Bobcats Go Back To .500 With Rout Over Milwaukee -

Bobcats Go Back To .500 With Rout Over Milwaukee

Charlotte Bobcats 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

72 Milwaukee Bucks
Josh McRoberts, PF 22 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +25

 

While the Bobcats were extremely reliant on their ability to work into the paint against Milwaukee’s porous post-defense, Josh McRoberts was stationed towards the perimeter where he continues to be effective. Charlotte’s work inside the paint allowed McRoberts to have some open looks. Besides his perimeter ability, McRoberts continues to look solid as a team defender inside the paint and in terms of crashing the boards which almost lead him to a double-double.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +24

 

The team’s aforementioned reliance on the inside game also allowed sophomore forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to continue to develop his mid-range shot. While his jumper looked like an extremely messed-up catapult, MKG was still able to land two shots from inside the three-point line. Add that in with his solid work against Caron Butler and Khris Middleton and it’s clear why people continue to be excited about Kidd-Gilchrist.

Al Jefferson, C 25 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +21

 

As the offense continues to work with Jefferson as a hopeful mainstay, tonight’s performance is a solid first step towards an improved team. Despite playing against a banged up Bucks front-court, Jefferson was able to have an extremely effective offensive in only 25 minutes. Working against solid defenders like Zaza Pachulia and Ekpe Udoh, Jefferson was able to trick that duo by using his wide array of post moves. While you can still put it in the “small sample size” category, Jefferson’s work on the defensive end looks incredible when you look at how the opposition only averages .37 PPP when they work against the nine year veteran.

Kemba Walker, PG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +23

 

As Kemba Walker continues to try to dig himself out of the offensive hole that he made during the early parts of the season, he definitely held back during tonight’s game against Milwaukee. Walker looked pretty efficient with his jumper while also being able to lead the team in transition. A shining light on an otherwise murky season for Walker has been his performance on the defensive end which continued as he was able to contain both Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight.

Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +24

 

The unbalanced nature of Henderson has been a shady cloud that has hung over the Bobcats since the start of the season. However, his shooting performance against Milwaukee is an encouraging sign as he was able to work around multiple screens to get to get an open mid-range jumper that he usually made.

Jeff Adrien, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7

 

In Friday’s game against Phoenix, coach Clifford made the intriguing decision to sit Bismack Biyombo in favor for Jeff Adrien. In tonight’s matchup against Milwaukee, Adrien proved why Clifford made that choice as he absolutely dominated Milwaukee on the glass. While Adrien will probably work against better front-courts than Milwaukee, his continued rebounding performance should remain the same because of how amazing he is at finding the right little areas on the court.

Cody Zeller, C 26 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -1

 

Despite having a pretty solid amount of minutes against Milwaukee, Zeller was hidden for the majority of the game. With that said, he did a pretty good job as an offensive rebounder and had a few moments where looked like a solid help defender.

Ramon Sessions, PG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | 0

 

While it may sound extremely lazy and typical to say, Ramon Sessions had his typical night where he was successful in terms of penetrating to the basket and leading the 2nd unit.

Jeff Taylor, SG 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +7

 

While Jeff Taylor wasn’t too effective on offense, his continued solid work on the defensive end was crucial when it came to shutting down Milwaukee’s solid perimeter threats.

Steve Clifford

 

Even though we’re in the later parts of the first month of the season, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is already getting praise for his work with the Bobcats. Tonight’s game was a prime example of that great work as the overall defensive execution was amazing as they were able to completely dominated a depleted Bucks team. However, the overall performance of the Bobcats offense was pretty spectacular as they looked like a solid unit in terms of complete ball movement and working towards the paint

Two Things We Saw

  1. As I just mentioned, Charlotte’s ability to work their way inside the paint was the leading factor behind their blowout victory against Milwaukee. Charlotte’s 48-28 points in the paint advantage actually seems to be closer than it appears because of how they were able to continue to crush Milwaukee’s defense by just some simple off-ball movement.
  2. Charlotte’s victory against Milwaukee pushed them back to the .500 plateau that they’ve been sitting at since the start of the season. With an upcoming week that features match-ups against Boston, Indiana and then Milwaukee, it appears that Charlotte will be stuck at that area for the foreseeable future which isn’t really that bad.
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