|Derrick Brown, F 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -6
Brown played a solid game tonight and was active everywhere on the floor, but it all ended in a disappointing fashion. Brown came down on his left ankle late in the 4th quarter and had to be helped to the locker room by his teammates. No official report on the injury as of yet, but it looked like it’s a bad sprain at the very least.
|Byron Mullens, C 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -11
Couldn’t get it going tonight from the field, but he wasn’t hesitating to fire away when he caught the ball as he had been as of late. 1 rebound is inexcusable in 25 minutes.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 30 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -1
Biz was aggressive on the glass tonight. I also thought about something that I’ve failed to mention all season long, but if he had better hands he’d get 12+ boards a night, easily. I can’t tell you how many balls he gets his hands on coming off the rim, but just can’t corral them in. He played within himself tonight and I also thought he did a good job being in position defensively, consistently. Though, that is one of his strengths at this point in his progression as a rookie.
|Gerald Henderson, G 40 MIN | 5-9 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +7
The Magic keyed in on Hendo tonight and he didn’t get many open looks at all, but I think it’s fair to say he made the most of it. Augustin took some of the offensive load off his shoulders as well. Overall, very good intensity and effort tonight.
|D.J. Augustin, PG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS | -6
Really great to see Augustin have a performance like this. The offense was certainly playing through him tonight and when Kemba was on the floor at the same time as D.J. it opened up the floor in order for him to get open shots. I still think the Augustin/Kemba lineup could be successful, but you need a true inside threat to be able to throw the ball into.
|Matt Carroll, SG 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -7
Was just happy to see Carroll knock down a 3-ball tonight. I know it probably felt like a 1000 lb. weight was lifted off his shoulders. The shot he hit was an extremely important one to keep the Bobcats close in the 4th quarter out of a timeout.
|Tyrus Thomas, PF 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 9-10 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +4
Boy, I was very impressed by TT’s performance tonight. He looked very under control and when he drove towards the rim it didn’t look like that guy that you play pickup basketball with and yell ‘slow down, slow down’ every time he puts the ball on the floor. And to be clear, that’s exactly what Tyrus has looked like most of the season. I’m certainly not ready to come off my Amnesty stoop about this guy, because I truly believe it’s the right move for Charlotte long term. That being said, you have to applaud his effort and performance tonight after the season he’s endured.
|Kemba Walker, PG 30 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 4 PTS | 0
Kemba always has that hustle stat (9 REB) in his stat line that saves him from an F, but it was very discouraging to see how uncomfortable he was on the offensive end tonight. Kemba is shooting 30.2% from the field and 10.5% from behind the arc is his past 5 games.
Three Things We Saw
- EFFORT. Maybe this team did come into tonight with some pride after their owner and franchise were ripped throughout the national media due to Larry Brown’s comments on the ‘Dan Patrick Show’ this morning.
- ONE MORE CHANCE. The Bobcats will face the Knicks tomorrow in Charlotte and there is plenty at stake for both teams. If New York wins they will clinch the 7th seed in the eastern conference playoffs and face Miami in the first round. If somehow the Bobcats were to upset New York then they would avert finishing the regular season with the worst winning percentage of all time and put the Knicks in jeopardy of falling into the 8th seed. In order for New York to fall to the 8 seed, Philadelphia will have to win in Detroit tomorrow night to go along with a Knicks loss.
- Derrick Brown is surely not going to play tomorrow and I’d expect Tyrus Thomas to replace him in the starting lineup.