Yeah, the Bobcats are bad. I don’t know many other ways to say it. There is little going well for this team over the past 6 games. They don’t defend well, at all. Over the 6 losses, their average is under 80. Under 80 points and we’re not talking against strong defensive teams. It all starts and ends, ends more than anything, with DJ Augustin. He had 7 points tonight. To his credit, he had 13 assists and only 2 turnovers, but teams aren’t allowing him to beat them. Kemba Walker picked up the scoring tonight from the point guard position on 6 of 8 shooting, but you can’t expect him to hit that many shots to that few attempts.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s a case of no leadership or at least some confusion of leadership and direction. Paul Silas keeps saying things like “I can’t do it for them.” He’s probably saying the right things, I have that faith in him. I’m a little worried, though, that he’s not saying it in the right way. And…as I type this tweet from Charlotte Observer Bobcats beat writer Rick Bonnell: Bobcats coach Paul Silas says his team desperately needs a vocal, demanding leader, but “we don’t have anyone like that.”
No, there is no one like that. I was watching the pre-game warm-ups and was struck by something. They do that little thing where they get in the circle and bounce side to side. Usually Derrick Brown steps in the middle, does some moves and stuff, everybody has a good laugh. Tonight, I noticed Kemba Walker was trying to get the guys hyped up with D.Brown looking on and Bismack Biyombo stepping in at the end acting like he was about to dance or whatever but the music stopped. There’s light-hearted, there’s useless frolicing and there’s what the Bobcats do pre-game. Kemba Walker seems to be the only one mentally prepared to play. D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson look surprised to be there, liek they’re playing at being a pro-basketball players. Boris Diaw rolls out of bed, figures “Ehhh, they pays me to play the basket, I play the basket.” It’s not a professional atmosphere, it’s not a college atmosphere. Not floating along, but somehow reluctantly dragging the bottom of the river hoping for it not to be too rocky.
Well, it’s not all that bad. As bad as a 6 game losing streak is, if I asked you what you wanted to see out of some of the young guys, on an individual basis, you’d be getting what you wanted. Bismack Biyombo is getting about 6-10 minutes a game, 3-5 blocks and a couple touches on offense. Kemba Walker is playing well enough, getting 10 points per game and not turning the ball over. Byron Mullens is playing outstanding, compared to the expectations. D.J. White is at about 10 points and 7 rebounds per game.
The ones not pulling their weight are the veterans. Maggette is out because of a hamstring injury. Not a lot you can do about that. Boris Diaw attempted only 2 shots tonight. He scored 0 points last night, 3 tonight. His rebound numbers are alright but he just doesn’t function other than rebounding and being a passing option. The offense flows through him as if he isn’t even there, but he plays a part in it.
It’s just bizarro world.
The Warriors, similar record to the Bobcats and the Pistons, with a big win over the Heat, come to town tomorrow. None of the favorite son of Charlotte, Stephen Curry. You won’t see Kwame Brown but the team who fouled Dwight Howard as many times as anyone has been fouled in the history of the league last night, will come to Charlotte tomorrow. They’re not that great and they’re trying to figure things out under a first time coach in Mark Jackson. I have no idea if the Bobcats can bounce back in any form that will matter, from two games with a combined losing rate of 50 points.