Bobcats Improvement All About Defense?
The Charlotte Bobcats have played eight games. In the first four, opponents averaged 110 points and 50 percent shooting. In the next four, opponents averaged 89 points and 37 percent shooting.
They were 1-3 in the first four and 3-1 in the next four. Clearly not a coincidence.
What changed? Some of it was scheme. Some of it was attitude. The coach, an experimenter by nature, pulled back on his pressure defense and matchup zone. Those are weapons and he’ll keep using them. Just not over-using them.
And the players realized that in a defense-first agenda, they were under-performing big time.
“It’s about our energy,” said forward Byron Mullens, who was never seen as a defender before this season. “And it was coach really getting on us.”