Oct 23, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives between Charlotte Bobcats point guard Cory Higgins (11) and point guard Kemba Walker (15) in the first half at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

Heat/Bobcats Exhibition in Retrospect


Yesterday, I had a chance to catch the Miami Heat play the Charlotte Bobcats at PNC Arena on the campus of North Carolina State University. Let me start off by saying this. The traffic was horrible! I did not arrive at the game until halftime. I was delighted to see that the Bobcats are moving in the right direction.

After this game, I feel as though Mike Dunlap can build around this core: Ramon Sessions, Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismayck Byombo, Dajuan Summers, Jeffery Taylor, Reggie Williams, and Gerald Henderson. I did not mention Ben Gordon because he didn’t play last night; however, he is a part of the core as well. The problem with this core is that there is not a center in this rotation. The Bobcat’s best option at the center position is Bismayck Byombo, who is 6’9″ 240 lbs.

The point guard position is still up for grabs, in my opinion. I feel as though the offense runs more smoothly through Ramon Sessions. Sessions is also a better shooter. However, Kemba Walker penetrates the defense better. Charlotte could use Kemba at the shooting guard position on the second team to backup Ben Gordon, however.

When it comes to shooting, the Bobcats have several shooters in Gordon, Williams, and Sessions. Reggie Williams showed his range last night. Williams hit a few 3s last night from deep. He should see some considerable playing time on the second team. Jeffery Taylor played a lot during the first half. From what I heard (since I missed the first half), he performed quite well.

On the defensive side, Bismayck had a nice block on a dunk. He also did a decent job defending in the post. Charlotte needs a center, who can command the post. Right now, the Bobcats are lacking this.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist showed that he is a nice slasher, and not scared of playing against big name stars like LeBron James. All in all, the Bobcats are moving into the right direction.

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  • CatsFan231

    If you ask me, we could of won that game. It does sound like a stretch, and that I’m crazy, but not only was Wade sitting out, Lebron was off his game, he only had 10pts, not his best game. The only reason we lost, was the Michael was off his game, ever since, the start of his NBA career, hes been doing worse and worse on offense, his defense is great, but hes not the scorer we were hoping for, we had a great all around game, but like I say in almost all of my comments (from other articals) we need to help him with his offense. If we do that, we could possibly beat good/great teams such as; the Heat, it sounds crazy, but with that game we just had against the Heat, I see potential.
    GO BOBCAT!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

      I agree with you somewhat. However, keep in mind that the Heat were exercising different lineups. They played Garrett Temple, former LSU player, at the point. He logged in a lot of minutes, in addition to Terrel Harris and Dexter Pittman. Even with Dwayne Wade out, the Miami Heat can put up 100 points easily. They can slide Ray Allen in at the 2, plus they still have Rashard Lewis who is an excellent role player at the 3 and 4, Shane Battier, Bosh, and yours truly, LeBron. With saying all of this, I believe that the Bobcats will shock a lot of teams this year.