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News » Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-26

Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-26

Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-26Less might be more when it comes to the Bobcats' offense.

Coach Larry Brown has said for a while that he can't get all five players on the same page when it comes to running plays. That's partially a function of the roster turnover; three of the top six players weren't with this team at the end of last season, and none of those three -- Stephen Jackson, Tyson Chandler and Flip Murray -- had a full training camp in Charlotte to get acclimated.

So Brown made a concession recently, trimming back the number of plays the Bobcats run. As forward Gerald Wallace described it, the playbook went from 30 pages to three, and that seems to be helping. In the first nine games this season, the Bobcats averaged 82 points and 39 percent shooting. In the following four games, the Bobcats averaged 92 points and 48 percent shooting.

There are different factors in that improvement, particularly Jackson and Murray -- guards who can create shots for themselves and others -- taking larger roles. But center Tyson Chandler said there's little doubt that narrowing the number of plays has been a plus.

"I'd rather be great at 15 plays than just OK at 70," Chandler told the Charlotte Observer. "That's what we were, because all five guys didn't know where they were supposed to be."

BOBCATS 116, RAPTORS 81: The Bobcats assembled their widest margin of victory ever with some exceptional takeaway defense. They converted 18 Toronto turnovers into 29 Charlotte points. They also held the Raptors to season lows in points and field-goal percentage (34.5%).

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