If the Charlotte Bobcats are going to lose the rest of this season, then they’re at least going to lose with the kids getting most of the minutes.

That was the message from coach Mike Dunlap, following a blowout 105-75 home loss to the Chicago Bulls.

This was the third time this season the Bobcats lost by 30 or more and the 10th time they lost by 20 or more. The difference Friday was that even in a blowout, the team’s three highest-paid players – Ben Gordon, Gana Diop and Tyrus Thomas – never played.

Thomas was inactive, as he was the four previous games. Diop seldom plays and is in the final season of his contract.

But this was the first time this season Gordon has not played by coach’s decision. This appeared discipline-related: Gordon was disruptive at a shootaround Feb. 11, but was never suspended. This was the first game following the trade deadline, so sitting Gordon no longer could undermine his trade value.