|Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14
He didn’t take one three-pointer tonight and I love it. Cutting off of the ball, keeping balls alive on the offensive glass and attacking the rim when he did look to score. Overall, I’d say this was pretty close to an ideal game for McBob.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10
Good game for the hardest working guy on the floor. Defensively, MKG did a good job on Joe Johnson when he drew that assignment. Clifford actually elected to start MKG on Deron Williams in the second half and it got Williams out of the gate slowly after pouring in 20 in the first half.
|Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 41 MIN | 15-27 FG | 5-7 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 35 PTS | +3
How could he get anything else but an A+ for this effort? He’s unflappable. As unstoppable as Big Al is, the Bobcats did a great job as a team tonight of moving the ball quickly when the double came to Jefferson.
Ultimately, this team will only go as far as Jefferson decides to take them – I have a feeling that he’s bringing a few post-season wins to the QC. If Charlotte can catch the Wizards, maybe even a playoff series victory.
|Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 45 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +8
Cardiac Kemba. He loves having the ball in close games, with the shot clock running down and when the defense thinks they’ve got that big stop they needed. He was only 2-8 in the final quarter for 5 points, but the two FG’s he hit were enormous shots that saved the momentum for Charlotte.
Obviously, the 12 assists bring a huge grin to my face.
|Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +9
Struggled shooting the ball, but made some hustle plays and made some sweet dimes when trapped on corner PnR’s.
|Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -9
Great energy. Zeller is really starting to develop an NBA skill on the glass. Especially on the offensive glass. Cody and McBob both are above average with the activity on the offensive glass and it really aided the Bobcats 15 offensive boards tonight – keeping balls alive.
Zeller got fouled hard by Jorge Gutierrez in the 3rd quarter. It was called a flagrant 2 and Gutierrez was tossed from the game.
|Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -6
Big time offensive production off of the bench in Neal’s absence.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -7
CDR is a legit NBA player now. On a ton of teams. He’s developed a very dependable three-point jumper and his scouting report has completely changed with the way he’s played while wearing a Bobcats jersey. The combo of CDR and Neal off the bench in the post-season will be fun – he’s going to play a very important role for this team for the rest of the season.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Neal is apparently dealing with ankle and knee issues. Clifford wasn’t sure exactly how long Neal is going to be out before the game, but stated that they weren’t going to rush it. Simply waiting until Neal is ready.
This Brooklyn team is tough to guard. They don’t run many incredible sets, but there are few teams that can spread you out and just play dribble-drive, kick like the Nets in the eastern conference. I thought that Clifford did a nice job of adjusting the defensive wall throughout the night in order to give the guys a chance to recover to shooters.
Three Things We Saw
- Charlotte hit a ridiculous amount of huge/tough shots in the 4th quarter + OT. Kemba with a few shot clock savers, CDR with two three’s in 4th/OT and Cody Zeller. Yes, Cody Zeller, with all 6 of his points in the 4th when the Bobcats absolutely had to have it.
- The Bobcats 15 offensive rebounds and 17 second chance points pretty much broke Brooklyn’s back in the end. On the contrary, the Nets only managed 3 offensive rebounds tonight.
- The Bobcats pursuit of the 6th seed is very much alive. Washington lost tonight to Phoenix at home and Charlotte is now only 1 1/2 game back of the Wiz. Check this out: Bobcats have 10 games remaining – only 4 of those games will come against current playoff teams (all eastern conference) – two of those are against the Wizards. If Charlotte can find a way to win both of those game then the #6 seed and a date with Toronto in the first round is happening.