|Josh McRoberts, PF 31 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -2Started off the game shooting the ball as if he couldn’t throw it in the ocean, but in McRob fashion, zero memory. Hits the dagger corner 3 with under 1:30 to play. As ugly as the offense can get at times, it’s extremely nice to have a PF who can pass the ball like Josh can.|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 29 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +4When scouts screamed in your face before the 2012 draft about MKG’s motor, this is the kind of performance they were referencing. Vintage MKG all-around tonight. Hustling all over the floor, coming up with some huge offensive rebounds and a ridiculous block shot on Tristan Thompson.|
|Bismack Biyombo, C 32 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -6Blah offensively. We need to just stop evaluating that part of his game, because it’s inexistent. Eventually, it’ll land him towards the end of a bench in the league, but for now he’s the bruiser in the middle for Charlotte. 7 huge rebounds in the 2nd half propelled this team as the offense began to click.|
|Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 4-19 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 5 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -6*Scratches head. Thinks. Scratches head again* — something is going on with Kemba. I hope that it’s simply a confidence thing right now, but there is a train of thought in the Bobcats universe that believes this has to do with his shoulder. Way less energetic, and I guess it goes without saying his stroke is putrid. Kemba started to force the issue towards the rim in the 2nd half and had some nice dimes off of very poor Cleveland defensive rotations. He probably was the reason Charlotte was able to close the game late with 4 steals in 2nd half + 2 big picks in 4th quarter.|
|Gerald Henderson, SG 31 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -13Hendo got the Bobcats out of the gate offensive, but then went 0-4 in the 2nd half. Bi-polar kind of offensive player who constantly takes tough midrange jumpers. Doesn’t attack the basket out of a triple-threat position much anymore, which is somewhat confusing.|
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 11 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +3Did his job – hug the 3-point line and force the defense to respect you. Tolliver’s threatening presence from deep kept the Cavs extremely honest defensively and led to two different MKG slip screen touches close to the basket. Both of them led to points, to my knowledge.|
|Cody Zeller, C 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +17Looked more comfortable in the 2nd half. Zeller still looks as if he was caught with his pants down when he catches the ball, or has any type of remote space to operate out of offensively. Slowly but surely, thought, he’s coming along. Much more raw than people believed last summer.|
|Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +21When Sessions splashed the 3 in the 4th quarter to stretch the Bobcats lead, I knew it could just be our half of basketball. When Kemba went to the bench midway through the 3rd and Sessions replaced him, the crafty vet got wherever he wanted on the floor. Cleveland’s defense grew impatient with the pace and tried to force jumping passing lanes. Sessions made them pay.|
|Jeff Taylor, SG 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +12Outside of the PG’s, Taylor is the most versatile offensive player I think Charlotte has on the roster right now. Taylor, one quick thought: take more open looks. Don’t ball fake and drive into outer space every time you touch it.|
Well done Coach. Not sure where this packing the paint style of defense came from, but right now it’s working and this young core of very talented defenders are paying dividends.
Four Things We Saw
- After committing 13 turnovers in the first half, Charlotte only turned the rock over 3 times in the second + forced 9 Cleveland turnover that led to 14 points.
- Eight 3′s. Yes, 8. That’s a season high and Charlotte went 6-12 in the second half. Once they took the lead late in the 3rd quarter it started raining McRoberts everywhere.
- Charlotte trailed by 12 in the 3rd quarter with their floor general, Kemba Walker, struggling in just about every aspect of the game. Once again, this team found a way to get stops, keep fighting and wore their opponent down. The Bobcats are one of the few examples in this league that defense can get you wins you have no business getting in the regular season.
- OPPORTUNITY: Miami rolls into Charlotte tomorrow night, and if the Bobcats could find a way, well let’s just say the league would begin to really look twice at this squad.