• Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas didnt play in five of his teams previous seven games, buried on the bench behind Hakim Warrick and Jeff Adrien. But with coach Mike Dunlap going to a scrambling, small-ball team, down 18 Saturday, Dunlap gave Thomas a shot.
Thomas played 18 minutes and missed five of six shots, but Dunlap liked his hustle. Dunlap has said repeatedly that for Thomas to play meaningful minutes, he must bring energy and rebounds.
• One of the few things holding rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back is finding the balance between guarding intensely and committing fouls. For the second game in the last three, MKG committed four or more fouls, which limited his playing time.
Thomas game was surely Warricks loss. He played four minutes in the first quarter, then never entered the game again.
• The Bobcats committed 17 turnovers Saturday, but it didnt cost them. Theyre 4-5 this season with 17 or move turnovers.