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Ramon Sessions scored a team-high 17 points in their opening game of the preseason as Charlotte fell, 87-85, to the Atlanta Hawks on October 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC.
Ramon Sessions scored a team-high 17 points in their opening game of the preseason as Charlotte fell, 87-85, to the Atlanta Hawks on October 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC.
about 1 hour ago
I was apparently blacked out from watching this game, per the messages that popped up on each possible option on my DirecTV tonight. Regardless, I don't really care about exhibition games much. They're a carefree look at the players most...
I was apparently blacked out from watching this game, per the messages that popped up on each possible option on my DirecTV tonight. Regardless, I don't really care about exhibition games much. They're a carefree look at the players most likely to make the regular season roster but are hardly great indicators of how the players or team will perform. Anyway, the Bobcats lost at the buzzer after Jannero Pargo missed a three-pointer. Again, I doubt that's indicative of how the Bobcats will choose to spend their final shot in a regular season game. Based upon a strictly box score view and following Twitter, Kemba Walker drew fouls at a solid rate, Ramon Sessions can still score effectively, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still struggles with his shot, Bismack Biyombo's hands are still rougher than sandpaper, etc. For those who were able to watch the game, please comment on what you saw from this first preseason game from the Bobcats.
about 4 hours ago
Basketball is back and it’s a brand new season! Unfortunately, what we saw tonight from the Bobcats reminded mostly of what we’re used to seeing from this team. Charlotte shot just 36.8% from the floor tonight and dropped the...
Basketball is back and it’s a brand new season! Unfortunately, what we saw tonight from the Bobcats reminded mostly of what we’re used to seeing from this team. Charlotte shot just 36.8% from the floor tonight and dropped their preseason opener to Atlanta 87-85. Jannero Pargo got a decent look from the top of the key to win the game at the buzzer, but the shot fell just short front rim. Ramon Sessions led the Cats with 17 points + 6 assists. He was only 4-11 from the field, but did what Ramon does and got to the foul line 12 times. Yep, 12 times. As a team, the Bobcats certainly didn’t jump off at the page at you offensively — the team looked confused at times and resorted to late PnR’s and dribble handoffs far too often tonight. It was clear that the priority is to get Jefferson touches around the basket, but Atlanta was sending extra defenders as soon as the pass was thrown + front Big Al to make Charlotte work hard. Jefferson ended the game with just 7 points on 3-6 from the field in 25 minutes. Big Al did lead the team in rebounds with 9. Kemba, Hendo and MKG were extremely pedestrian tonight, going 7-24 (29%) from the floor combined + committing 5 turnovers between them. Kemba ended the game with only 1 assist. The rookie, Cody Zeller, had his moments. He ended the game with 9 points on 4-7 shooting, added 5 rebounds, yet committed 4 turnovers. Defensively, Zeller really struggled against Paul Millsap. As great as his footwork is on the offensive end on the court, it needs some real work on the defensive end. Cody also shows clear signs of floating defensively, as to say he watches the ball too much + forgets where he is on the floor. Charlotte did a few things very nicely tonight — 1) 23 fast break points. Getting out and running will once again be a priority for these young legs and tonight was a positive sign for that. 2) 20 forced turnovers turned into 21 points. 3) 10 offensive rebounds that turned into 13 second chance points. The Bobcats will be back in preseason action Friday night in Miami at 8:30 against the defending champs.
about 4 hours ago
Here's an open thread to talk about the Bobcats preseason game. I guess we can just use this thread for all the preseason games if no thread goes up on the main page. Rec this so it stays up at the top of the bar so it can easily be foun...
Here's an open thread to talk about the Bobcats preseason game. I guess we can just use this thread for all the preseason games if no thread goes up on the main page. Rec this so it stays up at the top of the bar so it can easily be found by all those who dare enter the realm of Rufus on Fire game threads. BOBCATS BASKETBALL IS BACK LET'S ALL PARTY AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN AND NOT HATE EACH OTHER!
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about 7 hours ago
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about 12 hours ago
Cody Zeller Strengths and Weaknesses It's always tough to project how well rookies will transition to the NBA. With some players, you know what you'll get. It was no secret that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would bring extremely good defense...
Cody Zeller Strengths and Weaknesses It's always tough to project how well rookies will transition to the NBA. With some players, you know what you'll get. It was no secret that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would bring extremely good defense to the next level. His footwork, determination and lateral quickness clearly still apply. Rebounding generally translates from college to the pros, too. Because of the value of virtuoso offense, the gamble is doubled down in high draft picks predominantly on offense. This is the case for Zeller, especially. He wasn't a great rebounder or defender, but showcased a terrific variety of offensive moves that enticed the Bobcats to draft him. Zeller's impact will be felt most on offense, without a doubt. Not much noise is made about his athleticism, but it's truly phenomenal for a player his size. Let's play a game. The following are some predraft measurements from Draft Express. One of the players is Cody Zeller. PLAYER A: 230 lbs | 4.8% body fat | 35.5 inch no step vert | 37.5 max vert | 10.82 lane agility | 3.15 3/4 court sprint PLAYER B: 233 lbs | 7% body fat | 33 inch no step vert | 35.5 max vert | 11.77 lane agility | 3.18 3/4 court sprint PLAYER C: 184 lbs | 5.9% body fat | 32 inch no step vert | 39.5 max vert | 10.87 lane agility | 3.16 3/4 court sprint Player A is Zeller. Player B is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Player C is Kemba Walker. So when I talk about a physical phenom in Zeller, we're talking about a seven-footer that can beat everyone down the court and out-jump the team's starting small forward. Summer League is hardly anything to base judgment of a player from, but Zeller showed off his speed and agility out of the three-point stance facing up from 18 feet from the basket. He's quick enough to beat opponents laterally and should see a lot of scoring opportunities on screen-and-rolls and cuts. His post game has the tools to be effective: Zeller boasts good touch with either hand and above average footwork. However, Zeller had trouble in the paint in college establishing position against stronger players and dealing with contact in general. Defensively, Zeller has much less potential to shock the world in a positive manner. His quickness should lend well to pick and roll defense in hedging opposing guards and staying in front of smaller players on switches, but his aversion to contact does not instill much confidence in me. If he can get pushed out of position fairly easily, the Bobcats' only defensive safety valve at center is Bismack Biyombo. Zeller doesn't foul much but he also didn't embrace challenging shots with contact considering his size. Season Potential It seems Steve Clifford will be aiming for a more organic installation of Zeller on the Bobcats than just throwing him into the fire and hoping for the best. The offense has established players who can get things done on the perimeter and in the post, so the expectations on Zeller's back are a tad diminished. He should be able to give Kemba Walker a good target in the pick and roll and I have little doubt Zeller will be able to capitalize on establishing early position deep in the paint in transition. Josh McRoberts Strengths and Weaknesses Josh McRoberts is here to be a much more athletic version of a less pass-happy Boris Diaw and chew bubblegum. And he's all out of bubblegum. GOOD: He's mobile, can handle the ball and pass well, has a decent jump shot and likes to dunk. McRoberts' arrival in Charlotte gave the team a much-needed boost on offense, helping the team's backcourt move off the ball for better looks on offense with improved ball movement. Terrific energy on the court and off it. Once called the guy who came up with the nickname "McBob" "some dumbass on a blog." Great hair. BAD: McRoberts isn't a very good rebounder or defender. Also he doesn't like the nickname "McBob." Season Potential McRoberts' role will be a tad diminished since he's moving from the starting lineup to the bench, but I'd still e
about 12 hours ago
by Will Overton What this past year’s draft class lacked In star power it kind of, sort of made up for it in depth and role player ability. When fantasy owners hear the words role player they roll their eyes and move on to the next massi...
by Will Overton What this past year’s draft class lacked In star power it kind of, sort of made up for it in depth and role player ability. When fantasy owners hear the words role player they roll their eyes and move on to the next massive upside guy waiting to disappoint. There is a place in fantasy basketball for role players and I think this draft class will turn out to have quite a few of them. Here are the top ten rookies in my opinion for this season: 1.       Victor Oladipo – PG/SG, Orlando Magic: This is the number one rookie for me already, but he could widen the gap for me depending on what the preseason holds, and I’ll be watching closely. I don’t think he’ll start right away no matter what, but I am curious to see how he gets used. If Oladipo gets time at point guard and looks like he can handle the job his value goes up exponentially. If the Magic trust him to run the point as Jameer Nelson’s backup he’ll likely see 30 minutes per game off the bench and eventually Nelson or Aaron Afflalo will be traded to make room for him. 2.       Trey Burke – PG, Utah Jazz: Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity. Burke wasn’t drafted as high as some of the people on this list, but no one landed in a more favorable spot for fantasy value purposes. Burke looks like an NBA ready player and he should start from day one. He has NBA range as a shooter and despite his size a fearlessness to go to the hole. The Jazz have a lot of new starters, but these young guys have all kinds of talent around him, especially the big guys, and that should do a lot of Burke’s value. 3.       Ben McLemore – SG, Sacramento Kings: Here’s the wild card of this list. McLemore could finish the year as the number one rookie or outside of the top ten. He probably has more talent than anyone else on this list, but there’s a reason he went seventh in the draft and not first. McLemore has 20 PPG upside, I really believe that, but he has a tendency to get lost on the court at times and can be too passive. If he figures it out and becomes more aggressive about wanting the ball and driving to the hoop he has the capability to be special as a scorer. 4.       Michael Carter-Williams – PG, Philadelphia 76ers: I’m really not the biggest fan of MCW out there, but this is another pretty ideal spot. Carter-Williams should be starting right away and while he isn’t as NBA ready as Burke, he has NBA ready skills. He is a very good passer and should get 6 – 7 assists per game right away. He also has crazy long spider like arms and good defensive instincts, so he should get a fair amount of steals. What he won’t do it shoot a good percentage, like really bad, and he won’t make many threes. 5.       Anthony Bennett – SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers: Where these other guys have landed in favorable spots, Bennett hasn’t as much. The opening in Cleveland’s lineup is at small forward and NBA scouts are very torn on whether Bennett is quick/athletic enough to play the three. If that doesn’t happen he’s relegated to backing up the power forward spot along with Earl Clark, so it’s pretty crowded. I think somehow, someway the Cavs find enough minutes for Bennett to make him relevant, it’s just a matter of how relevant. Hopefully this won’t be another Derrick Williams situation where there just isn’t a good place for him. 6.       Otto Porter – SF, Washington Wizards: I’m taking a wait and see approach on Porter. I think he has talent, I don’t know how high his ceiling will be though. Porter brings skills to the table with his threes and defense, but he does have competition in Martell Webster for playing time after he had a mini-breakout campaign last season. 7.       Cody Zeller – PF, Charlotte Bobcats: This is one of my sleeper rookies. Despite being selected fourth overall I think he’s getting ignored in the majority of fantasy leagues right now and it might be a mistake. Zeller is the stretch four type of guy who can complement Al Jefferson well on the floor. Zeller isn’t a three point
about 21 hours ago
Does anyone know why there aren't any tickets available on stubhub for the preseason game in Asheville tomorrow? I'm seeing plenty for every other game except this one. I'm hoping to go since I'll be in the area and everything on ticket ...
Does anyone know why there aren't any tickets available on stubhub for the preseason game in Asheville tomorrow? I'm seeing plenty for every other game except this one. I'm hoping to go since I'll be in the area and everything on ticket master is a bit overpriced for a preseason game. My backup plan is to try and scalp one tomorrow evening. And now I find myself just trying to reach the word count. And that's it.
1 day ago
After spending three years together with the Utah Jazz, the Bobcats Al Jefferson and Hawks Paul Millsap will square off on opposite ends of the court when Atlanta travels to Asheville, NC
After spending three years together with the Utah Jazz, the Bobcats Al Jefferson and Hawks Paul Millsap will square off on opposite ends of the court when Atlanta travels to Asheville, NC
1 day ago
Chat live as the Bobcats take on the Atlanta Hawks on October 8, 2013.
Chat live as the Bobcats take on the Atlanta Hawks on October 8, 2013.
1 day ago