Uh. Bobcats lose. By a lot. -

Uh. Bobcats lose. By a lot.

Charlotte Bobcats 69 Final
Recap | Box Score
114 Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeffery Taylor, SF 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -38

Player of the game for Charlotte. Obviously, that’s not saying much.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -32

Always attacking the basket, but MKG found it very difficult to finish tonight. Won’t ever lose you games, but on one like tonight, you can forget he was ever even on the floor.

Brendan Haywood, C 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -39

Haywood was put in a tough spot tonight having to try and attempt to stop Durant and Westbrook getting into the lane at will. Needs to be more decisive with it when he catches ball on the block- holds it too long and offensive gets stagnant.

Byron Mullens, C 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -35

Everything about this game was awful for Byron. Was awful on pick-and-roll defense- as in, he kind of just stopped trying at one point in the 2nd quarter and actually grabbed Eric Maynor’s shoulder as he ran right past him to the rim once. On top of the defensive embarrassment, Mullens went back to his old habits of jacking as many three’s as possible. He’ll always have some value on the offensive end because of how he can stretch the floor, especially in pick-and-roll situations, but the bottom line is that he doesn’t like playing defense and never will. Therefore, he doesn’t give you a full games effort on that end of the floor. Ever.

Kemba Walker, PG 20 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -31

WOW. Just awful. Couldn’t make any shots and had no chance of breaking down the OKC defense by getting into the lane. The Thunder did a great job of helping on Kemba when he attempted to bolt into the lane towards the rim.

Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 1-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -14

Sessions worst game as a Bobcat. Like Kemba, the Thunder shadowed Ramon very well and didn’t allow him to get into the lane and draw contact around the rim. Instead, he was forced to take tough, contested, fade away jumpers.

Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -26

On a night where the offense was as stagnant as it was tonight, Gordon doesn’t do much to help that issue.

Bismack Biyombo, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Bobcats really missed Biz tonight. Diop had to play extended minutes in his place. Enough said. Ignore grade here.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats shot 29% for the game. Their opponent 51.3%.
  2. I’ve have nothing else to really say about this game. While the Thunder’s starting five were in the game tonight, it equated into two squads that didn’t belong on the same floor.
  3. Bobcats play Wednesday night in Atlanta where they will be searching for some real answers after tonight’s debacle. Early this season has been exciting and encouraging for Charlotte, but tonight was a humbling loss and should put into perspective where this team still stands.
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