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Bobcats hold off the Raptors, win 100-95

Toronto Raptors 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +7This was an efficient game for McRoberts, albeit not awe-inspiring. 11 points on 5 shots is about all you can ask for from the big guy, throw in 5 assists and you get a solid offensive output. He looked lost at times defensively, and was unable to make a real impact on the glass, but this is to be expected. Overall, it was a slightly above average game for the forward.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +19Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a player that needs to step up in Walker’s absence, and his performance Monday afternoon isn’t going to cut it. He was largely non-existent on the offensive end, and was unable to make his presence felt on the glass either. 30 minutes of action should produce more than 5 points and 4 rebounds. The Bobcats need more out of MK-G.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 38 MIN | 9-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 19 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +7What else can Al Jefferson do for this team? With Walker sidelined, it is going to be largely up to Jefferson to pick up the slack, and that’s exactly what he did Monday afternoon against the Raptors. With 22 points, 19 boards, and 7 assists, Jefferson had a huge game and made plays on both ends, including a couple key defensive plays down the stretch, to seal the game for the ‘Cats.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 6-10 FG | 10-11 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +10Stepping into the starting spot for an injured guard is a tough position to be in, especially when the starting guard is as important to his team as Kemba Walker is, but Sessions did did everything you could ask of him in his first game filling in. He ran the offense, hit some big shots, and got the the line 11 times. You would like to see more assists out of him, especially playing 34 minutes, but his 23 points worked to make up for it. If he can continue to play like this in the absence of Walker, then the ‘Cats might be okay.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +5Solid, albeit average game from the former Blue Devil. Henderson continues to struggle on the defensive end, as Demar Derozan had his way with him on several occasions. He was able to make some plays on the offensive end however, as he chipped in 16 points, right around his average, with 4 boards and 5 assists.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -12Tolliver tried to make the most of his minutes by putting up a point almost every two minutes of in-game action, but didn’t provide much else outside of scoring. A rebound or two from the backup forward would have been nice.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 15 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -2Not a great game from Zeller, who was all but invisible for most of it. Zeller continued to get exposed inside on the defensive end, and didn’t bring much to the offensive end either. The rookie is still finding his way, and games like this make that all too evident.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -4Didn’t see much from Bis this game, as he was only able to pull down one rebound and score one basket in 10 minutes of action. The center is still super raw, and won’t be a consistent contributor until he does some more developing.

Jannero Pargo, PG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -5The back-up point guards did everything that they could, and more, in the first game without Kemba Walker. Sessions did his thing in the starting spot, and Pargo provided some bombs off the bench, dropping in 3 three’s for 14 points, in 11 minutes. Four assists also. Great game from Pargo, who will need to continue to produce with Walker sidelined.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Not much to show for 14 minutes of action for Chris Douglas-Roberts, who continues to struggle off the Bobcats bench.

Steve Clifford
The game plan in the first half worked well, as the offense looked kind of crisp. Filling in one of the team’s top players, Walker in this case, can be difficult, and Clifford did a decent job of plugging new guys in and keeping the team on track. The second half however was slightly more disturbing, as the Bobcats almost gave the game back. Not the greatest in-game adjustments from Clifford there, as the Raptors continued to hit three after three to storm back into the game.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Great production from the PG position. With Walker sidelined for several games, the Bobcats will need Sessions/Pargo to produce, and that is exactly what they did. The two combined for 34 points and hit numerous big shots; exactly what they will need to continue to do to keep the Bobcats afloat.
  2. The Bobcats gave up entirely too many offensive rebounds; 17 to be exact. Second-chance opportunities alone kept the Raptors in the game in the first half, as the ‘Cats couldn’t secure a defensive rebound. Giving up that many second chance opportunities will usually cost the team the game, and it almost did. This is an issue the Bobcats need to address going forward.
  3. The Bobcats gave up a lot of points in the paint. Al Jefferson can only do so much, and Charlotte needs some of its other bigs to step up on the defensive end. The Raptors were getting into the paint and to the basket with ease, scoring 44 total points in the paint, and this was the Raptors. A team with a fierce frontcourt could do some serious damage against Charlotte.
  4. Al Jefferson is good. Big Al continues to do it all for the Bobcats, putting up an impressive 38 min, 22 pts, 19 reb, 7 ast stat-line while making some clutch plays on the defensive end as well.
  5. The Bobcats, who were trouncing Toronto in the first half, gave up an enormous lead to almost snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The team needs to work on protecting a lead.