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Bobcats Win Ugly One Against Boston

Charlotte Bobcats 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Boston Celtics
Anthony Tolliver, PF 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 

With his first start in his short Bobcats career, Anthony Tolliver was put to task of leading Charlotte’s front-court alongside Al Jefferson. As apparent from the stat-line above, Tolliver worked the majority of the game from the perimeter which created an interesting dynamic with the low-post minded Jefferson. While his small but yet effective offensive outburst was on display, it was Tolliver’s work as a help defender that ultimately lead Charlotte to victory. There were two instances late in the game where Celtics forward Jeff Green was posting up on Kidd-Gilchrist. In those two situations, Green pushed MKG towards the restricted area but Tolliver was there to help the sophomore forward. While Tolliver won’t be able to replicate what McRoberts has done so far this year, he definitely appears to be a solid asset for this team.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +10 

The 21 year old Kidd-Gilchrist definitely looked his age during his duo against Boston’s veteran forward Jeff Green. A strange occurrence for Kidd-Gilchrist in tonight’s game was his overall hesitance in terms of driving to the basket. While he did show off the mid-range jumper that he’s working on with Mark Price, MKG kind of hid on offense for the majority of the game. Kidd-Gilchrist is definitely a solid defensive player but he was put to the task of defending an extremely solid and aggressive Jeff Green. That aggressive nature by Green helped lead Kidd-Gilchrist into some early foul trouble which hindered his performance throughout the night.

Al Jefferson, C 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +12 

Without a doubt, this was Jefferson’s best game in a Bobcats jersey. From the start, Jefferson manned the offense from the low-post as he worked against Kelly Olynyk, Vitor Faverani,and Brandon Bass. While his work as a post scorer was on definitely on display, Jefferson worked well as a distributor as he able to help work the ball to perimeter players who cut their way to the rim. Since the Celtics don’t really have much in terms of aggressive front-court cutters, Jefferson looked good defensively because of how could use his huge frame in the pow-post.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 1-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +3 

I really hope it’s just an early season slump because Kemba Walker continues to struggle immensely on offense. Tonight was possibly his worst performance as he shot 1-13 from the field while being unable to help lead the Bobcats offense as a distributor. Walker continues to look like a solid team defender will somewhat help as he will continue to try to find his offensive stroke.

Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +2 

Inefficiency was the emphasis for Charlotte’s offense tonight and you can directly at Gerald Henderson. While he was able to nail his gaggle of mid-range jumpers, Henderson was also prone to put up some pretty bad shots with seconds left on the game clock and a hand directly in his grill.

Cody Zeller, C 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +4 

Zeller entered the 2013 draft as one of the more all-around solid offensive prospects. However, he has failed to showcase that ability through the first two weeks of his NBA career as Zeller doesn’t appear to be that comfortable on the NBA game. Tentative, uncertain and timid are some of the terms that would define Zeller’s work on the offensive end against Boston.

Bismack Biyombo, C 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -6 

This might be a stupid quote but Bismack Biyombo definitely had his atypical Bismack Biyombo type performance. His work inside the low-post was spectacular yet again as he had to man up against some mediocre Celtics front-court players. He’s still incredibly raw on offense but he did show off a nice little running hook shot which took me out of my chair.

Ramon Sessions, PG 18 MIN | 2-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +7 

Just like my previous quote about Biyombo, Ramon Sessions played up to the usual status quo that we’ve come accustomed to during his stint with Charlotte.

Jeff Taylor, SG 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -4 

My man-crush on Taylor might put a little bit of a biased touch towards this section. With that said, Taylor had a solid overall performance against Boston. Taylor is continuing to showcase a certain level of aggression which is going to be key as Charlotte continues to develop their overall offensive game. Where Taylor really showed off was on defense as he was just an absolute hawk on Boston’s periemeter defenders.

Steve Clifford
The overall team development under Clifford is still a work in progress despite the continued solid performance from the defense. It’s clear that Charlotte’s offense is not looking that great as try to find a solid overall balance around Al Jefferson. Jefferson works best when he’s surrounded by perimeter players which is still an issue for this Bobcats team.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Both teams were unable to eclipse 30 made field goal attempts which is not good. At all.
  2. Charlotte’s overall team defense continues to impress me through out a night-by-night basis which will continue to be important as the offense struggles.
  3. 2nd straight night where Jeff Adrien didn’t see any minutes on the court which depresses me, but is completely understandable. Al Jefferson fits best with a perimeter minded front-court (Zeller, McRoberts and Tolliver) so playing Adrien wouldn’t be the best fit despite his great performance earlier in the season.