Sometimes the Charlotte Bobcats play better than their record indicates. Earlier this week on ESPN’s First Take, NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith briefly applauded the Bobcats for their improvement in effort this season, coming off the heels of a close game against the Miami Heat.
Wednesday wasn’t one of those nights.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Bobcats 122-95. All-star Kyrie Irving had 22 points in 28 minutes and was perfect from the three point line. Rookies Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson combined for 36 points.
The Cavaliers shot over 56% from the field and had 33 assists to six turnovers. The Bobcats allowed 50 points in the paint to Cleveland, which anchored an easy and efficient offensive attack for the Cavaliers.
Byron Mullens in his second game back from an ankle injury led the Bobcats in scoring off the bench with 15. Ramon Sessions added 14 while Kemba Walker had just five points on 2-11 shooting. The Bobcats trailed by more than 20 at the half, but were never able to chew away at the halftime deficit.
While the effort has certainly been a lot better this season, nights like these still have been more than plenty this season. The Bobcats have a lot of spare parts on the team, and it doesn’t seem like Dunlap has ever been able to figure out a good way to put them together.
When Gerald Henderson was out with an injury, the team looked like they were starting to put some chemistry together. Henderson’s return though crowded the backcourt and minutes became inconsistent between four or five guards. Injuries up front haven’t helped matters either.
Dunlap’s been given a lot to experiment with, and there’s been no shortage of lineup changes and role configurations. However, there just hasn’t been great results. It’s a combination of talent level and role.
What’s the solution?
With the trade deadline coming up, surely fans can use their imagination on ideas to get a tighter rotation and more consistency with this group. Fans can also throw out scenarios that upgrade the Bobcats going forward with their talent. This team could use some veteran scoring, particularly up front.