|Josh McRoberts, PF 30 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -14
He’s extremely versatile on the offensive end and is in the point of his career where he won’t make a lot of mistakes with the ball. three 3’s only add icing to the cake for this performance. McRob can stretch the floor, put the ball on the floor + create for teammates with pass and crashes offensive glass hard. He’s starting PF for foreseeable future.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 31 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -7
Is it possible for his jump shot to actually look worse? Because it might. For all the talk about MKG working with Mark Price on his jumper, well, throw that out of the window. The guy has a serious hitch I’m not guessing it’s ever going to be fixed.
All that being said, this guys plays his @$$ off — nobody gives more effort than MKG. He’s relentless on the defensive end + is fantastic in transition – running the break with ball or running wing.
|Al Jefferson, C 30 MIN | 6-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -4
Very underwhelming debut for Big Al. Looked a little bit uncomfortable at times and had difficulty with Houston’s massive frontline. However, the ankle seemed to hold up well and Jefferson played 30 minutes – there’s your positive.
Defensively, Jefferson just simply doesn’t move well and that’s not going to change.
|Kemba Walker, PG 35 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -1
Kemba had 8 points after the 1st quarter and then was more-or-less a ghost offensively for the remainder of the game. 4 steals are what stand out most here – gambles a ton on the defensive end, but Kemba is clearly quick enough to make it pay off.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 32 MIN | 5-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -8
Rough night from the field and settled for way too many mid-range jump shots. Faders at that. Did attempt two 3FG – missed both.
Hendo had his hands full with Harden on the defensive end most of the night. The 1st half was impressive, as he held Harden to just 6 points on 2-8 from the floor. 2nd half was way different – 15 points on 5-8 shooting.
|Cody Zeller, PF 16 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +3
Tough debut for the rookie. Looked uncomfortable and lost on the defensive end. Now that I think of it, he didn’t look noticeably more cool on the offensive end. Made some nice moves with the ball from the elbow a few times, but the speed and physicality of the NBA game is clearly going to present a serious learning curve for Zeller.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -6
In the minutes that Biz got he played hard and did what he was in the game to do – be physical + foul D12. Expected Biz to see a little bit more time on the floor tonight.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -15
This is the Sessions kind of game that we’ve all learned to come and love. Gets to the rim, collapses the defense and gets to the foul line on demand. Also, made the only 3 he attempted tonight.
|Jeffery Taylor, SG 28 MIN | 1-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -8
Clifford apparently loves Taylor:
“Jeff Taylor has been so good, it makes no sense to eat into his minutes,” said Clifford after the game.
This isn’t that shocking considering Taylor’s summer league + preseason, but I was surprised that Gordon didn’t get any playing time tonight. I completely understand the idea of developing your young talent, but quite frankly, I don’t agree with Taylor getting 28 min and Gordon getting none.
Four Things We Saw
- Charlotte was dominated on the glass 54-37 and Dwight Howard had 26 boards of his own. Good think the Bobcats won’t have to handle this kind of frontcourt every night.
- 3-point shooting: Houston was only 9-26 from behind the arc, so the Bobcats did a decent job at defending the 3. On the other hand, Charlotte only took 10 themselves — this will be a discrepancy that exist against most opponents. The Bobcats simply don’t have enough threats from deep, especially if Ben Gordon doesn’t play.
When you see the Bobcats drive, penetrate and kick – then not take the 3, but make another dribble penetration, let’s make something clear. It’s not by design, it’s because the team simply doesn’t have the shooters to space the floor with.
- 8 turnovers for the Bobcats as a team for the entire game. That’s fantastic, and not only a stat that will keep them in games, but win them a few.
- Bobcats will get a Cleveland, who knocked off the new look Nets tonight, in the home opener on Friday night.