Bobcats slip but recover for win over Boston -

Bobcats slip but recover for win over Boston

Boston Celtics 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +13

Solid effort for Bismack tonight – after falling for a ball fake from KG early on (after a series, Bis bit finally), he did a pretty solid job (for him) of staying down and contesting shots. In addition to decent man defense, Bis also sent back 4 shots in his rim protector role.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +11

Too many fouls for the rookie, yet again – the one that stands out in my memory is I believe number 3, when MKG grabbed Paul Pierce’s arm as he was trying to chase him around a screen. The ref saw it (everyone did).

Byron Mullens, C 43 MIN | 10-16 FG | 1-4 FT | 18 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +5

A+? I think so. Byron did take 5 threes tonight, but they were for the most part in the flow of the offense. His rebounding totals are padded a bit by an unusually high amount of tipped balls, but it was a strong effort on the glass, and he led the Bobcats to a rebounding advantage overall.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +11

Kemba’s part in closing out the game redeemed his game – 2 assists and a couple of free throws to help clinch the win. That followed a somewhat shaky fourth quarter when Kemba over-penetrated and got into losing situations in traffic.

Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +6

Similar to Kemba, the late three to help in the comeback drives Gerald’s grade up a bit. A decent effort all around though, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Ramon Sessions, PG 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -10

Ramon scored 8 of the Bobcats’ 19 points in the 4th quarter – including the game winning shot to boot (the 18 footer to retake the lead at 92-91).

Jeffery Taylor, SG 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

Not much in the stat line for Jeff Taylor, but I did like his attempt to dunk on about 3 Celtics that wound up drawing him foul shots. And a vote of confidence from the coach, as Jeffery Taylor was on the court to close out the game, with the primary assignment on Paul Pierce – Dunlap clearly has a lot of trust in Taylor’s defensive abilities.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats took a 3 point lead into the 4th quarter – and turned that into a 5 point lead on their first possession. Then surrendered a 10-0 run to the Celtics, that gave Bobcats’ fans flashes back to last week’s game against the Lakers.
  2. That run by the Celtics to turn a 5-point deficit into a 5-point Boston lead came about because the Bobcats went scoreless on 6 straight possessions. The offense had regressed to the isolation focused (and stand still teammate) offense that gets them into trouble.
  3. I’ll leave you with this shot of Ramon’s shot. It was nice to see the Bobcats on the right side of an open shot in the clutch.
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