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November 19, 2012

A post-script on Bobcats' victory over the Bucks

                Some post-game thoughts on a suddenly 5-4 Charlotte Bobcats team:

    --Really funny moment in the post-game locker room when I asked Byron Mullens about the pass he threw to Ramon Sessions for the tying 3-pointer. Mullens started chuckling, saying that’s the first time he can remember being double-teamed as an NBA player.

                If he keeps operating in the post like he did Monday, it won’t be Mullens’ last double-team.

    --The Bobcats were 27-of-30 from the foul line, and 16-of-16 in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Dunlap puts heavy emphasis on foul shooting in practices.  Clearly that paid off Monday.

    --Reggie Williams didn’t play by coach’s decision. Ben Gordon suffered a knee contusion which limited him to just 40 seconds in the fourth quarter.

    --Ramon Sessions has been a tremendous free-agent signing. As Kemba Walker described, he’s great for this team in terms of leadership, experience and a feel for tempo. He slows the Bobcats down when they start spinning out of control.

 Also, Sessions made all 10 of his free throws. He said the two big ones he missed in Minnesota last week really bothered him, so he put in extra work.

    --Rookie Jeff Taylor is figuring out how to guard aggressively without foul trouble. He played 33 minutes Monday, finishing with 10 points and four assists.

    --Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s nine rebounds were big. The Bobcats outrebounded the Bucks  Monday and Memphis Grizzlies Saturday. Those are both big, physical frontcourts.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM | Permalink


Go Bobcats!

Posted by: Pantherhead | Nov 19, 2012 10:47:44 PM


Posted by: BobcatsFanD | Nov 19, 2012 11:36:38 PM

Screw the Panthers, let's go back to supporting the sport that put Charlotte on the map and allowed the NFL to become a reality! How great would it be if we could fill TWC like we did the Hive night in and night out? The tickets are cheap online and from sellers outside and the product is worth watching.

Posted by: BobcatsRob | Nov 19, 2012 11:53:01 PM

Tell 'em Rob! Excellent way to spend the evening! These guys are the real deal and will only improve as the season continues. Better get your tickets quick! The next couple of years will be exciting times at TWC Arena!

Posted by: St. John's assistant coach? Seriously? | Nov 20, 2012 12:04:34 AM

great win .... thank you coach dunlap for bringing the passion back....our coach has this team playing with swagger

Posted by: Scott | Nov 20, 2012 2:19:22 AM

I bet OKC wish they still had Mullens. He is 7 footer who can shoot and he is only 23 yrs old.

Posted by: Jon | Nov 20, 2012 8:21:09 AM

Go MEcats!!!

Posted by: Bob Johnson | Nov 20, 2012 8:52:11 AM

Hey Rick, can you comment on officiating? I've always felt like Charlotte got hosed on many calls, but this year seems worse than ever. From an objective POV, what are your thougts? Are we getting more than our fair share of bad calls? Also, in the 3rd quarter last night, Dalambert's foul was not charged to the team, giving the Bucks an extra foul before the penalty. How often do those type of scoring errors occur?

Posted by: Hoagie58 | Nov 20, 2012 9:01:53 AM

In particular, I feel like the refs hate Mullins. He's always getting head scratching calls.

Posted by: Taro Baap | Nov 20, 2012 9:06:15 AM

The Dalembert foul was an offensive foul which is not a team foul in the NBA. The Bobcats shot a ton more free throws last night that MIL so I think the refs were fair to say the least.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 20, 2012 9:22:10 AM

Lowest attendance in the league last night. What's it going to take for the fans to come out and fill the seats?

Posted by: eduardo | Nov 20, 2012 9:41:54 AM

i think the refs were fair, but horrible. i don't know his name but #23 blew 3 goaltending calls. 2 against us, 1 for us. then they let kemba get away with one of the most blatant carries......dude literally picked the ball up with one hand and then started his dribble again right in front of 2 refs. and then kemba getting fouled hard, going to the floor and calling a timeout was ridiculous. it can't be a timeout. has to either be a foul or a travel. doesn't matter if he lost control of the ball in mid air, if he goes up and comes down with it...and then lands and then falls and still has the ball the whole time without it hitting the floor or an opponent....it's a travel (twice really).

game was awesome. loved the minute distributions really. taylor and mkg are ready. kemba is making jump shots now which is incredible. when henderson comes back, i don't want to see gordon any more. just swap henderson in for gordon as the 6th man type and play our starting 5 plus sessions/biyombo/warrick/henderson. last thing I want to see is dunlap trying to spread 48 minutes between 4 guys.

biggest fear for this season: we play ourselves out of our draft pick. never would have thought in a million years chicago would be getting this one, now it looks like a 50/50 toss up. there's no way we're playing for bottom 3-5 with the kind of momentum we're starting with. goes against statistics at this point too.

i'll say it again....i'm glad we didn't get anthony davis. cho is completely gaining my confidence with his decision making after higgins absolutely demanded doubt and anger for years.

this is really exciting. 5 years from now mullens will be 28, walker 27, biyombo 25, mkg 24, taylor 28, henderson would be almost 30. that's 5 years from now. think about how insane that sounds. we have an entire starting 5 and 6th man that is showing signs that they will probably be a playoff team next season and they're basically 4-5 years away from their prime.

it's not quite lebron, bosh and wade.....but wow.

please be patient with these young guys. i heard way too many people screaming about mullens and biyombo when they dropped a pass or missed a close range shot. gotta be patient with this group. the chemistry that is building is beautiful.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 20, 2012 9:46:50 AM

Ref.s were far better than Saturday.
Seriously all the fans deserve this. The City needs this right now! I'm am concerned about the pick but then again i'm not. I think Cho has it undercontrol, as long as excitement doesn't spread and then some "certain people" start trying to have some input AGAIN!
yes sir, Start trying to please everyone with minutes definitely will not have to worry about the pick.

Oh It was so satisfying NOT to see that spring in the opponents step, thinking "we are going to have a good night we are playing the bobcats". How SWEET was it to see that ball going through the baskett over and over and over again(consistently).

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Nov 20, 2012 10:11:54 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the Bobcats' pick is 13th or higher, it goes to Chicago? Seems like a weak draft, so this would be a good year to get that debacle of a trade behind the Cats.

Posted by: Sambo | Nov 20, 2012 10:20:51 AM

Bobcats have a great core of players. They are still young and will make mistakes - but this team is also capable of going on a roll. Confidence is a very big deal in pro sports.

Chemistry, Confidence, Talent, Leadership and Hard Work are the five keys to success on any team in any game. Sometimes you can have less of one like Talent and offset that by having more of one of the others such Confidence. Sometimes teams with a lot of Talent are bad because they lack one of the other four keys (Panthers). Good coaches not only teach the game and make play calls during the game but they work to identify where the team is lacking in the five keys and then create exercises to improve those areas.

The Panthers should work on Chemistry and Confidence. I think they have tons of Talent and Work Hard - but every team has those things at the pro level. If I were Richardson I would look to hire a coach that is overflowing with Confidence. I think Rivera is a great DC - and knows the game. He is a nice guy and does everything right except he doesn't illuminate an air of Confidence. I want a coach who thinks he won the game and his team is the best in the NFL even when they lose. I want a coach that says to the team "They got F.ing lucky - forget them - next time we build a 30 point lead so no team can get lucky on coin tosses and bad calls by the refs to win a game" I want a coach that says "Man - I want you to crush them - winning isn't enough - we need to destroy this teams moral for the rest of their season. Our goal is to win by 30 each week and rip out the heart of the other team!” If I were the coach of the Panthers I would have them so fired up AFTER that Tampa game that they would beat anybody in the league next Sunday. Confidence and Chemistry start with Leadership and are like a virus – once you start to get them they just multiple. I think Dunlop understands that – and that is why I think the Bobcats are a playoff team next year and perhaps even this year. Remember – 500 gets you in the playoffs in the East…. Unless we have some really bad injuries the Bobcats will be in the playoffs and will finish above 500 this season.

Posted by: Dom | Nov 20, 2012 11:00:18 AM

We also get detroits draft but it's protected also. I hate to say it but we need the pick this draft and then give it up but we do have tons of cap space and you could trade Biz or someone else for a good pick also. We will finish 5-10th is my guess.
For folks not coming to the games you are totally missing out!!! This team is like best Charlotte team back to Hornet days!! Tons of potential and excitement.
Biz struggles but team is so behind him. When he made sky hook they all went crazy and stood and cheered.
Mullens new post game could be great when fully developed. He is getting lots of boards and besides his one airball and a few turnover (bad calls also) he has gotten past few games he is looking like a great down low for us.
Kemba was on fire first half and just couldn't miss (quite 2nd half). His jumper and passing is great and he is just energy. Folks top 10 guard and maybe top 5 in 2-3 years.
Sessions is best FA ever. He is awesome at driving and hitting shots. Him and Kemba are great on court together.
Not us but Ellis is amazing. He would do floaters from 10-15 feet with two guys in face almost blocking ball and catch nothing but net. He is best player we have faced all year in my mind.
Jeff had a coming out game. He got stuff and blocked really bad a few times (like blocks you see in high school from behind on jumper) but he had monster slam and is gaining confidence.
We have a really solid bench starting to build and one superstar or two really good players down low and we could be playoff bound deep easily.
What a turnaround!!! Gotta come watch.
Some huge games late this month and next will be curious if we go on losing streak or can hold tight.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Nov 20, 2012 11:03:33 AM

BTW - the perfect example of the type of coach the Panthers need is the Tampa coach. He has really elevated that team's confidence this season. He did it with little things too - like trying to disrupt those kneel downs. He is basically saying "we are better than you and you are lucky to be winning so we are going to take the ball from you if you kneel down because we should be winning this game anyway!"

Think about how that makes the players feel - and then to have the coach refuse to say he did anything wrong after the game - he stated very clear - I want to win - period. We don’t take plays off – we play to win. Period. Oh – and BTW - I don't just want to win - I want to dominate. I want a dynasty - I want a team that other teams are afraid to play. So yes sir - we are going to try to cause a fumble if you just kneel down at the end of the game – so get used to it!"

That is how you build confidence in a team – and that is why they are 7-4 and have a real shot at the playoffs. The Bucs, Falcons and Saints are all going to be very good for the next few seasons at least because they all have Confidence.

Posted by: Dom | Nov 20, 2012 11:10:51 AM

Good come-from-behind win! The thing about drafting winners from championship teams is...despite their need for improvement in certain areas...they insist on winning and will find a way to get the W.

Posted by: Airbrush87 | Nov 20, 2012 12:02:43 PM

Great game Bobcats. I will without a doubt now buy more tickets to see these guys play.....No they can't win a championship, but these guys play with passion, intensity and are fundementally sound. That's all a fan could ask for in a team.

Extremely impressed with Byron Mullens development. I never thought I'd see the day where he would command a double team in the post. Talk about hard work paying off.

Posted by: Smitty | Nov 20, 2012 12:08:31 PM

This Bobcats team is refreshing to watch. Keep it up. They seem to never quit even when going into a hole on the scoreboard.

Posted by: Jellybean | Nov 20, 2012 12:49:41 PM

I agree with Charlottean that we really could use another top draft pick. Part of me doesn't want us to get near the playoffs but the fan in me would be ecstatic if we did.

Of course before everyone gets on the playoffs bandwagon we gotta remember that we're in a relatively easy part of the schedule with a lot of home games. It will be telling when we go on a West coast road swing or when our rookies hit the "rookie wall".

That being said I couldn't be happier about this team and the coaching staff. Go Cats!!!

Posted by: apauldds | Nov 20, 2012 12:54:40 PM

A top 5 pick next year would be great and then amnesty TT and get a star or trade Biz or someone and get another low pick!!
So far things have gone better than expected at every turn.
Coach- looks really good
MKG- stat sheet and influence on game is impressive especially on a per48 view.
FA Pick Ups- Sessions, Haywood and Gordon look great so far especially for what we are giving.
Kemba and Mullens Development - wow!!!

Only let down so far is Biz and TT but TT was expected and Biz we knew would take years to develop.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Nov 20, 2012 1:30:27 PM

I don't think Biz has been a let-down, I do believe we were way to up in our expectations based on all the load he had to carry last season. He is just 20 and his NBA journey so far has been a roller-coaster after the contract issue in Spain, the lock-out, the horrible 7-59 season, and now a completly different enviroment, he is just taking a little longer to learn and adjust to his role.

Although this sounds crazy, but I would actually prefer for the Bobcats to lose this years draft pick to Chicago. This years class is really bad, perhaps one of the worst ever, and judging for what I'm seeing, the Cats at best will be an 8-12 pick which will be even worst and more difficult to scout for a great talent.

However, a great run at the playoffs, all the young pieces we have and the Cap Space could be enough reason to lure a key Free Agent that wants to make a name for himself or make a solid trade that will improve the team.

Although I'm not sure how true that is, but at the beginning of the season Chris Broussard mentioned that if things don't go well in Portland, the Blazers might test the trading value of Lamarcus Aldridge. That kid at 6-11 with his All-Star caliber team will be great for the Bobcats. I also think we have enough pieces to entice Portland if that is ever a possibility. I don't know if it will ever happen, but after seeing the Jazz trade Deron Williams to New Jersey 2 years ago, out of nowhere, anything can happen.

Posted by: RobC | Nov 20, 2012 1:52:19 PM

Great Game, but I think the roster is good the way it is for now. Just hold steady and get good picks and when FA fall in your lap, SIGN them!! IE: Sessions. About TT, I like him alot, he has improved a lot after the injuries, and like a bad divorce, I think it is cheaper to keep him. He does things that stats don't track. One thing I hate about CLT is that most fans wont the teams to win NOW, and it just don't work that way ESP in the NBA.

Posted by: idealpathill | Nov 20, 2012 2:01:47 PM

Have to give MJ credit. Pounced on Cho when he was available. Brought in the best coach for this team in the face of criticism. No way Sloan could do this. Drafts undersized Kemba. Acquires Mullens for a second rounder. Gets Gordon and a first for Magette. Trades nothing for Warrick. And more all while clearing cap space for the future. Unbelievable what he has done in the short time since he bought this team.

Posted by: Skip | Nov 20, 2012 2:31:11 PM

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