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acidbasesalt 10-08-2009 10:31 PM

Re: Preseason
 
I think Augustin is almost ready to take over the starting PG spot from Felton. Augustin's lightning quick, shoots well, and not afraid to drive the ball. I find offense a cumulative thing, so when someone plays good offense, the rest of the team also plays better offense because of a positive influence. As long as the opposing team doesn't have a superstar PG, Augustin should be fine.

I don't expect Felton to finish with the Cats this season unless either Augustin can't play or he explodes. It's just a feeling that I find Felton no longer has the value of a "prospect" but an average starter. Combine Felton and Diop or Radman or Mohammed for some backup PG + sixth man PF will fill the team's need.

I was pretty delighted when Felton did not accept the $40+ million deal. That deal can destroy Augustin's development.

rufuspaul 10-08-2009 10:51 PM

Re: Preseason
 
I still say keep them both. They compliment each other well. Look at the box score from tonight. Augustin had 22 pts. in 29 min. Raymond, however had 1 more assist (5) in less than half that time. Felts brings a lot of intangibles to the locker room as a leader and he will bring it every night. I say leave Raymond as the starter and when DJ comes in it's a new offensive threat to throw at the opponent. Other teams will be envious of our strength at point.

How about our rookies so far? Brown tonight was a perfect 6-6. We're playing pretty well with Diaw and Chandler watching from the sidelines. You know Chandler must be thinking to himself how much his ppg is gonna improve with Boris and Raymond feeding him.

onewickedlady 10-09-2009 12:23 AM

Re: Preseason
 
I wonder how Emeka felt last night sitting on the bench watching his new team play his old team? Just like LB said, I too feel like the game took four hours. Augustin was impressive as was Graham. Vlad seemed much more confident shooting the ball during the first quarter than I've seen him in a long time. Nazr's efforts to show that he deserves playing time weren't reflected in his stats but he's replaced Mek as the guy who can't guard bigs without fouling out. I'm not impressed with Diop nor some of the younger guys but it's only two games into the pre-season so maybe it's really too early to judge the newer guys, and I keep wondering what Ajinca is doing in the big leagues until he does something like that spectacular slam dunk.

All-in-all I was glad to be at a Bobcats game and will probably go to the free practice session on the 15th.

Good to see you, TarCat!!

BeebCats 10-09-2009 01:11 AM

Re: Preseason
 
I was at the game tonight as well, good lord gerald wallace got the crowd up on his feet. That cross over was nasty, and the finish??? OH man :rockon:

Great to get a preseason win this season :D I feel really optimistic about the season!

TarCat 10-09-2009 03:18 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by onewickedlady
I wonder how Emeka felt last night sitting on the bench watching his new team play his old team? Just like LB said, I too feel like the game took four hours. Augustin was impressive as was Graham. Vlad seemed much more confident shooting the ball during the first quarter than I've seen him in a long time. Nazr's efforts to show that he deserves playing time weren't reflected in his stats but he's replaced Mek as the guy who can't guard bigs without fouling out. I'm not impressed with Diop nor some of the younger guys but it's only two games into the pre-season so maybe it's really too early to judge the newer guys, and I keep wondering what Ajinca is doing in the big leagues until he does something like that spectacular slam dunk.

All-in-all I was glad to be at a Bobcats game and will probably go to the free practice session on the 15th.

Good to see you, TarCat!!


Great to see you also :applause:

~spectre~ 10-09-2009 03:35 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rufuspaul
Augustin had 22 pts. in 29 min. Raymond, however had 1 more assist (5) in less than half that time. Felts brings a lot of intangibles to the locker room as a leader and he will bring it every night. I say leave Raymond as the starter and when DJ comes in it's a new offensive threat to throw at the opponent. Other teams will be envious of our strength at point.


Felton was also halfway to a triple double in a little over 13 minutes while playing stellar defense on Paul. In the game before Mo Williams didn't score a bucket on him.

Well said rufus. Tho I do think DJ is coming along very nicely (I already see an improvement in his D & his leadership on the floor) I love the PG depth we have. Other teams would kill to have that.

onewickedlady 10-09-2009 05:44 PM

Re: Preseason
 
From what you guys are saying it definitely seems like a good idea to keep both Augustin and Felts. I also agree that it wouldn't hurt us to try and trade Vlad and Diop for strength where we need it. So that we can push ahead beyond the first round of the playoffs.

~spectre~ 10-10-2009 07:36 AM

Re: Preseason
 
I'll admit that I've never been a fan of Vlad...but Bonnell's latest blog post makes a lot of sense:

A divergence in path for 2 big men

He was THE offense in the first couple of minutes vs. NOLA and he gave West fits. Whenever I worry about the lack of a true backup PF I see him making guys like West lose his cool. In today's NBA a lot of teams run with PFs like West & Diaw...and if Vlad is determined to "play the right way" then maybe I need to reevaluate my views on him.

Gana...he is looking to be a disappointment. He does however rebound well and plays very good D. In particular vs. NOLA I remember him playing very good help D on the Paul pick and roll plays; like LB teaches he "rushed" Paul and helped Felton pretty much bust up the play.

All things being equal...he's better in that then Mek ever was in that regard, so even though I doubt he develops into a strong force like our FO seemed to have hoped I think he does have a role with us.

His salary is the problem.

acidbasesalt 10-10-2009 12:29 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Quote:

All things being equal...[Diop's] better in that then Mek ever was in that regard [defense]...


Can't agree more with you. Okafor's half Mohammed half Diop.

onewickedlady 10-10-2009 01:03 PM

Re: Preseason
 
I was just watching Time Warner Cable News--it's called News 14 Carolina out here--and there was a few minute sports report on the Bobcats preseason. The sports guy mentioned the Cats/Hornets game, showed some of the guys play, interviewed Felts and LB briefly and said that the Cats are shaping up to have a good season. Maybe he even said a very good season. I don't remember. It must have been the shock of a local TV sports reporter actually being positive about the Cats. That's good. Should get more folks interested in the Cats this season and maybe even becoming fans like us! Too bad that I will miss watching tonight's game. Betcha our guys will play better than they did last Tuesday!

onewickedlady 10-10-2009 09:49 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Is there anywhere to catch the rest of tonight's game?

BeebCats 10-10-2009 10:17 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by onewickedlady
Is there anywhere to catch the rest of tonight's game?


Was looking everywhere for streaming links, but then realized I actually got sports south :D

Close game, too bad we couldn't close it out. Lexy looked good, he had a nice putback slam (in traffic too). Win or lose, it's just good to see the bench get lots of burn. It's so much better than last year's bench, hands down.

onewickedlady 10-12-2009 06:59 PM

Re: Preseason
 
How to watch tonight's game?

BeebCats 10-12-2009 08:37 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by onewickedlady
How to watch tonight's game?


All I got is an audio feed :(

http://radiotime.com/WebTuner.aspx?StationId=22287&

LB just got ejected, haha... even the hawks announcers are talking about how bad the refs are.

onewickedlady 10-12-2009 09:46 PM

Re: Preseason
 
Terrible game. We should be getting better, not worse.


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