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Bobcats hit double-digit wins with 106-100 victory in Orlando

Charlotte Bobcats 106 Final

Recap | Box Score

100 Orlando Magic
Hakim Warrick, PF 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +6

Warrick had an all-around solid night, doing a particularly good job of getting to the line. His grade gets dinged a little bit for a few odd decisions, like when he forced up an awkward and unneeded shot when the team was trying to kill the clock late in the game.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -4

A few points, a few boards, some turnovers, an offensive goaltending call, and a questionable shot or two. Not a great night from Biyombo, who mostly sat the bench in the second half.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5

Like Biyombo, MKG was mostly anonymous on Friday night. He didn’t score in the first half, and seemed tentative about driving to the basket. Dunlap favored Jeff Taylor at small forward in crunch time, but I wouldn’t read too much into it.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7-9 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | 0

Kemba may not be the passer that some would prefer, but Friday showed how he can still provide good value as a lead guard. He scored in a variety of ways, getting to the line, knocking down a few three-pointers and hitting his go-to mid-range shots. He also had two of the biggest plays in the fourth quarter, drilling a late three to push the lead to ten, and running cross-court to grab an offensive rebound that helped secure the game.

Gerald Henderson, SG 21 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +8

According to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer, Gerald tweaked his back on the first play of the game. It eventually sidelined him for most of the second half, but he still managed to hit just about everything when he was on the floor. Hopefully his injury isn’t too serious, and he can keep up this aggressive play.

Jeff Adrien, SF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | 0

Adrien did a good job on the boards, as usual, but he also showed off a solid mid-range jumper tonight. He may be little less skilled than some of the other big men on the roster, but it’s nice to see a big man doing big-man things sometimes.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 19 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3

Dunlap went with Taylor down the stretch, playing him for the entire fourth quarter. He was mostly passive on the offensive end, taking just one shot, but played solid defense and gave the team a decent long-range option when sharing the court with Kemba and Sessions.

Brendan Haywood, C 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +8

This is the type of game you hope to see from Haywood. His statline wasn’t flashy, but it was still enough to earn him his most playing time in months. It was the first time he cracked 30 minutes in a game since Nov. 28.

Ramon Sessions, PG 30 MIN | 4-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +4

Another prototypical game: Ramon didn’t shoot well from the floor, but made up for it with eight free-throw attempts and by leading the team in assists. Like Taylor, he played the entire fourth quarter, scoring 12 points.

Ben Gordon, SG 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +6

A decent game from Gordon on offense, but the defense had some major breakdowns when he was on the floor. JJ Redick had a few wide-open jumpshots where Gordon was nowhere to be found.

Mike Dunlap

You’d ideally like to see MKG and Biyombo get more minutes, but a win is a win.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Kidd-Gilchrist seems to be relying on his jumper a little more, which can be a mixed bag. I’m fine with him taking the shot, if only to get reps in, but he didn’t make an attempt at the basket all game.
  2. This was easily one of the team’s best nights on offense this year — they shot 47 percent from the floor, got to the line 38 times, and mostly limited their turnovers.

3 comments to Bobcats hit double-digit wins with 106-100 victory in Orlando

  • charlottean

    Very blah game. Almost gave it away at the end. I struggle to understand haywood playing so much. I didn’t see biyombo being the problem at all. The offensive goaltending thing is getting out of control, but given how his free throw shooting is looking, and how he’s catching passes and seemingly handling the ball well…..i have confidence it will improve. At least it is a sign of aggressive play. Mkg sitting for taylor is stomachable but watching haywood is somehow more painful than watching biyombo goaltend (even when haywood is at his best like tonight).

    Lot of questionable calls that went the bobcats way for a change. That was weird.

    If hendo plays like that with a tweaked back…..leave it that way. He’s way better than afflalo and won’t cost nearly as much.

  • SirGladiator

    I agree that Haywood is doing a good job of making Biyombo look good, and clearly Biz should be getting more minutes and Haywood less. I don’t think there’s ever been a game we won that we didnt almost give away at the end, that’s apparently the rule or something, the Bobcats arent allowed to win unless they almost give it away first.

    As for the rest of it, Hendo was awesome, the D was good enough to hold Orlando to just 40 points in the paint, that meant they had to hit a ton of 3s to win. They almost did it, but came up a bit short. It would be nice if at some point somebody tried guarding Reddick when he’s shooting those 3s. He’s not playing for Duke anymore, he doesn’t get to go to the line every time somebody gets within a few feet of him, you’re allowed to actually guard him now and I say let’s do that :) . Other than that, job well done. Rebounds, defense, good solid offense, if we played like this every night we’d be doing a LOT more winning.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Adrien…i’m liking more then Warrick at this point…good player and a good pickup (at least i would like to see him get more playing time then Warrick when Mullens gets back)

    Also is there any news on T-Time? Did Dunlap just learn he is our worst offensive player and blah defensively and rebounding? (defensively he is good helping, not much 1 v 1)

    Biyombo, his game is improving monthly (like last year) and the best thing for him is easily just playing time for him, those offensive goal tending, is a bit bad….but hey, sometimes he gets a very good putback other times they are bad calls, others good calls and him usually at the last second like “oh no” lol^^

    good game to watch (was on drugs-got my wisdom teeth taken out) made it a little bit better^^