Bobcats flying high in the ‘Mile High’ « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats flying high in the ‘Mile High’

Charlotte Bobcats 101 Final

Recap | Box Score

98 Denver Nuggets
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +6Less assertive on the offensive end than he’s been of late, but did a nice job on Faried for most of the night and certainly didn’t do anything to hurt the Bobcats chances tonight.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-10 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +1040% from the foul line. Air ball from mid-range late in the game. All-around disappointing. Then it happened — with less than 5 sec. remaining Timofey Mozgov had a point-blank put back attempt under the basket that was swatted away from behind by MKG. That play negated what would have tied the game – essentially, it won the game. My hat’s off to you MKG – there’s very few guys that play with the energy and intensity that you do in this league.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 13-24 FG | 9-12 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 35 PTS | 0Come on. Really? Right now Big Al cannot be stopped. Period. He’s taking over just about every game as of late. Does anyone think that Jefferson took it upon himself to raise him game to a different level when Kemba went down? Yeah, me too.

Jefferson stats without Kemba in lineup: 27.6 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 54.5% FG.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 4-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +9Solid. Solid, solid, solid. This is exactly that stat line Charlotte needs from Sessions in Kemba’s absence – get to the foul line + 7 assists to just 3 turnovers.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +1I love the way Hendo is getting on the glass recently – pulling down 5.2 RPG (+0.9) without Kemba in the lineup. Yes, I do believe he was challenged to step up in the rebounding category and he’s responded.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -7Tolliver has been quiet from the floor in the past few, but one of his teammates really believes in his ability to stroke it.

 

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3Cody has been doing a good job at rebounding the ball in his limited minutes recently. That’s my Zeller optimism for you today. What? I’m trying my best.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3Biz gave great minutes off the bench tonight – please stop bringing the ball down when you catch it in the post. How many years is it going to take in order for this guy to simply get the leather to his chin as quickly as possible when he catches in traffic?

Steve Clifford
I doubt that you gain more out of coaching any other guy on this team other than MKG – he wants to make you pull your hair out, but then makes the defensive/hustle play on the floor that no one else can. Stay patient and keep grinding on him.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats give themselves an opportunity to really gain some confidence on this road trip. Tonight’s win was vital for the psyche and with the Lakers coming tomorrow night in Staples, there’s no reason they couldn’t start 2-0, out west, for this trip.
  2. Charlotte dominated Denver on the glass 53-43 and it was a team effort – 6 different guys with 6 or more rebounds.
  3. Ultimately, the difference in this game was trips to the charity stripe – something that Charlotte does well, and they certainly did tonight. The Bobcats were 30-42 from the FT line. Denver, just 11-13.

5 comments to Bobcats flying high in the ‘Mile High’

  • A win, is a win, is a win… Not sure the outcome would have been the same if Denver had either Lawson or Robinson for the whole game. Regardless, nice road win. Al certainly had some defensive lapses (rather typical, right) but that guy is playing like a beast in the post and hitting from mid-range at a high clip too. Perhaps others around the league will notice and we’ll have our second ever all star.

    Food for thought or just to start a dialogue:
    How do you think the team should be using Ben Gordon?

    Get him some minutes; use him as trade bait/ unloading an expiring contract (if so, who would you want to see brought in), etc…

    At this point, barring any other major injuries, I don’t see him getting much if any playing time. I would gladly ride pine and collect 12+ million but I have a hard time believing anyone could truly be invested or interested in that role; meaning dude has checked out. Getting something for him (including a draft pick) is my hope.

  • RyanC

    Just to comment back to your original observation about the Nuggets not having Lawson or Robinson, the Bobcats are without Jeffery Taylor and probably their best, or second best player, Kemba Walker. So, I look at this game as level as far as personnel restrictions go and give a nod to the Bobcats winning a tough road game, at the Pepsi Center, which has proven to be a tough place to win in years past.

    As far as Ben Gordon goes, I think you have to begin to develop some continuity on this team — the Bobcats have had player turnover unlike most teams in the NBA, and with Gordon potentially (most likely) gone next year, I say you just keep him in the rotation only when needed. He isn’t offering too much more than anyone else can’t themselves offer. I would love to get a draft pick or some cash for him, but seriously, who wants Ben Gordon…

  • Horncatsalive

    We have a pickup game every other Sat. morning for the last few years. I will officially float an offer to Cho: we will take Ben Gordon off your hands in exchange for my little brother and a gift certificate to Applebees. The amount has been rubbed off in my wallet so I don’t know if its a 20 dollar gift certificate or five dollars or 100 dollars! Your risk. I still don’t feel great about this trade, though…

  • charlottean

    ryan, you’re forgetting the nuggets are without gallinari also. that said, it was a road win. it WAS a solid win compared to most of our other wins, but when you look down that list of wins…….we’re almost always beating somebody on the 2nd night of a back to back for them, or with their starting pg out. almost always. and barely pulling out the win too.

    as for ben gordon, the only benefit to playing him would be to boost his trade potential, and i don’t think there’s a whole lot of room to increase that. 13 million expiring is what it is. someone either wants to dump salary or they don’t. i don’t think they care who that expiring contract is attached to. playing him for the purpose of trying to win games? not a great strategy. dude is such a talented shot maker, but nothing else. horrible on defense, horrible passer, makes tons of dumb turnovers and takes dumb shots that take the entire team out of rhythm.

    not to mention, he was sick wednesday according to the injury report and was not available.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Everyone is forgetting Miller who would dominate pargo himself…

    Nuggets: Missing Lawson=Kemba. Missing Robinson=Kemba, Missing Miller=Sessions, missing Gallinari=all kinds of stuff. A.K.A, this team (Bobcats) with everyone healthy gets wrecked vs a completely healthy Nuggets…Their 4th string Pg/3rd string SG owned us all night. Oh we are also forgetting about McGee…seriously we aren’t even in competition if we are going to go the “injury” bug, Nuggets are wrecked by it, we have barely been touched compared to them.

    Ben Gordon, no one wants him unless they want to unload a bad contract and give us picks in return (Celtics could be a possibility, Knicks etc-just for unloading Wallace (crash) or Smith (2 yr old). Ben Gordon as Charlottean said is a talented shot maker/creator for himself, hell I’d say all star caliber levels. Dude made so many 4 pt shots last year, he can ball, but he can’t ball at a Melo level offensively, is worse then Melo defensively, tries even less, worse passer, tries even less, etc…He is a VERY poor man’s Melo, great offensive talent that requires ball hogging to be anywhere near effective himself, that can’t create for others nor play defense…he just doesn’t have anywhere near the athleticism or height as a Melo.