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Bobcats Can’t Close on MLK Day

Cleveland Cavaliers 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Charlotte Bobcats
Tyrus Thomas, PF 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | -3

A very uninspired effort out of Thomas. He exhibited terrible body language on multiple occasions while only logging 16 minutes out of his starter’s role. Coach Silas was asked after the game what’s wrong with Tyrus, to which he responded, “you’ll have to ask him”.

Gerald Henderson, G 35 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-9 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | -6

An overall decent game for Henderson, though his four misses at the line loomed large down the stretch. He did a good job getting into the lane (see 9 FT attempts), but had a difficult time converting or dishing when getting there, as both of his turnovers occurred on drives to the basket.

Byron Mullens, C 36 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -3

Byron did a solid job on the boards but struggled from the field as well as on the defensive end of the court. If Byron’s not contributing on the offensive end he’s not going to provide the type of value you’re looking for given he’s a defensive liability almost every night.

D.J. Augustin, PG 40 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 24 PTS | -10

An excellent game from D.J. He had a difficult time staying in front of Kyrie Irving (as did Kemba), but the rest of his performance was strong. He hit a number of big shots and was able to get into the paint and finish almost at will.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 6-21 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -21

This was the type of performance we’ve come to expect out of Kemba. Poor numbers from the field, but able to stuff every category of the stat sheet due to his incredible energy. There’s no doubt many of his shots were misguided, but he contributed in so many more ways that his overall impact on the game was still positive. His shot selection will improve with time, and let’s hope when it does he can pair it with the same level of effort we’ve seen him give thus far.

Boris Diaw, PF 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Boris came off the bench yet again and proceeded to see his lowest minute total to date this season. He was more aggressive when in the game, but it seems evident that Coach Silas is trending towards a youth movement. We’ll see how Boris responds.

D.J. White, PF 32 MIN | 7-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5

White bounced back from the missed game (death in the family) with another efficient performance. He did make what turned out to be a crucial mistake in passing up an open shot to shuffle the ball off to Mullens down the stretch (shot clock expired); however, outside of that and some missed opportunities on the boards, which coach Silas mentioned, he turned in a solid effort.

Derrick Brown, F 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +10

A nice contribution by Brown off the bench. He had a monster left-handed dunk on the break, one of the highlights of the night.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Youth Movement. Besides Biyombo (DNP – Coach’s Decision), the young players got the majority of the run. Diop and Carroll failed to see the floor, while Higgins saw as much playing time as Diaw (12 minutes). Look for this trend to continue.
  2. D.J. and Kemba here to stay. For the most part. Coach Silas was asked after the game whether the pairing was due largely to recent matchups or whether fans could expect to see more of D.J. and Kemba in the starting lineup together going forward. Outside of teams who play a very large two guard, Coach Silas said he thinks they can be successful with both in the starting lineup.
  3. Foul at the line. Foul, as in filthy. The Bobcats shot 14-26 and threw away opportunities to convert easy points. This hadn’t been a problem they’d run into yet this season, so here’s to hoping it was an aberration.