Charlotte Bobcats End Losing-Streak with Balance

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Throughout the month of December and their 18-game losing-streak, the Charlotte Bobcats struggled to do many things right. Much of the time, they looked very amateur considering they were playing in NBA games.

However, as the Bobcats were able to beat the Chicago Bulls on Monday afternoon, they looked like a professional basketball team.

One of the reasons that the Bobcats looked so exponentially better against the Bulls is because of the balance that they had as a team.

It’s been noted on several occasions that Charlotte doesn’t have a legitimate superstar or a real veteran that has the ability to take over a game. Subsequently, the Bobcats are at their best when they are playing as a unit.

Against Chicago, eight of the nine players that got on the floor for Charlotte scored. More impressively, all of the eight players that did score against the Bulls scored at least five points. Four of those players also had 15 or more points.

The Bobcats were able to evenly distribute their scoring load. They were also able to shoot to basketball efficiently, shooting 47.1 percent from the field and hitting four of the 10 three-point attempts that they launched.

Their balance in the win goes beyond just scoring and offense, though. Every player that played for Charlotte notched at least two rebounds. Seven of the nine players grabbed four or more boards, as well. Bismack Biyombo and, normally reserved, Jeff Adrien both posted double-digit rebounds against Chicago.

The game against the Bulls offered a blueprint for Charlotte on how they can be a successful basketball team. There are going to be nights where Kemba Walker has to score 20-plus points. But, if the Bobcats are able to consistently play balanced on both sides of the ball and on-the-glass, they have a chance to turn the tides of their season.

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