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March 16, 2009

New strength, new weakness

Timber Coach Larry Brown held a post-shootaround film session this morning to clean up what ailed the Bobcats' defense Saturday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. There was plenty of mop work required.

They gave up 53 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range to a bad team missing Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer.

This team used to be easy to figure: The Bobcats were solid defensively (so long as they limited silly turnovers) and shaky offensively. It was virtually a given this season that if they reached 90 points, they won.

Here's a switch: The Bobcats averaged 99.2 points on 49 percent shooting in their past 10 games, yet are only 6-4 on those games. The problem is that in those same 10 games they've allowed opponents 47 percent shooting and 98.2 points.

The defensive rotations have been poor of late. Vladimir Radmanovic has reverted to some habits he was taught as a Laker that aren't consistent with the defense Brown teaches. And they haven't dealt well with high screen-and-roll. They've always been vulnerable to a big man with shooting range, and that makes tonight's matchup problematic.

Toronto center Andrea Bargnani shoots 41 percent from 3-point range and is coming off a 27-point game Sunday versus the Indiana Pacers. He was 3-for-3 from the arc.
Concerning the race for the last playoff spot in the East, the Nets and Knicks both lost Sunday but Milwaukee's victory over the Boston Celtics was an unexpected blow. The Bobcats need the Bucks to drop hard because Milwaukee has already clinched a tiebreaker over Charlotte.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 16, 2009 at 01:08 PM | Permalink


Vlad didn't learn those habits in LA - he brought that to the Lakers and ultimately was why he got bumped from the rotation and traded. Thanks as always Rick.

Posted by: Eric Pincus | Mar 16, 2009 1:17:06 PM

Yep, we got better offense but at a cost to defense. We will not be a legitimate playoff contender until we can handle the best teams down low and a lockdown defender at the 2 guard.

Posted by: chammond | Mar 16, 2009 3:19:51 PM

We need to pick up a 2 guard to keep us covered when bell needs a rest. We need a 5 the size of Diop with better D and O than Meka. We still need to blow some stuff up :)

Posted by: tattoo | Mar 16, 2009 5:12:20 PM

The Cats should be able to get a W @ home versus the T - Wolves

Posted by: Jon in DC | Mar 16, 2009 7:01:25 PM

What people needs to remember is that Michael Jordan is one of if not the best player that has ever played the game of basketball. Also coach Brown is one of the best coaches around. With this being said, if these two cant put a winning team together then it probably cant be done. Furthermore Rome was not built in a day. It will take time for this team to be more competitive. I personally think this team is headed in the right direction, but as fans we just have to be patient and give these two time and see what takes place.

Posted by: TONY | Mar 16, 2009 7:03:20 PM

check that, versus the Raptors I meant

Posted by: Jon in DC | Mar 16, 2009 7:03:39 PM

Je*** Ch*** himself could own this team and St. Peter could coach it deep into the playoffs and patriotic Charloteans STILL would boycott the unwanted Arena and the disgraceful Bobcats who are attempting to profit from the nullification of the vote (the overwhelmingly rejected 6-5-01 Arena Referendum that prohibited going into debt to build the Uptown Arena financed with the expected, but not guaranteed, hotel-motel tax revenue).

That this vote was nullified in wartime, no less, when American GI's were dying for democracy in foreign lands, is particularly disgraceful and a sad condemnation of Mr. Stern and the undemocratic NBA.

Nobody who understands how important it is to support democracy would be caught DEAD in the "Tyrena" (the Arena built on a foundation of tyranny).

We want our stolen money back. THEN we'll buy season tickets to see a losing team like we did for the Hornets. But first we want our stolen money back.

Posted by: theft_victim | Mar 16, 2009 7:44:45 PM

theft victim... you are a disgraceful human being. If I knew where you lived i'd come visit you... you sorry uinformed, right-wing, devilworshipping piece of feces.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Mar 16, 2009 7:55:57 PM

theft_victim, nobody cares if you go see them play or not! just stay your @$$ at home and eat cheese with your whine along with the rest of the whiners. the arena has been built and open. all of your whining is not going to change that so you and the rest of your cry baby crew can quit whining like lil baby girls!

Posted by: gomez! | Mar 17, 2009 8:49:08 AM

Looks like Larry listened. Sean actually got in the game and scored a few.

Posted by: Jared | Mar 17, 2009 11:07:04 AM

The downtown arena was the right thing to do. It has nothing to do with "wartime" and "American GIs dying for democracy in foreign lands". There is a reason we are a representative republic rather than a democracy, and the ignorance of "theft_victim" illustrates that point beautifully.

Building the downtown arena was what was best for Charlotte. It should have been done when they built that barn out in Paw Creek for the Hornets. That arena should have been downtown.

Posted by: DBM LA | Mar 17, 2009 2:49:48 PM

DBM LA is exactly correct, the 1st arena should have been built downtown. Building out on Tyvola may have been a good deal at the time but in the long run it ended up in a rubble heap. No one listened to the Charlotte Chamber when they tried to rally support for the arena in downtown...can you say 'lack of vision'. Having it 'Uptown' makes alot more sense. Now that the Panthers play 'Uptown' then everyone says 'yeah' it's a good idea.

Posted by: Jon in DC | Mar 17, 2009 7:40:54 PM

theft victim didn't you just post that the date of the referendum was 6-5-01? What war were we in then? I could've swore that we were in peace time until some obscure date... oh yeah.. September 11th, 2001?

I was actually in the military on Sep 11th, and if you think this is tyranny you need to see some of the arab countries we got to visit. As a former service member I enjoy the distraction that sports offers, especially Charlotte pro sports. Don't worry, nobody will miss you at the TWC.

Posted by: steven | Mar 18, 2009 5:25:54 PM

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