Posted by: figliodios | June 5, 2009

Who do the Bobcats take at 12?

So it’s clear the Bobcats need a two guard to hold the position down on the offensive end. Also, a go-to-guy at the end of games.

In this situation, my first thought is to pick up Ben Gordon. Then I’m realistic and understand with the Bobcats financial struggles, they will most likely be addressing this position in the draft.

So who may be available at 12?

Some mock drafts have them taking Tyreke Evans, shooting guard from Memphis who declared for the draft after his freshman year.  He has said to be comparable to NBA’s Jamal Crawford and Larry Hughes, with an incredible wingspan.

The Bobcats could use his ability to break down people of the dribble and facilitate as a passer.

Considering coach Brown’s affinity for building defensive players, the Bobcats might pick up Duke’s Gerald Henderson. Henderson’s numbers steadily increased and scored 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists his junior season.

All the talk about Stephen Curry’s size as a weakness in his game should be refuted. Ultimately if Curry is available at 12 the Bobcats will pick him up. His fathers role in the team (Director of Player Programs), and Stephen’s local celebrity status would be an instant ticket seller for the franchise that was third-last in ticket sales last year.

Curry could instantly make an impact to the Bobcats with his ability to move without the ball, and create his own shot. Curry’s confidence excels and could add a spark to the team in 2009-10.

The Bobcats may like Curry so much to trade up for him as most Mock Draft’s have him going no higher than seven..

We’ll see what transpires in the following week.

 

76ers Bobcats BasketballCharlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Wallace (3) dunks as Philadelphia 76ers’ Theo Ratliff (50) and Andre Iguodala (9) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Raymond Felton scored a career high 32 points and Gerald Wallace added 29 to lead the Bobcats over the 76ers 101-98 on Tuesday.

The Bobcats withstood a rally after they blew a twenty point lead in a night where it seemed like the team fed off the energy of the fans.

“The crowd has been great all year”, said Felton. “They’ve been picking it up from the beginning all the way to the end. The fans here are great and they’re really starting to get behind us.”

They stayed with them even while the Bobcats gave up another big lead and it seemed they would lose another close one in the fourth quarter, that would once again leave fans displeased with calls blaring the referees with post game profanities to express their displeasure.

“We understand what it takes to win (close) games, but now everybody is making that play and making stops”, said Wallace.

“Tonight, we were able to do both. We got the stops when we needed them, we got the rebounds when we needed them and we were able to finish off the game.”

This was one that the Bobcats were determined to pull through. If not for their ecstatic fans, than for their ‘hanging by a thin string’ playoff chances in which they virtually have to win out and hope for some help from other teams.

They started off hot scoring a season high 63 points in the first half, including a combined 44 from Felton and Wallace.

“It was just penetration,” said the G-Force. “They’re an athletic team just like we are, and what makes them good is what makes us good. They like to get out on the break, we like to get out on the break. I think they tried to match up with us like that in the first half, and we’re a lot better team at home.”

The 76ers came out in the second half with more energy and built a four point lead into the third receiving key bench contributions with 20 from Louis Williams. Andre Miller led all Sixers with 23, while Andre Iguodala and Willie Green also scored in double figures with 19 and 17, respectively.

“The game was like night and day between the first half and the second half. Our mindset and our intensity levels weren’t there,” said 76ers head coach Tony DiLeo.

“We picked up our energy and our aggressiveness when we came out in the second half. That’s the way we should have played in the first half.”

Raymond Felton air-balled a floater when the Bobcats were down 99-98 but Gerald Wallace was right there under the hoop to put the ball in and the Bobcats ahead for good. A  missed 18 footer by Igoudala put the ball back in the Bobcats hands and Wallace made two clutch free throws. A missed three at the buzzer by 76ers Willie Green sealed their fate.

With the loss Philadelphia (40-37) falls to 6th place in the east and a half game behind Miami (41-37) for 5th.  The Bobcats are now 35-43, and three games behind Detroit and Chicago (38-40) for the final playoff spot. They own the tiebreaker with Chicago though if they end up with the same record.

Raymond Felton, who seen his alma mater Tar Heels win the National Championship on Monday night, continues to believe in the Bobcats chances.

“We’re still in,” he said. “We’ve got four games left and they’re on the road, so it’s going to be tough, but guys have to step up. We all have to step up together as a team and make things happen.”

Posted by: figliodios | April 4, 2009

Bobcats give another game away at home vs. the Heat

Heat Bobcats BasketballMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor (50) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, April 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Bobcats are learning a lot during their late season playoff run. One thing they probably wish they wouldn’t have learned as much of is losing close games as they fall 97-92 to the visiting Heat.

Yes, they have been giving a lot of effort toward the end of games. But at this point, just like their playoff run, it seems to always be too little, too late.

The Bobcats led by 15 early but could not hold on as their bench played ineffectively in the second quarter. Miami was able to chip away and tie the game at 45 with a Mario Chalmers three right before the half.

Gerald Wallace, who led the Bobcats with 21 points, eight rebounds, and two fourth quarter blocks on Dwayne Wade, had this to say after the game.

“It was another game that we gave away. Our mentality coming out of the gate was great. We came out and did exactly what we wanted to do. We jumped on them.”

Both teams brought the energy in the third quarter, as Miami received much support from their rookies and their bench, particularly Daequan Cook who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

“I brought a lot of energy tonight. I got some defensive stops and that usually fuels my offense.”

Dwayne Wade was shut down for the most part by Raja Bell until Bell popped his right calf muscle midway thru the third.

“Then we got lackadaisical, and that’s something that we tend to do when we have confidence in what we’re doing out on the court when we’re scoring and playing defense,” said Wallace. “That’s just something that you can’t do in this league.”

Dwayne Wade scored 14 of his 27 and dished out seven of his 10 assists in the fourth quarter as the Heat took over the game.

“It’s very rewarding to win here because it’s been hard for us to get a win in Charlotte. They play us tough and they’ve beat some great teams. They play great on both ends.”

The win boosts Miami into the playoffs a year after winning only 15 games the year before. Head Coach Eric Spoelstra has turned the young team around and should get coach of the year consideration.

“This is a big step for our franchise, for Pat Riley and everybody who put this team together after last season. People take this for granted, regardless of our MVP candidate (Wade). I think it’s only happened once in the history of the NBA, where a team had 15 wins and came back (the next season) and made the playoffs.”

The playoffs chances are becoming more slim each time the 34-42 Bobcats lose as they fall 2.5 games behind Detroit for the eighth spot.

“Every game is definitely critical”, said Bobcats point guard Raymond Felton. “Six more. We’ve got to go 6-0.”

Posted by: figliodios | April 3, 2009

Bobcats vs. Miami Heat preview 4/03/09

Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace models the green uniform the team will wear as part of the NBA's Green Week. The Bobcats will wear green tonight against the Miami Heat and Tuesday night for the regular season home finale against Philadelphia. KENT SMITH/CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace models the green uniform the team will wear as part of the NBA's Green Week. The Bobcats will wear green tonight against the Miami Heat and Tuesday night for the regular season home finale against Philadelphia. KENT SMITH/CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

The Bobcats try to bounce back from a tough double OT loss in Boston Wednesday as they host the Miami Heat tonight at 7:00 pm. Larry Brown gave the guys off practice Thursday in hopes of getting some fresh legs against a struggling Heat team that has lost two in a row, and is 3-7 in the last ten games.

Miami is in sixth place in the east at 39-36 and Charlotte is currently ninth, and 1.5 games out of the playoffs. A win tonight would put them a half game behind Chicago (36-40) at eighth, and one behind Detroit (36-39) at seventh.

The Bobcats come in this game as a four point favorite but you can never count out Dwayne Wade. The NBA’s leading scorer (29.8) has put up 22 and 41 in the Heat’s two victories, and 19 in one loss to the Bobcats this season.

Here are the starting line-ups for tonight’s game:

Heat Bobcats
F J. Moon F G. Wallace
F U. Haslem F B. Diaw
C J. O’neal C E. Okafor
G D. Wade G R. Bell
G M. Chalmers G R. Felton

As part of the NBA’s Go Green week, Charlotte will be wearing green jerseys tonight and for Tuesdays home finale vs. Philadelphia.

Posted by: figliodios | April 2, 2009

NBA Playoff Race 4/02/09

created: Thursday April 2, 12:30 PM

2008-2009 Conference Regular Season Standings

Eastern Conference
Eastern W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
Cleveland1c 61 13 0.824 0.0 36-9 12-3 36-1 25-12 10-0 W 13
Boston2a 57 19 0.750 5.0 36-10 13-1 31-6 26-13 7-3 W 3
Orlando3se 55 19 0.743 6.0 34-12 12-2 29-8 26-11 8-2 L 1
Atlanta4x 43 32 0.573 18.5 26-20 10-4 29-9 14-23 6-4 L 1
Philadelphia5 38 35 0.521 22.5 22-21 6-7 22-15 16-20 6-4 W 1
Miami6 39 36 0.520 22.5 24-22 7-6 26-12 13-24 3-7 L 2
Detroit7 36 39 0.480 25.5 23-22 7-7 19-19 17-20 3-7 L 2
Chicago8 36 40 0.474 26.0 19-27 8-7 24-12 12-28 7-3 L 2
Charlotte 34 41 0.453 27.5 19-27 5-9 22-17 12-24 6-4 L 1
Indiana 32 43 0.427 29.5 20-27 5-8 22-14 10-29 4-6 W 2
Milwaukee 32 44 0.421 30.0 20-28 4-11 20-17 12-27 2-8 L 1
New Jersey 31 44 0.413 30.5 20-25 7-6 16-22 15-22 3-7 W 1
Toronto 29 45 0.392 32.0 18-26 4-9 17-20 12-25 6-4 W 5
New York 29 46 0.387 32.5 17-28 3-10 19-19 10-27 1-9 L 3
Washingtono 17 59 0.224 45.0 8-38 1-14 12-26 5-33 2-8 L 3
Western Conference
Western W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
L.A. Lakers1w 59 16 0.787 0.0 38-7 12-2 31-5 28-11 7-3 W 1
Denver2x 49 26 0.653 10.0 30-15 9-3 29-8 20-18 9-1 W 4
San Antonio3x 48 26 0.649 10.5 31-15 9-6 26-12 22-14 5-5 L 2
Houston4x 48 27 0.640 11.0 31-15 8-6 30-8 18-19 6-4 L 1
New Orleans5 47 27 0.635 11.5 29-16 8-4 27-11 20-16 6-4 W 3
Portland6 47 27 0.635 11.5 25-19 8-5 31-7 16-20 7-3 W 3
Utah7 46 28 0.622 12.5 31-13 10-4 32-6 14-22 5-5 L 1
Dallas8 45 30 0.600 14.0 24-21 5-7 27-9 18-21 5-5 W 2
Phoenix 41 34 0.547 18.0 25-20 9-5 25-13 16-21 7-3 W 1
Golden Stateo 26 49 0.347 33.0 15-30 5-9 20-17 6-32 3-7 W 1
Oklahoma Cityo 21 53 0.284 37.5 14-33 4-9 14-23 7-30 3-7 W 1
Minnesotao 21 54 0.280 38.0 10-35 2-12 11-27 10-27 2-8 L 1
Memphiso 20 54 0.270 38.5 12-35 4-11 13-24 7-30 4-6 W 2
L.A. Clipperso 18 57 0.240 41.0 9-36 1-13 10-27 8-30 3-7 L 3
Sacramentoo 16 58 0.216 42.5 15-29 7-5 11-26 5-32 2-8 L 2
 x-Clinched Playoff Berth | e-Clinched Eastern Conference | a-Clinched Atlantic Division | c-Clinched Central Division |
 se-Clinched Southeast Division | w-Clinched Western Conference | sw-Clinched Southwest Division |
 nw-Clinched Northwest Division | p-Clinched Pacific Division | o-Eliminated from Playoffs contention

Posted by: figliodios | April 2, 2009

Bobcats performance vs. the Celtics

I am very pleased with the Bobcats performance last night against the NBA Champion Boston Celtics. Granted they don’t have Kevin Garnett but come on now Paul Pierce, Ray Allen. Jesus Shuttlesworth! How do you leave him open in the corner? I saw the play as Wallace got distracted by a driving Paul Pierce which prevented him from getting up in Allen’s face.

What really boggles my mind is that we did not bring out a hot D. J. Augustin (4-4 three pointers) in either overtime. Although I am happy with Raja Bell’s shot to end the game in the second overtime. It looked good when it came out of his hand but a charging Pierce was enough to misdirect it.

The Bobcats mad a franchise low five free throws and shot a season low seven free throws. They out rebounded, had more assists, and simply outplayed the Celtics for 58 minutes. Just couldn’t handle the pressure towards the end. I mean the defending champs were on their home court with arguably the best three point shooter of all time.

It was a great test for the Bobcats and hopefully they don’t dwell on it but it makes them stronger. Boris Diaw’s shot at the end of the first overtime was great.

Go Bobcats!

Posted by: figliodios | April 1, 2009

Bobcats continue playoff run with sweep of the Lakers

Lakers Bobcats Basketball

Charlotte Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin (14) drives past Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, and Derek Fisher (2) the second half of the Bobcats’ 94-84 win in an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

You cannot deny how well the Bobcats match up with the Lakers.

With tonight’s win 94-84, the Bobcats have won six of their last seven games vs. L.A.

In front of a sell-out crowd, one that included a fist-clenching Michael Jordan, the Bobcats proved why their name needs to be in every playoff conversation.

 

Six players scored in double figures for the Bobcats tonight, led by Gerald Wallace with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots, his third double-double in the last four games. His ability to get to the hole can leave people questioning why he’s not always as aggressive. Remember that he received a collapsed lung and a broken rib in his last game vs. Lakers.

 

G-Force (Wallace) spoke about finishing the season strong.

 

“For us, every game is big right now. We want to come out and perform at our best. These (games) right now are considered playoff games for us. We’re trying to sweep them.”

 

The Lakers found themselves in the game but behind all night. They shot only 39% as the Bobcats showed up on defense blocking shots left and right, ending the game with nine blocked shots total. Kobe Bryant shot a stale 11-28 guarded by Raja Bell, and Boris Diaw at times.

 

“They (the Bobcats) always play us very well”, said Bryant. “They have good guards, athletic forwards and big guys up front. You have to give them credit. They always play hard.”

Bryant only made it to the line three times all night, and the Lamar Odom-Pau Gasol tandem with 36 points combined was not able to carry the load. The Lakers received such little support from their bench (11 points) that coach Phil Jackson must have been wishing he had Vladimir Radmonovic back. Radmonovic scored seven points in fifteen minutes off the bench and D.J. Augustin scored 14 in 19 minutes.

The win by the Bobcats (34-40) moves them one game behind Chicago (36-40) for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers drop to 58-16 and still have a commanding lead on the Spurs for first in the Western Conference. Bobcats coach Larry Brown continues to express his pleasure in his teams progress.

“I told our guys we did a phenomenal defensive job. With that in mind we can do a better job of controlling our boards and give ourselves a chance. We had some sensational performances. Emeka was great, Gerald was great, Boris was great, the whole Kobe (Bryant) with 25 (points) on 28 shots is an incredible defensive job.”

 

Knicks Bobcats Basketball

Charlotte Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin (14) drives past New York Knicks forward David Lee (42) to score in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Charlotte won 96-85. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Bobcats head coach Larry Brown left the court smiling after another big win at home 96-85 over the Knicks. It seems that every game is big from now until the end of the season as the Bobcats win but are unable to gain any ground on Detroit and Chicago, who both won tonight, for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

“We had 26 assists, we outrebounded them, we shot a high percentage, we did a lot of good things”, said coach Brown after the game.

He doesn’t usually have much to say when the Bobcats win but he definitely gives his guys praise when it’s due. Tonight he said a lot about Gerald Wallace who played an all-around game and led the Bobcats with 23 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.

Wallace had 14 of his 23 points in the first half along with five assists in which he was evenly distributing the ball to all Bobcats players, solidifying his leadership status for the team. He’s been hot lately scoring 20-plus points eight times in his last 12 games.

The game was 50-44 at the half in a shootout that went back and forth. It wasn’t until the second half that the Bobcats took evident control of the game. D.J. Augustin played another great game scoring 19 points shooting 8-9 and adding four assists.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I’m moving pretty well”, said a confident Augustin, “We did a great job on defense tonight. They made a lot of tough shots, but I think our defense won the game.”

The Bobcats held the Knicks to 37.6 % shooting and once again outrebounded their opponent grabbing 46 to the Knicks 34. Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington both had 18 points for the Knicks and Nate Robinson added 13 off the bench.

“We have to win every game from here on out”, said Knicks guard Nate Robinson.

The Bobcats are one win better than all of last year (33-40), while the Knicks are just about out of the playoffs at 29-44.

The Bobcats will face the L.A. Lakers at home on Tuesday, while the Knicks travel to play the Jazz in Utah tomorrow night.

Posted by: figliodios | March 17, 2009

Bobcats get back on the right track with big win at home

Raptors Bobcats Basketball

The Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 112-86, led by Gerald Wallace with 25 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Larry Brown was happy with the team performance after losing on the road to Minnesota Saturday night.

“We needed it, especially losing a tough game here (last week vs. Houston), then going up to Minnesota and not getting it done.”

They got it done tonight and proved why they need to be in playoff talks after a three game losing streak that dropped them to twelfth in the Eastern Conference.

The Bobcats led for almost the entire game and even got some action from Sean May in the final minutes. May played an effective three minutes going 2-3, scoring five points and grabbed one rebound. Maybe we’ll see more of this crowd favorite who was blasted with cheers each time the ball touched his hands.

The Bobcats also got 42 points from their bench including 15 points and six assists off the bench from D. J. Augustin. Toronto didn’t get much help from their bench who scored only 24, and the entire team seemed tired all night committing 23 lazy turnovers and missing easy lay-ups.  Raptors coach Jay Triano expressed his frustration.

“We didn’t have a lot of energy. It’s tough playing games back and forth, although normally we do a better job of that as far as having more energy. We can’t afford to turn the ball over as much as we did. We didn’t look after the ball and we didn’t shoot the ball well.”

Although Chris Bosh recorded his 18th double-double of the season, 18 points and 14 rebounds, he didn’t get much help from anyone else. Shawn Marion, who the Raptors acquired recently in a trade for Jermaine Oneal, scored 12 along with six rebounds. He had this to say after the game.

“We just couldn’t get enough stops tonight. We basically fell apart. Tonight just wasn’t our night.”

The Bobcats look to create another winning streak vs. the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night at home.

   Hawks Bobcats Basketball

 

The Charlotte Bobcats came out firing from the start Friday night to win 98-91 over the Atlanta Hawks.

They scored 36 points in the first quarter breaking records for field goal percentage (.810), field goals made (17), and assists (14). Playing to head coach Larry Brown’s ball movement style, Boris Diaw and Raymond Felton each had five assists in the first quarter.

“The first quarter was about as good as we’ve ever played,” said Larry. “We had twenty assists in the first half and that was pretty incredible.”

But it was Gerald Wallace who outscored all players with 21, while adding seven rebounds. He refused to be denied scoring all of his points in three quarters in a variety of different ways, taking it to the hole dunking emphatically as usual, and pulling up jump shots from all over.

“We know we can get shots when we want to, we know we can score points when we want to and we’re able to get stops when we want to.”

This win was big for the Bobcats in keeping them in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race, and tying the franchise record set last year around the same time with five straight wins.

The Bobcats outplayed the Hawks in all areas in a game that was all theirs through three quarters, although a couple of missed free throws by Felton kept the Bobcats lead at six, 96-90 with 29 seconds remaining.

But after a questionable non-call that had Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson fuming, Felton redeemed himself with two free throws to put the game away for good.

“This was a big game for us. This was team that is a playoff team and it was a win that we need so that we can get closer and closer to our goal.”

That goal being what would be the franchise’s first trip to the playoffs in history.

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