on 25-of-49 shooting.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Detroit Pistons 105, Bobcats 99
Charlotte pulled close in the fourth quarter, but sputtered out in the game’s final minutes. On the plus side, MKG did this. In Ben Gordon’s final showcase before the trade deadline, he shot 2-of-7 for five points in 11 minutes. That wasn’t an isolated incident, either, as the entire month of February has been a disaster for Gordon. Through 10 games, he’s averaging 7.7 points on 29.8 FG% and 32.5 percent from three-point range.
Thursday, Feb. 21: Trade Deadline Sadness!
Not much happened. After a week’s worth of rumors surrounding Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson, the Bobcats ended up swapping Hakim Warrick for Orlando’s Josh McRoberts. It’s an extremely minor move, but the team can at least give McRoberts a shot to see if he has any value.
Friday, Feb. 22: Chicago Bulls 105, Charlotte Bobcats 75
Unstoppable force meets basketball team much worse at basketball. Charlotte hit 33.3 percent from the floor and allowed Chicago to make over half of their shots. Probably the only notable thing about this game was Ben Gordon’s DNP-CD, which was likely a punishment for his recent outburst in practice.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Denver Nuggets 113, Charlotte Bobcats 99
It was the Bobcats’ fourth game in five nights, and they looked predictably sluggish against the high-octane Nuggets. Kenneth Faried and Javale McGee took a blowtorch to Charlotte’s interior defense, scoring 32 points on 15-of-19 shooting.
Links of note:
— Kirk Goldsberry at Court Vision took a look at players that rely on the long two, and three Bobcats players popped up in the top ten. The team’s reliance on the mid-range jumper was something they had hoped to address this year.
Notes of note:
— As of Feb. 24, Portland has the 12th-worst record in the league. If that holds up, the first-round pick they owe the Bobcats will roll over to the 2014 draft. Portland did make a deal for OKC’s Eric Maynor at the trade deadline, though, which could improve their bench depth and help the team bounce back from their current seven-game losing streak.
— Jeffrey Taylor has seen a bounce in playing time following the trade deadline, averaging 28.5 minutes in two games. It’s always possible this was just a quirk or Dunlap playing the hot hand, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see an even-greater emphasis on getting the young players minutes. Hopefully, MKG will benefit from that as well.