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Game #16 Bobcats vs Trail Blazers

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This wasn't even bad coaching, it was the fact that we stopped playing. We called three time outs during the Blazers 23 to 5 run. All you can do is learn from this loss.

We have to look at a team like OKC who will finish you once they get up by 15.

It's all good, it's a learning process.

I agree that it's ultimately a learning process for this team. I don't expect greatness, but when you're up by 18 points with under 5 minutes left in the game.... you have to win those. You don't learn a lot by losing when you're a team that lost more games by percentages than any team in NBA history last year. Granted, not everybody was here for that.

My statement about it being bad coaching was about it being bad personnel matchups, the timing of the timeouts, and just poor body language from the group that was on the floor.

When you get up by that many points, send in the closers. I want to see Jeff Taylor, MKG, Gerald Henderson, Hakim Warrick, and Haywood out there grinding it out. Those veterans are made for those situations. Haywood is an upgrade on Mullens defensively to say the least. Warrick is an upgrade over Bismack by experience and basketball IQ alone. The rest are self-explanatory as the best defenders we have on this squad. You have a bench for a reason. Despite the fact that Gordon's hand was on fire, he was a -16 on the night. When you get up double digits, pull him for a defender. Byron was a -16 and Kemba was a -19.... a team low.

The favor shown towards Mullens is entirely irrational and that goes double for when we're up 18 points in the 4th quarter.

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I agree that it's ultimately a learning process for this team. I don't expect greatness, but when you're up by 18 points with under 5 minutes left in the game.... you have to win those. You don't learn a lot by losing when you're a team that lost more games by percentages than any team in NBA history last year. Granted, not everybody was here for that.

My statement about it being bad coaching was about it being bad personnel matchups, the timing of the timeouts, and just poor body language from the group that was on the floor.

When you get up by that many points, send in the closers. I want to see Jeff Taylor, MKG, Gerald Henderson, Hakim Warrick, and Haywood out there grinding it out. Those veterans are made for those situations. Haywood is an upgrade on Mullens defensively to say the least. Warrick is an upgrade over Bismack by experience and basketball IQ alone. The rest are self-explanatory as the best defenders we have on this squad. You have a bench for a reason. Despite the fact that Gordon's hand was on fire, he was a -16 on the night. When you get up double digits, pull him for a defender. Byron was a -16 and Kemba was a -19.... a team low.

The favor shown towards Mullens is entirely irrational and that goes double for when we're up 18 points in the 4th quarter.

Great point, I was also wondering why we we still had the line up of Walker, Sessions, Gordon, Mullens, and Haywood out there when we were up by 18.

If we're up by 18 with four minutes left, why not go with a Walker, Hendo, Taylor, MKG, Haywood line up.

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I knew once it went into overtime we were gonna lose this. Can't let a team come back, especially if your up by 18 with 5 mins to go.

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it is time for Cho to package Mullens and someone else (possibly Hendo) for a PF/C that can box out and rebound..

Yeah the blazers are wanting to trade Aldridge. I don't know his contract situation but I know he would look great on this team.

I'd package Mullens/Diop(expiring contract)/Hendo or Gordon

maybe even throw in a pick

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I hate when our line up at the end of the games are Sessions/Kemba/Gordon/Bismack/Mullens. It doesn't make sense to me, when we have guys like MKG, Taylor, and Hendo on the bench

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I hate when our line up at the end of the games are Sessions/Kemba/Gordon/Bismack/Mullens. It doesn't make sense to me, when we have guys like MKG, Taylor, and Hendo on the bench

i havent figured out why it isnt Haywood/Biz to close out games.. we have lost the past few games based on our inability to rebound.. Haywood and Biz would be able to defend and rebound in the clutch

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i havent figured out why it isnt Haywood/Biz to close out games.. we have lost the past few games based on our inability to rebound.. Haywood and Biz would be able to defend and rebound in the clutch

Well to be fair, Mullens has been a better defensive rebounder than either.

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Well to be fair, Mullens has been a better defensive rebounder than either.

He's not as good of a rebounder as his stats suggest. He can't consistently box out and won't fight for rebounds. The only time I've been impressed with his rebounding this season was his game against Minnesota. He'd easily average 10+ rebounds a/game if he grew some balls. Haywood is a better rebounder on the offensive and defensive glass. Biz at least tries and doesn't back down when players get physical.

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I agree, stats can be misleading.

Haywood definitely does the things right that is required to be a good rebounder, which is "want-to" and positioning. Mullens is often out of position because of his effort.

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Haywood might be tougher, and have better rebounding fundamentals, but Mullens grabs a significantly larger percent of defensive rebounds than Haywood (16% to 23%). Haywood is a much better offensive rebounder, however (11.5% to 5.3%). I agree that stats don't tell the entire story, but it's definitely fair to say that Mullens is a better defensive rebounder. They are practically even at overall REB% though (13.6 for Haywood to 14.1 for Mullens). Now, I agree that Haywood is overall a better rebounder, but stats say otherwise. Stats aren't everything and can be misleading, but they don't lie.

Btw, I know this wouldn't surprise any of you guys, but Haywood impacts the game much more on the defensive end than Mullens does. Haywood's DefRtg is 98.7 compared to Mullens' 105.3. I knew that Haywood is obviously a much better defensive player, but I didn't realize that the difference was so drastic... especially since DefRtg is influenced so much by team defense, I kinda figured that they were a little closer in DefRtg.

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Stats do lie to an extent though.

Just like if someone has a high shooting percentage doesn't necessarily make them a good shooter. Or say, a high number of steals doesn't makes necessarily make you a good on-ball defender. Basketball is much more subjective of a sport than the stats tell you. You have to watch them on court. I use stats as a supplementary measure not my primary measure.

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