Bobcats blown out by Heat in 4th quarter -

Bobcats blown out by Heat in 4th quarter

Miami Heat 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 81 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 37 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -4

I’m going a little easy on McRoberts, since:
A. He’s not really out there to score, and
B. He missed all six of his three-point shots, but they were all decent looks.
It obviously would have been nice if one or two of those had dropped, but his nine assists were part of the reason the Bobcats got as many points as they did.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -3

Did a decent job when he was guarding LeBron James, especially on post-ups, but was frequently switched off to other players. His offense is still coming in fits and spurts, and he’ll get fewer opportunities for easy buckets against a well-organized defense like the Heat’s.

Bismack Biyombo, C 21 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -13

Like McRoberts, Bismack did a decent job of playing to his skillset. Good rebounding, solid defense, and he took the points that fell into his lap. He’s been an actual asset off the bench this year, and he’s a credible fill-in for when Jefferson’s out.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | -15

Kemba scored, but it was a mixed bag otherwise. It looked for a while like he would break out of his shooting slump, but as the night wore on, his misses started adding up. That includes a bricked fast-break dunk late in the game that would have been a cupcake lay-in. The game was already decided by that point, but just take the points, Kemba.

Gerald Henderson, SG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | 0

The rebounds were nice, but Hendo didn’t do much to distinguish himself otherwise. Another anonymous game in what’s been a pretty anonymous year so far.

Anthony Tolliver, PF 32 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -9

Tolliver’s most valuable skill is his shooting, so he doesn’t offer a ton when his shot isn’t falling. I’m not sure why he spent so many possessions guarding LeBron James, but that wasn’t working.

Cody Zeller, C 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Zeller’s active when he’s on the court, but it rarely seems to turn into anything productive. Failed to record a positive stat tonight in seven minutes, which is obviously not great.

Ramon Sessions, PG 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -11

No free throws for Sessions tonight, which is rarer than a blue moon. Still scored relatively well, though, attacking on a night where many Bobcats looked tentative.

Jeff Taylor, SG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -19

The aggression is nice to see: Taylor’s 14 field-goal attempts were second on the team. If only a few more found the bottom of the net.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats’ 5-4 record coming into this game was a bit of a mirage. The defense could be legit, but their offense is truly miserable, and that means they essentially need to catch every break against elite teams like the Heat. They did an admirable job of keeping things within reach for most of the night, but getting swept off their home court by Miami’s reserves is a bummer.
  2. Related: Al Jefferson can’t come back soon enough. The offense needs every bit of help it can get.
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