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Bobcats get season split with Raptors; Make it two straight W’s

Toronto Raptors 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 32 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-5 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -2

McRoberts came up with some huge rebounds. The biggest one came with under a minute to play — McRob deflected a ball coming off offensive glass and saved it from going out of bounds to one of his teammates. Essentially that hustle play won the game.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3

Would really like to see Biz get on the glass more, consistently. Understanding that he’s as raw and unpolished as players come when he entered this league last season gives me peace that he is progressing.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -11

Could have been more aggressive offensively, but MKG did a fantastic job on Rudy Gay defensively tonight on numerous occasions.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 4-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Not a great night from the field for Kemba, but another very balanced stat line. Only one turnover tonight, so an 8/1 assist to turnover ratio is awesome for Kemba.

Gerald Henderson, SG 39 MIN | 8-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +1

Another 20+ point performance that was extremely efficient. Hendo is making quick decision when he catches the ball and his teammates are realizing that teams are keyed in on him defensively — on top of that, Hendo is finding those cutting teammates. Is this Hendo turning a corner, or playing harder to get paid?

Byron Mullens, C 28 MIN | 7-11 FG | 8-12 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +13

I have to give Mullens an A+ here. He had zero turnovers, forced no terrible shots (in my estimation), played enthusiastic defense and hit two big FT’s to clinch the W. I believe that McRoberts is helping Mully understand team defense concepts more.

Jannero Pargo, PG 12 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9

Spreads the floor with a true shooter on the offensive end for Charlotte and opens up the driving lanes. In 4 games with the Bobcats, Pargo is 11-19 (57.8%) from behind the arc.

Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +12

5-11 from the field and only turns the ball over 1 time. What else could you ask for from Gordon?

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats have won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 21st. That was also when they started 7-5 on the season — LONG TIME AGO.
  2. Charlotte outscored Toronto in the paint 46-42 — you definitely don’t see this team score more points around the rim than their opponent often.
  3. Six Bobcats scored in double figures tonight. Since the arrival of McRoberts and Pargo, we continue to see this team score in a more balanced way.
  4. Don’t look now, but the Bobcats have Detroit in town on Saturday night. Yes, three wins in a row is a real possibility!
  5. The most encouraging aspect of these last two games is considering the idea that Coach Dunlap still has control and the attention of this team. The Bobcats have made it clear that they’re committed to the process of this season and aren’t going to quit. Not much more that you can ask for if you ask me.

6 comments to Bobcats get season split with Raptors; Make it two straight W’s

  • Spencer/SDS

    good game good win…McRoberts is making me a believer in him…at least for a possible contract (i believe his contract is done after this year as well) he also frighteningly looks like an actor from “it’s always sunny in Philadelphia”…but that is despite the point…great work by him….he really has allowed us to spread the floor…although not as much of a pure shooter as Mullens…or doesn’t jack up as many shots…idk which at this point, *i believe mullens is potentally at least the better threat from deep—really allows this team to spread the floor (perfect for Dunlaps system) and perfect for MKG…a possible reason why we are seeing him play a “little” more as of recent could be because we can spread the floor more despite when MKG is on the floor”

    as Charlottean said in an earlier post about Mullen’s….it is surprising how his ft % has dropped…a bad game tonight by him even (Came to when he had to although to put the game under wraps)…

  • charlottean

    Are you saying mcbobs is really a mcpoyle? Hahahahahahahaha awesome.

    He’s definitely playing himself into a contract, but the chances they resign he mullens AND henderson are slim. And henderson is reeeeeeeally bringing it right now. In a major way.

    Hard to imagine that we just played biz, mullens and mcroberts only. Coming into the season that seems hard to fathom….thomas, haywood, diop, etc. I like this trio better. Mcroberts is a dumber more aggressive, worse shooting, better dunking, less french version of diaw.

  • chris in union county

    Cho = McBob and Pargo !!! :-)

  • charlottean

    cho = everyone on the roster except henderson and the guys that never play and will be gone after this year.

  • Elcor

    It’s amazing what happens when you replace bad players (Warrick, Thomas, Higgins) with players who are even just meh (McRoberts and Pargo.)

    I’d be surprised if the bobcats lost all of Mullens and McRoberts and Henderson. They have the cap for it don’t they? The only way I see them leaving is if they want to leave. Which I wouldn’t really blame them.

  • charlottean

    They have the cap room for all 3 easily. But something tells me they’re planning on going another way.

    Henderson is proving himself to be a sure thing. no superstar but a sure solid starter/6th man. locker room leader. franchise identity type of guy. mullens is a wild card. skilled 7 footers aren’t dime a dozen. at 24, you have to feel like rolling the dice is worth it.

    McRoberts is playing great ball right now. Its not like he’s a jeff adrien type who’s scraping and scrapping in the d-league. Dude was a mcdonald’s all american. he came out early and went early second round. He and mullens are very similar in that they were both highly touted recruits who left early after playing behind other guys and didn’t get much of a shot early on. Both are young….McRoberts just turned 26, mullens 24. These are guys that can’t really hurt you to have on the roster as long as you don’t overpay them. 1 year deals would be the way I would go. or 2 years if that’s needed to get bird rights or whatever.

    they have 40 million committed to 8 players not including these 3 or draft pick(s). You gotta pencil around 4.5-5 million in for the pick. You can subtract the 8.7 million for tyrus thomas as I can’t imagine they would NOT amnesty him at this point. That would put them well under the cap to resign the 3 and potentially get another key piece if a deal was there but they definitely can’t do all 3 AND a max deal. There isn’t anyone worth max money that would come anyways. Tyreke evans isn’t worth max money, neither is josh smith.

    So ideally, they make some smart, sound decisions. Keep what we have, add a draft pick and seth curry and another solid veteran pickup a la ramon sessions. Trading haywood would be awesome once he becomes tradeable.