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Bobcats make a statement in D.C.

Charlotte Bobcats 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Washington Wizards
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +5

A ho-hum kind of game for McBob truly. Did absolutely nothing to hurt his teams chances here, and in typical fashion, didn’t force anything tonight.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +15

Here we are. A contest in which MKG is a factor on the stat sheet. He played 30 min tonight in part because of how good of a job he was doing guarding Trevor Ariza and in part to being so huge for Charlotte on the glass. Three offensive rebounds that were in traffic of four Wizards players – fantastic hustle. Not giving up on plays.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 36 MIN | 13-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 26 PTS | +16

Speaking of ho-hum. The scoring 25+ points every night and grabbing 10+ rebounds thing simply isn’t coming easier to any other center in the NBA currently. There simply isn’t a big out there right now that can guard Jefferson – stupid efficient from the floor.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +8

Kemba played with an extra spark all night to my eye. Likely, due to the fact that he was playing against John Wall and Wall was getting the best of his early on. Kemba made a running 27 foot three-point shot as the shot clock expired with 4:30 to go in the 4th – it proved to be the dagger, extended the lead to 90-80 and the Bobcats never looked back.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +12

Oh man, the fadeaway corner jumper was wet tonight! It looks like a horrible shot to the eye, but it’s a rhythm jumper just like Kemba’s rhythm dribble jump-shot. Neither appear to be extremely efficient basketball plays, but it’s what Hendo + Kemba feel comfortable with. Welcome back Hendo. He probably helped himself a bit as Clifford tries to juggle CDR, Tolliver, MKG’s and Hendo’s minutes.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -2

Tolliver is letting shots fly on-the-catch these days. Rightfully so, as he’s one of the best in the league as far as 3FG% is concerned (41%).

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +8

The two turnovers in 17 minutes hurt the grade a bit, but Zeller continues to be a beast on the glass in the minutes that he gets — averaging 12 REB/40 min and 5.4 RPG (in just 17 min/game) in the past five games.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3

Not much to note here. He still can’t catch the ball. That’s something.

Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5

Did not turn the ball over and that’s the most encouraging aspect of this game for Luke. He hit a big pull-up jump-shot early in the 4th quarter to extend Bobcats lead to three and keep the momentum on Charlotte’s side.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +1

‘Ooooo, kill ‘em’ from behind-the-arc right now my friend. CDR has knocked down 15-26 from deep in the past seven games. Don’t read too much into CDR’s lesser minutes tonight – Hendo was back in the lineup and had it going offensively + MKG was competent offensively while bringing toughness. Only so many minutes to go around and an aspect of the playoff push that will be interesting to closely watch.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

After going through warmups with the team, dressed out and seemingly ready to go last night, Neal was benched the entire game. Why?

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“I made a mistake,” Neal told the Charlotte Observer after the game. “Me and coach talked about it and we’ll move forward from there.”

Gary Neal hasn’t had a phenomenal year when it comes to his attitude and behavior – that dates back to Milwaukee. Enough Gary. My true thoughts were on record last night. Read below.

Steve Clifford

Whatever it was that Gary Neal did/said, good for you sitting him. Playoff season is coming and in the past 48 hours Clifford has come out and said that the guys “who don’t get it won’t play” and benched his 6th man. Does everyone understand who’s in charge around here? Okay, good.

Three Things We Saw

  1. With the win tonight, the Bobcats have evened the series series with the Wizards, pulled within 2 1/2 games of the 6th seed and will still see Washington two more times this season (home-and-home). Opportunity.
  2. Charlotte went 17-22 from the free-throw line tonight while the Wizards were just 6-9. The Bobcats also scored 11 fast-break points (mostly off of Washington turnovers), bettering only 2 for the Wiz.
  3. The next three games for Charlotte include only one against an opponent that is over .500 (T’Wolves): vs. Minnesota (Friday), @ Milwaukee (Sunday), vs. Atlanta (Monday).
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