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Henderson plays the hero this time

Minnesota Timberwolves 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 32 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -12

A solid performance for Bismack at both ends, as he was relatively collected upon receiving the ball in the post and going up for his attempts (though I do think he travelled on that last basket). Defensively, Bis blocked a couple of shots and challenged a few, plus used a couple of fouls smartly to prevent easy scores for Minnesota.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -10

4 fouls in just 15 minutes of action for MKG, and only a single basket to the positive. The rookie has got to avoid the cheap fouls he’s been picking up lately – his fourth was an instance where he put a hand in an opponent’s chest, with his arm outstretched, to block their movement on an inbounds play – an easy call for the officials that they had to make.

Kemba Walker, PG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 25 PTS | -2

7 points and 2 assists in the fourth quarter for Kemba helped carry the Bobcats to the win (though the second assist he was credited with was Gerald Henderson’s shot clock beating three for the win, following Kemba scrambling all over, including into the backcourt, trying to protect the ball from the Wolves, and getting bailed out of a horrible possession).

Gerald Henderson, SG 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -9

The game winning three for Henderson – so, well done there. But the Bobcats struggled to get the ball to Henderson in the post, to exploit mismatches with Barea, Ridnour and Rubio all night long. And when Henderson did get those mismatches, his success rate wasn’t great – nor did he do a good job of finding teammates when double teams came. It’s an area where all parties need to improve – as proved by the late game steal by Rubio off an entry pass to Henderson.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 18 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Tyrus – good job on the rebounding – in particular, I liked the one you ripped right out of the hands of Kirilenko. But cool it with the midrange jumpers – please. 1 of 6 from the field, with five attempts on midrange jumpers. It’s the least efficient shot in basketball, but seemingly the only one in your arsenal.

Brendan Haywood, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +10

A strange line for Haywood, with 3 blocks and 1 turnover in his 12 minutes on the court, and nothing else. But it worked. Haywood did a good job of anchoring the defense and turning away driving Wolves during his time on the court.

Ramon Sessions, PG 34 MIN | 7-11 FG | 9-10 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 23 PTS | +12

Just look at Ramon’s shot chart – all of those shots at the basket (plus 10 free throw attempts, which typically come from drives to the hoop as well). Sessions took advantage of the Wolves defense as the guards couldn’t stay in front of him and the bigs couldn’t force a miss once he got to them.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Taylor didn’t see many minutes tonight, but he did come in just as things had gotten to the worst, with the Bobcats down 18 in the first quarter. Taylor made a three to help start the slow recovery of Charlotte from one of their worst stretches of basketball all season.

Ben Gordon, SG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +8

With the Bobcats playing a 4 guard lineup for stretches, Gordon helped make it work, by taking and making Ben Gordon shots. 18 points on 13 attempts (though 3 turnovers), and Stiemsma’s cheap shot only seemed to help get Gordon going.

Stiemsma swipes at Ben Gordon's head

Five Things We Saw

  1. The first 8+ minutes of this game may have been the worst stretch of basketball played by Charlotte this season. Missed defensive assignments, careless turnovers, open threes for the opposition – it was all on display to start this game, as the Cats fell behind 29-11 with 3:40 to go in the first quarter. A Charlotte run cut the deficit to 9 entering the second quarter…except for J.J. Barea burying a 40-foot three pointer to close out the quarter, and giving Minny a 12-point lead.
  2. There may have been concern that such a play would kill the Bobcats’ momentum and energy, with seemingly everything against them. But they did not let that happen, as they battled throughout the second quarter – while they didn’t make up much ground, they didn’t concede any either.
  3. And the second half was all Charlotte (well, aside from J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour making 3 threes in the 4th quarter to bring the Wolves back from an 8-point deficit and set up the thrilling finish). Charlotte out-rebounded the Wolves 24-12 in the second half, giving up a single offensive rebound.
  4. And the other thing the Bobcats did to get out in front – creating havoc defensively and scoring on the turnovers. While both teams finished the game with 17 turnovers, Charlotte turned Minnesota’s turnovers into 22 points, while the Wolves could manage just 15. When the Bobcats got steals and deflections, they forced the issue and capitalized on the easy points.
  5. However, the Bobcats’ scrambling defense did nearly do them in, as they allowed the league’s worst three point shooting team to make 10 of 20 attempts from long range. It paid off in the win column – but it also showed that NBA players will make open looks at a pretty good clip.

3 comments to Henderson plays the hero this time

  • charlottean

    First half was super ugly©dr. Dre.

    Comeback was awesome, henderson’s shot was insane. That play was disastrous.

    Sessions had 6 turnovers, a few of them should have been fouls, but the last 2 were so bad they looked like he was shaving points (the inbounds pass at the end and the entry pass to hendo who was being fronted by rubio shortly before that). Horrible passes from him in critical situations. Tough to swallow, even with the insane scoring production.

    I thought biz took 4 steps at first glance and ran it back in slo mo a few times…..it was dicey…..he definitely didn’t take 3 steps, but he might have moved his pivot foot slightly. But it wasn’t as bad as it looked at first glance at all. Just an ugly move that worked…..he thought he would have a clean dunk and when they collapsed so quickly it threw him off. Great stat line for him in 32 mins. Hope for consistency on that. He gave up A LOT to steimsma early that was at the very least partially on him every time. Seemed like either there was major miscommunication on rotations or he wasn’t showing hard enough. Seemed like the first because he usually shows a lot harder and he wasn’t pulled super early likw you would expect if a guy wasn’t doing his job. I assume it was on warrick based on the coaching moves.

    Let’s go ahead and give walker another assist for another great night…..thomas gave us one of the worst dunk bloopers ever that fortunately lead to a bismack 3 pt play. But seriously…..that was bad. I mean that was a WHALE of a game by walker.

    It’s official…..any team missing 8 or 9 rotation players cannot beat us. So there’s that.

  • Spencer/SDS

    ha^^, but really are the wolves missing players? The wolves are good when healthy, but they are NEVER HEALTHY, thus they are never good…you could call the Portland Trailblazers a GREAT team when Oden and Roy where there…but they never were simply because neither of them were ever around, you can’t call a team good if you don’t expect to ever play their entire team….Injury prone TEAMS do not do well in the NBA, ever….they are/everyone on their team currently looks to be injury prone basically, it sucks because they are actually talented…but never can show it

    anyway…good game^^

  • charlottean

    one could argue that chauncey billups and rip hamilton miss(ed) a ton of games in their careers and they put it together for a season. Only takes one to get a ring.

    minny is missing (in order of importance) love, pekovic, shved, budinger, roy, lee, etc.

    pekovic alone would have sealed the deal for this game. i think this group would be fine and won’t be “injury prone” but kahn will find a way to destroy their chances of success by over thinking what he accidentally assembled. Pekovic is basically good as gone by the deadline. he’ll probably package up everybody except love for gasol and realize that love and gasol don’t work well together. then he’ll trade love in the offseason. brilliant ole kahn.

    watch that happen. it’s either that or he offers greg oden a max deal and let’s pekovic walk.