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March 08, 2010

Bobcats give up game-day shootarounds

At least for now, the Charlotte Bobcats have done away with game-day shootarounds, as a means of getting the core players some more rest.

The Bobcats typically assembled at 9 a.m. on game days, when they didn't play the night before, to run through a scouting report, do some light runnning and some shooting drills.That's pretty typical in the NBA (although coach Larry Brown tended to start a little earlier than the norm.)

Some NBA teams, particularly the contenders with an abundance of older players, haven't done so many shootarounds lately, figuring additional rest might be more valuable than getting players up and around in the morning.

The Bobcats didn't hold a shootaround Friday before the Lakers game, and obviously they liked the results, so Monday they ran through the Miami scouting report at practice, rather than schedule a Tuesday-morning shootaround.

Brown said at practice that heavy minutes for some of his starters play into this: Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson are in the top seven in the league in minutes played.

But if Brown starts seeing slippage in preparation, I bet the shootaround comes back.

-- Gana Diop (sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee) fully participated in practice Monday, so I should think there's a good chance he'll be available against the Heat. Nazr Mohammed (back spasms) could only run on a treadmill Monday, so it seems unlikely he'd be available Tuesday.

-- Stephen Jackson said there are definitely greater stakes riding on this Heat game, since the Bobcats are in ninth place in the East, Miami is seventh, and the Bobcats can clinch a tiebreaker over Miami by winning either of the last two meetings this season.

Brown took a slightly different tact, reminding his players at practice that they might be in ninth place, but they're still only two games behind fifth-place Milwaukee in the loss column. 

Posted by Observer Sports on March 8, 2010 at 02:13 PM | Permalink


So, what is the game mentality for this heat game on tomorrow? This is a must win game considering our position.

Posted by: nunu | Mar 8, 2010 3:28:05 PM

Nunu: Wrote a column about that topic for tomorrow's Observer

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 8, 2010 3:28:51 PM

6 out of our last 21 are against the Raptors, Bucks, Bulls, and Heat. The time is now. GO CATS!

Posted by: LucasGotBurnt | Mar 8, 2010 3:59:09 PM

Sounds like LB doesn't want to do anything to mess with the current streak.

Posted by: apauldds | Mar 8, 2010 4:29:19 PM

the best season so far and the most exicting for this young franchise, i believe the bobcats will pass the bulls, heat or bucks, we have to many veterans with a veteran coach and a boss who will not take failure

Posted by: tim | Mar 8, 2010 4:31:32 PM

Hey if skipping shoot arounds works, I say do it. Crash needs all the rest he can get.

On another note, the Miami game tomorrow is a big one. I'd like to see more Bobcats fans there than Dwyane Wade fans, please. The Bobcats are having a sale on tickets and I suggest Bobcats fans take advantage of it. $25 for lower level seats. It's on ticketmaster's Bobcats v. Heat page under playoff push discount.

Posted by: Yo | Mar 8, 2010 5:50:08 PM

This may be a stupid question, but what causes back spasms?

Posted by: redhotdave | Mar 9, 2010 7:40:34 AM

Naz injured his back in the preseason and aggravated that injury recently As Naz described it, his back stiffened up as if was protecting an injured area.
Naz toughed his way through a couple of games after the back spasms started. I'm sure that only worsened the condition.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 9, 2010 12:22:06 PM

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