|Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +9He impacted the game in just about every way that you could tonight – teams constantly play way off of McBob when he catches the ball due to his ability to pass the ball, but he’s continuing to prove that he can knock down the open shot even though it’s a knuckle ball.|
|Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1Overall, I thought that Tolliver did a real nice job on Durant for the duration of this game – he stayed connected to his hip, did his best to take away his air space + contested every shot with high hands — all you can ask. Tolliver was beat on a few backdoor cuts, which Clifford wasn’t happy about and cited in his post-game presser, but when you have to be that connected to a player in the defensive half court everything gets tougher.|
|Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +1I thought Jefferson had a few opportunities to kick the ball out tonight when OKC started bringing immediate double teams in the 2nd half, but he was licking his chops against Perkins and Adams. Perkins did a nice job on Al for the most past because of how physical he can be — Adams is a nice player, but Jefferson probably had his nastiest ball fake of the entire season against him.|
|Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | -4After watching him in person a few time over the holidays, I’m now convinced that Kemba has the quickest first step of any PG in the NBA – he’s such a problem in pick-and-roll situations. Kemba has perfected splitting the hedge in PnR’s. If this roster is ever able to put shooters around Kemba for when he completely breaks down the defense and gets into the paint his efficiency will soar. Oh, and 0 turnovers tonight.|
|Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -7After starting the game 2-7 Hendo really turned it around and helped the Bobcats get back into the game in the 2nd half.|
|Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 3 PTS | -13Yikes. One of Zeller’s worst games in the NBA – of course after I praised him for how he’s been playing on PodCats before the game. The athletes on the other team were too strong and fast for Zeller tonight and how uncomfortable he looked on the floor was proof of that. 4 turnovers tonight is the real kicker.|
|Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -5Didn’t play much, but he impacted the game when he was on the floor. Highlight of the night was Biz throwing a Durant floater to half-court. Amazing to watch Biz and Ibaka on the same floor, then imagine that Biz was compared to him at one point – Ibaka is such a problem all over the floor now.|
|Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +3Decent night from the field as far as efficiency is concerned, but Sessions again had some defensive lapses and isn’t going to gain Clifford’s confidence that way.|
Clifford was hard on his team after the game and thought they lacked energy — I’ll let him tell you about it.
One Thing We Saw
- Bobcats now set off west. They’ll begin tomorrow night in Atlanta before heading to Utah Monday night.