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Bobcats win at MSG

Charlotte Bobcats 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 New York Knicks
Josh McRoberts, PF 22 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Nothing jumps off the page at you with McRoberts night, but he didn’t hurt Charlotte while he was on the floor. Moved the ball from one side of the floor to the other, which has turned into his role with this offense.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 1 PTS | -3

With Jeff Adrien playing as well as he did + Adrien being a better matchup against Amar’e, Biz didn’t see a ton of time on the court. 6 boards in just 19 minutes is solid. Biz is clearly more willing to attack the rim when he gets the ball on the post this season, but the habit of bringing the ball low still persist – it leads to turnovers. 4 tonight, to be exact.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 26 MIN | 5-7 FG | 6-8 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +11

Attacking the basket, rebounding on both ends, contesting shots at the rim and running the floor. MKG had a very MKG like game tonight. The kind that spell out the prospect we all knew he was coming out of college. He still had some moments on the offensive end that made you want to cover your eyes – for example, as good as his footwork is on the defensive end, it’s equally bad on the offensive end. Overall, best overall performance of the season for MKG so far.

Kemba Walker, PG 35 MIN | 9-20 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +3

What a night for Kemba. If you just looked at the box score, you’d have no idea that he was injured midway through the 3rd and didn’t return until the final period – only to hit the dagger right in Kenyon Martin’s grill when Martin was caught in a switch vs. Kemba.

The kid really did put on a show for MSG tonight, constantly keeping defenders off balance with his magician like ball handling.

Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +1

We’re taking baby steps. That’s about as far as I’ll hedge on Hendo’s performance. He’s still very hesitant to take a 3, and really only feels comfortable with that shot in a transition situation. Lots of midrange jumpers persist. Attacking the rim ferociously, which is nice, and came down with some huge boards down the stretch.

Cody Zeller, PF 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -5

Zeller showed us some of his versatility and athleticism tonight. A fantastic cut that led to an acrobatic left handed layup and a jumper from the top of the key were two huge baskets for the Bobcats in the 2nd half.

Anthony Tolliver, PF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +6

I’d say Tolliver is the one true floor spacer on this roster currently. Two 3’s, and they were both at very opportune times.

Toll was matched up against Melo on occasion tonight when Taylor got in foul trouble and MKG had to leave the game with a bloody nose. I’ve said this is past – much more versatile defender than you think

Jeff Adrien, SF 22 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +6

Energy. Shot blocker. Physicality. Efficiency.

Take your pick. Adrien had a PER of 26.03 coming into tonight. That’s going up.

Ramon Sessions, PG 22 MIN | 1-9 FG | 8-9 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +2

Forced a lot of shots, or contact rather, and simply wasn’t getting the whistles tonight. Actually, now that I think of it, the one FG he did convert was on a ball that he just threw at the rim, expecting a whistle that never came. Just Sessions having an ugly, yet effective, Sessions kind of game.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 18 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | 0

Taylor led the Bobcats charge in the 1st half – had 13 points + 4 rebounds at the break. So yeah, hardly did anything in the 2nd half and only got 3 minutes. Figuring out how to split minutes between Taylor and MKG isn’t easy, and although everyone has their opinion, this is a tough rotation to manage for Clifford.

Steve Clifford

The Knicks had 2 fast break points. 2. The guy simply doesn’t tolerate it and this locker room has bought in.

One question Steve: Why are you not switching everything defensively on inbound situations at the end of the game? We’re going to see these situation again, so it’ll be interesting to see if the strategy changes here.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats out-rebounded New York 51-33. Yeah, you read that correctly. Not only that, but Charlotte also gobbled up 16 offensive rebounds that led to 25 second chance points.
  2. Let’s not get overly amped about this victory. Is it an impressive one for a young team without Al Jefferson? Absolutely, but right now this is a bad Knicks team. One that has absolutely nothing to lean on offensively other than Carmelo, and quite frankly, one that doesn’t appear to be playing with any passion.

    Tyson Chandler also left this game in the 1st half with a leg injury and didn’t return.

  3. If you would have told me that Charlotte was going to turn the ball over 22 times tonight and win, I would have laughed in your face. I also would have been wrong, because that’s exactly what happened. Let’s clean that up though, fellas. Not our identity.
  4. Tomorrow night will present an opportunity for the Bobcats to get above .500 as they come home to face a Toronto team that lost at home tonight to Miami.