|Hakim Warrick, PF 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +6
Warrick had an all-around solid night, doing a particularly good job of getting to the line. His grade gets dinged a little bit for a few odd decisions, like when he forced up an awkward and unneeded shot when the team was trying to kill the clock late in the game.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -4
A few points, a few boards, some turnovers, an offensive goaltending call, and a questionable shot or two. Not a great night from Biyombo, who mostly sat the bench in the second half.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5
Like Biyombo, MKG was mostly anonymous on Friday night. He didn’t score in the first half, and seemed tentative about driving to the basket. Dunlap favored Jeff Taylor at small forward in crunch time, but I wouldn’t read too much into it.
|Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7-9 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | 0
Kemba may not be the passer that some would prefer, but Friday showed how he can still provide good value as a lead guard. He scored in a variety of ways, getting to the line, knocking down a few three-pointers and hitting his go-to mid-range shots. He also had two of the biggest plays in the fourth quarter, drilling a late three to push the lead to ten, and running cross-court to grab an offensive rebound that helped secure the game.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 21 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +8
According to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer, Gerald tweaked his back on the first play of the game. It eventually sidelined him for most of the second half, but he still managed to hit just about everything when he was on the floor. Hopefully his injury isn’t too serious, and he can keep up this aggressive play.
|Jeff Adrien, SF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | 0
Adrien did a good job on the boards, as usual, but he also showed off a solid mid-range jumper tonight. He may be little less skilled than some of the other big men on the roster, but it’s nice to see a big man doing big-man things sometimes.
|Jeffery Taylor, SF 19 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3
Dunlap went with Taylor down the stretch, playing him for the entire fourth quarter. He was mostly passive on the offensive end, taking just one shot, but played solid defense and gave the team a decent long-range option when sharing the court with Kemba and Sessions.
|Brendan Haywood, C 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +8
This is the type of game you hope to see from Haywood. His statline wasn’t flashy, but it was still enough to earn him his most playing time in months. It was the first time he cracked 30 minutes in a game since Nov. 28.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 30 MIN | 4-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +4
Another prototypical game: Ramon didn’t shoot well from the floor, but made up for it with eight free-throw attempts and by leading the team in assists. Like Taylor, he played the entire fourth quarter, scoring 12 points.
|Ben Gordon, SG 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +6
A decent game from Gordon on offense, but the defense had some major breakdowns when he was on the floor. JJ Redick had a few wide-open jumpshots where Gordon was nowhere to be found.
You’d ideally like to see MKG and Biyombo get more minutes, but a win is a win.
Two Things We Saw
- Kidd-Gilchrist seems to be relying on his jumper a little more, which can be a mixed bag. I’m fine with him taking the shot, if only to get reps in, but he didn’t make an attempt at the basket all game.
- This was easily one of the team’s best nights on offense this year — they shot 47 percent from the floor, got to the line 38 times, and mostly limited their turnovers.