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November 15, 2013

No way Bobcats would have won one like this last season

    Some post-game thoughts on the Bobcats’ 86-80 road victory over the Cavaliers Friday:

            -- There was zero chance that the Bobcats of a season ago would have won a game like that – on the road, shooting terribly and behind by as much as 12.

    Two differences: Coach Steve Clifford has this team organized, particularly on defense, in a way so starkly different for the misadventure under Mike Dunlap. And the players trust each other. An excellent example was the pass Kemba Walker threw to Josh McRoberts late in the game. McRoberts shot poorly most of that game, but he was wide-open, and Walker had faith he’d finish the play.

 -- There was a lot to like about how small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played Friday. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Most importantly he took a couple of long jump shots without reservation, making both.

-- The starting backcourt is in such a shooting funk. Walker and Gerald Henderson were a combined 8-of-32 from the field in this game, and that’s not an anomaly.

-- One thing the Bobcats didn’t do Friday that has been a given this season is get to the foul line. They took 20 free throws, compared to a season-long average of 31.

-- I’d be surprised if Al Jefferson plays against the Miami Heat Saturday. Clifford said when Jefferson tested his right ankle in pre-game warm-ups, it “wasn’t even close’’ to playable.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM | Permalink


Can they leave Jefferson out until he is. 100%? I. I must be missing something. Do they even have a team doctor or trainer? This is ridiculous. He wold have been completely recovered by now.

Posted by: DD | Nov 16, 2013 2:09:50 AM

Agreed on every point.
Playing great defense kept the Bobcats in the game, even as their shooting was bad for most of the game.

They would've been crushed without the permanent collective effort in defense.
Still, to win - not just to avoid a blow-out - you need to score more than the opponent.
The Cats had an offensive surge for about 10 out of the 48 minutes of the game, in the last part of the third quarter and the first part of the fourth quarter, when they moved from 46-56 to 81-70: that's 35-14 during that "surge". They scored 35 points in 10 minutes (against a Mike Brown team), compared to just 51 points in the other 38 minutes of the game! There were cuts to the basket, fastbreaks, and even a few 3 pointers falling.

Definitely, this 10 minutes run would've come to nothing, if not for the great defensive effort throughout the game.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 16, 2013 2:20:21 AM

Is 33 a good over/under for this team?

All credit to Steve Clifford....he's quality.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 16, 2013 2:39:57 AM

7 wins to 21 wins to 35 wins to ? Text book plan being implemented. Just need to maintain enough cap flexibility to pull off another good free agent signing or trade. Next season when they bring back the Hornets should be alot of fun in Charlotte.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 16, 2013 7:24:45 AM

We should just sit Jefferson for the first half of the season, if necessary. We don't want to win *too* many games this year, anyway. Just enough to show we have potential, but not enough to mess with our chances of a high draft pick. Maybe we could even attract a nice free agent (the asterisk of a top player being injured wouldn't hurt).

Posted by: Brazen | Nov 16, 2013 9:19:27 AM

Trade Ben Gordon's contract out for Gordon Hayward max offer this offseason. We desperately need shooting.

Posted by: Timbo | Nov 16, 2013 9:48:02 AM

like that idea. or make a move on Rondo. Team has the space and picks to get it done

Posted by: Rick | Nov 16, 2013 10:13:15 AM

It would be nice if the Horncats got all 3 1st rounders in the 2014 draft!

Posted by: Tim | Nov 16, 2013 10:37:48 AM

Rick, never in the history of the NBA has there been another 7 win season...

...so that ain't in the "textbook".

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 16, 2013 1:13:34 PM

^^^ really? Now it matters how many wins a team has in a first year of a rebuilding plan. Orlando had 20 last season. In 4 years if they are at 50 who cares how many they won in 2012/2013. The Chiefs were 2-12 last year. 9-0. This year. Was that in the "text book"? If the Bobcats could have only won 8 that year. That wold have been so cool.

Nice comment. Thanks.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 16, 2013 2:50:54 PM

Rick, your expectations are that 4 years from now the Boob's will win 50 games?

The Chiefs are in no way relevant to this situation.

Slurper Nation has a new member in full-standing....his name is Rick.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 16, 2013 4:08:38 PM

Lay it out for me...

...7, 21, 35, ?, ?, ?, 50?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 16, 2013 4:32:15 PM


they did win games like this last year. i guess I was the only one who can remember past last week. and i would put a large chunk of that defensive disorganization on the change from mullens to mcroberts. it's a much bigger upgrade than it appeared at the time. the skill level isn't very different, but mcroberts has way more balls and a little more brain and a TON more heart than mullens. that alone made a big difference last year and it's making an even bigger difference this year.

but a 5-4 start......we've seen this rodeo before. if they win 35 games clifford will get oodles of credit for the improvement. the kind of credit dunlap got none of for the vast improvement he made while the team got younger from the year before.

between hurney and dunlap, this city sure prefers a scapegoat over patience. and giving the new guy credit for work he's hardly begun to do.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 16, 2013 4:44:08 PM

What the F%^*& NASTAR. People are not entitled to their opinion? Unless you want to come out from behind your little keyboard, why don't you call someone else your childish names. I didn't troll you jerk.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 16, 2013 5:22:19 PM

They certainly are and I'm interested in yours...so how about laying out that time line?

Where do you want to meet and when?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 16, 2013 5:42:21 PM

while i would love to watch rondo every night wearing a charlotte jersey, i'm pretty sure rondo wouldn't love that idea.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 16, 2013 6:19:40 PM

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