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Bobcats Lose Defensive Matchup Against Chicago

Charlotte Bobcats 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Chicago Bulls
Josh McRoberts, PF 29 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -5 

An on-going theme through this game recap will be the contrast with the offensive and defensive performances by the Bobcats players. That pattern starts out with McRoberts who was put to the task of trying to stop Carlos Boozer. While McRoberts started out the game looking dominant with two straight low-post blocks on the former All-Star, he still looked a step or two slow when he had to move away from the paint. On the other end of the ball, McRoberts was definitely inefficient from every single end of the court besides the perimeter. We’re still in the stage where we can put everything in the “small sample size” category but his 38% 3 point percentage is pretty impressive.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -12 

When you see Kidd-Gilchrist play on either sides of the ball, you can clearly see a player with a huge level of potential. With that said, MKG can also frustrate the hell out of you with mind-numbing decisions that is typical for a 21 year old sophomore. Tonight was an example of the 2nd option as he repeatedly struggled from around the rim. While it’s something you don’t want to see, I’m not really going to blame him since he was working against Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler which would be a challenge for any wing in the league.

Bismack Biyombo, C 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -13 

While his play was limited due to the solid performances by Jeff Adrien and Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo still had a pretty solid performance against the Bulls. This was your standard game for Biyombo as he continued to be extremely effective on defense. However, Biyombo continues to take baby steps on the offensive end which was apparent from his short jumper over Boozer. While the odds are continuing to stack against the 3rd year center, it’s clear that he’s actually heading in the right direction when it comes to his overall confidence as an offensive player.

Kemba Walker, PG 35 MIN | 3-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7 

Per Synergy Sports Technology, Walker is averaging .76 PPP (Points Per Possession) on the offensive end while using his solid defensive ability to keep his opponents to an extremely low .81 PPP. Like I previously mentioned with McRoberts, we’re still in that “small sample size” stage but Walker’s continued shooting woes is waging war on the hopeful improvement and progression of the team’s offense. As I mentioned on twitter (@Dakota_Schmidt), it seems like it would be the best option if Walker took a step back as a shooter and start to focus more on being an overall engineer of the offense. While that may seem like too much of a change, it could be the best option as his wrist continues to heel which has hindered his shot which was apparent tonight.

Gerald Henderson, SG 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -7 

On a day-to-day basis, Henderson’s offensive performance can go from smoldering hot on one night to ice cold in the following game. That was apparent tonight as his trademarked mid-range jumper was just clicking tonight which lead to his 5-15 performance from the court. With that said, he still remained aggressive as he pursued the rim multiple times.

Jeff Adrien, PF 27 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +8 

My love affair with Jeff Adrien started during his stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets) during the 2012-13 season. While his playing time with Charlotte was always limited, it was apparent that he could fill a solid niche inside the Bobcats system. With Al Jefferson in (and out) of the Bobcats rotation, Adrien’s minutes have fluctuated on a game-by-game basis but he really showed off what he could bring to the team in tonight’s game against Chicago. His ability as a low-post defender was clearly on display with his four blocks but Adrien had a bigger impact with the way he was able to distribute on the block and control the boards.

Cody Zeller, C 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0 

As the majority of the QCH commentators have clearly noticed from my previous game recaps, Zeller and I have had a touchy relationship since the start of the season. During tonight’s game against Chicago, Zeller appears to be easing his way into the Bobcats offense. While his perimeter jumper is still developing, Zeller is starting to showcase his ability as an overall offensive player as he had a few instances where worked off PnR’s and cuts to work his way to the rim.

Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-4 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5 

Similar to my comments about Walker, Sessions works best when he’s able to work as an overall distributor. As he showcased against Chicago, Sessions looked the best when he was able to penetrate from the perimeter and find an open player from the perimeter or around the paint.

Jeff Taylor, SG 33 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +6 

With Kidd-Gilchrist struggling with foul issues throughout the game, Jeff Taylor had a major opportunity to prove himself in a big role. Because of his ability to cut to the rim, Taylor was a major target for the aforementioned distributors which helped the Bobcats offense when they were stuck in major ruts. Defensively, Taylor continued to look solid as he looked active in the passing lanes and stick close to his opposition.

Steve Clifford 

I’m starting to sound like a broken record but Clifford’s ability to turn around an awful defensive unit without any major roster overhaul is incredible. The fact that they went from the 29th ranked offense in 2012-13 to 8th in a span of an off-season is something that shouldn’t be annoyed. With that said, Clifford still has a lot of work to do with his offensive scheme as the core is still pretty awful.

Two Things We Saw

  1. As I previously mentioned, the Bobcats offense was pretty terrible throughout the majority of the game. While there was some semblance of ball movement when the reserves were on the court, there were still way too many instances where they just settled for mid-range jumpers with time still remaining on the clock.
  2. Related: While this defense has been absolutely solid, the Bobcats still need Jefferson to be fully healthy because he’s the clear leader of the Bobcats offense.

11 comments to Bobcats Lose Defensive Matchup Against Chicago

  • Spencer/SDS

    good comments…but you have an issue I have I think…proofreading, I know what your saying, but some of the mis cues are glaringly obvious lol.

    Anyway, who here is in favor of “demoting” Henderson to the 6th man role with Taylor starting??? Just feels like a better fit imo, allowing Kemba to be more of a “distributor” in this offense, with Jeff Taylor not needing to handle the ball as much to score compared to Hendo, and having a far more reliable 3 pt shot. Although his 3pt shot looks poor statistically this yr as of yet, I think that;s just a example of a small sample size hurting you, plus its not hard to be a better 3pt shooter then Hendo in the 1st place.

    • Dakota Schmidt

      Thanks Spencer, I took a look back at the piece and edited the multiple miscues that were apparent from the first copy. As I watched the game, I did ponder that idea of moving Henderson to the bench in favor for Taylor. Yes, having Taylor play alongside MKG would help Kemba control the offense as he’ll be able to feed the duo as they work to the basket in off-ball scenarios. Another reason why that might be a good idea is that they could take advantage of the potential double teams that Jefferson might face when he makes his return to the team. Jefferson is a solid passer from the low-post so it would be an interesting experiment to see him work with two young pieces who can cut to the rim.

  • charlottean

    I like the fact that clifford is keeping the rotation tight. doesn’t matter to me AT ALL who starts out of MKG, hendo, and taylor as long as the 3 get all of the 96 minutes on the wing.

    all i know is…….i’m a big proponent of hendo but we should be doing everything in our power to get evan turner from philly. henderson and a pick should get it done, but i’d throw in sessions for richardson if not. there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be pursuing this avenue. turner/MKG/taylor is a pretty sick young trio on the wing.

    walker is playing horrible. he’s still giving you the grit and the hustle steals/blocks, but that just doesn’t make up for all these 20 and 30% shooting nights. he’s making brandon jennings look like a high efficiency pg. not a lot of pg’s on the market. not a lot in this draft class either. great shooters need to shoot through slumps. he’s never been a great shooter. he needs to stop shooting and start racking up 10 and 11 assist nights to get his confidence up and THEN start shooting again. he played his way into having my confidence last year, but that’s almost out the window now. he and henderson both (and biz) have had the unfortunate luck with the coaching carousel. but this is baaaaaaad.

  • Spencer/SDS

    DAMN this class is good…We could get Wiggins at the 4th overall pick…would rather have Embid, Randall, PArker, and Hood isn’t far behind him….We are going to (Hopefully) have 3 picks this yr…who wold u take??? (know this is very early)…personally I would take Embid…he’s what you would have hoped in Biz all along, already a better offensive player IMO…has very good eyes/passing ability with those eyes, probably quicker…just as long, taller….dude is a McGee with brains. Athleticism is like a C grade Wilt…and yes that is a complement…(wilt is the best athlete in human history)

  • charlottean

    you’re forgetting exum and saric who at one point was mentioned top 5 last year before pulling out.

    The draft is stacked……the scary thing is…..we might just play our way to a number 11 pick (going to chicago), portland’s pick is looking like mid 20′s, and detroit’s pick might be surprisingly protected which is only a good thing if they’re horrible next year when it’s only top 1 protected. there’s still solid chances we land 3 picks and there’s so much talent that I think teams WILL be willing to trade back because they don’t know who to take or can get the guy they want lower.

    that said, I would take randle as the surest thing in the draft. that’s ignoring who we have on the roster. based on the roster? i’m going wing scorer all day. probably exum or wiggins. unless we trade for turner (not expecting us to ever do the obvious right move).

    marcus smart belongs here. I can’t think of a better destination for him outside of maybe dallas (who won’t be picking high enough) or new york (same). sacramento might throw everything off by taking him to pair with cousins and mclemore. can’t see utah going that route, nor milwaukee, nor philly, nor orlando unless they give up on the oladipo as the 1 experiment (they should).

    almost all the top 10 teams have a much greater need than point guard. phoenix just go bledsoe. utah – burke. washington has wall. milwaukee just got knight and I would take him as quick as I would take smart – I think knight is an absolute player. new orleans – holiday. cleveland – kyrie.

    comes down to us, sacramento, and someone trading up as far as I can see. could you imagine kemba as the backup with smart as the starter? package henderson and some picks for turner? that would be a core group that could contend with longevity.

    OR…..we could start the official “tank for frank” campaign and draft kaminsky in the top 5.

  • Spencer/SDS

    lol at the tank for frank
    Anyway…I didn’t really think of Smart as an option on this team…to large of a man crush on Kemba to be honest. Saric…I don’t really like…he’s too euro for me….Danta Exum appears like a more athletic MCW…but once again my man crush has errord my ways lol

    anyway, IF Bismack is traded…which is a possibility (one i dislike) then Embid immediately becomes a very good option if viable…HIGHLY unlikely thou, due to his draft stock being top 3 imo. anyway the Admirals son is coming in, would have been a top 10 pick last yr…probably still will be that, Wayne Selden from Kansas is very good, Doug McDermott at the TWENTY pick is possible….oh i’m drooling over that guy if we can get him with one of our picks….we need a pure shooter and he brings that all right. Perry Ellis from Kansas is nice…althou I think he will be a 4 yr player, dude is a beast on the post…not nba ready beast yet due to his size (Weight) but a beast…far more polished then Robinson was. You have AAron gordon which is Blake Griffin SF version…Isiah Austin is a MID 2nd rnd pick….god damn, LeBryan nash is considered a very late 2nd rnd pick…despite his “perfect” NBA body which he’s had since his senior yr in high school and has the tools to be a very good role player in the NBA…DIS DRAFT WILL BE GOOD

  • charlottean

    exum will most likely be a 2 guard in the nba. lol at A Aron whether that was intentional or not.

    and yeah….your salivating over this draft class is exactly why i hate al jefferson right now and love the fact that he’s injured and plays horrible defense and could potentially opt out after next year.

    sleeper pick would be p.j. hairston whose stock is surely low right now but he is no doubt an nba talent at shooting guard.

    the big thing to me is……we don’t need 4 good guys, we need 1 great guy. MKG is the perfect scottie pippen type guy. Zeller could easily by a gasol type 2nd scorer. biz can easily be the defensive stopper/rebounding/energy guy. and we have depth behind those guys for the next few years. we have the base – we need to swing for the fences and land a james harden type trade or draft pick.

    i was a big supporter of our back court last year and still am to a degree. I think we can win with kemba and gerald. but we’ve upgraded 3-5 the last 2 years and that’s evident thus far this year. it appears that upgrading 1 and 2 even if that means keeping kemba and gerald and just moving them to the bench could be HUGE for this franchise.

    if you love kemba, you’d have to love if he was your 9th or 10th best player on your team because we were THAT stacked. i just don’t see him being any better than a poor man’s kenny anderson at this point. he’ll hit the game winners time to time because he has major balls but he’s going to have horrible inefficiencies on offense and his size won’t change defensively. that kind of thing gets exposed by great teams in the playoffs. we don’t need a 10 assist a game guy to win in this league, but we definitely can’t have a guy getting below 5 assists, using 20 possessions a game and getting less than .9 PPP.

  • Spencer/SDS

    ya…I thought KEmba would be Iverson esc with more point guard in him…nope, he appears to be same point guard value as Iverson…basically a C grade Iverson…not good, hopefully he turns it around.

    At this point, I don’t really like either the Henderson or Jefferson deals…Henderson came relatively cheapish, but should be a 6th man on teams…would much rather have Jeffery Taylor start, and have a for say McDermott as the backup 2/3 to spread the floor even more next yr…Wiggins is probably the best option for us overall, either that or smart, but Wiggins can easily play the 2 in this league and would probably benefit from playing that position…his length would cause a lot of issues defensively and offensively for most 2 guards, plus he is quick enough to guard the 2…we don’t need a PArker, or Randall per say…both would help obviously but Wiggins is my favorite top pick if we can get that “star” player in this draft.

  • Spencer/SDS

    ya…I thought KEmba would be Iverson esc with more point guard in him…nope, he appears to be same point guard value as Iverson…basically a C grade Iverson…not good, hopefully he turns it around.

    At this point, I don’t really like either the Henderson or Jefferson deals…Henderson came relatively cheapish, but should be a 6th man on teams…would much rather have Jeffery Taylor start, and have a for say McDermott as the backup 2/3 to spread the floor even more next yr…Wiggins is probably the best option for us overall, either that or smart, but Wiggins can easily play the 2 in this league and would probably benefit from playing that position…his length would cause a lot of issues defensively and offensively for most 2 guards, plus he is quick enough to guard the 2…we don’t need a PArker, or Randall per say…both would help obviously but Wiggins is my favorite top pick if we can get that “star” player in this draft.

    side note…AAron (KEY AND PEELE)

  • Spencer/SDS

    sorry for double post…

  • charlottean

    yeah i basically agree.

    kemba had a slump buster last night. one of the things last night reminded me of about him is the intangibles. we’re winning a lot of games where he shoots HORRIBLE but he’s such a high energy, gritty, gutsy guy that he fits this team the way others might now.

    he, MKG, taylor, henderson, biz, adrien…..these guys are ALL that way and that’s why we’re gutting out victories against more talented teams. even zeller is a pretty gritty finesse guy. which is why he was a great value pick at 4. these guys fit together better than other combos might.

    I agree henderson is best suited as a 4th/5th option or a 6th man on a good team. but he’s morphing into that as kemba, mkg, taylor, mcroberts all step up. the deal was great because we didn’t lose value. we didn’t need the cap room, we needed him. so now we can trade him or keep him, but he’s here……better than letting him walk and trying to replace him with…………..?

    if wiggins and smart are both on the board or even exum and smart, i’m going wiggins/exum with no question. but if both are gone and smart is one the board……i’m def going smart. or kaminsky.

    tank for frank baby.

    everybody who does twitter, please send tweets to KG, Pierce, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez to ice up. they need it. Love steve smith for that one. too perfect. no matter how much it gets overused and played out over the next month.