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January 17, 2011

Some post-game thoughts

-- The 12-minute span that started three minutes into the second half might have been the worst the Bobcats have ever played offensively, and that’s no small feat.

          They missed 12 straight shots from the field and 14 of 15. Their only field goal was – no surprise – a put-back basket (by Nazr Mohammed off a miss by Shaun Livingston). They also committed three turnovers (two of five total by Stephen Jackson).

          Jackson was awful Monday – 7-of-24 with five turnovers – and that’s not an isolated situation. He’s made 23 of his last 73 from the field over the last four games. He’s never reached 20 points in that span, after going seven straight games of 20 or more.

          Over those same four games, Jackson is 4-of-26 from 3-point range (1-of-11 Monday).

          -- It’s fun to watch center Kwame Brown thrive under a coach who isn’t reluctant to let him shoot. It was funny Sunday when Brown told me every previous NBA coach, over nine seasons, had one way or another discouraged him from shooting.

          Put it this way. Brown took nine shots, Jackson 24 and they ended up with the same number of points (15).

          -- It will be very interesting to see how Tyrus Thomas performs in Chicago Tuesday. The coaches and some of his teammates aren’t happy that Thomas did something so foolish and dangerous to get himself suspended (elbowing Emeka Okafor in the face Saturday).

          Now Thomas goes to Chicago, to play his first NBA team, the one that discarded him. Does he play inspired or distracted? Emotional as Thomas is, I’ve no idea how he’ll react.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2011 at 07:57 PM | Permalink


They have fallen in love with the 3 point shot as a team and are not particularly good at executing it. The need to develop an inside presence. I agree that it would be difficult to find a more miserable offensive stretch that the third quarter of this stinker, but unfortunately perhaps not impossible. They just don't act like they care and seem to just go through the motions. I don't know if there are personality clashes in the locker room or what, but they need to figure it out. I really don't see this team making the playoffs unless something drastically changes and quickly.

Posted by: Claydog | Jan 17, 2011 8:19:06 PM

why do you hate this thomas kid so much bonnell? it seems you had the same sort of hate for the henderson kid last season.

Posted by: thevoice | Jan 17, 2011 8:20:26 PM

Silas didn't give me a direct answer when I asked about his wanting fast breaks or quick shots when he mentions uptempo. During the game though, they pointed out getting the ball up the floor fast is the goal and they do it well in practice but never in the game. its really annoying to watch. Sometimes they're not very different from the Larry Brown days of slowly coming upcourt. They still do and only shoot faster than they used to. They gave up on Larry. Themselves really. These 3s, rather quick or late in the clock, are evidence of the white flag. Hendo and DJ weren't much better than Jack and Najera forgot how to play.

Posted by: altheus | Jan 17, 2011 8:44:32 PM

I can tell you how Thomas will play. If he hits his first couple shots he will have a monster game. If he gets off to a bad start he will start trying to hard to make something happen and have a bad night.

Posted by: GoBobs | Jan 17, 2011 8:53:52 PM

Where's the hate? I don't even see this piece as negative. It is what it is. I doubt if Thomas gives a fat baby's pants what Rick writes or thinks. Probably even less what the fans think. Just play ball and watch it. It's not about liking or loving.

Posted by: Digal704 | Jan 17, 2011 9:13:44 PM

This offense is terribly flawed because of LB's coaching philosophy, defense first, drive to the basket second,shoot a jumper dead last. We have a bunch of defensive players and very little offense. Check out our ranking as an NBA team middle of the pack on almost every category, almost dead last on offense. If we are to win a trade will have to be made for more offense because we have no real draft picks to hope for (we also suck at doing that). Management have tough decisions to make with this team to adjust this situation for the better or Jordan will lose more money. As a season ticket holder since day one I'm not willing to pay for a full rebuilding and six more years of horrible basketball. Good luck bobcats you will need it.

Posted by: easye | Jan 17, 2011 11:15:08 PM

Need a superstar!

Posted by: yoda | Jan 17, 2011 11:21:31 PM

Not easy finding a superstar...you usually have to draft one sometime or another. Too much cash and dead weight under the payroll to make any moves that would favor the Bobcats. Going to have to stick with what they got, or get worse for some expiring contracts. If your offense is run through Stephen Jackson, you'll get nights where you he can't shoot and turns the ball over a lot. Not enough shooters and guys that can get their own bucket to beat the best or even at times, beat the sub-par teams

Posted by: ep23 | Jan 18, 2011 12:17:41 AM

I am convinced either Jackson or Wallace has to go. They no longer work well together, and the tension upon Crash's return is obvious. While Crash has his own issues related to offense, I'd prefer having a SG that can actually MAKE SHOTS. If we can get that in a deal with Jax, trade him. If it's with Wallace, trade him. If neither, and this team continues to sink, both may be gone for cash, indicating the full rebuild is underway.

Posted by: Bassman | Jan 18, 2011 8:12:48 AM

Jackson should have been on the bench at the end of this game and in OT and someone who can realize they're not hitting jump shots so they should drive should be playing. If Jackson continues to take long shots and not moving to get closer and create a shot for him or a teammate he should sit.

Posted by: carolinaz3 | Jan 18, 2011 8:42:48 AM

Why not take it to the basket when it's 4 seconds left of the game and a tie ball game. I can not understand. You learn in 4th grade to make sure you get at least 2 free throws when it's a tie (or down 1p)at the end of the game. They let their worst player of the game shoot a 3-pointer???!!!

Posted by: George | Jan 18, 2011 9:15:03 AM

I retract my preious statements about the team not making trades. Quick point: Blake Griffin and Stephen Jackson were attributed with the same number of shotts; 24. Griffin ended up with 47 points, Jack went 1 of 11 from 3, didn't take a single free throw, and ended up with 15 points. Shooters have to shoot to break a slump, but something has to give.

Wallace only took seven shots, plus three free throws, and hit 2 of 4 three-pointers, ending up with 11 points. Somehow, I don't see the logic of dumping Wallace for salary relief. But, then again, we don't hear anything about that on this site, so it's hard to know what's going on.

Posted by: Phillip | Jan 18, 2011 9:35:52 AM

Neither Wallace or Jackson can carry a team (due to inconsistent scoring). They make Charlotte competitive...but not elite.

Posted by: Rick | Jan 18, 2011 10:29:01 AM


Congrats, finally an objective article. The real question is will this continue or will you be back to your old agendas. Almost like your ongoing question of TT which one will show up.

Steven Jackson must go. I agree that TT needs to grow up a bit and the elbow against Okafor was stupid but we have a Co-Captain in Jackson who constantly acts like a 2 year old, sulks doesn't get back on D who sets the wrong example for the younger players. In the post game interview TT left the press room but Jackson defended him saying that "the elbows and cheap shots frustrated him(TT)" as a cause for TT's elbow. He never said TT was wrong. He could have said the call was reasonable and sometimes things happen in the heat of the battle.

Jack takes 11 3 pointers and makes 1, that means that he was 6 for 13 inside the 3 point line. If he would have taken let's say 6 three pointers and had gone 2 for 5 inside the line the same shooting percentage that he was already shooting inside the line we would have won the game. The Celtics only took 10 as a team on Monday night with 3 point specialists like Allen & Robinson on the team.

Posted by: Bob | Jan 18, 2011 10:38:43 AM

You get paid to right this kind of garbage? Wow, I think I could come up with a lot better and more insightful material. Here is something since you can't think of it: 1)The great triple double by Diaw...why can't he play that way more often? 2) Or our three point defense...we have given up so many game ending three point shots over the past four years. (Ray Allen at home to beat us ring a bell? Danny Granger owned the stripe earlier this year? Nate Robinson with three straight or Lebron out of a double team?) We need someone who actually was decent at playing basketball to write.

Posted by: jw317 | Jan 18, 2011 12:46:51 PM

Jackson da man doh. Him be like, shoo and score, kid. Errybody cant shoo like dat, B. Betta recogniz befo yo ace got scatta cats all be outer capers.

Posted by: Parnelle | Jan 18, 2011 3:53:43 PM

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