Most people wouldn’t blame a loss or a win on a single event during the course of a game. Well, during last night’s matchup between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Philadelphia 76ers, one thing led to a ‘Cats loss than any other; Mike Dunlap and his terrible rotations.
The player of the Game for Charlotte was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He scored 21 points to lead Charlotte in scoring, grabbed nine rebounds and had the only positive +/- on the entire team.
For some reason, Dunlap thought it would be a good idea to sit MKG with 2:30 to go and Charlotte down five points. That move didn’t necessarily hurt Charlotte; the Sixers didn’t score until Kidd-Gilchrist came back in the game. But, it didn’t help the ‘Cats either; the Bobcats didn’t score until Kidd-Gilchrist came back into the game.
MKG didn’t commit a foul before Dunlap pulled him, he didn’t do something egregious, like blatantly allow a basket or check out of the game mentally, and he certainly wasn’t hurt, because Dunlap put him back into the game a little over a minute after pulling him.
I opined a few days ago that the ‘Cats are going to fire Dunlap after the season precisely for these lapses in mental fortitude he displays on an almost nightly basis (at least on most nights when Charlotte has a chance to win).
Maybe this has more to do with something else I opined about a while ago. Maybe the Bobcats are still in tank-mode, and Dunlap’s just a pawn in Rich Cho’s (or Michael Jordan’s) chess game of tankage.