• New Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap spent a lot of time in the second half going small, with a backcourt of Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon, and either Gerald Henderson or Reggie Williams at small forward.
Part of that was the Wizards lack of size, due to several injuries. But Dunlap wants to play that way in stretches, to get his best shooters on the court together. The open question is how effectively 6-7 rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be matching up with NBA power forwards.
Kidd-Gilchrist at power forward would allow for a scrambling, pressing unit, with Byron Mullens or Bismack Biyombo as the center.
• Rookie Jeff Taylor had a rough initiation into the NBA. He committed two fouls in two minutes of the first half, left the game, and was never reinserted.
• New point guard Ramon Sessions can really push the ball and is a force driving to the rim. But teammates are still trying to catch up to his aggressive passes. Sessions had five turnovers in 30 minutes.
• Center Brendan Haywood will make the Bobcats better defensively, but hes still rather mechanical on offense. He took two shots in 24 minutes, finishing with four points.