Charlotte Bobcats

Bismack Biyombo’s offense makes an appearance for Charlotte Bobcats

Biyombo’s offense makes an appearance for Bobcats as does little-used Thomas

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 28, 2013 

  • Bobcats on the road The Charlotte Bobcats are setting out on their longest road trip of the season both in terms of days (12) and games (five) away from Time Warner Cable Arena. Here’s a look at the five opponents and how the Bobcats have done at each of these venues:
    Day Venue Rec. Comment
    Monday at Chicago 4-11 Bobcats thumped Bulls New Year’s Eve
    Wednesday  at San Antonio  1-7 Spurs won game in Charlotte by 30
    Saturday at Houston 1-7 4th-quarter trap gave Rockets win in Charlotte
    Feb. 4 at Miami 2-5 Groin kick at Ramon Sessions cost
    Dwyane Wade a game
    Feb. 6 At Cleveland 1-13 Kyrie Irving an emerging superstar
    --Rick Bonnell

— Saturday’s 102-101 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves was an outlier for the Charlotte Bobcats on several levels, but the biggest was it broke a 16-game home losing streak.

That wasn’t the only difference from recent patterns: It’s not often center Bismack Biyombo scores or power forward Tyrus Thomas plays.

Biyombo scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field. That means he reached double figures for just the sixth time in the 41 games he’s played this season. To say Biyombo is limited is charitable. His range gets iffy if he can’t touch the rim and his ability to catch the ball in traffic is dubious.

That creates problems in that the opposing center can often roam defensively without any real fear Biyombo will score.

Coach Mike Dunlap thinks Biyombo’s offense is still fixable. He’s encouraged that Biyombo seems more comfortable this season at the foul line.

Biyombo being at least respectable at the foul line – he makes 52 percent of his attempts – is important because otherwise Dunlap has to keep subbing him out between offensive and defensive late-game situations. Subbing out Biyombo greatly reduces the Bobcats’ chances for an offensive rebound, particularly with Byron Mullens out with an ankle sprain.

Thomas played for just the third time in eight games when he got 18 minutes Saturday. He and Biyombo alternated as the center in a small-ball lineup that brought the Bobcats back from 18 points down. Thomas continues to shoot poorly (1 of 6 from the field Saturday), but he grabbed six rebounds, a good volume for the minutes he played.

Thomas has been so far out of the rotation he was sitting behind Jeff Adrien, a development-league call-up. The Bobcats still owe Thomas a bundle: Approximately $18 million total over the next two seasons.

Note

Appreciate the crowd: Dunlap applauded the home crowd for its patience through the home losing streak; the last victory in Charlotte was Nov. 21. Had the Bobcats lost three more consecutive home games, they would have tied an NBA record set by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1990s.

“If you love the game and give effort, they’ll come back,” Dunlap said of Bobcats fans.

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