MORE THAN ONE WAY
TO SKIN THESE CATS...AGAIN
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Officials: R. Garretson, M. Boland, J. Goble
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Charlotte Notes
Television: FOX Sports Indiana / SportsSouth Charlotte
Radio: WFNI 1070 AM / WFNZ 610 AM
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Season Records: (W-L) 23-15 Away: 8-12
9-28 Home: 5-14
Upcoming Games: Jan 16 Jan 18 Jan 21 Jan 23 vs vs at at 7:00pm 7:00pm 1:00pm 10:00pm
Projected Starting Lineup: HIBBERT WEST GEORGE STEPHENSON HILL Projected Starting Lineup: BIYOMBO WARRICK KIDD-GILCHRIST HENDERSON WALKER
Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
Roy Hibbert - back spasms (questionable)
Lance Stephenson - foot (questionable)
Byron Mullens - Left Ankle Sprain (out)
Perpetually Disappointing Trader Joe Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points Nine Seconds: Jared Wade: Indiana Falls Apart, Run Out of the Gym by Brooklyn
The Pacers’ shooting chart for the first three quarters of their 97-86 loss to the Brooklyn
Nets. After these first 36 minutes, during which Indiana shot 52.5% (32-for-61) overall
and 61.4% (27-for-44) inside the three-point line, the Pacers led 75-69.
Everything looked wonderful.
Then the fourth quarter happened, and it all fell apart.
They shot just 3-for-22 (13.6%) in the final period and allowed the momentum-fueled
Nets to make 8-of-14 (57.1%). In all, they were out-scored 28-11, which was the fewest
points any Brooklyn opponent has scored on in a fourth quarter this season.
“I thought we stepped up our defense intensity in the last quarter,” said Deron Williams
after the game. “We knew we had to get stops for us to have a chance to win the game.”
Really, that was their only chance. And playing that badly in the fourth is just about the
only way the Pacers could turn a game they controlled for three quarters into a blowout
the other way.
“We stopped executing, and we lost our composure,” said David West.
According to West, the bleeding actually started a little earlier.
He didn’t like the way Indiana ended the third quarter, as they continually put Brooklyn
on the free-throw line, where the Nets narrowed the gap and got the Pacers into foul
trouble. Seven of Brooklyn’s final nine points of the third came from the charity stripe.
Seeing as how three of those fouls were on West, I’m going to speculate that he may not
have agreed with all the calls. Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert and Paul George were both forced
to the bench at different times after picking up their fifth fouls.
George certainly wasn’t thrilled. “I think when we get 12 free throws and they have
around 31, it is hard to overcome,” said George. “We have to do a better job at playing
without fouling.” He added that he thought “we could’ve won this game, but some things
you can’t have control over.”
If you combine...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Queen City Hoops: Lineup Check Up
The time has come to take another look at how specific Bobcats’ lineups have fared so
far this season. If you remember, we first had a look at things back in late November
when the Bobcats stood at 5-4. Record-wise, the team has not fared as well since
their hot start. Upon comparing the current point differentials of some of the most
utilized lineups to the numbers after only nine games, you begin to see why they’ve
struggled as well as why it’s important to remember that it’s a long season. There are
ebbs and flows but one thing is always for sure – the cream rises to the top.
Let’ begin our look with the lineup that has logged the most minutes all season –
Haywood, Mullens, Kidd-Gilchrist, Taylor, and Walker. After nine games, the lineup had
posted a point differential of 12.2 (per 100 possessions). Since then though, the lineup
has struggled mightily during the 95 minutes they’ve been on the court together,
resulting in a point differential of -14.7. The lineup’s struggles can largely be attributed
to Mullens’ play, but this is a story for another time. All in all, the Bobcats’ most
used lineup has a point differential of -2.5 over 166 minutes of play so far this season.
Eventually, Coach Dunlap elected to replace Haywood in the starting lineup with Bismack
Biyombo. Fans rejoiced. Bloggers rejoiced. Everyone rejoiced. However, so far the
results have not been praise worthy. To date, the lineup has seen the court for 55
minutes (second-most often used lineup) and recorded a point differential of -22.9.
So clearly Biyombo is the problem, right? I’m not so sure. What is clear is that this
lineup gives up 43% of their opponent’s field goals close to the basket – a recipe for
disaster. It may seem counterintuitive given the prolific shot-blocker Biyombo is, but
in actuality the Bobcats fare better
offensively with him on the floor and
worse defensively. Whether Biyombo is to blame or not, the numbers scream that
this lineup does not know how to play together, particularly defensively.
Much in the way Biyombo could be blamed for the struggles of the previous lineup
(I’m in no way advocating this kind of analysis), Gerald Henderson’s inclusion in
the starting five in place of Jeff Taylor has resulted in far more impressive
numbers for the Bobcats. Leading up to the Mullens injury, the newly minted
starting lineup (Biyombo, Mullens, Kidd-Gilchrist, Henderson, Walker) had posted
a point differential of 7.8 over 52 minutes of play on the court. Another productive
lineup – albeit in less court time – has been the diminutive backcourt of Walker
and Sessions paired with Kidd-Gilchrist, Mullens, and Biyombo. This grouping
boasts a point differential of 13.2 over 32 minutes of play.
How about some of the new lineups we may have seen with the likes of Hakim
Warrick as well as the now healthy Tyrus Thomas? The results have been very
good and very bad. The lineup...CONTINUE READING AT QUEEN CITY HOOPS