The Charlotte Bobcats have rounded the corner and are on their last lap of the regular season. Before they cleared the corner, the Bobcats went to Memphis to visit the smash-mouth defense of the Memphis Grizzlies. Predictably, the Grizzlies defense was overwhelming for the Bobcats, and held the team in check offensively to cruise to a 94-75 victory.
Friday, the Bobcats rolled into the Motor City to do battle with the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons had a sharp night from the perimeter, shooting over 50% from three to roll to a 20-point route of the Bobcats. The Bobcats are used to seeing three-pointers rained on them this season. They rank 30th in opponents three-point field goals and 29th in opponents three-point percentage. It’s one of the main problems defensively the team is going to have to work on for next season.
The Bobcats showed some life in their three-point defense Saturday when they took on the Milwaukee Bucks. They held the Bucks to 9-29 from behind the three-point line. They also got a big night from Bismack Biyombo. Biz’ is taking advantage of April and capped his week with a 13 point, 17 rebound night in a 95-85 winÂ over the Bucks.
Biyombo has been an easy target for criticism here on Roberto Gato this season, but the center is showing the flashes that so many of us have been pleading to see all season. In February and March, Biyombo had just five combined double-digit rebounding games. So far in April Biyombo has four of them. Biyombo is averaging 6.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 33.3 minutes this month. His fouls are also down to 2.3 with the increased minutes.
While his FG% is still disappointing at 42.4%, it’s been very encouraging to see Biyombo as active as he has been. If Biyombo can manage to take this month’s play into next season to further improve his game, it will be a welcome sight to a Bobcats team that will definitely need to take some big steps in 2013-14.
Biyombo isn’t alone in cooking up a hot April. Josh McRoberts has continued his surprising play too. This month McRoberts is averaging 11 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in over 39 minutes per game. Against Milwaukee Saturday, McRoberts was close to a triple-double.
The former Duke Bluedevil has given the Bobcats a presence similar to what Boris Diaw gave the team before his play trended down. He gives activity on both sides of the ball, he’s one of the league’s most underrated passers, and he’s a terrific rebounder as well. Athletically, McRoberts is very gifted too. McRoberts has made a great case to the Charlotte brass to be re-signed for next season.
This week also saw a lot of draft-related content. We had an update on the Charlotte Bobcats big board for the 2013 NBA Draft. We explained why the the Bobcats should be thankful they won’t get the Portland Trail Blazers draft pick for this year’s draft, even though Michigan center Mitch McGary is intriguing us here at Roberto Gato. The NBA Draft wasn’t the only thing on our minds, as we wondered whether or not Bobcats guard Ben Gordon should opt out of his contract with Charlotte in the offseason. Next week promises to bring no shortage of news and material as the Bobcats look to close the books on the ninth season in franchise history.