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March 09, 2013

Video: Rick Bonnell analyzes the Bobcats' 116-94 loss to Oklahoma City

The Charlotte Bobcats couldn't keep up with the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 116-94 defeat. The NBA worst Bobcats have now lost nine games in a row. The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on March 9, 2013 at 01:17 AM | Permalink


1st quarter starters on starters was great.......our bench vs. theirs in the 2nd quarter was a disaster. What was that run they went on? Like 22-3 or something? It was 29-28 end of 1 and then you looked up and it was like 55-33 or something.

Hasheem thabeet is great proof of a raw big man who CAN become something with time. he at 26 is completely different than he at 22. Imagine biyombo at 26 compared to 20. And he'll be way ahead of thabeet given he's basically where he is now and is playing and will play a lot more.

mullens has completely disappeared. walker has been quiet the last few games and MKG ended his streak of solid performances.

tonight is a great measure coming off of OKC into washington. washington is NOT as bad as their record suggests. they've played the majority of the season without their ideal starting 5. They have a ton of solid not great veterans in nene, okafor, ariva, webster, booker, etc. and then you have the beal, wall, vesely, singleton, seraphin young core. They are far more loaded than we are, but we've beaten them both times we played them (neither time with wall).

Winnable game, sure, but I don't expect the win tonight. washington is 11 of 15 at home right now. Especially if beal is back tonight. Both teams are coming off of big losses. Should be close.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 9, 2013 11:16:44 AM

Softer,Slower,Weaker :-(

Posted by: chris in union county | Mar 9, 2013 7:20:52 PM

P.T.S.D. Flashbacks!!!!
Comment here since Rick will not put a new topic out till 2 or 3 daylight savings.
Another did anyone before last nights game about Sessions? Ridiculous.
I am trying not to lose it! But i feel it coming.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 9, 2013 10:27:10 PM

know about sessIons

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 9, 2013 10:28:30 PM

i dont need a pep talk either!!
bottom line sessions hurts good god we see that!
have had erase alot of things... Mullens hurt? I dont think so. Maybe. Looks to me as if he acting like a b#%&h... Could be wrong. tooo!!!!!!! much whatever on my phone! TIME TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR... MULLENS,GORDON,HAYWOOD AND TT!!! Mullens Mainly, crying and whineing!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 9, 2013 10:49:31 PM

Mullens is seriously pissing me off! im finished.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Mar 9, 2013 10:54:19 PM

The great basketball player Hasheem Thabeet is already 26 years old and is in his fourth NBA season, after having already played three years in NCAA. He's averaging this season 2.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 0.9 bpg, being trusted with 11.6 minutes per game.
"he at 26 is completely different than he at 22." Yes. In his rookie year he averaged 3.1 ppg, 3.6 ppg and 1.3 bpg!
Breathtaking (reverse) improvement, isn't it ?

This season, Biyombo - far less experienced - is already a better rebounder than Thabeet, but achieves a little less shot blocking and scoring (all comparisons per 40 minutes).
Unsurprisingly, the worst part about Biz is his continued offensive ineptitude.
In his rookie season: 5.2 ppg at 46% shooting from the field; this seasson: 4.5 ppg at 44% from the field. He was very raw offensively as a rookie, he's putting up even worse offensive numbers now.

I have no interest in arguing with you, charlottean, but when it comes to repeatedly promising a great future for Biyombo, you really say the darnest things. He has wooden hands, he's lacking in offensive upside or talent.

With as little experience as he has, where he can achieve something, he already does well (rebounding and shot blocking). He can still improve in these strong areas of his. But this makes him a specialist of limited use. In defense, he can't guard PFs, and he's frequently beaten in the paint by bigger, or by better skilled, centers.
That's why they brought Brendan: to improve our defense in the paint. Not that much was achieved in that regard, but this was the intention.

I really don't know how useful Biz will be, even from the bench, for a winning team (as we hope to have in the upcoming seasons), but the Bobcats' starting "center of the future" he can't be.

Why not end this "venting post" in a positive note ? Thabeet was a waste of the 2nd pick overall for the Grizzlies. We "only" wasted a 7th on Biyombo. This has been mentioned so many times in previous comments (other fans', as well as mine): there were several better, proven, college players available at 7, but we had to buy a cat in a sack, i.e. bet on a totally unproven player's potential.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 10, 2013 1:52:32 AM

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