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October 20, 2010

Boris Diaw playing point guard

Interesting little wrinkle to the first half of the Charlotte Bobcats' exhibition against the New Orleans Hornets. Power forward Boris Diaw played several minutes of point guard, with neither D.J. Augustin nor Sherron Collins on the court.

Seems to make sense to check out this option now, when the games don't count, because it's obvious Diaw is one of the team's better ballhandlers, and they need to explore their options.

Diaw was comfortable bringing up the ball, but it was nothing noteworthy: He had one assist and one turnover (plus nine points and one rebound).

Shaun Livingston continues to be out with a sore left knee. But Gerald Wallace is playing after sitting out the game in Miami with lower back spasms.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

Comments

If he had no turnovers, I say it's a success. This may mean they're looking to cut Collins.

Posted by: Caylor | Oct 20, 2010 12:58:11 PM

Actually I think it means just the opposite. With Livingston out with a bad knee, the Bobcats are certainly looking to find options to back up Augustin. I think the Bobcats like Collins, but probably want to see how Diaw will do running the point in case Collins struggles and Livingston remains sidelined with an injury. I would be much more likely to believe Collins was on the chopping block if the Bobcats were to bring in a veteran point guard fir a look. As it stands right now I think Collins make the team.

Posted by: Sam | Oct 20, 2010 1:54:43 PM

rick,

just how serious is the situation with livingston's knee? are they just be cautious? could he have played if it was regular season? is this going to be another situation like we had with brevin when he couldnt play more than 2 or 3 games in a row and we never knew until game time if he was playing.

Posted by: fats | Oct 20, 2010 2:02:32 PM

Another good game for DJ versus a Super Star PG. 15ppg-5apg-4rpg in 30+mpg. A little high on the TO today, but overall, he's been playing some pretty good basketball. And he has done it against teams with above average PG like: Magics, Thunder, Bucks, Pistons, Hornets and Heat (the only team without a good PG).

Posted by: RobC | Oct 20, 2010 2:21:03 PM

I think the idea of Diaw at point for stretches during the game makes some sense, as it gives Larry Brown another lineup to throw at the opposing team. Diaw at point leaves the 4 open for Thomas in a bigger lineup or Wallace in a smaller lineup (with Henderson at the 2 and Jackson at the 3), while keeping one of our bigs in at the 5 and keeping one of our best passers in the game to create opportunities for the others. It will be interesting to see if Boris gets more looks at the 1. Keep in mind, as Bonnell has mentioned in the past, that Boris has played all five positions before in Phoenix, and could provide similar depth here.

Posted by: The A-Train | Oct 20, 2010 2:21:48 PM

(I should have said Henderson or Carroll at the 2 in the smaller lineup idea previously mentioned, as Carroll would give the Cats a shooter in such a lineup.)

Posted by: The A-Train | Oct 20, 2010 2:23:23 PM

A quick update, and I'll expand on this later in the day:
Larry Brown said post-game that Collins, due to several injuries, just couldn't run effectively Wednesday, so playing Diaw at point was by necessity, not just an experiment. Brown said to prepare for the posssibility Diaw and/or Stephen Jackson plays some point in the regular season, in reaction to the injury situation.
Larry said he has complete confidence in Diaw or Jackson to run the offense. The problem -- and this was apparent Wednesday -- was the defensive inversion that must occur. When Diaw or Jackson is at the point, Brown must have someone at 2-guard quick enough to keep his feet in front of a Chris Paul. Or as Jackson described, someone who can run "a 4.2 without the ball.''

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 20, 2010 2:42:59 PM


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Posted by: BringIt | Oct 20, 2010 4:10:45 PM

RobC

On DJ's turnovers, 3 of the 4 were on offensive fouls. So, still a turnover, but also being aggressive taking the ball to the hoop. A little different than the bad pass that leads to a fast break.

Posted by: BlockParty | Oct 20, 2010 4:27:58 PM

boris was drafted as a pg. he played a lot on the ball in the world's, it only adds to his value on this team. it's smart for him to be handling the ball 8-10 minutes a game because that increases the veteran presence on the court and increases thomas' minutes simultaneously. henderson would have to be healthy though, but that's a good angle to get henderson more minutes.

and yea, augustin is here. all he needed was the reigns. imagine where he's going to be at after he's getting 35-40 minutes for a whole season. and yall wanted to trade him and boris for devin harris?

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 21, 2010 5:12:40 PM

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