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Bobcats Falter Down the Stretch, Fall to Knicks

New York Knicks 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 39 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Along with MKG, was tasked with checking Carmelo for much of the night. The offensive production was light for Taylor, though understandable given the defensive assignment.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 27 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -10

A very fine night for MKG, particularly from the field. A great hustle play late to secure an offensive rebound, which at the time appeared like it may propel the team to victory. However, an errant pass by MKG (one of his 4 turnovers) granted the Knicks the final possession and eventually the win.

Brendan Haywood, C 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | 0

Takes at least one head-shaking shot a game (tonight’s came on an offensive rebound, when upon securing the ball he acted like the shot clock was still bearing down and forced a terrible fadeaway attempt). Nine rebounds in 22 minutes is all you can ask for, however.

Byron Mullens, C 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -13

Logged only 19 minutes, a season low. Coach Dunlap had a tough time playing Byron when the Knicks went with Carmelo at the 4 and Chandler at center, as both are bad matchups for Mullens.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 8-15 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 25 PTS | -11

Great game from Kemba. A double-double with 11 assists while shooting efficiently from the field and knocking down 2-4 from behind the arc. All that production coming at the expense of only one turnover. Went to the line 7 times (knocking down every attempt) despite not receiving a few calls on drives to the hoop (Kemba picked up a technical foul for arguing the most egregious non-call).

Bismack Biyombo, PF 30 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +7

A good run for Biyombo, as he battled with Chandler on the boards and held his own for the most part. Only a single block, though an impressive effort that elicited the Mutombo finger wag.

Ramon Sessions, PG 14 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +9

A slightly better effort than what we’ve seen lately out of Ramon; though, like Byron, he saw limited minutes.

Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +3

Good Ben. Bad Ben. Good Ben shoots and makes three-pointers. Bad Ben handles the ball and commits turnovers (four of them). Oh yeah, and bad Ben fails to pass and enter the ball inbounds (or call a timeout, which the team had). So far this season the highs are ultra high and the lows are seemingly lower.

Gerald Henderson, SG 25 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -6

What an encouraging effort out of Henderson. A highlight reel block as well 2-3 from downtown. Keep it coming.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats fail to execute again late. Bobcats final five possessions: shot clock violation, missed shot, 5 second inbound turnover, traveling call, bad pass for a turnover.
  2. Bobcats allow Knicks to live and (almost) die by the three. New York took 41 attempts, converting on only thirteen (31.7%).
  3. Carmelo missed the final minutes with a laceration to his finger. The absence of Carmelo from the lineup afforded J.R. Smith the opportunity to attempt the final shot. He made it.
  4. Regression to the mean. The Bobcats won a handful of close games early in the season, which many interpreted as a positive sign for the young team. They’ve now proceeded to lose the last three.
  5. The Bobcats take it on the road versus the Bucks this Friday night. Milwaukee will look to avenge their earlier loss to the Bobcats.