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Charlotte Limps Out Of Sacramento With Victory Over Kings

Charlotte Bobcats 113 Final

Recap | Box Score

103 Sacramento Kings
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 37 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +9

 

Since his arrival in Charlotte last season, I’ve been one of the biggest supporters of Josh McRoberts because of how he can impact the team on both sides of the ball. Tonight’s game was not one of his better nights as he struggled to make an impact on the offensive end. Defensively is an uglier story as Jason Thompson made McRoberts look like a DII player as he controlled the paint and perimeter.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 39 MIN | 11-21 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 27 PTS | +3

 

On his 29th birthday, Al Jefferson had a fantastic offensive performance as he was matched up against the infamous but yet extremely talented DeMarcus Cousins. As the majority of Charlotte’s possessions were directed towards Jefferson simply because of how effective he was in the low post. Even when the Kings started to double team in the early portions of the 4th quarter, Jefferson was able to spread the court through a slew of mid-range jumpers. While his foe had a pretty solid night (26 points and 11 rebounds), Cousins was pretty inefficient which was mainly because of how Jefferson was able to utilized his big frame on the very athletic youngster.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 12-19 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | +21

 

After being on a bitter cold stretch since Christmas, Kemba Walker had a phenomenal offensive performance against Sacramento. While his overall numbers are extremely impressive, the way that Walker was able to control the offense during the coldest of stretches were one of the biggest keys to the team’s victory. One of the main reasons why I don’t have Kemba in the A category was because of how he was unable to contain Isaiah Thomas who was able to move past Walker for the majority of the night.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4

 

In his first NBA start since the 2010-11 season, Douglas-Roberts definitely had an up-and-down performance. The majority of his offensive production came in the 1st quarter as he was able to penetrate his way to the rim and nail a few perimeter jumpers. While he kind of slowed down as the game went on, Douglas-Roberts still looked solid on the defensive end against a variety of different opponents.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +5

 

The mid-range messiah continued to showcase that ability as he was an efficient scoring threat for the entire night.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -3

 

With Steve Clifford pushing Jeff Adrien to the inactive list, Anthony Tolliver has taken the reigns as my favorite frontcourt player that comes off Charlotte’s bench. Being an effective perimeter scorer definitely helps but his high energy approach to the defensive end is crucial since he’s fulfilled that role as the team’s main front-court defensive stopper.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 11 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +1

 

While his defense is still a work in progress, Zeller appears to be starting to understand the basic ebbs and flows of an NBA offense. From working his way around the basket, being able to draw fouls and setting nice screens for the likes of Henderson and Walker, Zeller is starting to understand the overall pace of the NBA.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +7

 

The worst thing that an NBA bench player could possibly be is non-existent. That non-existent nature becomes worse when that player’s only impact on the game is by being in foul trouble and you pretty much have Biyombo’s “performance” against Sacramento

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +3

 

This was your basic and ordinary Ramon Sessions performance. Is that a horrible thing? Absolutely not because he’s still a pretty dependable scoring threat on a night-by-night basis.

Steve Clifford
While Charlotte was able to come out of this game with a victory, I still have a small issue with how Clifford controlled the game during the majority of the 2nd half. When the Bobcats were in a rut, Clifford didn’t do much about it in terms of overall adjustments.

One Thing We Saw

  1. While they limped their way towards victory, it’s still good to see Charlotte being able to end their tough road stretch with a victory before heading back home on Tuesday to face Washington.

13 comments to Charlotte Limps Out Of Sacramento With Victory Over Kings

  • Spencer/SDS

    Good news, if we continue losing we might get back into the top 8 for draft position, better news (maybe) wiggins continues to fail…Embid is going 1st unless he chooses not to declare (don’t know why he would do that but who knows) Jabari Parker, Smart, Randle are all for sure better then Wiggins at this point, while rodney hood and a mix of Danta Exum and Zach Lavine could all pass him at this point…lot of athleticism being wasted, at this point if I were Wiggins I’d stay another year…doubt he does but he should, looking like an Xavier Henry at this point

  • charlottean

    he’s averaging 16 and 5 less than halfway through his freshmen season with a major target on his back. and shooting the ball well. if anything, he looks like harrison barnes, who ended up staying an extra year and doing the same thing simply because the media spent his freshmen year tearing him apart for not being perfect. people forget how jordan was as a freshmen.

    and wiggins has played huge in big games. duke and florida both. last nights loss wasn’t on him. a zone designed to double and trap the ball away from a star perimeter player wins out every time in college when said player’s fellow starting teammates shoot 5 for 26 from the field (not counting embiid’s 3 for 5 in the paint).

    not to mention, san diego state was ranked.

    people pass on wiggins it will be like sullinger part 2. embiid is roy hibbert. solid player, but not worth a #1.

    that said, it would be nice to have him fall in our laps around 7 or 8. I doubt we’re picking there though. Far more likely we’re picking 9-12, not at all, or an improbable 1-3. we need new york and brooklyn to both wake the eff up and go on a tear. boston getting rondo back should help also, cleveland making a good trade or figuring out how to use bennett would be helpful also. there’s only 2 teams out west that will finish worse than we will so if we could manage to fall below the 4 teams named above, we would be slotted 6th with a worst case scenario being 9th.

    as much as I have faith in brooklyn and new york improving their records enough to pass us, i have equal faith that someone will randomly attempt to sabotage their season. a few of these teams stay just behind us and we’re losing that pick to chicago and saying hello to 2010 all over again. they’ll trade mkg and zeller for tony allen and greg stiemsma to lock in that 8th seed.

    anybody else catch ajinca going for 17 and 7 against indiana? he and augustin are making my commentary look good lately. imagine what morrison could be doing.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Meh, Wiggins just isn’t assertive, he doesn’t wow when he does good, rarely do you see his “athleticism” it appears worse then McLemore, his handles are good at the college level, but no were near ready for the NBA level, his shot is good but inefficient, at this point he’s a taller Mclemore with a worse shot, he has a LOT to improve, he is needing of 2nd yr to be honest, but he won’t do that…

    Embid is nothing like Hibbert other then his length, dude has twice the athleticism (vert, quickness, speed etc) by FAR, has very nice handles/court vision for how new he is to the game (looks like he’s played since he was 4, not 16) and is a efficient free throw shooter 66% in his 3rd year as an basketball player and 7 ft??? what does that say about Shaq, Howard, Deandre Jordan etc…he could bulk up some but he doesn’t really need to, already has a McGee body type. He is doing EVRYTHING better then Hibbert did his SENIOR yr in a harder division and not a very easy schedule. Dude is a BEAST.

  • Dave Walshy

    Unless we get really lucky in the lotter (if we are even in it) we don’t have any chance of getting Wiggins. If he dropped to around 8 we might as well snag him but we don’t really need to worry about him because although he has insane talent he isn’t really what this team needs. I think you guys are kind of selling him short but we still don’t need another super athletic defensive monster who can’t shoot yet to play on the wing. I’d much rather someone like Julius Randle drop to us around pick 8 because he fits the team so much better. We’ve seen about all we are going to see from McRoberts and I have literally zero faith in Cody Zeller. Seems like SG and PF are definitely our main areas we need to improve and I’m not really sold on any of the SG prospects and the top ones likely won’t be available (I wouldn’t be too thrilled getting Marcus Smart to be our SG and Exum seems risky). Randle immediately would step in and be our starting PF and likely 3rd leading scorer and his his skill set fits nicely with our team. He can step out and shoot and create off the dribble like Zeller was allegedly supposed to do (lol) as well as being a good rebounder and post scorer. He doesn’t really protect the rim but neither does McRoberts or Zeller and he seems just as mobile as both if not more so there is no reason he wouldn’t be able to fit into our defensive scheme. He probably won’t fall to us either but if he slides passed the first few spots and teams in the 4-6 range don’t need a PF it could happen. Obviously any of the top prospects would be good for us but I think he is the best fit and I would have no problem giving up on Zeller and even mostly cutting McRoberts out of the rotation and use Biyombo as our main backup at PF/C as a rim protecting and rebounding specialist (this should be happening already anyways imo) if we could get someone the caliber of Randle.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Julius Randle will NEVER drop to #8 unless he tears an acl or mcl and goes Nerlens Noel entering the draft despite being out for that year. Wiggins has Ben McLemore written all over him currently…Issue with this draft is there are no #4s or #5s of notice in the top 12 after Randle, and Embid that are worth of the picks considering we already have them…Vonleh is a lot like Zeller, big athletic, that has a decent mid range jumper at the 4, or Cauley-Stein Big athetic center who has no offense and is a nice post presence defensively (worse rebounder and defender by far at this point compared to Biyombo)no 4-5′s make this team better in likely draft positions.

    Portland will be a 20-30 pick, Detroit a 14 ish pick, hopefully are pick being #10-12…or we continue to lose to get us in that prized top 8 draft positions for this draft. we need a wing that can shoot, Wiggins although inconsistent can shoot the spot up jumper very effectively (something we severely need), he replaces Henderson who becomes trade bait, or our 6th man depending of Taylor’s ability to come back from his injury. McDermott is my next up pick, who we NEED to trade up for if it’s the only way to get to him, he spreads the floor like no other in this draft, and that’s what we need most by FAR.

  • Dave Walshy

    Well, I agree that Randle at 8 is unlikely but I think Wiggins is even less likely to drop. Wiggins is definitely more athletic than Mclemore and already better on defense. He can play multiple positions and has all this hype and upside so it would be hard for him to make it through picks 4-6 whereas Randle pretty much is only a PF so I think there is a slightly better outside chance he would fall depending on draft order. We won’t likely get either without moving up a couple spots which is very possible if we get all three of our picks. Id be fine with either honestly. Wiggins could immediately replace Henderson and upgrade the SG position which is probably our biggest area of concern overall.

  • Dave Walshy

    They really need to not make the playoffs so we have a good chance of keeping our pick this year. So many possibilities if we have a top ten and two other first round picks in this draft. With that and all the cap room they could possibly be set to be a real threat in the east in a couple years. Otherwise, there is a good chance we will get stuck occasionally making it to the second round for a while if that.

  • charlottean

    they need to not only miss the playoffs, but develop biz, mkg, and zeller. those guys have talent that is being wasted. zeller looks horrible in this offense because he isn’t mcroberts. he’s way more jefferson with range and handles than he is mcroberts. some of the plays he’s made this year have been “WOW” type plays for a rookie. a lot of skill, athleticism and savvy in that kid.

    keep in mind when comparing mclemore and wiggins that mclemore was older last year after sitting his freshmen year out. i don’t love the idea of wiggins paired with mkg either, but you could play mkg at the 4 when they are on the floor together for a few stretches. he has the size and skill set.

    i hear you about embiid (big east basketball was way better back then though), but i don’t see that dude being a duncan or shaq or olajuwon type at all. quick developing bigs IS a great sign though. he could be bynum – and that’s still a franchise big if healthy.

    i personally think exum would be the best fit. similar to evan turner….pg skills, wing size, would be a great fit alongside kemba the same way baron davis was for david wesley. we should have long ago made a deal for evan turner.

    i love randle’s game, dude is like shawn kemp force and athleticism. i would in no way be mad if we got randle and were able to move zeller for another pick, but that’s fantasy land. I think zeller could be as good as randle 5 years from now. he just has too much skill and athleticism. he looks overwhelmed right now, but not as bad as some rookies. and he isn’t getting the chance to have that confidence building 20 pt game because he’s
    getting scraps for minutes. even when he’s on, he’s on a leash. and when he’s off, it’s highlighted by the leash being pulled. we’re 15-20 with a light schedule with jefferson and mcroberts playing big minutes. writing is all over the wall there. if we want to be a 50 win team EVER, it won’t be with those 2.

    jefferson’s defense is worse than advertised. he gets a few crafty steals to save face, but then he allows layup lines at the rim. every good/great team has a rim protector. we have one and we aren’t using him.

  • Dave Walshy

    Honestly Zeller has looked horrible when I’ve watched him play. The athleticism is there and he has some skill but I’m not sold on his range either although I could see it developing. It does drive me nuts how little Biz plays some nights. He seems to finally be improving and should fit perfect with Clifford’s defensive strategy but he just doesn’t see enough playing time.

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  • charlottean

    not to mention his (biz)offense isn’t going to get any better if they aren’t giving him a few post ups every game. biz has shown he can get you good points per possession in post up situations (or in any situation really). It isn’t fluid or smooth yet, but the results are enough to build on. If i’m not mistaken he’s leading the team in PPP and PPS. no he isn’t built for the number of touches jefferson gets, but having him stand by idle on offense is a huge waste of what should have been a big developmental year for him.

    same applies to zeller. the only place he gets the ball is high elbow. never anywhere else. never in a post up, even when he has mismatches. he’s getting most of his points at the rim either off offensive boards or in transition. His range is there, i’m sure he rattles off that shot non stop in practice or he wouldn’t have the green light to shoot it. I think it’s all nerves and lack of playing time. if he’s playing 35 minutes and getting 15 shots a game, he misses 2 or 3 and it’s no big deal, he can make the adjustment. but with him playing little, he forces his offense more instead of letting the game come to him and picking his spots. that 0-3 becomes his stat line night in night out. while biz can kind of thrive in this role as a garbage man off the bench, and a guy like nate robinson or jr smith can be instant offense…….zeller is not a role player. dude is a #1-2 option or he’s useless. there is nothing about our offense that fits him right now other than the occasional sideline pick and roll.

    considering how much we invested development wise in mullens last year, it’s atrocious that they won’t give zeller the same shot. the utah route of sitting the bigs for several years does not work anywhere near as well as throwing them into the water.

    chicago just basically officially took our pick. insane. won’t make a huge difference because we’ll have detroit and portland’s picks. but we also won’t be picking top 6 for sure, barring finishing last out in the east and winning the lottery.

    our management is disgusting. how fellow charlotteans think the panthers are mismanaged is mind boggling.

  • Spencer/SDS

    What Clifford SHOULD do at this point is move Biyombo into the starting lineup and Jefferson into PF…the dude is a PF in this league, he isn’t a good enough defensive center to be a starting/core guy at that position…but that won’t ever happen, IDK why people don’t see the potential in Jefferson as a PF…next to a Hibbert, Howard, Chandler etc he would be a MONSTER at times…very few PFs can guard him and you take away his liability (somewhat) on the defensive end by not allowing him to sit in the paint like a useless blind/mute puppy…which is sad thinking about it :(

    Anyway, McRoberts is deserving of starting, but he shouldn’t due to us needing to develop our younger future core players and that he isn’t more deserving to start then Jefferson…Zeller comes of the bench as the 3rd man and McRoberts the fourth…Jefferson can be that “glue” guy offensive that McRoberts is passing value wise just as easily, issue becomes spreading the floor, but screw that we already aren’t a threat to any team from the 3, why try lol?? Sadly this is all fantasy land as charlottean said:(…

    Agree with Zeller, he is being completely misused, as for Wiggins and MKG Wiggins causes all kinds of mismatches playing the 2 spot on any team…unless a team has 2 starting sf like we would, one of those two would be able to cause havok…

    Forgot about the PG spot yesterday lol…ya that’s a need…Wiggins is my #1, McDermott my #2, best PG #3…considering how the Bulls may have thrown us into the playoffs…hopefully Boozer and Noah keep them in the playoffs and make it that much harder for us to get in…

    As for Zeller…ya I haven’t seen him post up more then once in any game this year,completely misused…he is only a midrange shooter apparently to Clifford and a meh one at that…dude just has no confidence in that shot it seems, passes away some open jumpers regularly…REMEMBER Dirk in Zellers case, dude looked like a complete bust his 1st yr, came out his sophomore yr and started balling, developed a 3pt range and just got more confident at every facet of the game, if zeller can make that kind of leap we are in good hands…

  • charlottean

    i agree but jefferson can’t guard any of the bargani’s, ryan andersons, dirks, etc. he struggles with the 5′s that don’t move much, he’ll get eaten up by guys that can drive and shoot. and biyombo being on the floor out by the perimeter defeats the purpose. jefferson is just a horrible fit for what we built.

    if we had drafted a bunch of shooters, sure. if mullens had developed properly and we kept him, sure. that would have been a duo.

    and i do think zeller could have been poor man’s dirk, but i have zero faith in this organization getting him there.