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December 08, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats Injuries -- now Taylor and Biyombo -- piling up suddenly

The Charlotte Bobcats are starting to run out of healthy small forwards.

            Jeff Taylor was highly limited in practice Sunday, due to a heel injury. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is already out 4-6 weeks with a broken left hand.

            Taylor is questionable for Monday’s home game against the Golden State Warriors. Coach Steve Clifford told the Observer that if Taylor can’t play, he’d more than likely start Anthony Tolliver at small forward Monday.

            The other alternatives for minutes at small forward would be sliding over shooting guard Gerald Henderson or using rookie James Southerland, who has played only three minutes this season.

            Center Bismack Biyombo, who sprained an ankle in Friday’s victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, did not practice Sunday, so it seems highly unlikely he would play Monday.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 8, 2013 at 01:11 PM | Permalink


Well. For those of you who did not want the Bobcats to win too many games his year, here you go.

Might as well just start with Henderson at he 3 and play Sessions or Gordon. You still have Pargo to back up at the 1.

Posted by: James | Dec 8, 2013 1:50:06 PM

Taylor was starting to come around too..looking like a 2nd round steal by Cho & the boys! Adrien should get more run also, I know he doesn't have the quickness to play SF consistently but depending on the matchup, he can definitely hold his own.

Posted by: Bobcats/Hornets Fan Either Way | Dec 8, 2013 1:51:00 PM

adrien will obviously get biz' minutes, but no way he's matching up with any 3's on the docket. tolliver won't really either. tolliver is way more of a 4 than a 3 but he's playing exclusively at the 3 because of the number of bodies we have at the 4/5.

hope biz doesn't miss more than a game or 2....dude is making great progress this year.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 8, 2013 2:11:33 PM

James, losing games this year is the best thing for this franchise. We owe Chicago our pick if it isn't top 10 and its looking more and more like we will get both Portland and Detroit's picks this year. Continued improvement from the young'ens, $13 mil of a useless Ben Gordon, a return to the Hornets name and 3 picks to improve either thru the draft or as trade bait and this franchise would finally be pointing in the right direction

Posted by: T | Dec 8, 2013 7:19:09 PM

This is really bad news.
I'd like to see MKG back, but we had enough depth to handle his absence.
We had - until now.

Taylor is out at the worst time - when he was most needed, and he was finally starting to perform at a level his potential allows. But better he's out until he heals than play injured, and risk aggravating his injury.
Biz too gets injured when he was clearly showing overall improvement in his game.

Hopefully Jeff Taylor won't need to be out for too long. Until then, I hope the Cats will still play hard and play well while improvising at 3.

And of course, Jeff Adrien, a natural PF, will move to C while Biz is out; at 3, you go with any of the three Rick mentioned before you even think of Adrien.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 8, 2013 7:51:04 PM

tanking competition is getting tough......toronto just dumped rudy gay and word is.....lowry and derozan are being dangled out there as we speak. I actually like this move for sacramento given it's just this year and next for overpaying gay and you have cousins, williams, gay, mclemore, thomas as a CLEAR starting 5 and you thin out your rotation a bit to clear up roles for those guys.

but the east coast tanking is going to be tough competition. we need new york or brooklyn to get out of their funks or we're effed into an absolutely un merited and pointless 8 seed that will cost us our would be top 10 draft pick to get swept by miami or indiana (your pick).

washington and chicago will manage a better record......cleveland COULD wake up but not likely with mike brown coaching.

jason kidd just needs to start going lopez/evans/teletovic/johnson/williams and use pierce and garnett sparingly off the bench as opposed to relying on them. they'll become more valuable as the wins start coming back and games get more meaningful.

new york just needs chandler to get healthy and to start playing amare more. dude looked great yesterday.

those 3 teams are our only hopes now with toronto giving clear indication to their coach and players. ujiri knows what he's doing though. dude is going to get that top pick, plus cap room, plus have some guys like vazquez and patterson that can play, plus valancunius.......they get wiggins and they will be set for life, that dude won't leave toronto.

and I bet they could trade derozan for anthony bennett RIGHT NOW.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 9, 2013 10:37:17 AM

If we was playing Ind I would understand starting tolliver at 3 but not against GS. time to see what southerland about or why else is he on the team if the 2 guys ahead of him hurt & he does not play. Time to send him to d-league & call someone up if so

Posted by: tre'4boi | Dec 9, 2013 10:52:01 AM

Anyone think it ever crossed Air Min, Yes Co. & Cho's mind to interview Brad Stevens?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 9, 2013 11:44:40 AM

^^^^ no.....of course not. they fired dunlap remember? brad stevens is like young mike dunlap.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 10, 2013 12:18:24 PM

Not my intention to denigrate Dunlap but Stevens had amassed quite a track record as a head coach -- not an apples to apples comparison.

Our Midget Management is operating in a land of giants and cannot compete.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 10, 2013 12:27:19 PM

no it definitely isn't apples to apples but you know what i mean.

dunlap had a heck of a resume too. d3 championships aren't given away. not exactly a level you can recruit talent to. coaching wins out. george karl doesn't give out rave recommendations for his former assistants for free either.

dunlap took a horrible team, got younger, and doubled the winning %
stevens is currently taking a mediocre team, keeping it mediocre, while getting younger.

completely comparable.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 10, 2013 1:35:32 PM

Karl certainly did give Dunlap a solid rec...

...and if there's one thing I know for sure, George Karl is smarter than Air Min & Yes Co. combined. Giving Cho a little bit of a pass on this one.

As for apples to apples, I meant the up front thinking prior to the hire. Stevens was rewriting the NCAA D1 record books for a young coach -- Dunlap had no such track record. Danny Ainge did some out of the box thinking and hired himself a coach that will be a superstar for decades. Betcha it never crossed the collective minds of Air Min, Yes Co. & Cho to even ring the guy up.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 10, 2013 8:13:12 PM

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