It is not often you watch an NBA game, preseason or regular season, and a team only scores seven points in a quarter. However, last Thursday against the New Orleans Hornets the Bobcats managed to accomplish that feat.
The team went on to lose 90-87 to the Hornets. If there is one positive to this the team did respond by scoring 29 in the second quarter, and went on to battle until the end.
Byron Mullens and Ben Gordon continued to impress, scoring 15 points each. The team also continued to embrace coach Mike Dunlap’s defensive philosophy of high intensity ball pressure. A little wrinkle in the game was Gerald Henderson coming off the bench. Henderson played well scoring 11 points, and providing a spark after the first quarter. Henderson has performed in every role he has been placed in so far this preseason.Bismack Biyombo also showed he is once again ready to be a big time rim protector for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats only committed 13 turnovers while forcing 22. This is a big time improvement from the first couple preseason games, and something coach Dunlap wanted to see his team improve during the preseason. Yet, the Bobcats still could not pull out the win, and lost to the Hornets for the second time in three days.
The Hornets have looked like a contender so far this preseason, and the young talent on the team has looked very promising. Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers have both played well, and with the win the Hornets went to 3-0 during the preseason.
Overall, the Bobcats have not proven whether they will be a contender or pretender this year. This team still has so many unknowns, and the Bobcats struggle to match up with almost every team at every position. The Bobcats will try to continue to improve on October 16 at 8 p.m. against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This game will be a good test for the Bobcats to prove they have what it takes to win in the East.