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Bobcats Defense Struggles Late As They Lose An Overtime Thriller To Atlanta

Charlotte Bobcats 116 Final

Recap | Box Score

118 Atlanta Hawks
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +12


While the main asset for Josh McRoberts’ offensive game is his ability from the perimeter, the 6’10” forward was still able to control the offense with his playmaking skills. As apparent from his nine assists, McRoberts was the main distributor in the game as he was able to penetrate and kick it out to a perimeter team while also being effective in the high post. Despite the team’s defensive struggles in the closing quarters of the night, McRoberts was an effective defender throughout the game as he was able to make multiple defensive stops near the basket.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -4


With MKG on the mend and Jeff Taylor out for the year, Steve Clifford and the Bobcats have given the 6’8” Tolliver the task of being Charlotte’s temporary Small Forward. In an extended role against Atlanta, Tolliver was absolutely fantastic as he basically stopped record-breaking sharp-shooter Kyle Korver for the majority of the night. It was only until the 4th quarter (when Tolliver was resting on the bench) when Korver and the rest of the Hawks started to be truly effective from the perimeter. Speaking of that, the perimeter minded Tolliver was able to help make Jefferson more effective as he was able to be a solid perimeter option for Big Al to kick it out to.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 39 MIN | 10-18 FG | 4-6 FT | 23 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | 0


With the absence of Al Horford just impacting Atlanta, Jefferson and the Bobcats came to the Phillips Arena at the perfect time. As Horford is out of the lineup, Jefferson’s former frontcourt partner Paul Millsap was given the duty of trying to stop Big Al. While Millsap had a terrific game of his own, he was completely unable to stop Jefferson’s ability in the low-post and on the defensive boards. In his short time with Charlotte, this probably was Jefferson’s best game in a Bobcat uniform which is disappointing when you look at the final result.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 4-20 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -11


Going into tonight’s game, the most intriguing matchup was between young guards Kemba Walker and Jeff Teague. While Teague had a pretty spectacular outing (20 points and 9 assists on 7-14 shooting), the other competitor in this duo was more than disappointing. Inconsistency is the main word used to define Kemba’s first two months of the season and that was definitely apparent tonight. Throughout his 35 minutes on the court, Walker was extremely persistent on trying to create something on the offensive end which never really worked out.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 11-17 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | 0


While his backcourt partner was pretty ineffective throughout the game, mid-range aficionado Gerald Henderson was extremely solid. Even though he was able to hit a variety of shots from inside the perimeter, Hendo was still more than able to cut through Atlanta’s thin inside defense as he worked his way to the rim.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -11


Zeller has had games where he’s shown glimpses of what he could become as an NBA player, tonight was not one of those nights.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -7As his minutes diminish, Biyombo will have to find a way to make an impact in a short period of time. Tonight was a pretty good example of what he’s able to do in that period as Biyombo was solid on the defensive end while being aggressive when he had the ball in his hands.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +4Sessions was true to form against Atlanta as he was extremely effective because of his ability to make his way to the rim. While the final result my outshine Sessions’ overall performance, he still had a very solid outing.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +2In probably his best game as a Bobcat, CDR looked effective with the way he was able to penetrate to the paint and work his way around the rim. While he did quiet down in the 2nd half, his overall size and defensive ability could continue to be a factor that might be able to keep him in the rotation.

Two Things We Saw

  1. How Charlotte’s defense completely collapsed in the 4th quarter/OT. While Paul Millsap was going to get his points, the team’s typically solid perimeter defense was nonexistent as Atlanta was able to continuously knock down perimeter jumpers.
  2. 24 hours after Clifford called out his team after a close defeat against OKC, Charlotte faced the same issues against Atlanta as they just weren’t able to seal a victory after having a 14 point during the latter moments of the 3rd quarter.