A few thoughts from the Bobcats / Hawks game last night.
- I really thought the Bobcats had a really good chance to pick up a win last night. Atlanta had just played 3 OTs the night before, so I’m a little surprised we didn’t take advantage of that.
- Kemba Walker had his best game yet and looks more and more comfortable each night. He had a very efficient 19 points on 6-10 shooting in 28 minutes. He only had 2 assists, but was on the floor with D.J. Augustin quite a bit, who played more of the distributor role. This can be very effective in small doses as it leaves Walker to do what he does best, score.
- Gerald Henderson came back down to Earth and only shot 2-9. It’s to be expected as he is still quite young and continuing to learn how to become an effective NBA starter.
- Free throws, or the lack there of, contributed to the loss in a huge way as the Cats only got to the line 13 times, making 9. Walker missed a few key ones down the stretch as well.
- The legend of Byron Mullens continues to grow. He set a career high in points yet again. He shot 8 for 13 from the field and finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds. I feel it’s only a matter of time before he becomes our starting center, but I like his role how it is currently. He still has very little experience playing big minutes in this league, and a bench role for now is probably better. The question for Paul Silas is, how long can he wait? #MullensMafia
- Augustin continues to play well with back to back double doubles (21 and 12 last night). The stat that jumps off the page to me is 22 assists and 1 turnover in his last two games. That is the model of efficiency.
- Tyrus Thomas made his season debut and finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds. It will understandably take him some time to get back into game shape.
- D.J. White continued his strong play with 14 points and 9 rebounds and has more than earned the trust Silas has shown in him as a starter. Paul said Tyrus has to earn it back and I love how White is making that very difficult for him.
All in all the Bobcats seem to be playing hard every night. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, wins and losses do not matter at this point. We need a top 3 pick desperately to go with this young core. I absolutely love the path Rich Cho is taking us down. Now it’s on to Indiana tonight to face a tough Pacers team with a lot of size. This will be a good test for our young bigs.
Matt Price – Follow me on twitter @realbobcatmatt