|Corey Maggette, SF 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +5Maggette played well in stretches tonight and hit some big shots. If anyone wonders why he gets to the line so often, then don’t. Maggette attacks the rim with a wreck less abandon and draws all kinds of contact frequently. Maggette left in the 3rd quarter with what is being called a left hamstring strain.|
|D.J. White, PF 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +3Just another super efficient night for the ever-emerging D.J. White. He continues to play within his own abilities and looks to possibly be the most active Bobcat on the boards right now. White is the kind of guy who just understands his role on the court.|
|Boris Diaw, PF 12-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 27 PTS | +10FIRE, simply on fire. Diaw could not miss tonight, and since the Knicks showed hardly any interest or urgency in trying to stop him, he just kept putting them away slowly. 80% from the field and 100% from behind the arc, wow. We certainly won’t see this every night but isn’t it nice to have a starting center with this kind of range? The one negative, 5 turnovers.|
|Gerald Henderson, G 10-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 24 PTS | -4Henderson all but sealed the deal late. He hit three fade away shots with the shot clock hitting 0 deep into the game. Henderson continues to be the deadliest off curls and mid-range 2’s, but he’s slowly showing his willingness to shoot from deep and slowly showing some progress.|
|D.J. Augustin, PG 4-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 10 AST | 14 PTS | +5Augustin had a very nice game. Let’s face it, this guy is asked to do a lot for this team offensively so his FG% will probably never jump off the page at you this season. He’s progressing as a true PG in this league. Yeah, yeah, I know he had a double-double, but that stat of the night for Augustin is 0 turnovers.|
|Kemba Walker, PG 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | +3Walker showed back up to MSG and showed a little bit of magic. Most notably, he started splitting defenders on ball screens which allowed him to create for himself and teammates on numerous occasions. Dealing with defenders on ball screens is what Kemba has struggled with the most to this point in his short NBA career.|
|Byron Mullens, C 6-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +5Okay, is the secret out yet? This Mullens kid can absolutely stroke it, so somebody may want to get a hand in his face. Except, that’s tough because he’s a 7-footer. In a perfect world this 22-year old has Dirk like tendencies offensively, but he’s got a long way to go there.|
Five Things We Saw
- The Bobcats won the turnover category. They didn’t take it away from New York a ton tonight (17 times), but they valued the basketball and got tons of quality possessions out of this.
- 27 of the 47 FG’s by the Bobcats tonight were assisted on (57.4%). That is a sign of success in the half court and also a bi-product of taking care of the basketball.
- Bobcats were 55.3% (47-85) from the field and 63.6% from behind the arc (7-11). Both are season high’s and although the Knicks played pretty embarrassing defense tonight, the Bobcats were making shots and that’s a good sign.
- When Tyrus Thomas returns this team will be at least 11 bodies deep that can go double digit minutes every night. Tonight Silas played 9 players at 10 minutes or more and one wasn’t Biyombo, likely because of the up-tempo pace of the game and the efficiency of Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens, and D.J. White. In short, this team goes deeper than many realize and that will help in the 66-game season.
- Hate ending on a bad note, but Maggette could hardly walk out of the locker room after the game and will get an MRI tomorrow on left hamstring. More to come, but initial reports don’t sound great.