Yup...their looks say it all...
When you’re hot, you’re hot. The Sixers were red hot tonight. From stifling defense to red-hot shooting (53.5% FG, 45.5% 3-pt, and 88.9% FT) the Bobcats poor shooting and Maggette missing from the starting line-up resulted in a 105 – 80 loss. Take the jump for a brief breakdown and some thoughts on the team.
The Bobcats had a FG% of 38.7%, a 3-pt% of 25%, and a 71.4% FT%. When you’re shooting like that, combined with being out-hustled, the game is a grim one. If you want positives from tonight, look to Maggette getting 3 nights of rest before we face the Bucks on Friday. Normally, this is where I grab a player that was a standout on the night and I show where we had a positive to look at, but I just can’t do it tonight. I can’t even complain about poor officiating. The glaring concern that I have is that the Sixers had 21 fouls called and we had a mere 10 fouls. Now, the way I see it, if there aren’t fouls, you just aren’t playing aggressive. The Sixers proved once again why they are in the mix at the top of the Eastern conference. They are playing stellar defense and hitting most every shot they take. That’s the pairing that it takes to win games, and they did just that.
Now there have been some swirlings among Bobcats Blog sites as to the possibility of picking up some newly bought out/waived/released players, just to see how they may fit on our team. We should be having open auditions down on Trade Street, and all players should be invited, or so we hope. Terrance Williams and JJ Hickson were the most recent rumblings that I have heard on the fan front. In my opinion, JJ Hickson would give Coach Silas the type of PF that he has been yearning for. If we were to buy out Diaw this week, Hickson could come in and inject some POWER into the power forward position. I like the idea of signing this guy. Will he want to come back to North Carolina? One can only wonder if he would want to play pro ball in the state he went to college in. We have to look towards the draft. It isn’t a big gamble to sign him because we don’t have to keep him beyond the season, but if he is a good fit, then we offer him something a bit longer to stay here. After that, whom do we draft?
Next, Terrance Williams has been mentioned. He was on the draft radar back when we picked up Gerald Henderson. T-Will has been in the NBA for a while; never seeming to fit in anywhere he goes. The Bobcats seems to be a team of second chances. We seem to have a knack for straightening out players and getting some production out of them. Again, T-Will would be a great option to test out. We have some dead wood on the bench, and even 1 that could be waived. If they aren’t on the court any right now, why not waive them and bring in something new to try. Do I say we should pull the trigger? Well, I know that it isn’t going to hurt to add T-Will and JJ, and it gives us an opportunity to audition some possible Cats of the Future. If they fit, we can zero in on specifics in the draft. If they don’t work out, they walk at season end and we make other plans. I just don’t see that it hurts anyone to have open try-outs in Charlotte. Now the question becomes whether or not we get them here, and if Corey Higgins can be waived.
I can’t wait to see what happens this week, if anything