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What have we learned in these last 5 games?


I know that 5 games is a very small sample size. But the LOOK and performance of the team has been so much different over these past 5 games that it must mean SOMETHING, Right?

Does it mean we are better without Al?
Are we better without Al AND Lance?
Is Jason Maxiell playing lots of minutes secretly the key to a championship?
Is the team just being carried by Kemba being on an NBA Jam / UConn tournament flashback mode?
Does it mean something else entirely different?

Or does it mean nothing at all?

Please enlighten me.


  • 32 Comments

    That, like I said in November, Kemba would eventually start playing better and the end is not nigh?
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    InProblematique
    Jan 08 2015 10:17 PM

    I've learned that Kemba is now my favorite Charlotte Hornet ever.

    Idk if the team is better without al. But it seems more fun to watch win or lose without him in the lineup. Could be wrong tho. But again... Didn't say it makes the team better.

    Kemba has gone back to his uconn days. And its a blast to witness.
    The team is more fun when the backcourt plays well, regardless of the frontcourt. Given what we saw last year, I see no reason to believe Al and Kemba/Hendo playing well are mutually exclusive.
    Kemba has been a beast! He'll cool down, sure, but it doesn't look like any time soon -- at least while Al is out.

    I was all for trading Lance at the start of the season, but now I would rather keep Stephenson (especially since Neal has been so bad -- Biyombo would be a better SG) and trade Al. Ball movement is sooo much better with him gone, and our defense looks like it might be elite again.The markets pretty high right now after the Mosgov trade, so hopefully we move him by the deadline.

    Let's hope we get matched up against the Raps in the playoffs!

    That, like I said in November, Kemba would eventually start playing better and the end is not nigh?

     

    Posts like this are extremely annoying.

     

    You also said our starting 5 sans Al would be absolutely pitiful offensively and compared them to our 2012 squad.

     

    Our starting 5 tonight just dismantled Toronto, one of the best teams in the league, in every facet of the game. Didn't see them struggling offensively tonight. I did see them shut down one of the best offenses in the NBA though.

    Posts like this are extremely annoying.
     
    You also said our starting 5 sans Al would be absolutely pitiful offensively and compared them to our 2012 squad.
     
    Our starting 5 tonight just dismantled Toronto, one of the best teams in the league, in every facet of the game. Didn't see them struggling offensively tonight. I did see them shut down one of the best offenses in the NBA though.


    Kemba/one of Hendo or Lance/MKG/Cody/Biz doesn't have the firepower to make noise come May. I stand by that.
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    Veteran_Picksetter
    Jan 08 2015 10:48 PM

    What have we "learned"? That chemistry and correct pieces on the floor together are more important than total amount of basketball talent. 

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    BrotherDave
    Jan 08 2015 10:48 PM

    We are definitely better than the 2012 Bobcats.  See ya, Al, it's been fun. Can't wait until his roster spot is taken by someone that's actually complementary.

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    Veteran_Picksetter
    Jan 08 2015 10:52 PM

    Anybody here reminded of the good Allen Iverson Sixers teams? You have a ball dominant guard carrying the offense with a group that can win defensively. Of course, Cody Zeller does not remind people of Tyrone Hill. But in this day and age the 4-spot is more of a perimeter position anyway. 

    Kemba/one of Hendo or Lance/MKG/Cody/Biz doesn't have the firepower to make noise come May. I stand by that.

     

    Uh, that's completely different from what you said. You said they were going to be horrifically bad. Kemba/Hendo/MKG/Cody/Al doesn't have the firepower to make noise come May either. Not really making much of a statement, Bogg.

     

    We are definitely better than the 2012 Bobcats.  See ya, Al, it's been fun. Can't wait until his roster spot is taken by someone that's actually complementary.

     

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    BrotherDave
    Jan 08 2015 10:56 PM

    Anybody here reminded of the good Allen Iverson Sixers teams? You have a ball dominant guard carrying the offense with a group that can win defensively. Of course, Cody Zeller does not remind people of Tyrone Hill. But in this day and age the 4-spot is more of a perimeter position anyway. 

    Nooooooo! I hated those teams! Their success was a facade. A.I. was almost as handicapping as Big Al.

    I don't hate Al at all but we're better without him honestly. Our defense is just way more reliable without him in there, and the offense moves way smoother. Obviously anytime you lose a 20 ppg scorer, you can't say you're more talented without him, but as a team we are better because Al's negatives outweigh his positives at this point. He hasn't been in shape all year and after the injury he's probably going to be in even worse shape.

    If we could trade him, pick up another decent center and a shooter.....I'm not talking about any sort of Gary Neal type of "shooter" I'm talking a full fledged shooter. Someone that actually makes shots.

    PJ.....he can go as well. Sorry but we can already tell what his peak will look like.

    Neal as I kinda alluded to, has been anything but reliable. I don't know what his deal is honestly.

    Kemba is god apparently

    MKG is pretty solid as we knew before. He benefits from not having to throw the ball to Al everytime IMO.

    Hendo, despite the hate he gets, isn't someone I'd like to move....but I still don't think he's someone who should be starting on this team. I'd much rather see him off the bench in a limited role. He's simply not good enough to the point where I'm comfortable with him as a starter.

    Idk what to say about Lance. I think Al's absense has proved more than when Lance was first out. I love Lance but I don't know if he fits at all. I have faith in him because he has so much upside, can be a great defender, and add a lot of energy and toughness to this team.
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    Veteran_Picksetter
    Jan 08 2015 11:03 PM

    Nooooooo! I hated those teams! Their success was a facade. A.I. was almost as handicapping as Big Al.

    But they did make it to the finals one year. I think their second leading scorer averaged like 12 a game? We are the poor man's version, of course: MKG(George Lynch), Kemba(Iverson), Bismack(Mutombo and Theo Ratliffe role)

    Uh, that's completely different from what you said. You said they were going to be horrifically bad. Kemba/Hendo/MKG/Cody/Al doesn't have the firepower to make noise come May either. Not really making much of a statement, Bogg.

     

    I said a team built on Kemba and roleplayers is really bad on offense, which it is. Got no problem standing by that. I've been beating the "Charlotte needs to improve in order to tread water" drum since last season, so I also have no problem saying that last year's team won't be making noise come playoff time either. They need to improve, with or without Al, but if you're going to do it without Al those points have to come from somewhere. We'll see if getting 60 a night from Henderson and Kemba is sustainable. 

    Nooooooo! I hated those teams! Their success was a facade. A.I. was almost as handicapping as Big Al.

     

    See, here's the real problem: BrotherDave doesn't like people named with an "a" and then vertical line. I'm guessing it's a homophobic thing.

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    InProblematique
    Jan 08 2015 11:13 PM

    PJ.....he can go as well. Sorry but we can already tell what his peak will look like.
     

    You can't be serious. Two and a half months into his rookie season and you've already figured out his entire career? He's actually looked pretty decent at times. At least give him a little bit of time before chucking him to the side.

     Wow the Hendo hate . Shouldn't be starting for this team??  Him and Kemba play great together  .  His numbers has went up all most ever game sense Lance sit . Putting in 31 tonight  right behind 16, 7 , 8 . No he shouldn't start for us.  I have been real bad on Max all year but the guy has stepped up the last two games. MKG is solid two  and isn't getting the respect for his play either.

     

       With that said I think with Al out it has opened up driving lanes . For MKG, Henderson , Kemba. and the pace is much faster .

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    BrotherDave
    Jan 08 2015 11:22 PM

    see, here's the real problem: BrotherDave doesn't like people named with an "a" and then vertical line. I'm guessing it's a homophobic thing.

    But I love Al Bundy!

     

    But they did make it to the finals one year. I think their second leading scorer averaged like 12 a game? We are the poor man's version, of course: MKG(George Lynch), Kemba(Iverson), Bismack(Mutombo and Theo Ratliffe role)

    AI was too small to play anything but pg and he was a lousy pg, makes Kemba look like Rondo. They had to have big SGs that were secretly PGs like Snow and Ollie to defend guards too big for AI and that could facilitate. They HAD to have that, plus rim protectors just to be fairly good just like having Big Al necessitates the magical rim protecting stretch 4 and a gazillion 3+D guys. When AI was in the zone he could beat anybody (sound familiar?) but when he just volume shot that team was painful.

    if captain jack made love to the pressure, then kemba must be some sort of sensual masseuse.

    this stretch of shot clock dwindling offense he has put together is pretty amazing. how about that pass to gerald too?

    i hope we continue to swing the ball when Lance returns.
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    QC Thundercats
    Jan 08 2015 11:32 PM

    What have we learned?  We have some great new drama series to watch in primetime!

     

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    InProblematique
    Jan 08 2015 11:33 PM

    What have we learned?  We have some great new drama series to watch in primetime!

     

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    This is amazing.

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    Veteran_Picksetter
    Jan 08 2015 11:46 PM

    But I love Al Bundy!

     

    AI was too small to play anything but pg and he was a lousy pg, makes Kemba look like Rondo. They had to have big SGs that were secretly PGs like Snow and Ollie to defend guards too big for AI and that could facilitate. They HAD to have that, plus rim protectors just to be fairly good just like having Big Al necessitates the magical rim protecting stretch 4 and a gazillion 3+D guys. When AI was in the zone he could beat anybody (sound familiar?) but when he just volume shot that team was painful.

    Hey, I'm not saying it is the ideal way to build a dynasty. It's not the Spurs. But it got them to the finals for a year, and it's a better system than our "no-defense and throw the ball to Big Al" system that you hate so much. If resembling(not duplicating, but resembling) the 2001 Sixers is the best thing we can do with this roster, then so be it. Then hopefully we fix roster holes by the trade deadline or in the offseason.   

    Nooooooo! I hated those teams! Their success was a facade. A.I. was almost as handicapping as Big Al.

     

    except that time he dragged them to the finals and won a game against one of the best teams ever.

     

    i get your sentiment, but AI was HOF good. Al is not.

     

    edit: just read the rest. seems this has been covered. again, BD, i get your sentiment but he was soooo good some of those years that it was worth it.

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