November 23, 2012

NBA Notebook: Bobcats near last year's win total

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Mike Dunlap, Jeffery Taylor
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Mike Dunlap is helping to develop young players such as rookie Jeffery Taylor into a Charlotte Hornets team that has turned into perhaps the biggest surprise in the NBA.

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That exuberance is evident in Walker, who has developed into the team's leader and flourished working alongside Sessions in practice and down the stretch in tight games.

Walker is averaging 18.8 points and 5.5 assists per game.

Despite being 6-footer, Walker is fearless driving to the basket and has improved in his ability to finish.

"He's our quarterback," Dunlap said. "We're developing him. He's setting the culture for us. There's a lot on his plate but he can handle it. When he was coming out of college a year ago, I thought he was the best player in America."

Just how long the Bobcats are able to keep things up remains to be seen.

The Bobcats have some quality wins against Dallas, Milwaukee and Minnesota, but have yet to play the league's elite teams like Miami, Oklahoma City and the New York Knicks.

That may be when the true test comes.

THE NBA SAID that officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer missed a foul by Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against Toronto's Andrea Bargnani on a jump shot in the final seconds of the Bobcats' 98-97 victory Wednesday night.

The NBA said Bargnani should have been given two free throws and the clock stopped with approximately 2.4 seconds remaining. Replays showed Kidd-Gilchrist's right hand made contact with Bargnani's left wrist as the Toronto player shot, with the ball coming up well short.

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