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Give 'em the Biz: Hornets' Biyombo adds defense in limited role
Backup center makes impact when needed
 
Published Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:51 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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Bismack Biyombo role with the young Hornets is simple: defend and rebound.

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Bismack Biyombo has one role: defend.

The veteran center is a role player on a very young team in his second stint with the Charlotte Hornets.

“He brings an edge to our team—a positive edge, though,” forward Marvin Williams said. “He is always encouraging. He is the true definition of someone who leads by example. When your team is not bringing the energy or the toughness or the physicality, that is where he steps in and he sets that example, and it is very contagious.

Biyombo made his second start of the season against the Pistons in place of injured Cody Zeller, who was out with a left hip contusion. Biyombo brings a physicality and rim protection that Zeller does not. While he had two blocked shots in the Hornets’ 102-101 win against Detroit (their eighth straight win against the Pistons) to snap a five-game losing streak, Biyombo also proved Charlotte’s most effective offensive weapon with a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds.

“Obviously we missed Cody, but Biz stepped in,” coach James Borrego said. “He gives us rim protection. He protects the paint. He talks. He’s active defensively.”

Said guard Devonte Graham, who had 16 points and career-high 15 assists: “Biz is a better rim protector.”

Biyombo said his role was to come in and “be a defensive presence.” He has 12 blocked shots this season, second to forward Miles Bridges’ 14. Biyombo averages eight points per game and 3.8 rebounds. He noted that they know how to make things tick on the offensive end. Now it’s about fine tuning things defensively to go from a team that is in games, but struggles to close, to a winning team.

“We all figured the offense out,” Biyombo said. “We all understand our system, and what we need to do for us to score. Scoring wasn’t going to be a problem tonight. I just had to figure out how to help my teammates, be confident, pressure the ball, and when I need to switch, I’ll switch.”

Said Williams: “One thing about him is he knows what he’s great at, and he really does perform at a high level, and he goes out there and he tries to do those things. Whether he comes off the bench and plays five minutes or he comes into the starting lineup and plays 30 minutes, that’s who he always going to be and he understands that, and that’s exactly what our team needs from him.”

 

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