Charlotte Bobcats 108, New York Knicks 98: Kidd-Gilchrist returns, Jefferson and Kemba explode « Queen City Hoops

Charlotte Bobcats 108, New York Knicks 98: Kidd-Gilchrist returns, Jefferson and Kemba explode

New York Knicks 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 33 MIN | 0-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1

McRoberts’ poor run continues, including some painful misses near the basket. Between Zeller and McRoberts, the team isn’t getting much offensive production from its power forwards. The offense tends to click better with Josh facilitating, but connecting on a few field goals would go a long way.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 30 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +3

The 3-of-12 was bad, as MKG was clearly eager to make an impact after missing so much time. It matched his season-high in attempts, and also tied for his season-low in FG%. His jumper’s still as janky as ever, and he missed a few layups that I’m sure he regrets.

Everything else, though? Terrific. Kidd-Gilchrist smothered Carmelo Anthony, and by my count Anthony only scored five points when the two shared the floor. One of those was on a technical free throw.

MKG’s seven boards were a big help, as well, as the Bobcats outrebounded their opponent for the first time in the last eight games.

Al Jefferson, C 39 MIN | 14-20 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 35 PTS | +19

You can’t really ask for more from Al. Tyson Chandler was limited, only playing 16 minutes, and Jefferson took advantage of the weak inside defense. His 35 points is a season-high, and he even snuck in a few nice passes.

Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 9-15 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +18

See above: this was basically prime Kemba. It’s always a good night when he’s hitting those kind-of-dumb-but-still-awesome-obviously stepback jumpers in people’s faces.

Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +6

His 17 points were quiet compared to his teammates, but otherwise a great night for the consistent Henderson. He’s scored 10 points in more in 36 of 39 games this year.

Anthony Tolliver, PF 18 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +7

Carmelo Anthony tended to go on scoring jags when Tolliver subbed in for MKG, but Tolliver’s shooting and spacing meant things never got out of hand. He’s upped his three-point shooting to 47.3 percent this year, which is pretty ok.

Cody Zeller, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +9

A few hustle plays, some decent team defense, not much scoring, 15 anonymous minutes.

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

Biz got yanked early both because Jefferson was so hot and because his own play was so erratic. Poor awareness on defense and a few mishandled balls make this one to move on from.

Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0

Sessions did a great job of finding others on a night when his scoring wasn’t needed.

One Thing We Saw

  1. This was honestly a game the Bobcats should have won, given the Knicks’ injury issues and since they caught them on a brutal back-to-back. But it was still a fun, encouraging win, and those have been in short supply recently.

6 comments to Charlotte Bobcats 108, New York Knicks 98: Kidd-Gilchrist returns, Jefferson and Kemba explode

  • Dave Walshy

    I’m pretty sure McRoberts could literally just stand frozen at half court the entire time he was in and he’d still get more minutes than Biyombo and Zeller combined. Nice win though I guess.

  • Horncatsalive

    At what point do we just throw Zeller in the fire? McBob isnt exactly winning games for us and, if we can agree the future looks bright, shouldn’t we see the future sooner rather than later? I would like to see the minutes flip, but would be pleased to see a more 50/50 split. Even my girlfriend loves Zeller, god only knows why. He has marquis value.

    Thoughts?

  • charlottean

    yeah i think every sane individual is baffled by the lack of development we’re seeing in what amounts to year 3 of the rebuild. 2 years and then completely abandon the plan? awesome. how is that working out? up to 16 and 23 now? impressive.

  • horncatsalive

    Not sure the level of sarcasm @charlottean. We lost 8 of 10 without MKG, our #2 pick (and Jeff Taylor), if we split those games we would be .500.

    Year 3 of the rebuild? Steve Clifford is in his first year. Big Al in his first year. Kemba still learning the pick and roll with quality players around him.

    In Cho we trust. With Clifford we hope.

  • Spencer/SDS

    this team SHOULD still be rebuilding, started with Silas, should have stayed with Dunlap, but nope, we got a 3rd coach which is negating in rebuilding process, this team should be rebuilding plain and simple, i doubt it even makes it into the playoffs, even without said injuries…This team isn’t built to win, to young and our best guy is a center that should be a power forward that can’t play defense…this should be yr 3 of a rebuilding process where Zeller, MKG, Kemba and Biz are all getting at least 28 mins a game, instead only Kemba is the only one getting the amount of minutes you want for your youngens you should be building this team around, but nope…Biz is on a lucky day getting 16 minutes, Zeller on a lucky day 16, and MKG around 30, even thou at this point considering the lack of talent and injuries to the SF position he should be getting at least 36…instead 28-30, this is not even close to a championship caliber team, not EVEN close…this should be a rebuilding year, but we throw that right out the door the moment we get in the playoffs (Which is highly unlikely at this point-thank god)…Clifford…only thing I hope happens is that someone slaps him on the side of his big head and tell him to stop playing this team to win games now and start playing them to wins games next or 2 years down…when we might actually have a decent chance of having championship aspirations…instead?? Clifford is throwing that right down the drain.

  • charlottean

    big al is in his 9th or 10th year. he hasn’t won anything before. before MKG got hurt he was playing like 22 mpg the last few week. mind you we had taylor, but taylor should have been eating the balance between henderson and mkg’s starters minutes in a 3 man rotation.

    this shouldn’t have been clifford’s first year. dude is in win-now mode with a team that can’t win now. even if we did split the difference on those games we’d be a whopping 2.5 games better than we are. we went 7-12 in that stretch. MKG isn’t ready to carry a team. but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be getting him ready. and by carry, i do not mean score 25 ppg because that won’t happen. but he could be that 16 ppg, 5 assist, 5 rebound, lock down defender, heart of the team guy for a contender.

    this team isn’t becoming a contender unless zeller, mkg, and biz get developed or we draft a stud this year. making a 7 or 8 seed this year on al’s back doesn’t get us anywhere. just gives chicago another 1st. Al shouldn’t be playing more than 30 mpg. Clifford originally said he was going to play him 30-32. Mcroberts should be playing less than that. I actually think at this point (almost 2nd half of the season) mcroberts should start running with the 2′s and by playing biz more with him, could facilitate for biz the way zeller eventually will once he’s established. kill 2 birds and probably better competition wise.

    I just think clifford doesn’t understand how statistics work in relation to wins and he just misreads and runs with it.

    I trust in cho only so much. the zeller pick was wise, but the jefferson signing was ehhh and the dunlap firing was ehhh and the MKG shopping is WOAH. Cho isn’t presti. He isn’t buford. He isn’t morey.

    he also isn’t higgins or kahn, but who is. those two are in a league of their own and unfortunately one of them is cho’s superior. So there goes a lot of the faith I would have had.

    there’s just no way that playing al and mcroberts A TON and not playing MKG A TON and getting a 7 or 8 seed with a sub .500 record is a better move forward than playing zeller and biz more, mkg more, and keeping our draft pick and that pick hopefully (probably) falling in the top 7 which is going to land a long time starter in the league no matter how the top shakes out. there are 4 or 5 teams out west that are going to hold down the 14-10 spots. That puts us in that battle for 3-9.

    Meanwhile everyone around us is getting better. How is orlando going to look when they have embiid, vucuvic, harkless, afflalo, oladipo, harris, nicholson, maybe they keep nelson, etc. ? if milwaukee gets parker to play alongside knight, sanders, henson and anntekounponko (i guessed)? and then we………..ruin biz and zeller while they are doing that?

    what are we doing that makes us better next year because we aren’t good enough this year. that’s the whole point. 16-23 isn’t going anywhere. even if we ball out 2nd half, we MIGHT finish .500. and that’s if we just go on a TEAR. we got swept by utah. this isn’t a good core and al is supposed to be the franchise player? dude is mediocre. elite post scorer. mediocre overall player. never won and never will.