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March 24, 2011

Tricking Diaw into shooting?

-- In what could be a funny experiment in reverse-psychology, Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas has apparently annoyed power forward Boris Diaw by noting he never shot in 24-plus minutes against the Indiana Pacers.

Silas, post-practice Thursday:

“Today in practice, we talked about last night. He said he was going to shoot the basketball and he did almost every time he got it. He thinks that’s a bad thing and it wasn’t a bad thing. He was knocking them down and going to the hoop and doing his thing. I like that.

“The guy is so talented that he can get around any forward he wants to. If he’s looking to put the ball in the hoop – if he does that the next 12 ball games – you’re going to see a whole different team.

“Whereas he’s thinking, ‘OK, I’ll show you.  You said you wanted me to shoot so I’ll shoot every time – that’s going to be a negative.’ No, that’s going to be a positive!

          Silas was laughing contentedly through this whole explanation.

          -- It’s a given that Stephen Jackson (hamstring strain) and Tyrus Thomas (bruised ribs) won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics. Neither practiced and Silas said Jackson will be out “for a while.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2011 at 02:10 PM | Permalink


Found some more coverage of this feat here:


Can't believe Diaw averages almost 10 per game but didn't take a single shot all game - no wonder the Bobcats lost

Posted by: Leffty | Mar 24, 2011 2:29:39 PM

Diaw plays when Diaw wnats to play.

Posted by: Lovdacats | Mar 24, 2011 2:42:47 PM

Jack needs to rest. Thomas is going to if he is injured. It's a shame. I'm sure they would both rather play, but its no use in injuring themselves anymore. Boston equals beatdown. Maybe they will rest their starting five. With Jack down there is no other leadership. I would say Matt, but he barely gets to play. That in itself is a shame.

Posted by: digal704 | Mar 24, 2011 3:31:08 PM

seriously though, dude had seven assist and I think three of those came off of getting under the rim and losing the handle but still getting a dish bcz he couldn't get the shot off. He should shoot at least 5 threes a game. We lost bcz we have a gutted team, not Diaw. Also, Kwame's problem isn't so much his small hands it's his bad reaction time. The ball zips so fast to him and he's trying to get his hands in place to catch it and it bounces off his wrist or chest or stomach. He also has his hands down when they should be ready at the chest. Possession after possession was lost or in danger due to that.

Shaun needs more playing time bcz he's efficient. I'd cut long two attempts in half. Take the three or get inside for a floater dunk or layin. Anyone shooting 33% from 3 should shoot it all game if when trying for twos including layins and dunks we can barely get 45%. For every ten shots, the score is still 9.

Posted by: Altheus | Mar 24, 2011 3:32:46 PM

There is no excuse for Diaw not shooting the ball a single time in the game. If he doesn't produce, give his minutes to someone else.

Posted by: Knockout | Mar 24, 2011 3:47:31 PM

I totally agree with Altheus. I watched the game and I never thought Boris was dogging it.

Perhaps he should have been more aggressive in looking for his shot, but that's different than a lack of effort.

Diaw didn't lose this game for the Bobcats. Ever since the trade, this just isnt' a playoff-caliber basketball team, particularly with the injuries to Jackson and Thomas.

Posted by: GSO Cats Fan | Mar 24, 2011 4:01:59 PM

I don't and don't think many here believe we lost because of Boris, but we sure as hell may have had a chance to if he played harder!
The Playoffs last season as well.

Diaw has got to be one of the most talented(talent being- play any positon, able to score from any where blah! blah) players in the NBA, from his basketball intelligence on down. Jack and TT would have loved to finish the game last night and have some of the talent that was half used by diaw...

Anyway I am past frustrated and am going to try and let it go.
It would do my heart good since looks as if we are out. To watch Diaw sit at the end of the bench the rest of the season and let these guys who want to play, play.

I sincerely thought Diaw was going to start lighting it up... Its too late now and save the psychology for someone else.

Rick I have liked your posts about Diaw here "recently".

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 24, 2011 4:15:04 PM

Based on how Diaw plays most nights(Boris's pace) no he was a "few" shots shy of average.

IT IS WHAT HE CAN DO AND DOESN'T NIGHT IN NIGHT OUT. He plays smart not hard!!! Which doesn't always translate. Even just a little more, Where would we be now?? He has the ability to do both, it is disgusting. Jack is out there hopping around. NO one is saying kill yourself every night......I'm out.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 24, 2011 4:26:04 PM

Sorry for multiple posts

1st post-- have had a chance to win
2nd-- a little more effort(throughout the season), where could we be?

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 24, 2011 4:51:58 PM

I think Boris did try last night. He played with a lot more hustle and energy than I've ever seen. We were just outmatched. He was right when he said he didn't see open shots. It was just that the people he passed to couldn't follow through. Why didn't Silas sit him down? That's the question.

Tyrus, like Jack, has to get a better handle on his temper. I thought that elbow to Okafor was a one-off, now it is clear that it wasn't.

Tyler Hansborough looked like Lebron James last night.

Posted by: long | Mar 24, 2011 4:55:45 PM

Actually, I thought Diaw played pretty well except for not taking a shot. There is really no good excuse for that even though his play making was good. His teammates kept him from having 15 assists.

By contrast, Hansborough has been on fire since the coaching change and he, along with Granger, are the main reason the Pacers have pretty much beaten us out. Wish he was in Charlotte like he could have been...but a team has to make choices and the ABC'ers would have been out in droves.

Posted by: murrell | Mar 24, 2011 5:39:01 PM

Kwame did improve by dunking it instead of going soft and missing layups. How can you be DJ White, Dante, or Dominic and not take these moments to outshine somebody?

Posted by: GoldVesuvius | Mar 24, 2011 7:25:10 PM

If Boston Has held us to 60 points when Jax, Tyrus and Gerald Wallace were on the court, we will be lucky to break 50 with none of them!

Posted by: Jlr | Mar 25, 2011 12:47:27 AM

I like Silas's psychology. Bet Boris drops 20 tomorrow night.

Posted by: Bronsyn | Mar 25, 2011 1:38:56 AM

what the hell is wrong with this guy? Now you have to MAKE him shoot?

Posted by: Parker | Mar 25, 2011 2:10:32 AM

WOW! Read this about Diaw and follow the link below: Boris Diaw (CHA): 24 Min, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3P, 0-0 FT vs. Pacers
Bobcats veteran Boris Diaw has never been a shy player, averaging 8.2 field goals and 1.7 free throws attempted per game for his career. Last night, he accomplished something for the first time since November 26, 2008 against the Timberwolves: Diaw did not attempt a single field goal the entire game. In that game he took 2 free throws, though. The last time Diaw went an entire game without taking either a field goal or a free throw? April 11, 2005 with the Hawks - Diaw's second year in the league - when he played only 4 minutes. Last night, though, Diaw played 24 minutes and did not take a field goal or a free throw. For a player averaging close to 10 field goals attempted per game this season, that's quite an accomplishment.


Posted by: bobcats | Mar 25, 2011 10:18:33 AM

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