Tonight the Bobcats will conclude their preseason schedule, as they go to Dallas to face the Mavericks. The Bobcats are coming off their sixth straight loss, after being defeated by the Bucks 100-90 on Thursday. The Bobcats were up seven going into the fourth quarter, and the Bucks outscored them 28-11 to win the game.
The Bobcats were led by 20 points and seven assists from Kemba Walker, while Gerald Henderson added 13 points. Offensively the Bobcats continued their poor stretch, shooting just 35% from the field. Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions, who have typically been reliable scorers for the Bobcats, combined to go 6-26 from the field. The loss brings the Bobcats to a 1-6 preseason record. It was just the second time this preseason the Bobcats gave up at least 100 points.
Gordon and Byron Mullens returned to the team after sitting with injuries in previous games, while Tyrus Thomas sat out. Mullens played just 25 minutes, hitting two threes and finishing with 11 points. Mullens continues to look very impressive shooting the three-point shot and when playing has been very consistent thus far. There’s no word yet on whether he’s expected to play again tonight, but I’d look for most of the starters to play limited minutes.
Meanwhile the Mavericks are coming off a loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Mavericks are without their star Dirk Nowitzki, who is expected to miss time in the regular season as he rehabs from a knee injury. During the offseason the Mavericks revamped their roster, adding more youth and athleticism.
The Mavericks added O.J. Mayo, Dahntay Jones and Darren Collison, while adding two draft picks in Jae Crowder and Jared Cunningham. The team also added veterans Elton Brand and Chris Kaman to their frontcourt. Without Nowitzki, it’ll be tough to see just how great their offseason additions will be, but on paper it looks nice. The Bobcats clearly matchup better with the Mavericks without Nowitzki, but still lack in overall talent in comparison.
With the preseason winding down, the anticipation for the start of the regular season is beginning. The Bobcats have shown some good things in preseason, but still have a long ways to go. Offensively is going to be there biggest achilles heel each night, but the defensive effort does look a lot better. Most fans still want to see a respectable offensive performance, but it’s looking less and less likely because of the last six games.