I really think that people don't know the value of rebounding. With Asik and Dwight... man, its not even about the defense so much as it is the size and control of the interior. Rebounding was impossible and when boards just don't come - there's nothing you can do at all. There's no defense for rebounding. Possessions end faster and extend longer, transition becomes demoralizing almost, the interior starts to feel like its practically off-limits. The team played fine, better than I expected in nearly all aspects really. But all I can take from the game is that a LOT of teams are going to be in for a shock when it comes to dealing with Asik and Dwight.
I stated in the prediction thread that we would lose by 15 in part because Al would be neutralized. Al is going to have problems with good defensive veteran big men. Fortunately there are not a lot of them out there. Outside of that, I'm really not liking the way this team is constructed, there is really no competent shooting on this team outside of Gordon and he will get very little minutes because of his defensive liabilities.
For those of you complaining about walker's minutes he played 35 minutes last night, more than anyone else.
Go Panthers, Go Bobcats, Go Hurricanes - War Damn Eagle
The Al we saw last night isn't going to be the guy he's going to be for us. Anybody who plays ball knows that taking three weeks off will completely mess up your game and conditioning. Your timing will be off, you'll keep missing easy layups you normally make, dribble off your foot, get fatigued quickly.
Then going up against the beefiest front court in a decade. What would Dwight Howard do against Dwight Howard and Asik? Probably get about 8 points, 10 rebounds. Then probably get ejected after elbowing himself in the head after not getting any calls because Dwight #2 gets away with everything.
As to Clifford, let's hold off on any snap judgments until at least the all-star break. The absolute hardest thing for a first year coach is learning game management skills.
Instead of focusing on just defense or just offense like assistant coaches do, the head man has to pay attention to both, keep track of fouls, timeouts, minutes, yell at the refs, make sure our guys are running sets properly, figure out what the other team is doing and how to counter that, and before you know it, "oh shit, Ramon's been in there for half a quarter too long." "When did we sign this Tolliver guy?" "Why didn't I get my new Ladycats calendar yet?"
The game is much faster, it will take some getting used to and some adjustment. Just listening to player interviews and the radio hosts, Clifford actual knows how to talk to people appropriately and hold players accountable while not being a douche. And you can tell how effective his coaching is by how well our d looks and has responded. We just may not have the proper personnel on offense to fulfill his vision. Patience my friends...
Last edited by QC Thundercats; 10-31-2013 at 05:24 PM.
All is lost! Season over! See you in 2015, last person out turn off the lights........
I love how people are reacting like they are not used to losing, this is what it must be like for the Heat when they lose a game. Can everyone just please remember that we are the Bobcats, we were playing against a team with two all stars including one of the best scorers and defenders in the NBA. What did people expect to see? If you guys are going to react like this every time after a loss then your going to have a very stressful season!