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Something witty about making the Raptors extinct

Toronto Raptors 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -8

Taylor hounded DeRozan throughout the game, but had his biggest defensive play late, blocking a jumper by Calderon with 13 seconds remaining to help keep the Bobcats lead.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -2

Another strong all-around game from MKG, though not as many rebounds to show for it. Like Taylor, his biggest defensive play came late, as he blocked Andrea Bargnani’s jumper as time ran out to preserve the win (the current play by play isn’t reflecting it as a block, but from the replays it looks like he got a piece of it).

Brendan Haywood, C 26 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -4

Decent effort by Haywood, though the Bobcats’ bigs struggled to contain Jonas Valanciunas, who finished with 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting.

Byron Mullens, C 25 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -5

D on offense, B on defense (the 8 rebounds), so Byron gets a C. As I was afraid of, it seemed like the matchup with Bargnani brought Mullens’ desire to put up threes back to the surface, with 5 attempts on the night. A couple of quick fouls didn’t help Mullens offensive flow either, picking up his second just 4 minutes into the game.

Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | -5

Only 3 free throw attempts for Kemba despite a shot chart that is about half in the lane – no matter, it was another good night for Kemba with more points than field goal attempts, plus 7 assists for good measure. Oh, and like MKG and Jeffery Taylor, his biggest defensive play came with the game in the balance, as he stripped Demar DeRozan on his way for a layup or dunk with 3 seconds left (the ball went out of bounds off Kemba to give Toronto their last attempt, but without Kemba’s quick hands, the Bobcats would be at 5-5 now).

Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +11

This was the best game Bismack has played this year – he made an effort to run to the rim and transition and his teammates rewarded him. He also had a nice half hook from the middle of the lane for a basket after creating space (legally) with his shoulder. Good help defense (with a block late like so many of his teammates) and active on the boards. An encouraging showing.

Ramon Sessions, PG 33 MIN | 5-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Ramon couldn’t get many of his attempts to fall tonight, but they weren’t bad shots – he was penetrating at will against Calderon but couldn’t get the attempts to fall. Until the game was on the line that is, when he hit 2 of his last 3 from the field and a couple of free throws to get the Bobcats the lead.

Ben Gordon, SG 23 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +9

Not a great shooting night for Ben – particularly when he missed a couple of open looks late from three. But not bad shooting. And like his teammates, a good defensive effort, with 2 blocks coming from the undersized shooting guard (who even lined up against Linas Kleiza at the 3 for a stretch).

Three Things We Saw

  1. What an effort from the Bobcats – they had a 10-point lead in the final quarter, and let that slip away as they scored just 2 points over a 5 minute stretch. But they didn’t stop competing when the Raptors took a 3-point lead. Just enough offense, and then tenacious defense, with 5 blocks by the Bobcats over the last 3 minutes of the game (again, counting one for MKG on the last shot – if someone who saw a replay from a different angle tells me he didn’t get a piece of it, I can update this).
  2. The Bobcats outscored the Raptors in the paint, 50-42, off of turnovers, 21-16, and off fast breaks, 16-13. The way the Bobcats attack the basket, in transition and in the half court is a big improvement from last year, when there was far too much reliance on mid-range jumpers (and not just Byron Mullens – Kemba, Corey Maggette, Tyrus Thomas and Gerald Henderson were all up there in attempts). Last year, the Bobcats led the league in attempts from 16-23 feet and by a wide margin. They’re now middle of the pack and the offense is benefiting. See the stats at hoopdata.com shot locations
  3. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Enjoy the day and be thankful for this season’s Bobcats – they could very well tie last season’s win total before November ends.

9 comments to Something witty about making the Raptors extinct

  • charlottean

    Crazy thing about biyombo’s game was….i counted 4 additional offensive rebounds that he drew fouls on. Works just as good as on offensive board, but without credit. Added bonus of getting guys in foul trouble. Also had a few deflections. Great game for he and taylor and kemba and mkg. Every game someone from the rotation is stepping up. But biz looked GREAT. Incredibly active on both ends, forcing defenders to be honest.

    He’s only giving us this 1 in 5 or so games, but when you see the potential, it validates the pick and the investment. He’s easily going to be a solid starting center for us for YEARS. Had a helluvan assist also. Exciting game again.

    We keep it up and we’ll be singing nas to our draft pick *bye baby*

  • 4aseer

    For my City I think we need a banner and this writer in New York is gonna post up an article on the MKG foul that the NBA was saying was a foul, so what? We won. Was it the only foul in the game they missed?? pff See they are just trying to disrespect our wins!

  • 4aseer

    Thats disrespect that he is gonna write an article on MKG in NYC without saying anything about his performance or nothing, just ‘he fouled’ maaan that ain’t right

  • 4aseer

    Wouldn’t be so bad but they put in it on the front page! sup wit that

  • 4aseer

    DISRESPECT!

  • 4aseer

    The NBA don’t like the Bobcats!

  • minks77

    Congrats on the win. Team earned it but the refs were in your back pocket all game, specially late and the league copped to it. MKG foul on Andrea right in front of the ref wasn’t a block it was all arm (much like most of the Cats post D all night, friggin hack-a-thon in the paint) and Taylor (or whoever corralled the missed shot) clearly stepped out of bounds with time on the clock.

    Anyhow, in a high scoring game like Basketball you can’t pin a lose all on one or 2 possessions. The Bobcats outplayed the Raptors down the stretch. End of story. Happy for CB fans as your team has really turned it around this year early on, especially big after so much drama in a clusterfck of a season last year.

  • 4aseer

    Oh oh oh OK Davis gets a big article on how wonderful is game is gonna be, oh oh OK but all MKG can do is foul huh?? make em pay, as a team!

  • 4aseer

    The NBA don’t like our rookies, they can’t play, they only foul, i mean how else can we take it??