Dec 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Anthony Tolliver (43), point guard Kemba Walker (15), power forward Josh McRoberts (11), and center Al Jefferson (25) during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats Five-Game Losing Streak

After allowing 134 points and 21 3-pointers to the Portland Trail Blazers in a blowout loss, the Charlotte Bobcats have lost five games in a row. The Bobcats are 14-20 and hold the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. While the current losing streak shouldn’t last as long as previous season’s, there are still some numbers to be concerned with:

The Charlotte Bobcats are allowing 107.2 points during their losing streak; 11.6 more points than their season average.

The Bobcats are 2-10 against Western Conference teams and 0-6 against them on the road. They’ve been considerably better against the Eastern Conference with a 12-10 record.

Three of the five teams the Bobcats have played are top-10 in scoring. Four of the teams are scoring above the league average of 100 points.  

The Bobcats are 2-11 against teams who score over the league average. 

The Bobcats are allowing 100.4 points in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s absence, compared to the 87 points they allowed with him in the lineup. 

After a brilliant December, Kemba Walker has cooled off. Walker is averaging 14.4 points on 29.7 percent shooting during the losing streak. The Bobcats come and go as Walker produces this season. He’s shooting 38 percent in losses and 45 percent in wins. Meanwhile, Gerald Henderson is shooting 50 percent from the field and scoring 16.6 points during the losing streak.

Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Anthony Tolliver is shooting above 45 percent from 3-point range. Tolliver is playing just under 32 minutes per game and averaging 7.3 points.

Tolliver’s 3-point shot has been welcome, but the Bobcats are still getting below-average scoring from the small forward position. Only four teams received fewer points from their small forwards in December.

The Bobcats are getting next to nothing from their power forwards. Josh McRoberts is shooting below 36 percent during the losing streak and averaging just 8 points.

Cody Zeller’s struggles are much more alarming. Zeller is 3 for his last 27 from the field during the losing streak. Zeller is shooting below 36 percent for the season and has a 41.4 true scoring percentage.

Zeller has been a non-factor offensively this season, which is concerning given he was supposed to improve the team’s scoring up front. Considering the Bobcats allow 3.5 fewer points with Zeller off the floor, he’s not contributing much to winning games right now.

Al Jefferson has been the least of the Bobcats concerns lately. He’s averaging 18.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and shooting 45 percent in his last five games. Jefferson’s efficiency could certainly use a boost; his 47.8 true scoring percentage is the worst of his career.

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