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January 05, 2013

A postscript on Bobcats-Cavaliers

Some post-game thoughts on the Charlotte Bobcats’ 106-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers:

            --There are going to be 15 games this season when Ben Gordon (33 points) is white-hot and you just milk his scoring ability until he falls over. Tonight Gordon and Ramon Sessions (20 points 12-of-12 from the foul line) were both in that zone, which meant Kemba Walker didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

            --“Player development’’ is at the top of the agenda the front office gave coach Mike Dunlap, and appropriately so. That means when a decision is close, play the young guys over the old guys. But you sure weren’t going to sit Gordon when he was playing like this (11-of-20 from the field), so there really wasn’t any way to play Walker down the stretch without making your lineup ridiculously small.

            --The real problem in this game was the Bobcats committing 10 first-half turnovers. They started out this season very effective in protecting possession, but that’s eroded of late. They’ve committed 16 or more turnovers in three of their last five games. They’re just not good enough defensively to overcome handing the other team all those extra, high-quality scoring opportunities.

            --Tyrus Thomas did well in his first game back from a six-week layoff with a calf strain. In 12 ½ minutes Thomas had four points and four rebounds, and took a charge from Kyrie Irving in the fourth quarter when Irving was burning every other Bobcat.

            --I heard some second-guessing of Dunlap’s decision to have Jeff Taylor guard Irving down the stretch. I thought it was a good decision. Taylor has quick, reliable feet and at 6-7 he’s long enough to be hard to launch jump shots over. It’s not like Irving’s game-winner was an easy attempt. Don’t see how anyone else on this team would have made it tougher.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM | Permalink


Dunlap has to go, he is an idiot when it comes to coaching. You get the ball out of Irving's hands because he is hot make someone else beat you.Biz cost the team 6 to 10 points per game because he is weak,can not shoot and can not play defence plus he is not developing.We should look at Avery Johnson,Nate McMillen, Sam Mitchel or Mike Dunlevy to develope the players. They have no one to develop 4s and 5s on this staff. Dunlap should be gone by allstar break.

Posted by: Big FAN | Jan 5, 2013 12:23:54 AM

There isn't one 4 or 5 to Develop, except Mullens who has improved tremendously from last season under Dunlap. Biz has improved this season in only catching most of the passes thrown his way. He still can't finish. Blame Management for making him such a Wasted High Pick, not Dunlap. Calling Dunlap an idiot as a coach is more indicative of your limited knowledge than his coaching abilities.By your logic, Byron Scott is also an idiot for not getting the ball out of Gordon's hands despite the fact that he scored 27. Just the other night, Eric Gordon torched Gordon, Sessions and Walker in his 1st game of the season. Which of those 3 were equipped to defend Irving? The Problem is the Players not the Coach. Simple as that.

Posted by: HootEvers | Jan 5, 2013 2:39:24 AM

Was MKG in foul trouble? Don't know any other reason why he would not be in the game in the fourth. Not to have your teams leading scorer and floor leader in the game in the fourth quarter is ridiculous. The Cavs sure seemed to agree having the ball in their starting PG's hands in the final minutes.
Why not double team Irving? You know he wanted to play hero tonight in his home state. The whole putting his finger over his masked mouth when he hit a three was funny. You would think he was playing against the Heat or Thunder or something lol. To try that hard against the lowly Bobcats is hilarious.

Posted by: defensewinsgamesg | Jan 5, 2013 5:02:50 AM

Dunlap made a huge mistake not doubling Kyrie. Our defense is a joke. Why did we not have a center at the end of the game to rebound??? Dunlap has no NBA head coaching and only 2 yrs of NBA as a ast coach!! Thats a huge problem for this young Bobcat team!!

Posted by: jason | Jan 5, 2013 7:09:29 AM

Kyrie had 16 of the Cavs 20 total points in the 4th qtr which Kemba didn't even play in. Shaun Livingston had 6 points the entire game. I don't believe Kemba was the reason for the defensive problems.

Posted by: TJ | Jan 5, 2013 8:20:03 AM

Why get behind from the get -go. It seems that Bismark is a liability-cannot score and defense is fair.No production from the center position. Hayward and Diop are just jokes.Blame this on management not the coach.

Posted by: robert troup | Jan 5, 2013 9:15:03 AM

we can complain all we want but until we get players like Irving we will never be an elite team...as much as I hate Dook, this guy is really good....Henderson is a bench guy at best

Posted by: bull123 | Jan 5, 2013 9:31:23 AM

Double team or put MKG on Irving. Seems pretty basic. Kyrie destroyed Taylor in the 4th.

Posted by: Skip | Jan 5, 2013 10:29:45 AM

It's too bad we have zero big men. Kemba, Gerald and MKG. Backed up by Sessions, Gordon and Taylor would be a decent rotation if we had anyone to play the 4 or 5.

Posted by: James | Jan 5, 2013 10:33:48 AM

I don't know who has the most excuses for the bobcats losing ways Bonnell or Dunlap. the fact is this team lacks the size and talent to Win on a regular basis. Bonnell needs to quit getting so excited every time they win a game or a bench player throws in 10 points. All NBA players can score 10 points or more on a given night. Just relax and enjoy the season because they are going to win a few games and lose a lot of games.

Posted by: Buddy | Jan 5, 2013 11:58:44 AM

Kemba can't pass or play defense. He had to sit or it old be worse. They need a moderate quality big who can score and defend. Cho got irked from Portland for leaving them w no center . He's doing he same thing here. He thinks like Okc , that guards can do it all. Kemba is no Westbrook who now averages 9 assists a game. Most in the paint.

Posted by: Ironman | Jan 5, 2013 2:11:52 PM

Irving did NOT kill taylor in the 4th, he killed gordon and made 1insanely tough bucket to win the game against taylor who did literally everything possible.

Gordon scored great, but took a horrible shot late, had his typical turnovers and played horrible defense as usual.

Dunlap not previously being an nba head coach is something every coach shared at some point. You are an idiot for saying that is the problem. He inherited a team that went 7 and 59 and they are 8 and 20something right now. How is he the problem?

Biz was not a wasted pick. He grabbed 7 boards in 16 minutes. Played horrible defense and missed what should have been a dunk, but also made a nice hook shot. Dude is 20. When he's 25, he's a monster.

Next person who says henderson can't shoot is banned for life from anything speaking/typing/opinion/fact/breathing related.

Be patient. This same group of guys is winning in 3 years. Kemba, mkg, biz, mullens, taylor, henderson, etc. They are building something bigger than mediocrity here. We're going to have ANOTHER top 5 pick to go with it. Fans should be excited about that.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 5, 2013 7:18:04 PM

Charlottean is delusional. Henderson IS a joke. He is very inconsistent and if he was a PURE shooting guard, he would've made that three at the end to win the game. Henderson will be nothing more than a sixth man if that. Nothing else. Bismack will be the same. When he's 25 if he's still in the NBA, he will be a bench rotational guy. Why didn't that Adrian guy play more?

Posted by: defensewinsgamesg | Jan 6, 2013 7:54:50 AM

hahahaha the guy misses a 28 footer with 1 second (look up the stats on kobe making that shot) and he's not a "pure shooting guard".

the guy is shooting over 50% on 3's this year. I hope he IS the 6th man on our future team, that would mean we are STACKED.

Bismack is already an elite nba shot blocker and becoming an elite rebounder over the last few weeks. watch larry sanders and what he's doing NOW and keep in mind he did LESS than biz his first 2 years. he's 24 years old and just now becoming a really really really good nba player. big guys take longer to develop. if you watched an OUNCE of basketball, you would know that.

and the guy that said "until we get players like irving...." WHAT THE EFF? they have a worse record than we do. they beat us at the last second. they are at the same point in the rebuild process we are. they drafted 2 guys high last year and 1 high this year.

it's more like "until we get our fans educated......"

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 6, 2013 11:34:44 AM

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