|Derrick Brown, F 35 MIN | 8-15 FG | 5-10 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -12
What a game for Brown. He was efficient, effective and a beast on the boards. He wasn’t immune from the blunders that plagued Charlotte in this one, though. A few missed layups, some defensive lapses and a dreadful night from the charity stripe asside, this was his most impressive performance in a long time.
|Byron Mullens, C 35 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | -19
Chris Bosh ate him alive. That isn’t surprising because Bosh is literally a Velociraptor. For real, though, Mullens had a horrible game and it looks like little stretch of awesome basketball he went through not so long ago was an aberration. I’m not saying THIS Byron Mullens is the one we should all get used to, but he’s never going to turn into a consistent 20 point 10 rebound guy, either.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 33 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -14
Biyombo scored efficiently and grabbed a bunch of rebounds, but he was matched up with Joel Anthony for most of the night, and that guy topped his per game scoring average by seven points.
|Gerald Henderson, G 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -20
Hendo really likes him some baseline jumpers. He likes them on the run, off screens, fading away and from any other way possible. He’s such an athletic guy that he should be taking the ball to the hole more often and taking more free-throws. If he works on that aspect of his game this off season, Henderson could become a pretty tough matchup for most shooting guards.
|D.J. Augustin, PG 25 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 4 PTS | -15
A good amount of those six missed shots were wide open. He didn’t penetrate the paint enough to be effective, he didn’t hit shots and he wasn’t that great on defense either.
|Matt Carroll, SG 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7
Not a bad stat line for a guy who usually rides the pine and only got 12 minutes.
|D.J. White, PF 9 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7
Can’t really say much about a guy who didn’t get many minutes and do much of anything in them.
|Reggie Williams, SF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -7
With Maggette out for the rest of the year, Williams should be taking advantage of extended playing time and an expanded role. Instead, he’s routinely putting up numbers like these.
|Cory Higgins, G 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -1
Like usual, Higgins didn’t really have an effect on the game either way. It was nice to see a three go down for him, though; He hadn’t hit one in the past five games.
|Kemba Walker, PG 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -13
Not a bad game from Kemba, but not a great game either. If he could string together a few more 50 percent shooting nights to end the season, that would be wonderful.
Five Things We Saw
- It wasn’t during the game, but PTI took time out of their show to talk about the ‘Cats. The question was, would Charlotte finish the season with “over or under 7.5 wins.” Tony Kornheiser picked the under, and Wilbon picked the over (mostly to take a shot at the Knicks, who the Bobcats play to end the season). They also asked Charles Barkley where he thought the best place for Anthony Davis and the NBA would be for him to land. He said New Jersey, but also said he hopes the Bobcats get him.
- Charlotte scored two fast break points… … . .. … ………………………… Let that sink in for a moment. They also got outscored 70 to 26 in the paint. SEVENTY-TO-TWENTY SIX!
- The ‘Cats shot a respectable 44.6 percent from the field, but hit just five of 17 three-pointers. Miami, on the other hand, shot above 50 percent, even though it was just two of 14 from behind the arc.
- Dexter Pitman finished the game on pace to score 42 points. How can the Bobcats let him score 16 points in 18 minutes? Oh yeah, because they’re the Bobcats.
- The season is nearly over. When it’s all said and done, 2012 will be a year this franchise should erase from the record books. Rick Cho will have at least two years to build a playoff team (which I think he will), and that time period starts this summer with the NBA draft. It cannot be said enough times… The Charlotte Bobcats REALLY need Anthony Davis.