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December 20, 2012

A postscript on Bobcats-Suns

    Some post-game thoughts on the Charlotte Bobcats’ 121-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns:

            --For all you Mayan calendar types, can the world really end with the Bobcats on a 13-game losing streak?

            --I have to hand it to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. On a night when many of his teammates were both flat and sloppy, MKG finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Even more impressive: zero fouls and zero turnovers. Foul trouble limits MKG’s minutes. So when he plays like Wednesday, he can go 35 minutes and be very efficient.

            --Again on this Mayans stuff: If something happens before I get to Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco, I got cheated big-time.

            --Fans ask me a lot about all the 3s the Bobcats give up. Wednesday it was 17-of-28 for the Suns, a ridiculous 61 percent from the arc. I see this more as a symptom than anything. Last season their greatest flaw was all the points they gave up in the paint. The things they do now (doubling down, zone) to address that make it hard to always get out on the other team’s shooters.

            --I’ll take the home game against the New Orleans Hornets as the end of the losing streak. By the way, I won’t be there for that game.

            --The Bobcats continue to have a remarkable capacity for shot-clock violations. They have four in the first two games of this four-game West Coast trip.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM | Permalink


Rick you gotta try some locals' food when you get to San Fran! Skip Swann's this time - it is for tourists. Mission Chinese and State Bird Provision Company are two of the best restaurants in the country. Or check out Slanted Door at the ferry building for a lovely meal on the water. I won't be seeing you at the game though - the of End of the World parties are going to keep me away from Oakland.

Posted by: sfinsf | Dec 20, 2012 9:31:45 AM

Yeah this has been a very very tough burst for the team.
But a few things I liked this game:
- MKG looked amazing. Your totally correct. No foul trouble and in full game and he rocks.
- Mullens actually wasn't launching more 3's than the whole other team combined. When he plays down low it's much better.
- Kemba just continues to look really good in his second year!
- Hendo died out big time. He needs to be more consistent and amazing like his other recent games to earn a good contract.

So Rick do they resign Hendo or Mullens or both?? And do they want to stay here also??

My fear is Mullens will demand big money citing these high rebound games and he just isn't that good.

I like core of Hendo, Kemba, and MKG with hope Biz developes and joins up. Everyone else can go.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Dec 20, 2012 10:08:09 AM

We have PLENTY of cap room so I would think you would want to sign them both. Mullens will command money he's surely not worth, but he will be. You're paying for potential with him unfortunately.

Henderson will command a solid salary, but he'll always be tradeable so I think it's a no brainer unless someone gives up like 8 or 9 million a year for him which I highly doubt anyone does. Mullens isn't playing well enough to get gallinari/anderson money. I think both will be resigned in the 6mil per year area. unless they go on tears the rest of the way. mullens' numbers will improve over the rest of the year, but it's not like he'll end up shooting 40% on 3's or 50% from the field. but it won't end up as atrocious as it looks now.

We can celebrate that he is now up around 31% on 3's which is getting closer to the acceptable 33%. by comparison stephen jackson was jacking up more 3's per game and making 33-34% during his 2 years here. really for his career. i think mullens will eventually be a 38-40% guy. he's just adding the range. last night was a major positive in that he knocked down 2 but didn't take a ton throughout the entire game. that's right where you want him.....taking no more than 4 a game, just enough to pull a big out to guard him and open up lanes.

tough game last night, shannon brown loves playing against us.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 20, 2012 10:58:25 AM

Mullens should get back up money. No more.

The Bobcats have gotten killed for their drafts in the past, how about some credit? Kemba is turning out to be one of the best players from last years draft and MKG is looking like a great pick with serious upside. Finally some building blocks. Jury is still out on Biz, but at 20 years old he should get a couple more years to determine what he is capable of. Throw in Taylor and the last 2 drafts look very very good.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 20, 2012 10:36:26 PM

Opponents are starting to get that... seeing a washtub for a basket, spring in their step look. P.O.ing me be bad!! I think we can afford(draft) to win a few games and starts tonite!!!!!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 21, 2012 10:16:21 AM

the jury isn't out on biz at all. that dude is gonna be an elite defender/rebounder. he has enough offensive game already to average double figures if utilized properly or if he needs to. he'll never be a 20/10 guy but a 12/12/4 guy is completely realistic. and for a LONG time.

hard to say mullens should get backup money when he's a 23 year old 7 footer with skills who is and will be.....starting. but he definitely shouldn't get more than 6 or 7 a year. but as his %'s rise (and they will with time), his value is going to be insane. if he rebounds.

teams fine. we get a big in the draft, keep everybody and role. getting thomas back will help A LOT.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 21, 2012 4:58:15 PM

Walker is great,Mullins is a winer not a winner.Hendo is a positive, Kidd-Gilcrest has real potential, Sessions and Gordon can play, and Biz is so-so. An interesting team that loses too much.

Posted by: robert troup | Dec 21, 2012 8:34:32 PM

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