Two teams will look to end losing streaks, as the Bobcats host the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow. The Bobcats are losers of five straight, while the Bucks are on a four-game skid. The Bobcats are coming off a four point loss to the Miami Heat and the Bucks are coming off a nine-point loss to the Toronto Raptors.
It’ll once again be interesting to see what lineup Mike Dunlap starts with tomorrow night. The Bucks aren’t a big team and have been a lot more offensivelyminded recently, which is a shocker for a Scott Skiles-coached team. It’s possible Dunlap could start with another smallball lineup to match the 6’1 Brandon Jennings and 6’3 Monta Ellis. You could see any combination of Walker, Sessions, Gordon and Hendo in the backcourt tomorrow.
Sessions has been a big lift for the Bobcats so far this preseason and is making a legitimate case to be the starting point guard. While it’s important to develop Kemba, Sessions has shown great team management, good scoring and a poised game from the point guard position. Sessions had 24 points in 28 minutes for the Bobcats Tuesday night against the Heat. Kemba also had a strong game with 24 points in 33 minutes. It’s going to be a very interesting storyline to watch during the regular season, but it’s a good problem to have as long as both are playing well. It’ll be interesting to see how Kemba does against Jennings or Ellis tomorrow.
While the point guards combined to score 48 of the Bobcats 92 points Tuesday, the team still struggled offensively. The Bobcats shot 36$% from both the field and three point line. Offensively they had trouble finding good looks against one of the best defenses in the league, in Miami. It’s not shocking considering the Bobcats predictable offensive struggles, and the fact that they’re missing their two best scorers of the preseason in Ben Gordon and Byron Mullens. Hopefully a more evenly-matched team in Milwaukee can give the Bobcats some better looks on offense. While I don’t expect the team to be an offensive juggernaut this season, it’d be a little encouraging to see some progress as we hit the end of preseason.
Defensively the Bobcats don’t look bad right now. Aside from the game against OKC, they’ve been much more active, quicker to rotations, and seem a lot more into the overall schemes. They’ve only given up 100 points one time this preseason. Last season the Bobcats gave up 101 points a game. I’m a lot more encouraged defensively that I am offensively right now, so hopefully we see more progression tomorrow as well. If the team isn’t going to score, you at least want to see them put their effort in defensively to keep games close, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.
While the Bobcats and Bucks isn’t exactly a must-see matchup, games towards the end of preseason tend to get a lot more interesting. Coaches begin to get a feel for how they’ll start the season, most players are getting their legs behind them, and the realization that the season is looming really begins to kick in.