(All stats are as of Dec. 20) There’s no one reason the Charlotte Bobcats are struggling so much this month. There’s no one stat to point at and no one player to get angry with.
There is a combination of reasons the Bobcats cannot seem to put it together right now, though.
For one, they’re giving up way too many points.
In most of their losses they’re giving up over 100 points, and the ‘Cats offense just isn’t good enough to win those types of contests.
Also, the team is relying too much on isolation plays.
There are only three teams in the NBA who average less assists per game than the Bobcats. As a team, Charlotte dishes out 19.6 assists per game, and since Kemba Walker averages just over six of them per game, his teammates combine to barely average double that number.
One other reason the ‘Cats have been so bad lately is rebounding.
At the beginning of the season the team hovered around 12th in the league in boards per game. Now they hover around 20th. Charlotte needs all the possessions it can get this year, which means it needs to rebound as many missed shots as it can.
There are other reasons the team is playing poorly this month, but those three are the crux of the problem.