I hate everything.
Confession: I didn’t watch the 4th quarter. Hope you didn’t either.
Uh, Bismack Biyombo had 12 points, hit all 4 of his free throws, 14 rebounds, a couple blocks and a nasty put-back dump. Gerald Henderson had a season high with 23.
Other than that, this game sucked. 14 straight losses. Going to lose tomorrow night too.
I’m not sure what’s going on with the defense, but apparently it’s built around letting 3 point shooters stand wide open and hit 60% of their shots and this doesn’t seem like a great strategy.
DO NOT CARE, STILL OVER .500
Despite the Bobcats dropping their 3rd straight game to a mediocre team, I want to say they have gotten better. How?
I have no idea what the <censored> happened in this game. The Bobcats looked like crap until halfway through the 3rd quarter, went on a run to tie things up, then Shannon Brown decided to start jacking up ill advised 3 and went 6 for 6 in the 4th quarter and won the game pretty much all by his lonesome.
Instead of pondering this game (because it will melt your brain), I recommend watching a Craig Ferguson clip because he’s funny. It’s what I did in the first half of the game and it helped take the edge off my suicidal thoughts.
Against the Pacers, the Bobcats used the zone to throw off the Pacer offense. Tonight, the Mavericks used the Bobcats zone to destroy the Bobcats themselves.
Penetrating the zone and kicking out to open shooters who hit 16 of 25 threes, the Mavericks took control in the 3rd and never looked back.
It got so bad that Matt Carroll and Cory Higgins got in the game. Alas. Against a decent team, on the road, on the 2nd half of a back to back, reality happens.
It’s the pre-season, it doesn’t count, but here’s what I liked / did not like in the first game I got a chance to see this year. Good Things
- Despite starting out quite in a very putrid manner, the Bobcats never gave up and went away. They chipped away at the lead, taking a small lead late in the game
- Tyrus Thomas: 7-12, 14 points, 16 rebounds. Would be nice to get something approximating that performance every night
- Alpha Dogs – The Bobcats have 2 guys who are not afraid to shoot – Ben Gordon and Kemba Walker. There are problems here – see the next section
- Cory Higgins did not play
- Defense – after giving up 30 points in the first quarter, the Pistons were held to 17, 20, 18 on 37.3% shooting. If you can hold your opponents to that, you’re going to be in the game every night.
- 25 FTs. Can’t have too many of those
- Turnovers – had too many, but less than their opponent
- Ramon Sessions put in a workman life 13/6/3 in 20 minutes. I’ll take that out of a backup point guard.
- Offense – 36.3% shooting. Things have not improved since last year. They look lost on the offensive end. If they are running sets, they are not crisp enough to be identified as such
- Alpha Dogs – Walker and Gordon are not afraid to get up shots, but they went a combined 8-30. However, they were also the stimulus which got the team back in the lead late in the 4th.
- Gana Diop played – could have been worse, he only got in for 5 minutes early on
- Gerald Henderson – Hendo had one of those games where he disappears. 22 minutes, 6 shots, 1 make, 2 FTs, 3 rebounds, 1 steal/block. For the guy who is supposed to be the best player on the team, this is not what you want to see.
- Somehow, Jeff Taylor was +12 or +15 in 20 minutes, even though he took and missed a single shot, had 4 rebounds, a turnover and a foul.
- The crunch time lineup was Walker, Gordon, Sessions, Thomas, Haywood. Odd for some reason.
- I have no clue who the starting lineup will consist of.
- Kyle Singler does not look like a player who belongs in the NBA
Unfortunately the team doesn’t look that different from last year. What did look different was possibly the most important thing – effort. If the Bobcats went down by 20 last year, it was safe to turn off the television. In this game, they never seemed out of it, and they weren’t – they actually took a small lead towards the end of the game. This jives with what we’ve heard from the team’s front office – one that I spoke with at the open practice told me that even if the team doesn’t win a lot, it won’t be for lack of effort. Let’s hope that attitude is still in place at the end of the season.
You know what irks me the most about this game? It’s not that the Bobcats battled back to within 1 only to have Matt Carroll sabotage the game. It’s not that Derrick Brown screwed up his ankle and we’re going to start Thomas or somebody at the 3 tomorrow. It’s not that that the Magic had 15 offensive rebounds even though their front line resembled a bag of chips and a half empty can of grocery store brand soda.
It’s that freaking JJ Reddick scored 31 points. 31 POINTS. Ugh. I hate that guy.
Anyway this song is dedicated to @CardboardGerald.
Hang in there buddy. It’s not like it can get any worse. #PrayForCardboardGerald