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Well, saw that coming. Bobcats lose by 24

Detroit Pistons 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Charlotte Bobcats
Derrick Brown, F 36 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -9

The ‘man without a position’ had a decent game tonight, overall. Brown even knocked down a 3-pointer, the one big offensive aspect missing that could potentially make him a true SF.

Byron Mullens, C 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -18

Okay, so I’m being dead serious in this next sentence. Byron Mullens is the worst defender playing in the NBA today. Seriously, the guy is AWFUL. He has no clue how to rotate down on PnR situations and constantly gets beat off the dribble. Constantly. By anybody.

Bismack Biyombo, C 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -14

Suffered what was being called a left ankle sprain, but he returned to the game and looked fine. Biyombo is learning some new moves around the basket and it’s slowly starting to surface. He still looks extremely awkward with the ball on the block, but at least he’s making an aggressive scoring move and even throwing in some drop steps.

Gerald Henderson, G 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -23

I’ve come to the conclusion that Hendo is actually regressing as a player on this team than progressing- late in this season at least. Hendo’s frustration is apparent on the court at this point and he doesn’t even look like he knows what to do with the ball anymore when he doesn’t have an open shot off a curl. It’s almost like he’s thinking, ‘Well, I don’t have a shot here so I’ll attack the basket. Okay, I got cut off. Let’s see. Nobody open. Nobody is moving. Okay, bad fade away jumper it is.’

D.J. Augustin, PG 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -27

Showing more aggressiveness offensively recently. The auditioning for free-agency has begun. I’ve said this for awhile now, but watch PHX- I think they’ll make a run at D.J.

DeSagana Diop, C 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -8

For whatever it’s worth, the Bobcats looked much better defensively with Diop in the game. He understands simple defensive principles such as hedging out on screens, rotating down from the weakside on PnR situations, help side defense and contesting any player who takes the ball into the paint. These are all things you’re taught playing high school basketball and I guess Diop retained these things from Oak Hill, whereas most Bobcats players forgot.

Matt Carroll, SG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | 0


D.J. White, PF 30 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -16

D.J. ‘the only shot I attempt is a midrange, elbow jumper’ White.

Kemba Walker, PG 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -12

Not a good night for Kemba. Never got the offense flowing when he was in the game which is exactly what everyone is looking for in his progression as a PG now, but who can blame him at this point. What offense?

Three Things We Saw

  1. 5 of the last 6 Bobcats opponents have shot better than 50% from the field in a game.
  2. So I understand that Charlotte is a young team and all, but what I’m confused about is what are these guys being coached to do defensively? Every guy on the court literally doesn’t play any help defense on most possessions. If it’s a Paul Silas philosophy to play 1-on-1 defense and never leave your man, then fine, but I find that hard to believe considering he was one of the toughest guys to ever play in this league. At what point are we going to put the coaches under the microscope here, because this team may be inexperienced, but they sure don’t play like a team who cares at all and that’s a trickle down effect from the top.
  3. Bobcats will play in Miami tomorrow night. God Bless you if you’re going to watch that game.