Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap liked some of what he saw in Monday’s 122-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, which was more of an effort than the blowouts in Utah and Sacramento. The Bobcats outrebounded Portland 44-41, after being blown out on the boards of late. Also, Dunlap liked that on a bad shooting night (5-of-20 from the field), point guard Kemba Walker became more of a distributor with 11 assists.

Guard the post, give up 3s: Shooting guard Gerald Henderson made a good point that when Portland is making 3s (12-of-24 Monday) they are particularly tough to beat. The Bobcats’ first concern Monday was guarding the post against big men LaMarcus Aldridge (23 points and 14 rebounds) and J.J. Hickson (15 points and eight rebounds).

That left the perimeter open for small forward Nicolas Batum (4-of-6 from 3-point range) and shooting guard Wesley Matthews (4-of-7).