|Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | 0
Good minutes + production from McBob tonight. I feel like when he’s able to knock down a 3 early, which he did tonight, it always tends to get the opposing team off balance, defensively. Teams wants to sag off of McRoberts and clog up action inside of the paint, but McBob’s resurgence from deep this season has made that tough for the opposition to consistently accomplish.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +7
Assertive getting to the rim early on in this game. Also, did a nice job on Andre Iguodala tonight, who scored just 6 points on 3-8 shooting. The stat sheet doesn’t look good, but so much of what MKG does never appears in stats. We’re talking about a guy who sets the tempo defensively for this team and that’s exactly the identity that makes them successful.
|Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 39 MIN | 12-22 FG | 6-10 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | +16
Ho-hum, ho-hum. Jefferson with another 30-point performance and double-digit rebounds.
Clifford on Jefferson post-game: “There’s not many guys like him. He can pivot off both feet with great balance. That’s what he was missing earlier in the year, with his ankle injury – he couldn’t pivot off the other foot. He’s just so hard to guard.”
|Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +15
Struggled from the floor tonight, but really, that was to be expected. Kemba was getting his wind back tonight, yet was still able to log 33 minutes. 15 fast-break points was phenomenal for Charlotte and Kemba was a big part of the success in the open floor.
|Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +7
I have to give Hendo an awesome grade for this performance – impacting the game in every area. Looking to distribute and get his shot when the respective opportunities were appropriate – a sign of a smart player who’s basketball IQ is only improving.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +6
Tolliver is better than he’s ever been in his career from behind-the-arc and it’s a big part of why this team is a better 3-point shooting team than most believe they should be. The back-to-back 3’s in the 4th quarter, after Golden State had sliced the Charlotte lead to 12 put this one out of reach.
|Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0
Just 9 min, but 6 rebounds in that span. I’ll take it.
|Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +13
Sessions was clearly back to playing his old style – throw his body at the rim as wildly as possible. Nice to have Kemba + Sessions on the floor together again – puts two ball-handlers on the floor and forces defenses to take on tons of PnR pressure.
The Bobcats have improved defensively as much as any team in the league and it’s because of the implementation of Clifford. Charlotte held one of most explosive offensive teams in the NBA tonight to 31.2% from the field – season low.
Four Things We Saw
- Per NBA.com/Stats — Charlotte is best in the entire league at limiting opponents points/possession in transition. Tonight they held Golden State to just 4.
- Golden State is 2nd in the league in 3FGM/game (9.4) – they shot 4-20 (20%) tonight.
- The road doesn’t get any easier for the Bobcats leading into the all-star break: Saturday at home vs. San Antonio, Tuesday at home vs. Dallas, Wednesday @ Brooklyn — all current playoff teams.
- This 4-game west coast trip (3-1) was an enormous statement for the Bobcats. For starters, it was against the western conference, which is clearly the superior conference in the NBA. Secondly, 2 of the 3 wins came without Kemba Walker. Charlotte looking more-and-more like a playoff team as the all-star break approaches.