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November 30, 2013

Post-game thoughts on Bobcats-Bucks

I don’t want to dismiss any victory two years removed from 7-59, but the Milwaukee Bucks are really bad right now. When you’ve beaten a team twice in their first 15 games, and they’ve mustered 72 and 76 points, you must ask why.

            The Bucks shot 33 percent from the field. That’s partially about the Bobcats defense, which I’ve written repeatedly is dramatically improved. It’s also about a team that is a mess and has been ravaged by injuries.

            At the other end, center Larry Sanders’ injury makes the Bucks pretty much defenseless in the post. That’s why the Bobcats outscored the Bucks in the paint 44-26.

            -- I loved what Bismack Biyombo did Friday in getting 14 rebounds and scoring seven points. But you know something? When Gerald Henderson called him an “energy’’ guy post-game, it summed up what Biz is and isn’t. When they drafted him, I thought it was a Theo Ratliff type of decision: That he’d be so impactful a rim-protector that you could live with what else he didn’t do.

             But at the end of the day he might just be a high-end backup long-term, which is not what you expect from a seventh pick.

            -- The real issue might be this: Regardless of the alleged gusher that could be the 2014 draft, NBA fans need to stop pinning their hopes on lottery picks. As I write this, I’m watching Ben McLemore and he’s exactly what scouts described – Brandon Rush, not Paul Pierce.

            -- If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist misses more than a little time with plantar fasciitis (which, by the way, can be horribly painful) you’re going to see a game-by-game rotation variant: Anthony Tolliver will play when the other team’s small forward is big. Versus a smaller lineup, you’ll see some Gerald Henderson moving over to the 3, and Ben Gordon getting some minutes.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2013 at 12:40 AM | Permalink


Good game Biz! Keep making those DNPs look silly

Posted by: Cats Fan | Nov 30, 2013 1:16:26 AM

Agreed Cats Fan. Clifford really is clueless in his line ups. Still playing Kemba and Sessions together.

MKG needs to continue to sit out. He makes little impact on offense and they didn't even miss a beat without him. Zeller finally had a good game on offense too.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Nov 30, 2013 6:05:45 AM

14 rebounds in 20 minutes is impactful.

Posted by: Henry | Nov 30, 2013 8:45:36 AM

This team is still far away. But I do believe they have the right coach.....nastar99 boones farm jers this weekend?

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Nov 30, 2013 9:19:26 AM

Based on current standings, the Bobcats would give up their 1st round pick and get Detroits(15) and Portlands(28).

Hopefully Doug McDermott sticks around until 15 as he is a great shooter that could compliment Gerald Henderson, MKG, and Jeff Taylor... they can all play defense while Doug comes in and takes advantage of Big Al's spacing to actually hit some 3s!

Posted by: RobertKatz | Nov 30, 2013 9:51:11 AM

I think mfreeze misses me ;)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 30, 2013 10:33:24 AM

how could you possibly think that biz isn't a starting caliber center when he does things like this at age 21?

how could you possibly think he ISN'T as good as ratliff? even if he was ONLY as good as ratliff, that's still a solid pickup at 7 in THAT draft, and i would put a ton of money up that given the right opportunities, he's wayyyy better than ratliff.

ratliff wasn't half the rebounder and finisher biz is, and biz is every bit the shot blocker ratliff was.

how people hate this dude just baffles me. he's effing 21 years old. only in charlotte do sports fans expect 20 and 21 year olds to be finished products and as good as the 27-30 year olds that dominate the league year in, year out.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 30, 2013 3:37:48 PM

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