|Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -16
Atlanta made it clear that they were going to play off of McBob and pay more attention to denying post-entries to Jefferson. Like, they played way off of McBob. Is it a bit of an outlier that he was this bad from the floor tonight? Sure. That being said, teams are going to continue to keep this approach when guarding Charlotte. The effectiveness of McBob shooting the ball for the remainder of the season is an underlying storyline to just how far the Bobcats will go.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3
Kept balls alive tonight off of the glass and did a decent job with Kyle Korver, other than the 3rd quarter. Got to make your free throws MKG.
|Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 39 MIN | 6-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -13
Antic and Brand did a very nice job against Jefferson in this game. Both guys were extremely physical with him, not allowing Big Al to get where he wanted around the basket, and also stayed on their feet when Jefferson shot faked. As I mentioned earlier, the Hawks sagged so far off of McBob with Millsap that they took away the post-entry angles from Charlotte. Point being, Jefferson really didn’t get a ton of touches tonight.
|Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -16
Really the only Bobcat who had it going tonight. Very good shooting the ball from distance. Kemba played with a pep in his step tonight. Does anyone think he knows it’s March?
|Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -5
This is a solid stat line for Hendo. It would have been even better if Jefferson would’ve produced what we’ve become accustomed to from him, but again, props to Atlanta for their scheme.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3
Needs to find the stroke again. Minutes are dwindling.
|Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3
Struggled, but had an awesome and-1 in the first half — running the floor like a deer and being rewarded by CDR.
|Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +1
The Bobcats had 7 turnovers as a team and Biz was responsible for 2 of them. Also, he picked up 3 fouls in just shy of 8 minutes played. You be the judge.
|Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +2
Good minutes from Ridnour tonight. Love the corner 3 that he hit and this is a major way that he can add value while on the floor. Spacing.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -9
Neal was forcing everything tonight. Not sharing the ball, constantly looking for his shot (which is fine when every shot isn’t a bad one) and he was in a pouty mood. Not my favorite performance from Neal to say the least.
One Thing We Saw
- Short memory will be important here – HUGE GAME in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.