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Bobcats Win Ugly One Against Boston

Charlotte Bobcats 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Boston Celtics
Anthony Tolliver, PF 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 

With his first start in his short Bobcats career, Anthony Tolliver was put to task of leading Charlotte’s front-court alongside Al Jefferson. As apparent from the stat-line above, Tolliver worked the majority of the game from the perimeter which created an interesting dynamic with the low-post minded Jefferson. While his small but yet effective offensive outburst was on display, it was Tolliver’s work as a help defender that ultimately lead Charlotte to victory. There were two instances late in the game where Celtics forward Jeff Green was posting up on Kidd-Gilchrist. In those two situations, Green pushed MKG towards the restricted area but Tolliver was there to help the sophomore forward. While Tolliver won’t be able to replicate what McRoberts has done so far this year, he definitely appears to be a solid asset for this team.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +10 

The 21 year old Kidd-Gilchrist definitely looked his age during his duo against Boston’s veteran forward Jeff Green. A strange occurrence for Kidd-Gilchrist in tonight’s game was his overall hesitance in terms of driving to the basket. While he did show off the mid-range jumper that he’s working on with Mark Price, MKG kind of hid on offense for the majority of the game. Kidd-Gilchrist is definitely a solid defensive player but he was put to the task of defending an extremely solid and aggressive Jeff Green. That aggressive nature by Green helped lead Kidd-Gilchrist into some early foul trouble which hindered his performance throughout the night.

Al Jefferson, C 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +12 

Without a doubt, this was Jefferson’s best game in a Bobcats jersey. From the start, Jefferson manned the offense from the low-post as he worked against Kelly Olynyk, Vitor Faverani,and Brandon Bass. While his work as a post scorer was on definitely on display, Jefferson worked well as a distributor as he able to help work the ball to perimeter players who cut their way to the rim. Since the Celtics don’t really have much in terms of aggressive front-court cutters, Jefferson looked good defensively because of how could use his huge frame in the pow-post.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 1-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +3 

I really hope it’s just an early season slump because Kemba Walker continues to struggle immensely on offense. Tonight was possibly his worst performance as he shot 1-13 from the field while being unable to help lead the Bobcats offense as a distributor. Walker continues to look like a solid team defender will somewhat help as he will continue to try to find his offensive stroke.

Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +2 

Inefficiency was the emphasis for Charlotte’s offense tonight and you can directly at Gerald Henderson. While he was able to nail his gaggle of mid-range jumpers, Henderson was also prone to put up some pretty bad shots with seconds left on the game clock and a hand directly in his grill.

Cody Zeller, C 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +4 

Zeller entered the 2013 draft as one of the more all-around solid offensive prospects. However, he has failed to showcase that ability through the first two weeks of his NBA career as Zeller doesn’t appear to be that comfortable on the NBA game. Tentative, uncertain and timid are some of the terms that would define Zeller’s work on the offensive end against Boston.

Bismack Biyombo, C 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -6 

This might be a stupid quote but Bismack Biyombo definitely had his atypical Bismack Biyombo type performance. His work inside the low-post was spectacular yet again as he had to man up against some mediocre Celtics front-court players. He’s still incredibly raw on offense but he did show off a nice little running hook shot which took me out of my chair.

Ramon Sessions, PG 18 MIN | 2-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +7 

Just like my previous quote about Biyombo, Ramon Sessions played up to the usual status quo that we’ve come accustomed to during his stint with Charlotte.

Jeff Taylor, SG 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -4 

My man-crush on Taylor might put a little bit of a biased touch towards this section. With that said, Taylor had a solid overall performance against Boston. Taylor is continuing to showcase a certain level of aggression which is going to be key as Charlotte continues to develop their overall offensive game. Where Taylor really showed off was on defense as he was just an absolute hawk on Boston’s periemeter defenders.

Steve Clifford
The overall team development under Clifford is still a work in progress despite the continued solid performance from the defense. It’s clear that Charlotte’s offense is not looking that great as try to find a solid overall balance around Al Jefferson. Jefferson works best when he’s surrounded by perimeter players which is still an issue for this Bobcats team.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Both teams were unable to eclipse 30 made field goal attempts which is not good. At all.
  2. Charlotte’s overall team defense continues to impress me through out a night-by-night basis which will continue to be important as the offense struggles.
  3. 2nd straight night where Jeff Adrien didn’t see any minutes on the court which depresses me, but is completely understandable. Al Jefferson fits best with a perimeter minded front-court (Zeller, McRoberts and Tolliver) so playing Adrien wouldn’t be the best fit despite his great performance earlier in the season.

6 comments to Bobcats Win Ugly One Against Boston

  • Dan

    Thanks for the write up. Maybe a little too harsh with Zeller?

    Not only is he learning the NBA game…but we all knew that he wasn’t the most physical or assertive player in college. He is also learning to play a perimeter 4 when he played 5 solely in college with limited minutes so far. It is frustrating when he passes up on WIDE OPEN high post foul line jumpers. He passed at least 5 of them last night. But he is so good at the pump fake already. You can tell that Boston knew to respect him from that range when Bass killed him on the foul. Zeller scores garbage points simply from effort. Offensive boards, hustle, transition. Once (if?) he develops the confidence in that mid range game and that assertiveness–it will open up the driving lanes. He also probably won’t turn the ball over on drives when he gets confident. It will be frustrating all year probably–but that’s a lot of change for a rookie with toughness issues. I can see him as a Bosh/Aldridge/Gasol type in the future–or a poor man’s version for sure though.

  • balot

    Thanks for the recap. I love reading these every week.

  • charlottean

    Some notes:

    MKG is 20.
    Al looked horrible on defense and almost NEVER contests a shot or protects the rim. looked great on offense, the passing especially.
    Taylor was better than a B grade. his best game thus far.

    Zeller had 9 boards in 22 minutes including 4 offensive and most of his 5 FG misses were tip backs (which of course padded his rebounds also). I don’t know how someone watched him last night and saw “timid”. The jumper hasn’t fallen this week, but he’ll get that rolling…..and once he has that 1 breakout game the guards will start getting him the ball in better positions. The guy absolutely looks like a stud prospect for age 21. You can’t teach the things he’s doing thus far, but you can teach a lot of the things he isn’t. and most of them he’s already skilled at doing, just hasn’t done it yet. Loved what I saw out of him and biz and taylor off the bench. 1 of zeller’s turnovers should have been credited to taylor.

  • jsn23nc

    I dont know who’s doing the grade but it is always terrible. Henderson has been terrible all year long but one game. Coach Clifford offense is terrible because the big men NEVER POST UP, all the do all game long is set screens. That’s why Zeller and Big Al has struggled to play well in the offense because the are true post up big men. McRoberts fits this style because he is mostly a jumpshooter. If Charlotte used Big Al and Zeller like LA used Gasol and Bynum down low in the paint, they would dominate on the offensive end. Charlotte offense has been bad all year because of this style of play and its hard for me to watch. The only reason they have 4 wins is because of the defense the play. Also MKG and Zeller didnt play bad and dont deserve a C- lol

  • Mathew Lewis

    Did you just compare Al and Zeller to Gasol and Bynum?

  • charlottean

    zeller is way more athletic than gasol.

    zeller SHOULD be getting the ball top of the key a lot (like he has been), and he is using the pick and rolls there to draw a mis-match and post it up. problem has been the other guys trusting him enough to give him the ball every time. it’ll come once he has a break out game or two. he starts knocking down that jumper consistently and he’ll have wide open driving lanes too. and he can definitely make that jumper with consistency.

    i saw plenty of post up plays these past 2 games so I don’t get the complaint on that.

    and henderson has not been TERRIBLE outside of one game. he had one GREAT game, several bad or weak games, but he’s had a few (including wed. night) where he made the plays that mattered. inefficient scoring, but he had 9 boards and 5 assists and like MKG was all over every loose ball. 13 points on 18 possessions isn’t the end of the world. kemba got you 3 points on 16 possessions. THAT was terrible.