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Bobcats Go Back To .500 With Rout Over Milwaukee

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72 Milwaukee Bucks
Josh McRoberts, PF 22 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +25

 

While the Bobcats were extremely reliant on their ability to work into the paint against Milwaukee’s porous post-defense, Josh McRoberts was stationed towards the perimeter where he continues to be effective. Charlotte’s work inside the paint allowed McRoberts to have some open looks. Besides his perimeter ability, McRoberts continues to look solid as a team defender inside the paint and in terms of crashing the boards which almost lead him to a double-double.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +24

 

The team’s aforementioned reliance on the inside game also allowed sophomore forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to continue to develop his mid-range shot. While his jumper looked like an extremely messed-up catapult, MKG was still able to land two shots from inside the three-point line. Add that in with his solid work against Caron Butler and Khris Middleton and it’s clear why people continue to be excited about Kidd-Gilchrist.

Al Jefferson, C 25 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +21

 

As the offense continues to work with Jefferson as a hopeful mainstay, tonight’s performance is a solid first step towards an improved team. Despite playing against a banged up Bucks front-court, Jefferson was able to have an extremely effective offensive in only 25 minutes. Working against solid defenders like Zaza Pachulia and Ekpe Udoh, Jefferson was able to trick that duo by using his wide array of post moves. While you can still put it in the “small sample size” category, Jefferson’s work on the defensive end looks incredible when you look at how the opposition only averages .37 PPP when they work against the nine year veteran.

Kemba Walker, PG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +23

 

As Kemba Walker continues to try to dig himself out of the offensive hole that he made during the early parts of the season, he definitely held back during tonight’s game against Milwaukee. Walker looked pretty efficient with his jumper while also being able to lead the team in transition. A shining light on an otherwise murky season for Walker has been his performance on the defensive end which continued as he was able to contain both Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight.

Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +24

 

The unbalanced nature of Henderson has been a shady cloud that has hung over the Bobcats since the start of the season. However, his shooting performance against Milwaukee is an encouraging sign as he was able to work around multiple screens to get to get an open mid-range jumper that he usually made.

Jeff Adrien, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7

 

In Friday’s game against Phoenix, coach Clifford made the intriguing decision to sit Bismack Biyombo in favor for Jeff Adrien. In tonight’s matchup against Milwaukee, Adrien proved why Clifford made that choice as he absolutely dominated Milwaukee on the glass. While Adrien will probably work against better front-courts than Milwaukee, his continued rebounding performance should remain the same because of how amazing he is at finding the right little areas on the court.

Cody Zeller, C 26 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -1

 

Despite having a pretty solid amount of minutes against Milwaukee, Zeller was hidden for the majority of the game. With that said, he did a pretty good job as an offensive rebounder and had a few moments where looked like a solid help defender.

Ramon Sessions, PG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | 0

 

While it may sound extremely lazy and typical to say, Ramon Sessions had his typical night where he was successful in terms of penetrating to the basket and leading the 2nd unit.

Jeff Taylor, SG 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +7

 

While Jeff Taylor wasn’t too effective on offense, his continued solid work on the defensive end was crucial when it came to shutting down Milwaukee’s solid perimeter threats.

Steve Clifford

 

Even though we’re in the later parts of the first month of the season, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is already getting praise for his work with the Bobcats. Tonight’s game was a prime example of that great work as the overall defensive execution was amazing as they were able to completely dominated a depleted Bucks team. However, the overall performance of the Bobcats offense was pretty spectacular as they looked like a solid unit in terms of complete ball movement and working towards the paint

Two Things We Saw

  1. As I just mentioned, Charlotte’s ability to work their way inside the paint was the leading factor behind their blowout victory against Milwaukee. Charlotte’s 48-28 points in the paint advantage actually seems to be closer than it appears because of how they were able to continue to crush Milwaukee’s defense by just some simple off-ball movement.
  2. Charlotte’s victory against Milwaukee pushed them back to the .500 plateau that they’ve been sitting at since the start of the season. With an upcoming week that features match-ups against Boston, Indiana and then Milwaukee, it appears that Charlotte will be stuck at that area for the foreseeable future which isn’t really that bad.

5 comments to Bobcats Go Back To .500 With Rout Over Milwaukee

  • charlottean

    if there was ever a game to give zeller an F or a D…..and you give him a B. I don’t get it. i’m not trying to be hard on you guys but there’s just no logical scale from player to player from game to game.

    as much as I love jeff adrien……clifford choosing to play him over biz and giving tolliver and sessions some of MKG and taylor’s minutes is the kind of moves I was afraid of. we should NOT be in win-now mode. biz played great wednesday just as adrien did. you go with the young guy who you pay like 5 times as much. but sure, let’s invest the minutes with the 27 year old undersized center on a non guaranteed minimum contract. i pray this has something to do with a trade in the works. i know that it doesn’t.

    if this continues, we’re headed right back into larry brown territory. we’re getting gifted a 41-41 season and an 8 seed that nobody wants. awesome. great job. top 4 picks are surefire superstars no matter if parker stays or goes. and we pick this year to push our chips in. brilliant. deep draft class and instead of 3 picks like we should have had, we’re going to play ourselves (and detroit) into 1 mid-late first rounder.

    • Multiple people assigning grades (and I haven’t written a program yet to assign them, though I’ve certainly considered it) so there is going to be variation in the personal scale applied. I would ask what specific aspects of Zeller’s play warranted a failing grade in your opinion? He took reasonable shots, and they didn’t happen to go in. 2 of his turnovers were for the same traveling violation, so he has something to clean up in practice. Another was because he had drawn Bismack’s defender during a drive, but Bismack did not make himself available for the dump off pass. Maybe a B is high, but just curious the criteria you would use to assess. Dakota mentioned being pleased with his help defense on multiple occasions, and while that does not show up in any results for Zeller (aside from +/-, and even that’s not a given if someone makes tough shots), it is a valuable part of the process.

  • charlottean

    i meant in comparison. he definitely didn’t have a horrible game. though he definitely didn’t have a good game either.

    the grades have been ridiculously hard on him giving him c’s and d’s when he had solid games and then he has a rough game and he gets a B. just can’t figure it out.

    i mean he had a game the other day where it was like 7 points 9 boards and a steal and 2 turns or something along those lines and i think he got a C-. i’m not going to look through to be 100% accurate on this, but i know the grading has been all over the place.

    I hate to be picky but this IS published on the internet and linked to from ESPN’s bobcats home page.

    • What are we even grading? That is difficult to define. It is not just a player’s countable statistics, or their impact on a given game. We are grading their performance on a given night relative to expectations, past performance, the competition, and ideals. If there is an inherently correct grade to be assigned from such a theoretical morass, please share your insight.

      As for the internet and ESPN, and our own competence: I do not claim (nor do the other writers) to be infallible. We act as journalists of a sort – sharing our interpretation of events and their meanings. Saying 2 + 2 is not 4 is factually wrong. Saying Cody’s play on a given night was above/below average/expectations/trends is an opinion.

  • charlottean

    obviously dude…..i’m just saying……..i’m not trying to be a D….i’m just pointing out how it looks from a reader’s perspective.

    when the guy has a SOLID night and gets a D, turns around and has a 4 turnover 0 for and gets a B…….it’s confusing.

    for comparison…..biz has a 9 point 6 rebound no turnover game in a win earlier this week and gets the same B. they’re the same age so it can’t be the youth curve. and i know we aren’t going to say KG isn’t a clearly tougher opponent than zaza.

    if the grades don’t have any sort of criteria/scale, how does the reader put them in any sort of context other than good game/bad game?