|Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +6
McBob found the touch from downtown again – makes him so much more versatile as the “connector” for this offense.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +3
Unfortunately, this is the type of stat line we’ve come to expect from MKG. His impact on the game is not going to show up in any statistical categories very often – making the opposition’s best wing scorer work hard for what he gets, early in the game, definitely has value.
|Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 39 MIN | 12-23 FG | 2-6 FT | 13 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +2
He came out-of-the-gates firing on all cylinders offensively – puts the defense in a bad situation and forces the extra defender to come, which most coaches want to avoid until they absolutely have to. Big Al got some help from the rest of the roster, but the Bobcats are going to ride this guys back as far as he’ll carry them.
|Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-15 FG | 12-12 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +3
12-12 from the foul line? Yes! That’s efficiency. At Walker’s prime, whenever that comes, this is the type of stat line that we should expect to see. Somewhat consistently. He’s still learning how to get his around the rim, being the smallest guy on the floor + still learning how to get to the foul line consistently. If nothing else this season, Kemba has shown us all that he’s going to play PG a long time in this league because of his ability to take care of the basketball — only 9.5% of Kemba’s possessions end up in turnovers – that’s good for 10th in the NBA among PG’s that play 30+ min/night.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 2-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +2
CDR is now probably officially listed as a threat from deep in the scouting report for Charlotte now. He’s comfortable taking the three, taking some pressure off of Tolliver + the deep shots he’s knocking down are coming during much needed times. Again, should be very interesting to see how the minutes are managed between CDR and Hendo as the playoffs approach.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8
Mini-slump: Tolliver is now 2-14 from behind-the-arc in the past three games. He’ll be fine.
|Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 10 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1
Saw decreased minutes tonight due to Josh McRoberts + Gary Neal performances. Continues to be much more efficient with his minutes and looks so much more comfortable on the floor.
|Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +5
Just keep fighting Biz. I know you will and not complain – that’s exactly why you’re more valuable to this team down the stretch than most realize.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +1
Bravo! This is the performance that we’ve all been waiting on. When Neal is stroking it like this and can be on the floor with Kemba, it gets fun. Again, Neal being able to keep a distributors mindset while also being a more all-around offensive threat (than Sessions) will prove Charlotte the winners of the trade when we look back.
The Kemba, Neal, CDR/Tolliver, McRoberts, Jefferson lineup is so much fun.
Three Things We Saw
- This is Charlotte’s 7th straight home win. The franchise record is nine.
- The Bobcats win didn’t help them gain ground on Brooklyn for 6th in the east as they also beat Toronto. It appears as if it’s going to take Charlotte a rather Herculean effort to catch the Nets – they’ve won seven of nine and scored 100+ points in six of those wins.
- Charlotte will get a day’s rest and play @ Washington tomorrow night. A divisional foe that they’re chasing – currently in 5th + 3 1/2 games up.