Charlotte Bobcats 95, Los Angeles Clippers 91: Missing the Points « Queen City Hoops

Charlotte Bobcats 95, Los Angeles Clippers 91: Missing the Points

Los Angeles Clippers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 31 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -1

McRoberts’ hot streak from three continued, as he hit both of his attempts. This is probably the ideal McRoberts box score, as he spaced the floor, grabbed available boards and kept the offense churning with his passes.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -12

Quiet night from MKG, but he came through with a few nice hustle plays and good if inconsistent defense. He spent most of his night chasing JJ Redick around a million screens, and did a credible job of preventing easy three-pointers.

Al Jefferson, C 36 MIN | 12-23 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -3

Al’s carrying the offense with Kemba out, and that seems to be working fine. He shoots a curiously low amount of free throws for a guy who lives in the paint, but when he’s gobbling up possessions and making half his shots it doesn’t really matter.

Ramon Sessions, PG 36 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -1

Not a great scoring effort but his passing was sharp, notching eight of the team’s 22 assists. He lucked out in one of the game’s biggest moments, as his floater in the lane dropped well short of the rim but fell into Gerald Henderson’s hands for the easy dunk. I’m not sure if that counted as one of his dimes.

Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -1

Henderson’s efficiency took a hit on a night the refs mostly swallowed their whistles. He still made an impact, though, hustling for boards and being in position for some of the game’s biggest plays.

Anthony Tolliver, PF 23 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +14

Tolliver brought a little more offensive variety than usual: His two shots inside the arc doubled his season average, and he attempted his 15th and 16th free throws of the year. He’s usually doing exactly what the Bobcats want by camping at the three-point line, but it was fun to see him mix it up a bit.

Cody Zeller, C 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7

Not a good offensive game from Zeller, and on defense he was abused by Griffin when the two were matched up. Hopefully that built some character.

Bismack Biyombo, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +7

Steady defensive play, excellent rebounding and no wasted possessions makes this a pretty good game for Biyombo. It’s a low bar, but clearing a low bar is better than not clearing a low bar.

Jannero Pargo, PG 12 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5

Pargo must hate handling the ball, because he shot it as quickly as he could for most of the night. Since most of his attempts were falling, it’s hard to hold that against him.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +

5CDR gave the Bobcats the lead going into the fourth with a quick tip-in at the buzzer, but the rest of his night didn’t make much of an impression.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats did a terrific job avoiding fouls, with the Clippers only taking nine free-throw attempts in the game. That’s 20 fewer than their average, and their lowest mark all year. Charlotte actually held them to just 10 free throws in their first meeting this year, which was their previous low.
  2. Both teams were missing their starting point guards, with Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and L.A.’s Chris Paul recovering from injuries. Both are making the most of their situations, though: The Bobcats moved to 2-0 without Kemba and the Clippers dropped to 6-3.

6 comments to Charlotte Bobcats 95, Los Angeles Clippers 91: Missing the Points

  • NCTony

    See above Comments on Zeller and Biyombo… On point … Enough said!!

  • charlottean

    so sessions gets 10 points on 15 possessions and a B-

    and zeller gets 4 points on 5 possessions and a D+

    he gave up 11 of the 27 griffin had in the 14 or so minutes he was guarding him. sounds like par for the course to me. 5 of 8 and a turnover and a free throw as far as I see. vs. 6 for 12 and 4 free throws 2 turns in the remaining time. he got burned badly the one blow by, but i just don’t get the opinion that zeller can’t hang with guys like griffin. and 2 of those 11 game on that ridiculous fadeaway.

    we want to talk about how weak and frail zeller is……..well griffin is supposed to be a freak of nature, right?

    zeller has an inch on griffin in standing reach.
    3 inches on no step vert, 2 inches on max vert.
    griffin out benched zeller 22 to 17 reps. both numbers being at or near the top of their respective classes.
    griffin weighed in 18 pounds heavier at the combine with a much higher body fat %.
    zeller better lane agility and 3/4 sprint.

    we’re talking about different players given different scenarios drafted to different franchises with different surroundings. you give zeller the room to breathe and show what he can do? might look a lot more like the kind of success griffin has had.

    not a lot of guys went to paul george route that clifford is calling for. and josh mcroberts is no danny granger. zeller is absolutely better RIGHT NOW. josh might give you a better chance to win right now because of refs and veteran savvy and experience……but skill/talent wise? no effing way. not even close. coach K wouldn’t argue on behalf of mcroberts in that argument. mcroberts probably wouldn’t either.

  • charlottean

    biyombo had 5 boards in 12 minutes. that would be 15 in 36 minutes. that’s a weak game?

  • NCTony

    I actually thought the biyombo played a good game the point being that he is making strides and was positive

  • Dave Walshy

    Are we all in agreement that Biyombo is one of the funnest names to say in the NBA. Think of all the cool possible nicknames. He could do an endorsement deal with Mcdonalds and we could call him BigMac Biyombo. Fans at games get a coupon for a free dollar menu item whenever he gets a “mcdouble-double”.

  • charlottean

    they need to mock up a “nobody beats the biz” sound clip for every time dude swats a shot.