All ball? Nope. All Arm. Classy Charlie V! Now I'm not the only one that saw it.
The Bobcats started the night ice cold, and fell behind 7-0 as the game began. Perhaps it was nervousness for the chance to have their first 3-game win streak in forever. Could this streak happen tonight? Take the jump to find out...
Aside from the first few minutes of the Bobcats game tonight, this team is the one that I have been looking for all year. Over this latest stretch of wins, they are all hustling, playing as a team, and overall, they are fun to watch. Tonight was a great game to observe. I was in the Cable Box for tonight’s game. I need to point a few things out. I’ve been driving for an hour, and I am recalling as much as I can from my memory. With that said…I have been driving for an hour and I am going to recall as much as I can…
Yeah, you get my point. It isn’t easy to write a recap after fighting traffic and especially after a tragic loss. Yeah, I’m saying it. There is no reason we should have lost tonight’s game. Well, then again, there are 2 reasons. Those reasons would be Ben Gordon and Coach Dunlap. Why do I place blame on those 2 guys? Let me lay it out for you like this:
Walker – 25pts on 10 for 20 shooting and 5-5 from the free throw line (also 4 steals, 3 assists, but 4 turnovers)
Pargo – 16pts on 7 for 14 shooting - 2 of 7 from the 3-point line
Henderson – 15pts on 4 for 10 shooting and 7 for 9 from the free throw line
Biyombo – 12pts on 3 for 3 shooting and 6 for 6 from the free throw line (also 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, a steal and an assist – zero turnovers)
Gilchrist – 11pts on 4 for 7 shooting and 3 for 3 from the free throw line. (also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks – zero turnovers)
McRobers – 4pts on 2 for 4 shooting (also 9 rebounds)
Here’s where it gets interesting:
Gordon – 3pts on 1 of 7 shooting – 1 of 4 from the 3-point line
Mullens – 0pts on 0 of 5 shooting (also had 5 rebounds and a block)
Why on Earth would Coach Dunlap keep Mullens and Gordon in down the stretch of the 4th quarter when these 2 guys were at the bottom of the barrel on the night? These guys had enough bricks to build a mailbox out on 5th Street. Maybe if Coach Dunlap had someone make note cards for him during the game so that when it comes down to crunch time, instead of going with what worked on film that he watched 3 days ago or what the graphing from the spreadsheets that were built to analyze what players best fit the situation, he could go with who was hot AT THAT TIME!!!!!!!!
I’m sure Detroit could me screaming at the top of my lungs to sit Gordon every time he stepped on the floor. I’m certain that they were all smiling too. They know the guy’s game and they know just how to shut him down…but how do you shut down someone who never got started up. If he’s in the game, there will be turnovers…3 for him tonight. And usually they come at crucial points in the game. Down the stretch, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo, and Josh McRoberts should have been in the game. McBob had some big bandage on his shoulder, so I give Dunlap a pass on him not being in the game, but the others…you ride who is hot and Gordon and Mullens were not. OK, I’m done ranting…but jeez…COME ON!
Gilchrist is quietly showing that he is improving. He’s gaining confidence in himself in the NBA and he’s starting to make the moves that we know he can make. Biyombo, while he is still streaky in his improvement, notched a double double tonight. His improvement is something that you sometimes have to search for. He isn’t jumping on the first pump fake, he was 6-6 from the free throw line, and…well I guess that’s all I got for tonight. I can just say he’s getting better. Trust me on that one.
For the Bobcats, our chances for a 3-game win streak ended, and for the Pistons, their 10-game losing streak came to an end.
Random observations –
I hate Charlie Villanueva. He fouled Bismack early in the game, and to some, it was just a foul under the basket. What really happened was a simple one. Charlie V didn’t go for the ball…he didn’t get him with the body…he didn’t even hack him. He grabbed Biz’s arm with both hands, around the wrist and forearm, and just jerked him down. Ridiculous…
At the end of the game, Charlie V was able to dunk the ball to put them up. After the dunk, he pulled himself up…you know…taunting…one of those moves that gets a technical called…well they didn’t call anything…but…earlier in the game, Jeff Adrien went up for a dunk and it didn’t immediately go through. Adrien let go of the rim a fraction of a second after it didn’t go down and it went through. It was waived off because the ball was in the cylinder. I’ve never seen a “in the cylinder” call like that before and I probably never will again. I would have thought the basket would have counted…but maybe I don’t understand the rules.
I hate Tyrus Thomas. No real explanation needed. From his laughter during timeouts to his dancing during timeouts…just a note Tyrus, we all know you’re making millions to do nothing, so please do it quietly like Diop does. Observe and follow. I’ll be glad to see you amnestied this summer, and I only feel bad that MJ has to pay you to not be here…though it may be worth it.
Hmmm…I’m ranting again. Sorry!
Anyways, the Bobcats take on the Heat tomorrow night in Miami, and they are gunning to end that historic win streak. We’ve set records of our own, so it’s time to break some.
Let’s Go Cats!