Kemba Walker in a sense is finally having his breakout season with the Charlotte Bobcats, but in the Cats recent struggles Walker has been in a noticeable slump.
Aside from last night’s slaughter by the Portland Trail Blazers, a majority of the losses for Charlotte this season have been in a game that could have been decided in the final quarter. Not all games have been in that exact scenario, but a surplus fit the claim.
Eight of the Bobcats defeats this season have been decided by five points or less, and six have been by 10 or less. Thus proving the Cats tend to struggle in either the fourth or entire second half.
So how does this relate to the former Connecticut Husky? The Bobcats’ recent losing streak has proven that when Kemba struggles with his shot, the Bobcats cant close games out or even keep up at times.
Walker has developed as the star of the city of Charlotte without a doubt, but his shooting percentage really hasn’t been there this year. Kemba is shooting a career low .409 from the field and his issue with finding his groove in close games has noticeably contributed to the Cat’s close losses.
Kemba has to prove he is a leader, and in a sense he has proved that. But shooting 4-20 in a loss that was decided by two points is unacceptable. The 3rd year point guard has shot an atrocious 22/74 (.297) from the field in the Cats current five-game losing streak.
In the past two games the 18-point a game scorer has only managed to get just 20 points on the board. It’s obvious that when Charlotte struggles, Walker is either having trouble finding his shot or just plain out not having a good night.
Though he has been highly impressive in many points this season Kemba cant keep putting up these horrendous shooting nights or else it will cost them another close game they believed they could win.
Just think, in the 118-116 loss to the Hawks three games ago, Kemba shot 4-20. If he had hit just one easier jumper, they would have been going to overtime. If he had just hit two more short-range shots they would have won.
It’s simple, the face of this rising franchise cant keep putting up these horrible shooting games or else it could end up hurting them badly when it comes down to an intense fourth quarter.
Walker needs to move past his recent shooting woes, improve them, and get the Cats out of the five-game skid. He needs to find his groove and push Charlotte back up higher in the top eight (correctly have moved from the fifth seed to the eighth in losing streak) within the atrocious Eastern Conference.
When Kemba cant find his “mojo” from the field, it never is a positive aspect for a team that highly depends on his scoring.