• Having lost 10 in a row, the Charlotte Bobcats have a big one Saturday at home against the Orlando Magic. After that, they head out West for four games in five nights, then play the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets. Time to stop the bleeding.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist committed two fouls in the game’s first 31/2 minutes. I buy what coach Mike Dunlap says that he’d rather have MKG foul out than become passive on defense.
However, Kidd-Gilchrist is really the only Bobcat well equipped, from a strength-and-quickness standpoint, to guard Hawks forward Josh Smith. So limiting his minutes with fouls had a clear consequence in the first half.
• Seems a distant memory that the Bobcats held the Washington Wizards to 76 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves to 87. This was the 11th time in 12 games the Bobcats gave up 100 or more.
• The Bobcats have now lost seven straight to the Hawks and four of those have been blowouts.