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November 25, 2013

Some lunchtime reading: Why haven't Charlotte Bobcats been as good at home as on the road?

            Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford reminded his team at shootaround this morning that, for whatever reason, it’s not playing as well at home as it does on the road.

            He’d sure like to see that change in the three-game homestand that starts tonight against the Boston Celtics.

            “They all know, they’re shaking their heads,’’ Clifford said of the 3-4 home record and the 4-3 road record.

    “On the road we are a team to be proud of: Fighting and together and getting through the tough times. At home, it’s not like we’re terrible, but we haven’t played with same togetherness, approach, whatever. We haven’t played nearly as well.

            “I don’t know what it is, but I know it has to change.”

            If you separate Bobcats statistics into home and road games, this is the conclusion you draw: They’re the same struggling offensive team in either setting, but dramatically better defensively on the road than they’ve been at Time Warner Cable Arena.

            The numbers:

    Offensively they average 90 points on 41 percent shooting at home versus 89 points on 40 percent shooting on the road.

            Defensively they give up 88 points on 41 percent shooting on the road versus allowing 96 points on 46 percent shooting at home.

            The only other thing I noticed on home-vs.-road is the games center Al Jefferson has played. The two home games he’s played came right after injury layoffs. So predictably he averaged 9.5 points in those two games. In three road games Jefferson has averaged 18 points.

            -- Two very interesting stats from this season:

            1. Twice in the first 14 games the Bobcats have led an opponent from the first point scored to the final buzzer: At Boston and at Milwaukee. You know how often that happened prior to this season? Twice in the nine seasons of franchise existence.

            The previous end-to-end leads were against the Los Angeles Lakers in February of 2006 and the Phoenix Suns in January of 2010.

    2. The Bobcats are averaging 49.3 points in the paint (scoring in the lane area) over their last three games. In that span they’re outscoring opponents in the lane by 20 points per game.

            Think about what dreadful deficits this team has had in points in the paint the past few years. Part of that is Jefferson’s low-post scoring, but it’s also how the guards have reacted when opponents get up on them in half-court defense. Clifford said the best way to beat that kind of defense against the pick-and-roll is driving decisively to the rim.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Permalink


Well a chance this week to change all of that with 3 straight at home and days in between.
We need to make the best out of it as later in the season we have some stiff competition and travel months. My guess is we drop back hard in Feb.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Nov 25, 2013 1:13:29 PM

Would be nice to see the crowd cheer for the home team too!

Posted by: Fred S | Nov 25, 2013 1:28:37 PM

Fred S. makes a good point...

I noticed the Boob's sometines promote a $20 offer to upgrade from the nosebleed seats down into the lower bowl...

...why not just make it $5, or free?

If you want to create some "buzz" pack as many fans as possible as close to the court as possible.

Every game I watch there are TONS of empty seats in the first 5 rows behind both benches. Heck, make that the first 20 rows, chunks of seats empty all over the place.

For the Celtic game tonight there are literally hundreds and hundreds of upper level seats on StubHub for less than $20 each. If a person on a really tight budget sees this as affordable, but still a luxury for them, they aren't gonna spend another $20 for an upgrade.

What gives Air Min? How about throwing lower income fans a bone and allowing them to sit in lower bowl seats that are going to otherwise go unused?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 2:00:13 PM

A lot of those seats are sold and go unused.

those lower level seats are PLENTY affordable on the secondary market. They can't price them lower and then start winning and not have any tickets to sell because they gave them all away at discount prices. that's bad business. They are far better suited price protecting and maintaining supply.

from a consumer standpoint....they give away upper level tickets ALL THE EFFING TIME....they run promotions with food vouchers, they let prospect season ticket holders take a "test drive" before locking in.... absolute night and day not just from the early days, but even from the hornets days.

they can't change the cry baby mentality that this city has adopted over the past 10 years. the panther's deal with that plenty. nothing is ever good enough, yet nobody wants to earn something. we already have some of the cheapest seats in the league.

they've tried a ton of different things to pander to the fans (including the name change and including signing al jefferson). this is a fairweather sports town.

this is the same city that had empty seats for playoff games the last 2 years of the hornets being here.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 25, 2013 2:43:33 PM

You've missed the point, again.

There is a large inventory of lower bowl seats that go unsold for most home games.

As such, the Boob's already have a "Pay $20 & Upgrade" program that's available game day at the arena.


Energy inside the arena is a problem, here's a free option to improve the situation and simultaneously generate goodwill with fans.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 2:49:28 PM


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 2:54:58 PM

1. If tickets are on Stubhub they are already sold. 2. If someone can buy nosebleeds and upgrade for $5, why would they ever buy the good seats? Not too mention that would not make your season ticket holders who are paying full price very happy.

Posted by: PSL | Nov 25, 2013 3:35:21 PM

Against the Suns, the team looked so lackluster, lacking in energy. Then comes the second of back-to-backs, on the road, and the energy was there, from beginning to end.
Maybe it's the challenge of playing away, against a hostile crowd.

NASTAR, you're making a good point (for a change)! Yes, that will be a good way to raise the energy level in the home arena.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 25, 2013 3:49:03 PM

"why would they ever buy the good seats?"
The issue is that in many games they aren't sold anyway, and it'd be a good thing to do something about it.

And sths wouldn't be too happy? Maybe, but maybe not. If that would energize the team, and the result would be that our guys would perform better at home, than I think even sths won't complain.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 25, 2013 3:55:03 PM

Looking forward to Wednesday's Indiana game. Eastern Conference Finals preview!

Posted by: David | Nov 25, 2013 4:29:05 PM

Oh sure. Buy your $10 nose bleed and then pay $5 and settle in next to a club seat guy paying full boat. Nice little theory, but sorry, far from practicle. Even at $20 that is a steal.

Posted by: PSL | Nov 25, 2013 4:32:14 PM

"1. If tickets are on Stubhub they are already sold."

Not necessarily. For tonight (Celtics) Row J, Sect 221, has 18 seats...seats 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 are all for sale from the same seller, can't be anyone except the team. I have also seen plenty of big events where teams are scalping prime seats at eye-popping prices (or trying to anyway).


"If someone can buy nosebleeds and upgrade for $5, why would they ever buy the good seats?"

They wouldn't, if it were a certainty. This is a game by game thing, Boob's aren't ever obligated to it.

"Not too mention that would not make your season ticket holders who are paying full price very happy."

The Boob's are ALEADY doing this....so the fans who are will be angry about this practice, are already angry...old news.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 4:32:29 PM

Just on the 1st page of StubHub offering...

7 in 233
7 in 220
16 in 221
12 in 226
8 in 201
9 in 216
8 in 218
12 in 209
11 in 228

All consecutive seats, all for under $10...gotta be the Boob's listing them.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 4:39:06 PM

Probably brokers. They buy for high demand games and almost giveaway tickets for the low demand games. I have picked up many a seat on "off" nights. It is the best time to go. When you buy them you find out where they are coming from. It has never been the team in my case.

Posted by: PSL | Nov 25, 2013 5:04:03 PM

Love this stuff from the Nastar guy that denied being fired from the team. All this serves what purpose exactly? Your current company must be thrilled with your work day obsession. Wow.

Posted by: Skip | Nov 25, 2013 5:06:53 PM

"Probably brokers."

Absolute nonsense. Who knows when the Boob's last sold-out a game, not to mention that "high demand" and The Boob's are mutually exclusive terms! NFW any brokers are buying up entire nosebleed rows under any circumstances.


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 5:16:08 PM

NASTAR, what will you call them when they become the Hornets?

Posted by: Bro Jackson | Nov 25, 2013 5:21:42 PM

Good question....what do you suggest? The Hornets?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 5:33:32 PM

Why not just give the unsold tickets to students and various charitable organizations on game day. This would increase the noise in the arena which could lead to more wins. However, I think that getting a shooting guard that can actually shoot consistently from 3 point range would fill the seats with paying customers...problem solved.

Posted by: MJ | Nov 25, 2013 6:47:51 PM

Someone here doesn't know how the broker business works. Good seats for the Heat, Lakers, etc. will always go above face value even against bad teams. You saying brokers don't buy tickets for the Bobcats? Wrong. and they buy season tickets to get the lowest prices. Wow. Back to tickets 101 for you.

Posted by: PSL | Nov 25, 2013 7:33:56 PM

^^^What? NASTAR is wrong again. Shocking development. Seriously. A guy that was fired by the Bobcats is giving them advice? Now that has to be the funniest thing ever! I guess you can see why he got the boot. That plus the amount of time he spends on the internet.

Posted by: Bobnet | Nov 25, 2013 9:02:37 PM

Ticket brokers buy tickets for every team in every sport. There is always a market for enough games to make it work. They don;t have to make money on every game to be successful.

Posted by: Hank | Nov 25, 2013 9:04:08 PM

Ref's standing at the scorers table reviewing a play...

...10 seats in first 2 rows squarely framed in the camera shot, 9 of them empty.

LOL...PSL, you consider yourself an expert on brokered tickets huh? Ok, how many Bobcat season tickets are owned by brokers? Give us your best estimate. Then walk us through the economics of a broker owned season ticket, show us how a broker makes money at this. How many brokers do you estimate are active in the Charlotte market for bobcat tickets?

Please include lots of numbers...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 9:08:18 PM

MJ, good idea. Actually 2 good ideas there. How you doing?

You know Bob Johnson used to sell tickets to the affiliated Bobcat charity, and then turn around and give those tickets to various charities. Think about that.

To Air Min's credit, he put a stop to that nonsense. (call it fraud if you like)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 25, 2013 9:12:20 PM

PSL....I knew you couldn't.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 26, 2013 2:50:49 PM

PSL....I knew you couldn't.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 26, 2013 2:54:06 PM

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