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December 19, 2012

A postscript on Bobcats-Lakers

    Some post-game thoughts on the Charlotte Bobcats’ 101-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers:

            --Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap believes this game was lost at the foul line. The Bobcats made 64 percent of their free throws (14 of 22). Had they hit their season average – 77 percent – they’d have won.

            “To come in here and beat this team, you’ve got to hit your number’’ at the foul line, Dunlap said.

            -Despite a 12-game losing streak, Dunlap said he had “a lot to sell’’ off this near-miss. I asked him for specifics of what he liked. He was particularly happy with the ball pressure Tuesday. He also thought they were better in pushing the tempo, making smart passes and shot selection.

            --When I said I thought they competed harder tonight, Dunlap made a valid point: “Not playing hard is not a choice for this team’’ if it expects to win.

            --The Bobcats are now 8-8 all-time against the Lakers, one of only two NBA teams (along with the Boston Celtics) not to have an all-time losing record to them.

            Obviously the Bobcats had a great chance to win this game, leading by 18 in the third quarter. I asked Gerald Henderson why he thought the Bobcats always give the Lakers trouble.

            Gerald’s answer was simple: “We get up to play them.’’

            --I asked Henderson about the challenge guarding Kobe Bryant. “With him, you’ve always got to be prepared to put your body in his face,’’ Henderson replied. “You’ve got to make him take an altered shot or pass.’’

            --Kemba Walker’s 12 shots made were a career high as were Byron Mullens’s 17 rebounds.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2012 at 01:45 AM | Permalink

Comments

wait why am i here this late?
because i am depressed after the game.
But this is nice to watch witnessing our players emerge in front of our eyes.....UCONN == KEMBA WALKERRRRRRRR.

Posted by: Vinh | Dec 19, 2012 2:39:12 AM

Kemba is ridiculously good. Please get him some help Bobcats.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 19, 2012 8:00:01 AM

Great game by the cats but still I say TRADE Byron mullens. He completely disappeared in the 4 th, missed several put backs and wide open jump shots and on the rebounding it was only when no one was around or he was fighting his teammate for it. YOUR 7ft TALL GET YOUR BUTT IN THE PAINT AND STAY THERE! Hendo, Gordon, Taylor can handle the 3s. Ugh that is so frustrating by the cats.

Posted by: Jason | Dec 19, 2012 8:13:25 AM

I hear you Jason, but Mully is the only big man we have who can score. Seriously, Bismack, ghana, Haywood... offensive black holes. Tyrus, when he comes back is only slightly better. This team has to get production from their big guys. That's why we're losing. I know Biz is young but with a wing span of 7 ft 7in you would think he could get a double double by mistake every night. Geez, i think he's getting worse around the rim. Where is the player developement here? Can we hire Patrick Ewing to work with our big guys, like the Magic did with Howard? Something...

Posted by: Nick | Dec 19, 2012 10:07:43 AM

Never thought I'd say this, but when is Tyrus coming back?....

Posted by: TheRealJD | Dec 19, 2012 10:08:49 AM

Where is Hakim Warwick?

Posted by: on and on | Dec 19, 2012 10:12:56 AM

After all those negative TT comments, WE NEED HIS HELP BAD!!!

Posted by: idealpathill | Dec 19, 2012 10:46:52 AM

Mullens is shooting because he is the only big in the team who "at least has a chance" of scoring. The Bobcats need some serious help down low, they need a PF who can score down low, make an efficient pick-&-roll and rebound.....Al Jefferson could be great, but the asking price is too high. Also, if you gonnai sign a veteran, I would prefer is a 2-3 year contract, not long.

Carlos Boozer, believe it or not is a "VERY" realistic opportunity and his contract will be over just in time to resign Kemba, Biyombo and MKG to extensions.

Chicago, although a "big" market is cash limited and are VERY concern with the Luxury Tax, to the point where they seriously considered amnetying Boozer at one point. They also need a huge upgrade at the SG spot and want to trade Rip Hamilton (expiring contract).

One trade scenario could be:
Bulls get:
Gerald Henderson
Tyrus Thomas
Gana Diop

Bobcats get:
Carlos Boozer
Richard Hamilton
Bobcats 1st Rd Pick owned by Bulls

Chicago will do it becaus it gives them a solid SG who can play defense and compliment Derrick Rose perfectly, plus they get a huge financial relief. They can also play Taj Gibson full time and Tyrus will be solid off the bench.

Bobcats get a solid PF who can help Biyombo grow, while adding some credibility to the team. Although the financial commitment is larger, worst case scenarios is only for two years, or they can trade Boozer as an expiring contract after next season, when Ben Gordon's contract is also over. In addition the Bobcats will have a ton of Cap Space after next season and a pletora of 1st Rd Picks, plus "maybe" a new name to make great things happen.

Posted by: RobC | Dec 19, 2012 12:17:24 PM

the last thing we want is boozer. he's a great player but he's past his prime. mullens is in essentially his 2nd year after 3 straight years of minimal playing. he's got a long way to go. he's way more skilled than biyombo, but biyombo has at least been steadily playing the last several years.

mullens will take time to adjust to taking 15-20 shots a night. but when he gets to the point of making near 50% of em?!

we have basically all the necessary pieces in walker/henderson/mkg/mullens/biyombo and taylor off the bench. we have another high draft pick coming in, maybe 2. sessions is worth keeping around. tyrus thomas being out has hurt because we aren't particularly deep. but we have those 6 young guys and enough money to keep all of them through their primes. we don't really need to do anything but let dunlap coach them up, walker come into his own as a leader and demand 17 rebounds EVERY night from mullens, let mkg develop a jumper (which he will, ask hendo or gerald wallace), let bismack gain some ball skills which he will, let the game slow down for taylor, etc.

we've got what we need, we just need time. a solid big in the draft will fill this rotation out nicely. last thing we need is to abort the plan when the plan is actually working. mullens is 23. keep playing him 36mpg and see how he looks when he's 27. 7 footers with skills aren't exactly common place even though there are about 6 of em in the league right now.

tyrus thomas will have a pretty big impact if he comes back healthy. i loved the minute distribution last night, but it would be even better if we can play thomas off the bench instead of haywood. not THAT small given mullens' size at the 4 being able to slide to the 5 when biz is out but we get quicker and better defensively/rebounding and energy wise. we only hate thomas because he's overpaid. he is a valuable player just wish he was getting 4 million instead of 8.

helluvagame. some free throws, a layup, whatever. losses will hurt more next year than they do this year. this year draft position still matters.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2012 2:12:42 PM

The Bulls do not want TT back.

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 19, 2012 3:05:30 PM

TT has definitely hurt us on these close games. His defensive prescence and rebounding could have won us some of these close ones.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 19, 2012 4:29:35 PM

ANOTHER CLOSE LOSS. THR CATS SHOULD HAVE WON THIS ONE ALONG WITH THE PORTLAND GAME WHICH WAS SIMILAR AS THEY ALSO BLEW A BIG LEAD.THIS LOSING STREAK WILL CONTINUE FOR QUITE A WHILE.THE CATS CAN PLAY TOUGH BUT CAN'T GET OVER THE HUMP. I THOUGHT COACH DUNLAP'S STRENGTH WAS DEFENSE.THEY COULD HAVE WON THESE GAMES WITH BETTER DEFENSE. RIGHT NOW I BLAME THE COACH.

Posted by: robert troup | Dec 19, 2012 10:07:08 PM

Next years draft is filled with good big men so may help us more than most. It also appears fairly flat and deep and not top heavy.
Hendo is awesome and I love him and want his career with us. He has improved again this year and added a 3 point shot also.
Kemba is looking amazing in his sophmore year and is only in the shadows of Kyrie in mind out of that whole draft so far. I mean for 9th pick folks we got us a winner.
Biz still developing but like the little sky hook being worked.
MKG continues to look just solid. Give him 3-5 years and he will be double double every night with some other stats thrown in nicely.
Mullens is my love or hate dual personality moment. I hate him when he launches 7 3's and 3 are on fast breaks. I hate him when his defense is a total joke and he looks lost. I love him when he plays the post and makes the 10 foot jumpers. I love him when he get's lots of rebounds. Although many are ebcause he is 7 feet tall and ball falls to his hands.
Taylor great 2nd round pick and will be wonderful 6th man in years to come.
Sessions for price is great.
Gordon for price is not but way better than Cory. But in highschool he was the guy we always knew as the total ball hog. If he is hot everyone loves him. otherwise he kills.

Others are filler.

Another big man who is really good is what we need. Our defense stinks also.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Dec 20, 2012 10:23:14 AM

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