|Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | 0
McBob was huge in the first half with all 12 of his points. The second half wasn’t nearly as desirable as he went 0-5 from the field, but I’ll take this as a first game back from injury.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -10
He impacted the game in the way that we’ve all expected MKG too. Two big offensive rebounds + two steals. Solid on defense as usual.
|Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 43 MIN | 9-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 18 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +5
Big Al struggled on Gortat defensively, which will ultimately hurt his grade, but he gobbled up rebounds and picked his spots well offensively when the double teams came. And they came often.
|Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 44 MIN | 6-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +9
Kemba is going to miss shots through the course of a game. A lot of them, typically. That being said, how much has this guy improved defensively in terms of defending gaps and gambling less into shooting passing lanes?
Speaking of defense, it’s what keeps the Bobcats in games late. Oh, and speaking of late in games – Kemba takeover time. It’s simply when this guy truly comes to life as a basketball player. He lives for hitting the big shot late in games. Talk about his inefficiency offensively all you want, but how many times has he come to the rescue for Charlotte this season when the game hangs in the balance? A lot.
|Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +2
Hendo’s three trey balls tonight are really what gave the Bobcats legs when they appeared to be stumbling. Especially the one he hit late in the 4th quarter to tie the contest at 80.
|Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +6
Limited minutes with McBob back. No complaints here. Continues to become one of the best rebounders of all rookies, per minutes played.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +13
You can live with Neal on the offensively and die with him defensively. I have zero doubts that Clifford bites his lip every single defensive possession with GN in the game.
Neal continues to be versatile offensively with his ability to put the ball on the floor when defenders run at him hard, knowing how capable of a shooter he is.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +7
I completely understand what Clifford means when he references what CDR does on the floor just makes sense.
Hats off. This team seems to just get better defensively as the season wears on. Can’t say enough about how connected they are defensively, how sharp the rotations are and how quickly they jump to protect gaps on dribble-penetration.
Four Things We Saw
- Charlotte built a 20-point first half lead and ultimately that’s what made the difference when you consider these facts: Bobcats scored 28 PITP to Washington’s 50. Bobcats shot 38% to Wiz 45%.
- Coming into tonight Washington was the second best in the NBA at 3P% at 38.6%. Tonight they were 1-15 (6.7%).
- The preview stated that “six means something”. Everyone see how hard Charlotte played tonight, especially defensively, and agree with that now? This team doesn’t care who they play in the post-season. They’re focused, have quality leadership, play to win + having a ton of fun. I don’t care who this team matches up with in the playoffs – they’re going to give that squad a serious run for their money.
- The Bobcats have clinched the tie-breaker with Washington – both teams are 40-38. If the season ended today Charlotte would be the 6th seed in the playoffs and matchup with Toronto.