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January 07, 2013

Video: Charlotte Bobcats top Detroit Pistons, 106-101, in OT

The Charlotte Bobcats won for just the second time in 21 games in a 108-101 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons. Kemba Walker scored a team-high 20 points. Bismack Biyombo grabbed 17 rebounds.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on January 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM | Permalink


It's no coincidence that this team has been better without Henderson starting.

Walker and Henderson don't play well together -- and we need Walker to play well to have a chance.

When will everyone be able to acknowledge that?

Posted by: John W. | Jan 7, 2013 1:06:47 AM

I acknowledge it John. Henderson is a sixth man at best. He's no one you want to build around and should not be starting in the NBA.

Posted by: defensewinsgamesg | Jan 7, 2013 5:50:19 AM

I think the coach is making very good adjustments with set of players. Kemba, TT, Gordon, MKG & Biyombo is a good combination to close out games. TT particularly played well last night. Gordon was impressive! Kemba is usually tired by second half, but he made some clutch plays that won the game. Haywood is a dead horse.

Posted by: bobcats | Jan 7, 2013 10:01:47 AM

i think it absolutely is coincidental. chicago and indiana are the only legit teams we've beaten and both had henderson in the lineup and having a great game. all of the games we've won with taylor starting instead of henderson were against horrible opponents or teams with half their starting lineup out with injuries. you guys HAVE to start looking at more context.

I do think henderson is IDEAL to be a 6th man (especially if we get a guy like mclemore or muhammad in the draft), but I also will point out that without mullens AND henderson starting, the starting lineup has limited offense. and that has been a problem as it was yesterday. the hate for a guy playing as well as he's played this year is insane.

anybody else going to give biz some credit for his game? 4 for 4 from the free throw line. 17 boards in less than 36 minutes. all the impatience with these kids has got to stop, the potential is through the roof. we should ACTUALLY be happy the lose a lot this year. NEXT YEAR we start hoping for an 8 seed or close to it. but we can still use another top 5 pick and appear to be getting it.

I like taylor and like him as the long term starter but saying that the w/l has anything to do with he or henderson starting is not looking at ANY of the context. the first quarter was horrible. how does THAT get credit for a win? against an equally bad team? in overtime where taylor played the last 35 seconds and henderson didn't play.

patience mfers.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 7, 2013 10:49:07 AM

Henderson and Biz for Cousins? Is it so Bonnell?

Biz's hands did not look like they were made of stone for the first time this year. Well done.

Looks like the Cats may be able to land Noel after all. Kemba, MKG, and Noel. I like.

Posted by: Sambo | Jan 7, 2013 10:53:18 AM

Hendo is a starter... his defense, length and confidence say so. However, maybe it will turn out to be something like OKC did last year with Sefal starting...and harden coming off the bench. His offense is critical and necessary. The issue is Kemba isn't a true point guard. He looks for his own shot, way more than for his teammates. Who doesn't know he is going to shoot it when he comes off the screen. Kemba is 22nd in the league in assist... we need more for a starting point guard. You can see the difference in colleges in MKG, Hendo and Kemba... most of the time Hendo and MKG do the correct basketball play, whether its pass, rotate on defense, look for the open man. Kemba doesn't do all of those things yet.
If Cousins acts up on the kings.... imagine what he will do with this squad?

Posted by: Bob Fan | Jan 7, 2013 11:32:28 AM

^^^ while i agree with the notion that kemba is a shoot first guard and needs to move the ball more.....historically......high assist point guards haven't won championships. how many did ron harper, derek fisher, etc. win? vs. stockton, nash, rondo (being the 1), etc.

He just needs to get better at picking his spots (same as westbrook has). having more options around him (mullens when healthy, bismack in the future as he develops) will help. this group will be fine.

considering biz has had 4 better offensive games this year.....doesn't appear sambo has been watching much.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 7, 2013 2:56:35 PM

"You can see the difference in colleges in MKG, Hendo and Kemba... most of the time Hendo and MKG do the correct basketball play, whether its pass, rotate on defense, look for the open man. Kemba doesn't do all of those things yet."

Talk about a moronic comment. You really get a few gems on this blog.

Posted by: TJ | Jan 7, 2013 3:06:44 PM

I've watched plenty and I'm not talking solely about offensively. How many boards has he lost out of bounds or batted around that should have been easily caught? He's also lost multiple easy dunks by his inability to catch the ball offensively. Its like he's playing volleyball out there half the time. He played very well last night catching balls off the boards.

Posted by: Sambo | Jan 7, 2013 3:47:55 PM

Biz is 20 years old. A 20 year old who played zero college ball just had 17 rebounds in an NBA game. That is pretty impressive and based on that alone he deserves a chance to develop.

You also have a 19 year old that has had multiple 20 point games this year. How many other players in the NBA have done that? Just keep the focus on developing these two guys along with Kemba and this year will be considered a success regardless of how many games they win.

Posted by: Dave | Jan 7, 2013 5:48:48 PM

I cant believe you guys are complaining about henderson. This man was the leading scorer last year and was this year until he got hurt. He is the best defensive player and all around player we have. He shoots, blocks, steals, and assists. Do any of you even watch the games? I'm just going to assume that these people who make preposterous comments on here, probably have never played in an organized ball league EVER! And no, sunday basketball at the park does not count. The person who made the comment about which point guards win more championships, the ones who assist more or the ones who shoot first, that has no relevance. One person doesnt win championships, you know that. Its about the team.

Posted by: kirby | Jan 8, 2013 2:12:32 AM

"He shoots, blocks, steals, and assists."
So does MKG and he's a rookie. Henderson should not be starting in the NBA. His entire offense is 15 foot jumpers that he makes half the time. He's athletic, but does not know how to take it to the next level. He's another low ceiling Duke player that will never be an NBA All Star.

Posted by: defensewinsgamesg | Jan 8, 2013 6:05:52 AM


you misinterpreted my comment. someone was complaining about kemba's lack of assists numbers and i pointed out that assists leaders have never won a championship. it's never happened.

defense wins games.............his entire offense is 15 footers? which is why he has a ton of highlight dunks and has made over 50% of his 3's this year. you definitely watch the games don't you. who needs him to go "to the next level" you don't say a guy needs to go because he's not jordan. that makes no sense. richard hamilton has a ring. deshawn stevenson has a ring. bruce bowen has a few rings. mario elie has rings.

sure, so do dwayne wade and kobe and MJ. but that doesn't mean you get rid of or bash on henderson for what he's not. what he is.......is a VERY GOOD young player. he's a top 30 2 in the league. the guy can play. and who knows how good he might have been if he wasn't wasted his first 2 years. development is everything. it would be awesome if some of you would understand that. guys get better because they are given the chance to improve.

we have talent. talent is NOT the issue. age is. but in a good way. we just have to wait and let them put the work in. it's not hard.

patience mfers.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 8, 2013 10:20:47 AM

Gerald Henderson is a VERY GOOD player. Do we match any offer thrown at him in free agency this Summer? I'd say yes! Extend Sessions also!

Posted by: nucat | Jan 8, 2013 2:41:47 PM

Hahahaha...I love all these Super Genius GM's here. The Bobcats win a couple of games and suiddenly everyone that did'nt start is expendable. What a joke!!!

There are at least 10 teams that would love to have Gerald henderson in their starting line-up right now...starting with Chicago, MInnesota, Sacramento, Detroit, Phoenix and even Toronto and Portland would prefer an all around guy like Henderson.

Henderson may not be an All-Star and he doesn't do anything great, but he does a lot of things pretty good.

defensewinsgames - I also like this comment: "His entire offense is 15 foot jumpers that he makes half the time." - which is actually tru since Henderson is a pretty good shooter and should actually shoot more, specifically from the 3Pt line were he is shooting 51%. Oh by the way, judging from your comment, that makes him as good of a shooter or better than players like: Jason Terry, Ray Allen, D-Wade, Kobe Bryant, etc. And according to you that guy shouldn't even start in the NBA.

Ohhh and by the way..."starting" is WAY OVERATED in the NBA. See great teams like LA Clippers, New York, San Antonio and OKC (before the Harden trade and now with Kevin Martin). For all those teams, their best SG comes off the bench.

Posted by: RobC | Jan 8, 2013 3:45:40 PM

i'll throw in an atlanta, a new york, boston, cleveland, orlando, memphis, denver, and probably utah and san antonio if we're talking would teams swap their starting 2 for henderson. okc would debate it based on salary demands on he vs. sefalosha.

would miami, houston, los angelos, dallas, indiana (if we're talking granger), new jersey, new orleans, golden state? no but they would probably love to have him in the rotation.

the hate is delusional. and i am a duke haaaaaaaater. you can't hate on this guy's game at all. he's not a franchise guy. out of the entire league, there are only about 15 of those anyways. so he's not 1 of the 15. and?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 8, 2013 7:10:35 PM

@Defensewinsgames - please tell me you are not comparing MKG with Henderson at this point in time. If you are even half way following the bobcats, you would know that based on stats, Henderson beats MKG in every category besides rebounds and FG% (that's because MKG just shoots lay ups and dunks). I don't know who is going to be better couple of years from now, but at this point, Henderson is the best all around player we have, PERIOD

Posted by: Kirby | Jan 10, 2013 5:56:49 AM

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