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December 22, 2012

Henderson hurt; Curry's 3s a function of 'soft' Bobcats defense

    Some quick post-game thoughts and notes off the Charlotte Bobcats’ 115-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors:

            --Gerald Henderson suffered a right shin contusion in the second half. He had a sizeable bump on that injury post-game. So Henderson is certainly questionable to play in the final game of this road trip Saturday in Denver.

            --Power forward Hakim Warrick, who hadn’t played meaningful minutes in a while (four DNP-coach’s decisions and some mop-up in Atlanta), got 23 minutes against the Warriors including an eight-minute span early in the game. He was solid – nine points on 3-of-8 shooting and six rebounds.

            Dunlap said Warrick contributed some “real pop’’ Friday, so I assume we’ll see him play more. When I asked Dunlap what Warrick has to do to get sustained minutes, Dunlap said apply defensive pressure and keep providing that mid-range jump shot the team lost when Tyrus Thomas went out with injury.

            --Former Davidson star Stephen Curry made a career-high eight 3-pointers for the Warriors. The Bobcats have given up 3s in abundance all season. Friday the Warriors made 14-of-27 (52 percent) from the arc.

            When Curry was asked about those 3s, his answer was telling about the Bobcats’ defense.

            “In the pick-and-roll, they worried about D (David) Lee, so they were playing soft,’’ Curry said. “So right when I got off the screen I was able to shoot off the dribble.’’

            --Curry’s big night – 27 points and eight assists – was predictable. With his dad, Dell, calling the game for the Bobcats’ telecast, he’s always going to be extra focused, extra motivated. It was a neat scene at halftime, when Dell held up his infant grandchild during the telecast.

            “I always like it when the Bobcats come to town,’’ Stephen said with a content grin. “It’s a lot of fun.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on December 22, 2012 at 02:26 AM | Permalink

Comments

Biz looked great but Mullens is our new Diaw. Either hot or cold it seems. Speaking of cold where did Kemba and Hendo go in the 2nd half
We need a big win to get some energy back. Still will make top in lottery it seems destined.

Posted by: Season ticket holders | Dec 22, 2012 10:31:25 AM

Dunlap talks a good game, but the truth is the team getting worst. Mullens is solf as cotten and can not guard anyone; Bis has no hands and can't catch a cold and plays like a high schooler. Also Haywood is a joke, now I see why Dallas paid him to leave. The team has stopped listening to Dunlap and fans will not give him a pass for this product very long. Maybe we will get the number lottrey pick this year.

Posted by: Big FAN | Dec 22, 2012 10:57:39 AM

Biz is growing, you can see him grow every game. Mullens has to learn to reel in the bad shots, he takes to many 3's early in the shot clock, and against a defense like that, if you just continue to move the ball, you'll get great looks.

Posted by: Jai | Dec 22, 2012 11:00:32 AM

Biz had 12 points, 14 rebounds,2 blocks, 0 turnovers, 4-4 from the line, and had the best plus minus of anyone last night. (-3 in a 15 point loss). I'd argue not many high schoolers would have a night like that in the NBA. The guy is only getting better.

Posted by: Bobcat Matt | Dec 22, 2012 11:03:16 AM

I hope the 'cats are exploring trade options for Henderson. The team just seemed to play a lot better before he came back. That's certainly not his fault and I believe he can find success in this league with a better team. It just doesn't seem like the team has the right assembly of parts and he is the most logical trade bait.

Posted by: buckshot jenkins | Dec 22, 2012 12:59:36 PM

This is still a very young team overall. The current directive for Dunlap is to develop the young talent. That only happens by playing. I'm surprised not to hear more about MKG. Where are all the people that were worshipping him? The kid, like the team, is still young and needs the support of the fans.

Posted by: J. Mixon | Dec 22, 2012 1:13:45 PM

Big difference between diaw and mullens......mullens is never shy to shoot even when cold, and diaw played defense, ran the floor and boxed out every night the entire night.

Love what biz is doing, want to see kemba creating shots for others more especially when teams are keying in on him after a hot start.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 22, 2012 2:05:09 PM

Why would we get rid of Hendo. What would you even get for him that would be better? He is darn good. We have the right pieces in many places if they have a few years to develope. We just need another few good picks and then trade for the gaps. Why trade a good player when you really want draft picks only

Posted by: Season ticket holders | Dec 22, 2012 4:45:49 PM

Hey Big Fan....You should spell check and proof read before you post a comment. Happy Holidays to everyone.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Dec 22, 2012 4:54:48 PM

We're so far away. I couldn't watch more than 2 quaters last night. Our defense awful. Can we just try man to man. Because this help stuff is causing us to get lit up.

Posted by: Nick | Dec 22, 2012 5:35:02 PM

The failures on defense has been the function of the system. It is dead last in defense giving up most points in NBA.

Posted by: championshipss | Dec 22, 2012 6:14:10 PM

Henderson should be traded because of the makeup of this team. Since we have Gilchrist who is not a polished shooter and if he is a Pippen to Jordan, we need Jordanesque player for a shooting guard though no one is going to come close to that.

We can't have 15 point average from the shooting guard. This team needs someone who is dominant scorer and have scorer's mentality at the shooting guard. We need to pick up a shooting guard who can average over 20...via a draft or free agent. And we can't afford to pay Henderson 6-10 mil to sit on the bench as a backup shooting guard.

Even DJ turned down 6 mil a year deal. These guys want to get paid otherwise they are going to leave for nothing. Henderson is way better than DJ and he is going to be a restricted free agent and then the free agent. Gotta trade for anything, hoperfully a first round pick.

If he was on a rookie scale, you might develop him as a good backup shooting guard. Even at that Taylor seems more valuable since he is big enough to back up both SG and SF.

Posted by: championshipss | Dec 22, 2012 6:21:28 PM

Henderson should be traded because of the makeup of this team. Since we have Gilchrist who is not a polished shooter and if he is a Pippen to Jordan, we need Jordanesque player for a shooting guard though no one is going to come close to that.

We can't have 15 point average from the shooting guard. This team needs someone who is dominant scorer and have scorer's mentality at the shooting guard. We need to pick up a shooting guard who can average over 20...via a draft or free agent. And we can't afford to pay Henderson 6-10 mil to sit on the bench as a backup shooting guard.

Even DJ turned down 6 mil a year deal. These guys want to get paid otherwise they are going to leave for nothing. Henderson is way better than DJ and he is going to be a restricted free agent and then the free agent. Gotta trade for anything, hoperfully a first round pick.

If he was on a rookie scale, you might develop him as a good backup shooting guard. Even at that Taylor seems more valuable since he is big enough to back up both SG and SF

Posted by: championshipss | Dec 22, 2012 6:22:53 PM

A perimeter of Kemba, Henderson, Gilchrist isn't going to scare anybody on the perimeter. Since we are lardy set with Kemba and Gilchrist, the only thing to do is replace Henderson with a star level player either by draft or free agency.

With that in mind, we can't invest in him 7-10 mil a year. And it would be foolish to let him walk for nothing. Trade him. Try to package something from the pool of Henderson (a decent two way shooting guard), Diop (attractive expiring), Haywood (decent big man for cheap), Sessions (nice option at PG for cheap), Gordon (shooting spark for a contender and will be expiring).

Posted by: championshipss | Dec 22, 2012 6:35:21 PM

I agree Diaw was better than Mullens. He brings nothing to the team on either end of the court. Time to set him down and give others his minutes.

Posted by: bobcat bob | Dec 22, 2012 9:38:12 PM

i hve read very few posts. i watched till i could not do it. UNACCEPTABLE!!!! ..... That was all i am watching of trash!!!!!!
yes u are learning...... enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THAT CHAPTER IS FINISHED. DUNLAP CANNOT LET U KNOW WE CAN!!!!!!
AFTER CHRISTMAS IS A CHANGED TEAM!!
NUFF SAID!!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 22, 2012 11:45:36 PM

i swear to goodness i am not listening to BS about being young. Time and place for that. I DONT NEED ENCOURAGEMENT! I know what we have. SAVE IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 22, 2012 11:59:30 PM

What are you guys watching? It's a league run by 27-33 year olds and we have 19-23 year olds. We're going to be fine, we're going to be more than fine when these kids grow up.

And anybody that thinks a walker/henderson/mkg 1-3 punch won't scare anybody hasn't watched them scare guys. They sure scared the lakers pretty serious the other night. They sure scared the clippers and the knicks. And that's the young version.....the 2016 version scares everyone in the league.

You don't need jordanesque scoring from the 2 just because that's how the bulls were built. They also got nothing out of their 1,4 and 5. We have walker, biz and mullens at those slots. Walker, mullens, mkg, and henderson all have the potential to give you 20 a game in 3 or 4 years. Biz is capable of 10 or 12.

This group will be fine if you idiots would let the kids grow up. It's like criticizing the tar heels in doherty's last year. Then felton, may, manual, mccants, etc. Grew up and won a championship.

And it's NOT the system to blame defensively. These guys aren't keeping anybody in front of them. We're finally doing the right thing philosophy wise and management wise and you guys are complaining the most. Shows how idiotic the fanbase here is. For as much basketball as some of you seem to watch, it's mind blowing you don't know much of anything about the game.

And mullens is far from worthless. He just needs to learn how to become a complete player. But a guy who can get you 14-17 rebounds whenever he feels like it is something. He and biz could make for a very memphis like front court in a few years.

Patience mfers. Who would complain about a high draft pick? Would you rather go 35-47 or 14-68?

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 23, 2012 12:48:51 AM

Dunlap talks good game but, his system is NCAA division 3 level. mfers.

Posted by: championshipss | Dec 23, 2012 1:41:15 AM

charlottean, the truth lies somewhere in between you and those who disparage this young team. Those fans are definitely too impatient - both with the players and the coach - but you're overhyping their potential: it's overrating vs. underrating.

Kemba: dynamic scorer, but not a true point guard. You can put up with his shortcomings as a playmaker when his shots are falling, not when his shooting is off.
Mully: still darn soft in defense, still stubbornly taking too many threes at a lousy percentage. On the other hand, he improved his rebounding and even his shot blocking (I know, defensive rebounding and shot blocking are part of defending, but you can't deny his overall weakness in defense). Also, he has good (not great) potential for scoring in the paint.
Bis: better than Mully in defense, but not great (I know everything about the importance of his athleticism and length, and still...). He shows occasional glimpses of an offensive game, but I don't believe he has the potential to become a serious offensive factor.
MKG: he sure was the best SF in this Draft. He's Gerald's second coming, and he still has long ways to go, to peak at Gerald's form in his best years. You can say he's built stronger, and so, he has an edge over Crash. So be it, but there is no big difference (as far as his potential goes). He should become the best among our youngsters - which means potentially very good. Not great.
Hendo: we know him pretty well by now. Good (but NOT explosive, or dominant, or team-carrying) scorer, not a good shooter, very good defender.

It's lucky we have Sessions, and hopefully we'll do better once Tyrus returns to help with our interior defense.

These young players are certainly growing, they are in a process of improving. But you shouldn't refuse to see their ingrained limitations.
The good news is that we'll go back to the lottery after this season for what should be another high pick (anyway, if you don't get one of those special phenoms - Duncan, LeBron, Derrick Rose, A. Davis - it's more important how smart you pick than what exactly is your number in the Draft), we'll have plenty of room under the luxury tax threshold for free agency, and our F.O. won't stop looking for trades either... So, our chances to become a deep playoffs team are not at all limited to the current roster and the potential it holds.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 23, 2012 3:20:37 AM

take patience and stick up your azz... 14 in a row! we have heard enough about that and now their feelung sorry for themselves this has nothing to do with being young right now. you know why you are saying mfers because you are irritated also.
LET PEOPLE VENT FRUSTRATION IF THEY WANT ... THIS IS THE OUTLET PEOPLE HAVE(WITHIN REASON).

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 23, 2012 7:18:21 AM

oh yea THE BIG PICTURE IS GOING TO TURN THE BOBCATS INTO THE SEATTLE SUPER SONICS PART 2!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 23, 2012 7:25:29 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS! MFERS!!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 23, 2012 7:31:30 AM

I apologize for being an @$$, was a little frustrated and was soon after game, still emotional. I understand that we are young and need patience. To me it looks like we are giving up so I got P.O.. 15 in a row its going to be frustrating throughout this season, not saying this will not happen again later I apologize in advance for that, also. We all need to vent some.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 23, 2012 5:50:53 PM

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