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Henderson and Walker hold off Magic

Charlotte Bobcats 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Orlando Magic
Bismack Biyombo, PF 31 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +6

While still not a high scoring effort, Bismack did pretty well for him on offense, with his one miss being on a decently executed hook shot in the paint. The only complaint tonight was the lack of rebounds by Bis (and the number grabbed by Vucevic and NIcholson for Orlando).

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist saw limited minutes tonight, as Dunlap elected to go with a smaller lineup for large chunks of the game, playing Gerald Henderson at the 3 along with two other guards. But in MKG’s 17 minutes, he scored two baskets at the rim (and drew a foul), made a jump shot, and blocked two shots by the Magic. It was the nice, aggressive all-around game expected of Gilchrist and it was good to see it coming out of the All-Star break.

Byron Mullens, C 41 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +19

Another strong game from Byron, as he scored from the perimeter and in the paint, and continued his improved work on the glass, pulling down 12 rebounds on the night. There was a brief scare when Byron banged knees with someone and went down to the floor, but he did manage to stay in the game.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | +19

While Kemba came up just short of the 22-5-5 line we projected for him in the preview, it was a great game anyway. Efficient scoring, creating looks for teammates, and forcing a few turnovers by the Magic to create easy points.

Gerald Henderson, SG 37 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7-8 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +15

Gerald Jr. gets the A+ for scoring 24 points on 1.5 points per field goal attempt, while also pulling down 10 rebounds from a wing position. He also helped make fellow Duke alum J.J. Redick miserable, as J.J. shot just 4 of 14 from the field with 4 turnovers.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 2-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +5

Ramon could not get shots to fall tonight, going just 2 of 9. And his free throw shooting was off for him, making just 5 of 8 at the charity stripe. With 4 rebounds and 4 assists, it wasn’t a wasted effort – but it was subpar for him this season.

Ben Gordon, SG 17 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -5

Ben didn’t do much to help his trade value tonight, as he missed a couple of open shots, as well as taking a few iffy ones.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats pulled out to a big lead, getting up by 20 at the half. But they allowed Orlando to creep back into the game in the second half, as the Bobcats were unable to keep up their hot shooting from early in the game. The Magic brought the game within 4 at a few points in the 4th quarter – but no closer.
  2. Not to say the Bobcats didn’t give the Magic chances: There were at least two occasions in the 4th quarter where J.J. Redick wound up free for an open look at a three – and he missed both. Would that have given the Magic enough momentum to stage the comeback? The Bobcats were fortunate not to have to find out, as Orlando made just 4 of 25 from distance on the night.
  3. Despite surrendering double digit rebounds to both members of the Magic’s starting front court, the Bobcats battled the Magic to nearly a draw on the glass, losing the rebounding battle 46-45. That largely came down to Gerald Henderson and Byron Mullens, as mentioned above.

12 comments to Henderson and Walker hold off Magic

  • Spencer/SDS

    Mullen’s is knocking down the jumpers we expected him to knock down earlier in the year…this is the Mullen’s we wanted, can spread the floor extremely effectively, can rebound enough (specially when he puts effort in) is improving defensively and being more aggressive in the paint as well, this is the Mullen’s we wanted and need, damn does he have potential^^…and he isn’t being as inconsistent in this streak…although he was able to go off for short periods last year, that was usually just his jumper falling, this year (or 2nd portion of his year) has has been efficient in the post allowing for himself to not have a bad game just because his jumper doesn’t fall…i hope he keeps up the effort

    Kemba was kinda just here and there until the 4th, which i love, it means he wasn’t forcing it early and took over when it counted, he didn’t go all out in the 1st and make himself worse in the other 3 quarters…i believe on this site a post was made on Kemba shooting % per quarter, hopefully with Mullens stepping it up and others scoring efficiently (Hendo, Taylor once in a while, Sessions, Gordon/Williams if Gordon gets kicked out) he doesn’t need to, he can be more of a point until the game gets close and use his killer instinct of which reminds me so much of Jordan

    good start to the week, lets continue^^

  • charlottean

    This site must need more traffic. Seems like everyone tunes in and then team starts losing and they jump off the bandwagon.

    I sure hope they resign mullens and henderson long term. And manage to move gordon some how (addition by subtraction).

  • Spencer/SDS

    ehh, the Bobcats are a young franchise and have been a bad young franchise…the moment they start winning and looking good the moment we get more traffic…until then it will be the odd 4 or 5 people…lol, 4 or 5, that is nothing:(

  • Melvin

    The truth be told the bobcats could use someone like Tyler Hansbrough.

  • insidetrack

    Ok I’m liking Mullens production as of late and hopefully staying healthy will keep this on track. Although he was buried on the OKC bench for most of his first years in the league if you looks at his numbers compare to a young Dirk per minutes played they are percentage points apart (wishful trend) I would like to see Byron locked up for a few years. Ben was brought in for a few things 1. extend defense (early in year yes not so much lately) 2.Get rid of the contract of Corey (have you seen his number in DRC)and pick up a draft pick. 3. Trade bait, Ben was never part of long term planning for the Cats. Uninspired by the lack of wins and no playoffs in sight Ben has checked out (Boris Diow) moving him to a team with a playoff spot or in the chase will make it look like a bad deal at first but this Ben will resurface. I like the deal for Humphries vet with size not just height but bulk knows his role as a windex man is a double double on a consistent basis. Don’t get me wrong I would have loved to have seen Rudy Gay or OJ Mayo on the squad but both are heavy contracts to pick up. Pacers are shopping Danny Granger so as per ESPN’s trade machine Granger for Henderson and Diop works. Granger is a legit scorer from the wing and Hendo would be better coming off the bench anyways. Diop is a waste of space with an expiring contract and lets face it who doesn’t see Tyrus packing his bags soon with his contract going under the amenity program. So think of this line-up Walker, Granger, MKG, Mullens, Humphries. with Sessions, Biz,Taylor & Adrian off the bench. This would keep them about where they are under the cap Hendo is going to want Granger money or at least what Tyrus is making so with Granger and KH locked up the next 3 years that cements your starting lineup for the next 3-4 years with no contract talks, under cap decent draft picks and Teams are going to need to start dumping the 3 max contract players to avoid the new cap taxes. When Wallace was traded fans went nuts I was a part of a conversation between an executive and a season ticket holder who has missed only a handful of games in the Cats existence the question WHY? Answer…Would you rather fight for an 8 seed and get bounced in the first round if you make it at all and lose these guys in free agency/retirement and have no pieces or tear it down and build it right. Yes MJ made some questionable decisions in his days as President/GM (hey Morrison has 2 Rings LeBron only has one)but after stripping away most things from the Bob Johnson era this team will have MJ’s stamp on it. Rich Cho is crazy smart (Worked for the Skunk works before becoming a GM)Dunlap will be coach of the year in his tenure with the Cats and look for Kemba to be an All-Star before long. This foundation is meant to hold a house built for Champions do not doubt that.

  • charlottean

    4 or 5 = me and you basically and a random passerby. Honestly (and don’t take this as disrespect) but I think you guys could do way better. You have an espn affiliation that links every update. There are thousands of die hard bobcats fans. No, not 50,000. But easily 5,000. and charlotte isn’t a small town anymore. If you guys are selling or looking for a partner or something, let me know.

    melvin, I agree. Hansbrough would be the ideal nick collison type guy for this young team. he and henderson on the same roster? that’s pain for opponents. fits right in with the kind of identity that is forming here. ideal backup guy for mullens/biyombo. Would get more minutes here since pendergraph seems to be hooping up there. adrien, williams and a 2nd round pick or a late 1st for hansbrough and hansbrough.

    hansbrough is gone in the summer anyways so they might as well let him go now for something and they don’t lose a ton getting adrien and williams back given pendergraph’s emergence. barring injury, they really don’t need anyone outside of hill/george/granger/stephenson/west/mahimi/hibbert and maaaaaaybe green. hard to imagine anybody else seeing much tick in the playoffs.

    I think we should sit on gordon’s contract. not play him. if he’s really a problem, give him the jamal tinsley/raja bell treatment. next year his contract becomes tradeable as part of a bigger deal if one becomes available. but there’s not a lot of scenario’s where we can move him NOW and gain from it. not unless it involves putting a huge package together for eric gordon (not likely) or renting a star for 2 months (stupid). humphries is the wild card but I can’t for the life of me see why jersey would want to do that deal. Only if humphries is asking to be moved because of the role.

    • That’s not the Spencer who writes for the site. Don’t worry – we have more than 4 of 5 readers (we just don’t have many who comment).

  • Spencer/SDS

    @Brett…but I do write a lot or the site^^, so….yea…just so^^…put in the SDS so I wouldn’t get confused with spencer the writer plus i’m fairly confident with the amount of conversations me and Charlottean have had he knew that…think he just meant (to all) or anyone reading the comments but not commenting…

    anyway, i would like to know how many views the site gets daily, would be interesting…i’m sure you have some type of system of which tells you the amount of viewers…or at least think you do^^

  • Spencer/SDS

    “but i do write a lot or the site” *for the site, as in commenting, my B

  • charlottean

    yeah i could have worded that a bit clearer. but seriously…..i know it’s not exactly a huge demographic but……..seriously.

  • Spencer/SDS

    too be honest i like seeing a smaller demographic simply because I don’t want to have to explain the basics of basketball to half the people or to understand the meaning of patience, development, and what spreading the floor means….now it is too small but to see 10ish would be nice, much more it just becomes annoying…at least that is how iv’e found it on differing sites for differing team forums for other sports and other stuff….some get their feelings hurt and then you have a “Blood” feud…lol, on Kcchiefs.com that are a specific two of which i can’t find out if they would marry each other if they ever met, or try and kill each other…ehh

    Anyway, you will find the community enlarge in the next 2-4 years….maybe next even if Kemba and company develops faster then expected…just takes wins for people to care, the fans are there, the caring at this point isn’t…

    anyway, lets hope Gordon finds himself a new team, Hendo trade scenarios i don’t see…might go to the celtics…what for may i ask??? i mean sure the destinations make sense, but no one seems to come up with a realistic trade that makes getting to the destinations make sense…

  • charlottean

    all i know is……we need to start the seth curry campaign NOW. dude is going to go undrafted and we should go ahead and throw like 40 million at him for a 30 year deal.