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Mike Dunlap's players are trying to keep up with his blueprint for the perfect defense.
Dunlap's young team was not prepared for his hard-nose, old-school style.
Some players even complained about practice lasting three to four hours, mostly about fundamentals such as boxing out and making good passes.
Then there is his focus on rotation and pressure defenses that takes getting used to.
Hakim Warrick can attest to that. He was given the nickname "Mothballs" because he was rarely used in the first 14 games after getting acquired on Nov. 13.
He said most NBA teams don't use Dunlap's technique because faster and stronger players would easily burn out.
And that's exactly happening to the Bobcats.
As mentioned in the first slide, the Bobcats have an awful knack for allowing opponents to blow them out early.
Coming out on defense full force worked out for Dunlap early in the season, but it has since imploded on the team.
Look at their 104-92 loss against the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 23.
The Hawks took advantage of the Bobcats' lack of energy by great ball movement. It was hard to watch the exhausted Charlotte players chase the ball half-heartedly, surrendering the game in the fourth quarter.
Dunlap is no doubt a mastermind when it comes to defense, but he needs to tweak his plan so his team can actually play like competitors for 48 minutes.