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December 31, 2012

Video: Charlotte Bobcats beat Chicago Bulls, end 18-game losing streak

Kemba Walker had 18 points and 8 rebounds, leading the Bobcats to a 91-81 win vs. the Bulls on New Year's Eve. Charlotte ended its 18-game losing streak—the second longest in franchise history.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 30, 2012

Video: Charlotte Bobcats fall to New Orleans Hornets, extend losing streak

The Charlotte Bobcats blew a 21-point lead versus the New Orleans Hornets and suffered a 98-95 defeat, extending their losing streak to 18. Hakim Warrick spoke after the game.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 30, 2012 at 12:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

December 29, 2012

Video: Brooklyn Nets in control as Charlotte Bobcats drop 17th straight

The Charlotte Bobcats were sent to their 17th defeat in a row on Friday night by the Brooklyn Nets, 97-81. Hakim Warrick had a team-high 13 points and Ramon Sessions chipped in 12.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 28, 2012

Video: Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade kicks Charlotte Bobcats' Ramon Sessions

The NBA suspended Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade for Friday's road game against the Detroit Pistons after video showed him kicking (the league used the term "flailing") at Charlotte Bobcats' guard Ramon Sessions' groin during the Heat's victory in Charlotte. Full story.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

December 23, 2012

Video: Charlotte Bobcats end road trip with loss to Denver Nuggets

The Charlotte Bobcats were defeated for the 15th consecutive game, falling to the Denver Nuggets, 110-88. Ramon Sessions scored 23 points off the bench in the loss for Charlotte.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 23, 2012 at 01:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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 (24)

Video: Charlotte Bobcats drop 14th straight

Gerald Henderson dropped in 23 points, but the Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak hit 14 after a 115-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Charlotte will head to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Saturday night.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 22, 2012 at 02:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (7)

December 19, 2012

Video: Charlotte Bobcats lose heartbreaker to L.A. Lakers, 101-100

The Charlotte Bobcats took the Los Angeles Lakers down to the wire on Tuesday night, but would ultimately suffer a 101-100 loss. Kemba Walker scored 28 points in Charlotte's 12th straight loss.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 19, 2012 at 02:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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 (13)

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