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December 21, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats' Jeff Taylor lost for the season with Achilles rupture

The Charlotte Bobcats have lost small forward Jeff Taylor for the season after he suffered a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Observer.

            Taylor, in his second NBA season, was averaging 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. He became a starter eight games ago after teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a broken left hand in a Dec. 3 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

            Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t expected back until sometime in January. Coach Steve Clifford said recently Kidd-Gilchrist will remain in a cast at least until Dec. 26, when he’ll be re-evaluated medically. Kidd-Gilchrist’s fracture is at the base of his left ring finger.

            With Taylor and Kidd-Gilchrist both out, the Bobcats’ alternatives at small forward are Anthony Tolliver and newcomer Chris Douglas-Roberts. The Bobcats can also go small, moving shooting guard Gerald Henderson to small forward in certain situations.

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Posted by: DShtg!! | Dec 21, 2013 4:19:00 PM

Wow.. That's crazy. Our best to you Taylor. Now let's step up team.

Posted by: Melvin | Dec 21, 2013 4:31:36 PM

Get on the phone, Cho, and get us some help

Posted by: eduardo | Dec 21, 2013 5:21:48 PM

Josh Howard for the rest of the year? (Wake fan) But seriously need someone to fill this void. I like Tolliver and all but starting? Yea, kinda scares me. Roster is already full so we would have to cut someone. Pargo would seem to be the logical choice. I would hate to have to get rid of him. Not for his talent but the chemistry on this team is so good you'd hate to see someone leave.

Posted by: Fraser | Dec 21, 2013 5:27:21 PM

Hate that, but you could tell when he did it. I trust he will get it back together in time for training camp. The team will be tested now in it's playoff run. I trust Cho and MJ will ink some trade that will fill the gaps, and I can't wait to see what that is.

Posted by: Go Cats! | Dec 21, 2013 5:36:08 PM

tolliver isn't even a 3 to begin with.....dude has been a 4 all of his life. i'm cool with given CDR a good look. he's a guy that deserves a crack before looking elsewhere.

that said, this absolutely sucks for about 5 reasons.....
1- taylor misses the chance to play a ton while MKG is out
2- taylor and MKG both missing developmental time right now
3- pushes us further into win-now mode by cause of playing vets more.
4- will almost definitely cause a knee jerk trade by rod higgins that will set us back another 2 or 3 years.
5- feels a lot like a david gettis ACL injury......they probably won't give the guy much of a chance to recover properly and his contract expires shortly after. not a good look at all for his career.


Posted by: charlottean | Dec 21, 2013 5:53:05 PM

Good comparison, lets hope not.

Posted by: DShtg!! | Dec 21, 2013 6:39:24 PM

4games 5 nights tough loss.

Posted by: DShtg!! | Dec 21, 2013 9:49:44 PM

"5- feels a lot like a david gettis ACL injury......they probably won't give the guy much of a chance to recover properly and his contract expires shortly after. not a good look at all for his career."

Unfortunately I think you may be correct.

That logo sucks. looks like an ant up top and a dog with a hard-on down below. I see the original Hornets gear all over the country...

...it wasn't broke, but they had to fix it.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 21, 2013 11:42:24 PM

Love the new logo. The old cartoon character is still cool a s throw back.

Posted by: David | Dec 22, 2013 12:03:57 AM

Halftime show was amazing tonight, can't believe the team could not finish Utah off. Psyched for the Horners next year.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 22, 2013 12:51:19 AM

CDR so far: two games, 2 points out of 2 FGs attempted, 0 free throws, 0 assists, 2 rebounds, all of this in 34 minutes played.

This is not being inefficient, this is being very passive. It's not about ability, it's about attitude.
I know it's not easy to find your place in a new team, without training camp and all, but still... Watching the games, he barely lets you notice he's there.

This has to change quickly, or else the Bobcats have to cut this guy (of whom I expected a lot more from the beginning) and find somebody else.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 22, 2013 5:53:29 AM

The Bobcats are not exactly known for the ability to find players. Coach is doing a great job, but if you are expecting Rod Hiigins to have handle on free agents that can actually help this team, you are sadly mistaken. If you remember correctly, he would rather have his son on the team instead of someone that can actually help. Doesn't sound like someone who would scan the planet for players.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 22, 2013 7:59:50 AM

sandy - 1 - keep in mind that taylor wasn't exactly lighting up the scoring and was mostly the 5th option also. and 2 - it's 2 games. knicks cut jeremy lin after 2 games and................whoops.

i would also invite all of the braniacs on here to check out new orleans' box score from last night. and keep in mind that was the first game after signing on friday. and against portland.

then take a gander over at chicago's box score from their win over cleveland. 18 and 10 against kyrie while kyrie has 14 and 5. that ish doesn't happen on accident. WATCH THESE GAMES' TAPE. THE DUDE BALLED LAST NIGHT. once again.

i'll keep repeating...it's not the guys we're picking that are the problem. there is a very clear common denominator in all of this. and somebody has to look int he mirror and address it.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 22, 2013 8:26:19 AM

I have to congratulate the Bobcats(Hornets) organization on that halftime presentation. I don't think you go to many sporting events and see that kind reaction from a group of fans at halftime. The whole thing was surreal. Well done! Hopefully some of that carries over. The crowd was as into the game as I have seen in a long time. After 4 games in 5 nights I think it was a big part of the comeback.

Definitely need to add a player or 2. Not sure CDR is going to cut it.

Posted by: Season Ticketholder 2 | Dec 22, 2013 8:27:40 AM

Based on his record (beginning with college, and all the way to the D-League), talent, aggressiveness and experience, CDR looked like a very good pick.
But, there is no excuse for his passivity in these two games. He is THE small forward of the team now, and he can do a lot more.

It's up to him only. Either he starts showing caring and real effort, or he has to be replaced.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 22, 2013 5:28:52 PM

You have to get a vet sf that can score and defend . Mkg has not been used in crunch time by Clifford , who doesn't trust him . He wasn't burning the house down either and his defense is somewhat overrated bc he's not locked up sfs . Having said that , Henderson and Mkg are a top 5 defending duo but Mkg can't spread the floor like stretch threes can . He has no jump shot or mid range . What would go a long way if Kemba would pass at the rim and Jefferson pass out of doubles . Neither does . All pt gds do . Kemba is terrible and like top 48 in assists at the rim . The Gasols , Kg , Dirk , James , all past winner bigs pass out of doubles to teammates . Neither does bc they're selfish , only pass to each other and have the same agent . They must pass and get easy buckets to teammates and make them better but both are trying only to make the all star team and nothing else . Both are terrible defenders as well . If this team is to win , Jefferson and Kemba must do what winners do , pass at the rim or dish out and defend .

Posted by: Iron man | Dec 23, 2013 4:48:08 AM

Kemba is fools gold . He is terrible in what counts . He is well below average in assists to turn over ratio . Like top 39 . He's well below average in assists at the rim like 48 th . He never throws any lobs or hits players off back door cuts or many rollers off the pick and roll , always shooting it himself . His defense regarding covering the pt gd in the pick and roll is atrocious . The same for defending pt gds penetrating in the lane . His assists total is 4 while the leader is 12 a game . The players suffer mightily so it's wrong to kill Taylor , Cdr , Tolliver or Mkg when you have a pt gd that is selfish and never gets them easy buckets . He must be made the 6 th man where he can fill it up playing off the ball w both the starters and bench . Then get a big , strong , pass first pt gd to run this team that defends and scores like Smart or Exxum . Carter Williams was the pick but Cho as usual blew it . Faried for Biz . Drummond for Mkg . Carter
Williams for Zeller . We would be heading for the playoffs and the third best team in the East .

Posted by: Iron man | Dec 23, 2013 4:59:59 AM

you are naming a bunch of 23 year old rookies in faried and mcw who were given a shot to play starters minutes early.

give zeller and mkg and biz 40 mpg and look what happens. it's not the picks that are the problem.

augustin is going to take chicago to the playoffs if you don't believe me. ajinca is going to stay in the new orleans rotation. dudley has had a SOLID nba career as a late 1st rounder. we haven't picked anybody that didn't deserve to get picked where they did. you can't look at the guys who have flourished in other franchises and think you plug them into charlotte and they have success.

how many coaching changes? staff changes, personnel changes, etc.

and to add to my frustration, seth curry has been signed by memphis. expect a few 30 point games before you realize it.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 23, 2013 3:29:19 PM


You're always very good at overstating negatives and not seeing positives. And not all your observations are accurate.
Reading your posts, somebody would have to think this is the worst team in the league, and maybe it was lucky to win by now 4 or 5 games, out of 28...

Kemba is definitely not a great playmaker, but saying he's "selfish" is completely ignoring what his coaches saw (last season and this one too): that Kemba is a very capable scorer, in a team that has a problem scoring. He's one of the Cats' three top scorers, not because of "selfishness", but because the others (except for these top three) are not great scorers.

Given that he HAS TO look for his own shot a lot, what he does as a playmaker is not that bad.

He ranks 26th in the league for assists among point guards (pretty low), but he is 10th, also among PGs, in scoring.
It's hard to tell where he would rank in assists if he had more shooting talent to play with in this team.
Overall, his efficiency rating (PER) is 13th among point guards; not great, not too shabby either.

You say that Kemba is not passing to cutters, or to rollers on the pick-and-roll. So how come I see him doing this in every game?!
You can say you'd like to see more passing from him (which goes back to my previous point), but not that he doesn't do it.
Or, Al Jefferson is not passing out of double teams? He was brought here to be a low post scorer, but he's also passing, a lot.

And MKG doesn't have a mid range shot? Flat out doesn't have it? He was shooting 11 of 21 from 15 to 19 feet, so yes, he has it.

Just like with Kemba's passing, you can say MKG doesn't make a lot of mid range shots; that's not the same as saying he can't shoot. At his age (20 years old) this means that, because he already HAS a jump shot (as funny looking as it is), he also has the potential to improve on it (I.e., score more from mid-range, as part of developing as a player).

The one thing I agree with you on is that this team will need to deal with its 3 point shooting problem (and the spacing issue related to it). This will need to be addressed in the off-season, as the top priority.

As for a real upgrade at point guard, I can’t be against it. But, can this be done through this upcoming draft? Marcus Smart averages now 3.8 assists per game for Oklahoma State. He's not a great shooter either (33% for 3s, same as Kemba in his last two seasons at UConn). Talk about an upgrade...
And Exxum is an 18 years old kid who plays in high school, in Australia.
Can you, or anybody, tell now if he'll ever become one of the top ten point guards in the NBA? Supposing he will, will that be in 4, or 5, years from now? It's all iffy and remote with him.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 23, 2013 4:29:51 PM

Wow! Bug blow..time for Charlotte to make a big time trade. Id go after Rudy Gay. Im thinking MKG, a protected 1st rd and cash!
Or maybe a package that would send Ben Gordon and MKG.
That makes Charlotte an instant contender. Also giving Jeff Taylor a more experienced small forward to learn from. Could u imagine that line up and there back ups ??
This has atleast 4th seed in the making! Lets make it happen MJ and Cho!

Pg- K. Walker/ R Sessions
Sg- G. Henderson / B Gordon (or trade)
Sf- R. Gay / J Taylor(A Tolliver for now)
Pf- J.McRoberts / C Zeller
c- Al Jefferson/ B Biyombo

Posted by: Hornet nation | Dec 23, 2013 4:41:19 PM

hahahaha you would trade mkg AND a pick for rudy gay. great idea.

we should be in tank mode. we are struggling against milwaukee, utah, toronto, detroit, cleveland, etc. we've been handed a bunch of games, but we are not a good team. the talent on this team is barely playing. we should be dumping jefferson, getting an asset for mcroberts going to a contender, same with sessions. we should be using gordon and assets to swing for the fences or get a free player in a salary dump.

and we should be positioning for a lottery pick instead of a faux playoff run. playoff experience for mediocre players does not trump getting an elite young talent. zeller needs to be playing more and NOW. i like mcroberts a lot but it's about knowing ceilings.

this is not a good team but we have young talent that might one day make a good team if we stop wasting time and start developing them.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 23, 2013 9:57:22 PM

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