|Bismack Biyombo, PF 28 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7
Tristan Thompson and Marreese Speights both had pretty good games – but Bismack for the most part did a decent job on defense. Tristan in particular was making some tough shots down in the paint that were well defended.
|Kemba Walker, PG 24 MIN | 2-11 FG | 1-3 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -21
Kyrie torched him (and the rest of the Cats who attempted to guard him) and Kemba couldn’t do anything on offense, with Tyler Zeller and Thompson forcing him into tough shots around the basket.
|Jeffery Taylor, SG 24 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -19
Taylor showed a little more aggressiveness again tonight on offense, taking and making a three at the top of the key in the first quarter. Adrien also set him up for a pretty reverse dunk in the 1st, when Taylor snuck along the baseline when his man was ball-watching.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -9
A pretty average performance from Henderson – 50% shooting, 12 points in 29 minutes. And a technical when he felt a Cavalier impeded his movement with a forearm near the throat that wasn’t called.
|Tyrus Thomas, PF 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | 0
Tyrus was making his midrange jumpers tonight, and it seemed like he was rebounding – only to finish with just 2 rebounds in 25 minutes. He was crashing the glass (on offense especially) and getting close to rebounds, but not quite able to pull them in.
|Byron Mullens, C 18 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -11
Good minutes for Byron tonight – though still part of more than a couple of defensive miscommunications with teammates. Efficient scoring and nice rebounding (though he did seem to favor his ankle at one point, which is worrisome).
|Ramon Sessions, PG 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -9
5 turnovers. They’re going to happen when you’re driving into traffic as often as Ramon does – but, blah. Wasn’t getting to the line enough tonight to warrant them (though the refs started to swallow their whistles a bit in the 2nd half, to get the laugher over with).
Two Things We Saw
- Ben Swanson at RufusOnFire wrote up his recap in a way I was really tempted to follow: Bobcats embarrass modern civilization (hint: the word count is less than the margin of defeat)
- The game ended in the 2nd quarter: The Bobcats had cut the Cavs’ lead to 7 points, with 9:52 to go in the quarter. At that point, Cleveland scored on 10 of their next 11 possessions, going on a 21-4 run. Tristan Thompson led the way with 7 points and an a assist during the run. But it was a team effort – on both sides. Multiple Cavs scored – and pretty much all of the Bobcats saw the court during the run.
- One last depressing note: The Bobcats would have lost this game, even if the Cavaliers didn’t get to count the points they scored during the 4th quarter. The Bobcats finished with 95. Cleveland had 100 after 3.