|Josh McRoberts, PF 31 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +21
McRoberts provided a strong presence on the glass and a bit of unexpected offense, chipping in 13 points on just 6 attempts. Great possession in the 4th: McRoberts grabbed an offensive rebound to reset the shot clock, then attacked the glass again on the Bobcats’ next attempt, forcing Boston to bobble the rebound out of bounds. The Bobcats wound up not scoring on the possession – but it wasted a chunk of clock and was emblematic of the Bobcats’ energy throughout the game.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 32 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +12
Good, but not great game for MKG. Love the rebounds and the blocks – wouldn’t mind a couple more attempts from the field and a couple of more makes at the charity stripe. But still – good energy and effort.
|Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +16
Kind of like MKG, decent game for Kemba, without being dominant offensively. Kemba shot poorly from the field, but turned in a balanced score sheet with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 37 MIN | 11-19 FG | 12-12 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 35 PTS | +17
Gerald Jr. gets an A+ in setting his career high with 35 points. Henderson was in the paint all game, attacking the Celtics’ lack of shot blockers and getting to the line.
|Jeff Adrien, SF 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +13
Though the bulk of Adrien’s stats were compiled once the game was in hand – he gets the A for his follow dunk in the closing minutes of the game. If someone would turn that into a gif, I’d greatly appreciate it.
|Byron Mullens, C 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | 0
Byron played limited minutes before leaving with a lower back strain. Considering Byron has also been nursing an issue with his knee, the Bobcats may not see much of him before the end of the season.
|Ben Gordon, SG 22 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +20
A couple of forced shots – wait, we’re talking about Ben Gordon. Of course there were a couple of questionable attempts. But between making a few threes and getting 4 at the stripe, Ben had an efficient scoring night and that’s what he’s out there for.
Three Things We Saw
- Wow – I didn’t see that coming. Great job by the Bobcats in controlling this game, particularly the second half. Charlotte was active on the glass and on defense, getting their hands on passes and making life difficult for the Celtics (it fields pretty strange to type that).
- McRoberts’ strong game tonight gives the Bobcats some reason for optimism if Mullens does have to miss time. While Mullens struggles on defense and his offense is hit or miss – the Bobcats don’t have much depth in the post, so if McBob can provide solid rebounding and a few baskets a night, it would be a big help.
- Reggie Williams looked all right running the point in limited minutes tonight, creating a few open looks for teammates. While not overly quick, Reggie did a good job using his crossover and screens to get past his man and then finding an open teammate. It will be interesting to see if he can keep up that mindset while Sessions is out.