Five passing thoughts on a Bobcats game that showed promise, then got utterly brutal in the second half against the Clippers:
• I’m not going to punish rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for being 19 years old with a flawed skill set. If any team in the NBA should have a long view on talent development, it must be the Bobcats. Still…
He was invisible Tuesday against the Clippers in a way that sticks out even on the NBA’s worst team. He played 22 minutes, and I suspect if he weren’t drafted so high, he would have played seven. He was scoreless with one rebound and one block.
Usually when MKG has a bad game, it’s foul trouble. He never committed a foul Tuesday; he was just invisible.
Three educated guesses what’s going on:
When you play in high school with Kyrie Irving, then play on a Kentucky team that overwhelmed everyone, you’re used to things going well.
• I respect that coach Mike Dunlap’s only power is playing time. But some of his decisions feel a little mean.
Tyrus Thomas hasn’t gotten a uniform in a half-dozen games. Ben Gordon didn’t play, by coach’s decision, in two of the past three games. I get that both of these guys are culpable; Thomas doesn’t contribute much, particularly relative to his contract, and Gordon had been insubordinate.
I also get that when in doubt, play the young guys.
But humiliating these veterans – very expensive veterans, by the way – is beginning to feel like overkill.
• Gerald Henderson’s mid-post game – he could easily elevate over Chauncey Billups – was good for 24 points off 12-of-19 shooting. Sometimes I think fans under-value Henderson’s abilities.
He’s matured greatly into that guy you always want in your locker room. And he’s a player with an edge on the court the Bobcats generally lack.
• Rough night for Bismack Biyombo, huh? DeAndre Jordan goes 6-of-6 from the field. Biz goes 1-of-4 with no blocks. He missed a six-foot jump shot so badly I wanted to scream “duck” from the baseline.
• Remember Ryan Hollins? He played four minutes of mop-up for the Clippers. Back when he was a Bobcat, he was just good enough to be a tease. Being that tall and a genuine athlete means he always gets a second chance … and a third … and a fourth.