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November 12, 2010

Brown prods the starters to run more

An interesting comment, pre-game, from Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown about tempo: Brown said the public perception that he's a walk-it-up coach is wrong. Brown says he's prodding his starters to look to run more, and that they're not as willing to do that as the reserves.

“In spite of what people might think, I want us to run every play,'' Brown said. "You get more time to use the clock, if you run effectively (it’s a disincentive for opponents) to go to the offensive boards and you get relatively good shots before the defense is set.

“But saying it and doing it are two different things. It takes a lot of effort to run on every play. That’s really a challenge for us. Our young kids are running as well as we’d like. The first group (not so much). Hopefully that will get better.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on November 12, 2010 at 06:08 PM | Permalink


You can tell LB wants them to run more on almost every broadcast, Rick. I hear him scream "let's go" after pretty much every rebound.

Posted by: Ari | Nov 12, 2010 7:08:52 PM

So the answer for Brown would be to? Play the young guys more, an increase the tempo. No more 40 plus minutes for Jackson and Wallace. No wonder they don't run, they are tired.

Posted by: JOE | Nov 12, 2010 7:10:02 PM

why is the game not on tv?

Posted by: bull123 | Nov 12, 2010 7:31:00 PM

The answer would also not be starting games with 10 turnovers in the first quarter.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 12, 2010 7:39:33 PM

It's amazing that they are only down 3 points after turning the ball over on half of their possessions in the first quarter.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 12, 2010 7:52:43 PM

Absolutely embarassing that they can't hold onto the ball. There was a sequence of 3 straight turnovers that made them look like the Bad News Bears of Basketball. Let's see if it continues and costs them a very winnable game.

Posted by: Ari | Nov 12, 2010 8:03:05 PM

You also have to love the Jax pass off TT's head. Amazingly, still only down 1 at the half. This is a game they should still win.

Posted by: Ari | Nov 12, 2010 8:06:51 PM

The 10 turnovers in a quarter ties a team record set four previous times, but not since December of 2008.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 12, 2010 8:14:02 PM

I'm not sure I've ever seen one team manage to commit three turnovers in the space of 34 seconds, but they pulled it off.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 12, 2010 8:17:34 PM

The best defensive play I might see all season: Gerald Wallace keeping pace on the break with John Wall, and blocking Wall's shot back into his hands with such force Wall was charged with a turnover.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 12, 2010 8:41:10 PM

All right, fellas, despite many an effort to hand the Wizards the game, Cats pulled it out and were better in the second half. At least I don't feel like a total idiot for blowing off a movie. Hope they put forth a solid 48 tomorrow night vs. Utah without the mistakes.

Posted by: Ari | Nov 12, 2010 9:26:59 PM

What an efficient night shooting the ball for Boris. I am sure that the Boris haters will point out some other flaw in his game tonight, but I will take 8 of 10 from my PF every night.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 12, 2010 9:27:14 PM

wow that was a horrible call. i mean i still feel like we won that game fair given that we won by more than just that call and we GAVE them any chance they had in that game and there were several other iffy calls to say the least but WOW.....

yi was atleast 3 feet outside of the restricted area. it wasn't even remotely close.

they also called a shooting foul wallace fouling hinrich where wallace tried to block his shot (a layup) from behind and fell on hinrich well after the ball had been shot......that's not a shooting foul, that's a rebounding or loose ball foul. that's ball out but these geniuses gave hinrich shots. it's a shooting foul if hinrich couldn't come down after shooting, it's not if he shot, landed, and somebody fell on him. but that yi block/charge call was so obvious and they blew it horribly. they even huddled and all of em missed it collectively.

congratulations nba.....the whole world is still complaining about these refs and you can't give us all technicals.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 12, 2010 10:27:34 PM

Correct on the Hinrich call. I disagree on the Yi call because he moved his foot(which was never set) onto the line before contact, He was nearly set, got scared and moved his right foot in and back onto the line.

Anyway, I'm a huge Jazz fan and am terrified to see what happens tomorrow. Both teams try to get a lot of motion out of the flex but the Jazz execution is marvelous.

When Larry first got here he said Run Run Run. I got all excited and then Raymond walked it up. I felt bamboozled. These days, it's bring it up, run flex, reset, post up or draw double team, turnover or foul line or missed hoist. Get a steal or block or mid to long rebound and then dunk or easy layup. Bobcats ball. Funnn stuff.

Posted by: Altheus | Nov 12, 2010 11:18:49 PM

How are you a fan of anything from salt lake that place is horrible.. sheesh who needs mormons, I wish we could treat them like the indians and move them out of the country or build camps to coral them in.

Posted by: tpnay | Nov 13, 2010 9:56:58 AM

yi did NOT move his foot prior to contact. he was clearly set and AFTER contact his right foot touched the line. it wasn't even close it was completely after contact. steve martin did a good job trying to convince himself and others of this to make him feel like we weren't getting away with one when we were. but that didn't decide the game. we were going to pull that one out either way but it was a critical 2 points.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2010 10:31:26 AM

the forcast will be good today, hopefully the cats wont split a nip

Posted by: Larry Sprinkle | Nov 13, 2010 11:27:22 AM

are u Hitler or is he your lover

Posted by: altheus | Nov 13, 2010 11:47:46 AM

charlottean is exactly right about the refs' bad calls, including that with Yi.
What I'm saying is, this is unfortunately part of the games, teams have to live with such calls, toughen up and do what it takes to win. Last night the Wizards were the weaker team (Arenas is very rusty, Thornton played limited time injured). The Bobcats fully deserved to win: superior rebounding, a great game by Gerald, Boris and DJ managed to offset their excessive turnovers with their good shooting and assists. I'm happy they won, but I don't know how many games a team can win when giving so many gifts to the opponents - 24 turnovers.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 13, 2010 1:21:19 PM

Wanna have some fun? On NBA.com (their game report) the Charlotte team is still called the "Hornets"! Check it out.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 13, 2010 1:23:58 PM

ya, I was showing my wife that they're titled hornets and bobcats on the same page.

to support this thought of running, is this article; www.nbaplaybook.com/2010/09/15/charlotte-bobcats-need-to-get-out-and-run-more/

Those bad calls are restitutive for Jack's league mandaged flogging. I agree Yi was close but no cigar.

Posted by: altheus | Nov 13, 2010 2:39:01 PM


i don't know if you've ever caught it but steve martin consistently will say hornets atleast 5 times per year. that along with his random reference to old players......

"fouls on number 32 dale davis, his 5th..." while playing indiana

"and wallace to the bucket, rejected by sam perkins" while playing the celtics

it's like he has some form of basketball alzheimer's or something. it's awesome.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2010 5:31:01 PM

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