The Bobcats haven’t won on the road yet. The Bobcats have only won 3 games so far. The Bobcats have looked bad in some of the losses. It’s frustrating because there is no consistency of play and therefore, for me, there is nothing to say “That’s the problem” about. I wish I could say the lineups suck. I would love to say it’s all about injuries. It’s just this very nebulous, questionable, loose, flat way of playing, coaching and being a professional team that is so lackluster, I’m not complaining. I simply don’t know enough about what we’re going to see night in night out to do a preview or a review.
Last night against the Pistons in Detroit, The Pistons jumped out to an early lead but the Bobcats came back to lead going into the 2nd quarter and sort of played out the half. 11 Points deficit at halftime, who knows what was decided and discussed in the locker room but all I know for sure is: 3rd quarter, one guy, Charlie Villuenuva, beat the Bobcats 18-12. The Pistons scored 11 additional points in the 3rd to make it a 28 point deficit going into the fourth quarter. They haven’t scored 28 points in a quarter all year. Actually they have 3 times but still, this is not a team that can allow another team to get more than about 6-12 points ahead and hope to come back. It just won’t happen. We don’t have the shooters and don’t have the cutters to the basket.
So, offense, obvious flaw. But now defense is as well? One guy scores 18 in a quarter? It’s not like he was getting to the line a bunch like Dwayne Wade or Allen Iverson. It’s not like he was pounding the Bobcats on the boards and posting up like Shaq or Dwight Howard. He was moving, getting open looks, shooting, scoring and yeah, there were 4 other guys out there who found 11 points in that quarter as well.
It’s a void, a lack of something. I’m not going to say like many would “play harder,” “this team has no heart, drive, determination” all the rest of it. These guys are professionals.
The things that Larry Brown says about “Playing the Right Way” according to my t-shirt are:
Defend Every Possession, Play Harder than our opponent, rebound the ball and respect the game. The only thing the Bobcats have done the last few games is respect the game and that is questionable. The rebounds were there last night, 33 to 34 (Det advantage) but the points and the defense were lacking. It’s just not smart basketball at this point. There are guys trying these wild passes, funky layups and floptastic defense.
You can’t play every possession like you’re trying to trick somebody and that seems to be the only thing I can put my finger on when it comes to schemes or style of play. Work with what you’ve got and play legit ball! The loopty loop passes and falling out of bounds hook shot aren’t working.
That’s all I can think of, play the right way.