|Boris Diaw, PF 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -14
Diaw had several open shots throughout the game, but with a FG 35% he simply could not make it work.
|Tyrus Thomas, PF 28 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -19
It was not Thomas’s night. It was not the Bobcats night. Thomas and Henderson shared a similar fate of the ball that wouldn’t drop.
|DeSagana Diop, C 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +7
It’s easy to forgive a primarily defensive player for not making a strong impact offensively. For Diop, however, it hard to see his impact on defense and even harder to see his impact on offense (case in point: arguably the worst free throw of all time shot against the Wizards on Saturday). The Bobcats would benefit greatly from an offensive-minded center.
|Gerald Henderson, G 30 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -6
Henderson, as with several other Bobcats, was taking good shots that simply didn’t drop. Henderson held his own defending Bryant and came into his own offensively in the second half.
|Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -17
Kemba’s statistics are nothing to scoff at nor or they anything to praise. You have to give this rookie credit for holding his own against the veteran Lakers squad.
|Reggie Williams, SF 13 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -22
In his first game as a Bobcat, Williams showed that he can make a notable contribution from the bench.
|Derrick Brown, F 20 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -14
Great effort by Brown in getting offensive boards. 12 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes make Brown one of the most valuable Bobcats in this game.
Three Things We Saw
- There was a notable void in effective shooting outside the key. The Bobcats will benefit greatly from the return of DJ Augustin.
- With only one player shooting above 50% for the night, the Bobcats will need to facilitate more easy points in the paint as evidenced by Derrick Brown’s performance.
- Near the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Bobcats had the game within 11 points (62-73). For the remainder of the quarter, the Bobcats scored 11 points while the Lakers scored 33. As the Lakers nailed 3 after 3, you could literally see the energy escape the Bobcats. Although the prospects of the Bobcats winning this game were low, this type of loss is a morale deflator for the franchise.