Charlotte Bobcats' Coach Mike Dunlap Can't Explain Poor Home Performances

By John Raffel
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It’s still looks like it will be a long suffering season for the Charlotte Bobcats. Coach Mike Dunlap realized it’s going to be that way despite back-to-back wins on the road over the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons.

The Bobcats came home Wednesday and lost to the Utah Jazz 112-102 and are 9-25. So things are back to normal for one of the NBA’s worst teams which has lost 12 straight at home.

Ben Gordon, who had 18 points against the Pistons, scored 20 in the loss to Utah.

But the Bobcats had another one of their typical poor defensive performances. Utah shot 54 percent from the floor. That’s usually going to be tough to beat.

How does Dunlap explain 12 losses in a row at home but two impressive road wins over the Bulls and Pistons? It’s obviously much easier for him to explain the wins.

“For us, the Bulls and the Pistons to be able to win those games on the road there is plenty to sell. It takes that heat off us on that losing streak, “ he said. “We can push away with that and get on with life in the development of our organization.”

The win for the Bobcats over the Pistons was impressive considering Detroit had won four straight including against teams like the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks.

“They are a hot team coming in. Defensively, 20 points in the third and then 14 in the fourth, that is the kind of effort it takes to win here and I think everybody contributed tonight,” Dunlap said after the Pistons’ win.

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