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Jefferson and Millsap give free clinic to Cats

Utah Jazz 112 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Charlotte Bobcats
Tyrus Thomas, PF 10 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11

It’s tough to get an F in just 10 minutes of action – but missing all 4 shots from the field and turning the ball over twice in that short period of time, while getting scored on, over, and around (a theme for all Bobcats bigs) will do the trick.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 24 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Similar to my criticism of Tyrus – the Bobcats frontcourt was overmatched against the Jazz bigs all night – even their backups. Al Jefferson continued his tutoring of Bis with 26 points on 11 of 15 shooting. To be continued in the “Things we saw” section.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -27

A nice all-around stat line for MKG – but 2 turnovers again as he is maybe pressing a bit much and trying to force things that aren’t there. I don’t want him to lose the aggressiveness, but 2 turnovers on just 11 attempts from the field is a bit high, and comes from him going man on multiple men in transition at times.

Kemba Walker, PG 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | -19

Another weird night for Kemba – decent line, but he wasn’t impacting the game much on the court. The pick and roll seemed clogged up all night, as the Jazz blitzed Kemba and didn’t worry too much about the roll man.

Hakim Warrick, PF 18 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Hakim may like taking stand-still jumpshots following a pump-fake (as said by Dell during the broadcast), but they’re not good shots.

Brendan Haywood, C 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Brendan had a nice and-one dunk early in this one…and that was the end of it. Too slow to guard the Jazz bigs well, and on pick and roll defense it’s a likely foul, as Haywood seems to concede just lurching into guards as they drive in. I’m probably being negative and overly generalizing after an ugly loss, so take this one with a grain of salt.

Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -6

Helped make the final score respectable, though the result wasn’t really ever in doubt in the fourth.

Gerald Henderson, SG 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +17

I know he’s had injuries, but the Bobcats need Henderson back in the starting lineup (or Sessions or Gordon). Another efficient scoring night from Hendo.

Ben Gordon, SG 25 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | -2

It’d be nice if the Bobcats could find ways to get Ben some open looks from three without him having to dribble so much – it’s not his strong suit, as evidenced by a couple of possessions where he got a bit loose with the ball and had to scramble for it. The results aren’t bad this way – but it seems like they could be even better.

Four Things We Saw

  1. About the rest of the Jazz bigmen and their scoring prowess: Paul Millsap had 19 on 8 of 12. Derrick Favors – 10 on 5/5. Ok – in the Bobcats defense, they did slow down Enes Kanter down, with just 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting. So, even with Kanter included, that’s 57 points on 38 field goal attempts for the Jazz frontcourt. Tough to win against that.
  2. Also tough to win against a team shooting 10 of 22 from deep, when no one is missing from the inside either. The Bobcats weren’t giving up one at the expense of the other – they just got torched every where.
  3. Offensively – there isn’t as much to complain about as the defense. Really. The turnovers were a little high at 15, but go look where the Bobcats were shooting from:
    Shot Chart for the Bobcats
    The first and second quarters in particular – the Bobcats are getting a lot of shots in the paint, but, as evidenced by all the X’s you see, they’re missing most of them.

7 comments to Jefferson and Millsap give free clinic to Cats

  • SirGladiator

    Thanks for giving us that cool shot chart, that tells you all you need to know. When you can’t make the easy ones, you can’t win. Obviously the lack of inside D is another reason for the loss, but amazingly it worked both ways, we gave up the easy ones, but got a surprising amount of easy ones ourselves, we simply missed them, inexcusable. Its nights like these that even Biz’s biggest supporters, like myself, wonder if its time to just give it up, trade him if we can, and go get a real inside player, because you look at Kemba’s improvements, Mullens, how awesome MKG is right out of the gate, and then you look at Bismack, and he’s just as bad as ever, maybe even worse if thats possible. Bizmack was always a high risk high reward type, he had the raw athletic ability to be a superior version of Dwight Howard, but enough tremendous weaknesses to be a complete bust if he didn’t learn and improve. He isn’t learning and improving. I don’t know if there’s anything else they can do for him, if there is by all means they should do it, if not its time to admit that the dice were worth rolling, but they came up snake eyes, and its time to move on. Its obvious the Lakers don’t have any use for Pau Gasol these days, maybe we can trade for him. But whatever we do, its time for Biz to step up or just step off the court.

  • Walshy

    Biz hasn’t been 20 for very long and didn’t have much experience or coaching before coming to the NBA or in his rookie season. Even if he is currently struggling somewhat it is way too early to tell if he is a bust. His offense hasn’t improved much yet but his rebounding has, and he still shows some strengths as well as very good athleticism. I wouldn’t give up on him yet.

  • charlottean

    i don’t feel that he isn’t learning and improving at all…..i just think it takes longer for guys like him. bigs usually don’t click until 25 and up. even the elite ones. he’s going to get bigger and if he stays cut, that’s going to be a BIG help for him in the post. he IS lighter than a lot of these guys posting him up especially jefferson tonight. he did have some really nice blocks but all in all was pretty weak. but he’s had enough NICE games this year that make you think “if he puts it together consistently….” and I think he will. I would be worried if he NEVER had double doubles and he NEVER had emphatic dunks or blocks or if he NEVER had 15-17 rebound games.

    I also don’t understand pointing out 2 turns by MKG. It’s not great of course, but for a rookie? he played 29 minutes, had 11 shot attempts making 7, and had 4 assists. that means 11 buckets vs. 2 turns. that ratio would have ANY nba team thrilled. as a team that would be 55 buckets for 10 turns. how is that a bad thing? Not to mention, if I’m recalling correctly, one of the turns was a foul in transition that wasn’t called….I could be mixed up there though.

    horrible horrible officiating in this one. they missed at least 5 BLATANT traveling calls on the jazz bigs, especially kanter, then turned around and made a VERY DICEY (to say the least) traveling call on biz where it looked like he took 2 steps in fluid motion and nothing more. and there were some insanely bad no calls on our end as well. we had the game at 10 in the 3rd with momentum and then they gave away about 4 or 5 possessions in a row + a technical for pointing out the facts…… basketball is really frustrating because of how bad the officiating is. I really do not understand how you can have the kind of budget they have, the kind of athletes they have, and then they have horrible officiating. You would think it would be the best and it’s clearly been the worst for YEARS.

    all refs miss calls, but this kind of stuff is just inexcusable. the sessions fast break dunk that somehow ended with he and randy foye colliding in mid air and landing on their backs? hmmm wonder how that managed to happen without contact.

    • (I tried to embed in here – but I couldn’t get that to work – so I’ve added this video clip as an additional item we saw – so scroll up them come back).

      I think this is the one you’re referencing of MKG’s turnovers – it’s tough to tell from the video, but it could be clean (MKG didn’t really protest). I’m not trying to be overly critical – but it’s an area where Gilchrist can improve. His turnover rate is a bit high on the season (just above the midpoint of small forwards), and 2 turnovers on 11 field goal attempts (and just 1 free throw attempt) is high. Again, there’s a balancing act – I love his aggressiveness in attacking the basket, but he made a bad decision on this one – going to the middle of the court, towards additional defenders, rather than attacking with his left, where he could stay isolated with the man in the post.

  • Spencer/SDS

    @Sir…Bis is the youngest starting Center in the entire league…who happens to very athletic and has an extremely high ceiling and you want to use him to go after Paul Gasol????an aging big man who’s skill set is declining at a very high rate, is owed around 20 mill per year over the next 2 years and won’t do anything ever for this Bobcats team to even try to get us close to a championship???-plus it’s not like the Lakers have any 1st round picks to give us(they are all in Orlando)…seriously flawed concept there M8…worst thing possible would be to give up anything other then Diop + T-Time for Paul…and that is just so we get some “leadership” on this team…and i doubt Gasol’s leadership

  • charlottean

    I saw that one just a few minutes ago but that wasn’t the one I was referring to. I think the one I’m thinking of was actually walker but I’m not sure. It was late in the game. That one IS a questionable decision whether it was a foul or not.

    I’m just saying 2 turnovers vs. 11 FG’s made isn’t a problem in my book. Especially when you factor in 2 steals. I think it’s less than a problem….I think it’s a cost of doing business. Kemba gives you 12 FG’s to 2 turnovers. If you get 55 buckets for every 10 turnovers, you’re doing your job and then some. Our bigs shouldn’t have as many turns as they do because they aren’t even focal points of our offense. No reason for tyrus to have 2 in 10 minutes or haywood to have 2 or biyombo although i call it 1 (see above referenced travel call). The other guys were within reason.

    and if MKG’s around the mid point for NBA 3′s on turnover rate at age 19….i would call that a non-issue entirely. Don’t mean to be a D or overcritical of you guys analysis (that would make it a bit hypocritical right?) I just point it out for discussion.

    On another note, I would love to have enes kanter on our roster, especially if he can get away with all those travels here too.

  • charlottean

    Yea i would throw t-time, diop, haywood, williams, steve martin, stephen silas, and cory higgins and the detroit’s first just for the sake of having a less frustrating veteran on the roster. pau would hate it worse than LA though.

    LA sent one pick to orlando for howard and they sent 2 firsts and 2 seconds to phoenix for nash. I could have sworn NBA rules only allowed for 2 future 1sts to be traded at a time (not including extra picks you acquire) but I guess not. either way LA is effed. They have a struggling older team with a lack of depth (clarksanity?), a ton of injuries, a ton of luxury tax bills to pay, highest payroll in the league, 7 players under contract for 78 mil next year none of whom are named dwight howard, and no 1st round pick this year, 2015 or 2017 and several 2nds gone also (13/14/15). and no picks owed to them except a conditional 2nd from memphis that IF they get it….IF….is between 56-60 in the draft. awesome. imagine how bad it’s going to be if dwight signs elsewhere this summer (houston?) and they have 78 million in unmovable contracts AND no assets. over the cap. over the tax.

    they looked like geniuses over the summer but now? wow. hard to conceive how bad a situation they are in at the end of kobe’s career. pretty sad actually. making d’antoni look bad too. has nothing to do with that and everything to do with lack of chemistry.