|Josh McRoberts, PF 30 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +13
With Kemba Walker out, Charlotte really needed McRoberts’ passing and shooting tonight. He responded well, going 3-of-4 from three and dishing a team-high 10 assists.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -1
A pretty decent game for MKG, too — he created some points on the fast break and on second attempts, played solid defense (with two very nice blocks), rebounded and passed. What you’d ideally like to see from him.
|Al Jefferson, C 39 MIN | 16-26 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 32 PTS | -4
No knocks on another very good offensive night, but Jefferson’s slow foot speed means he struggles against centers with range. That included Jared Sullinger tonight, who stepped out and hit some wide-open threes.
|Luke Ridnour, PG 31 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +11
The offense was solid, the defense less so. Ridnour really struggled to run around screens, giving the Celtics several open looks at the top of the arc. They took advantage, shooting 11-of-23 on the night.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +2
Efficient but quiet night from Hendo. It’s nice to see him knocking down the threes, at least.
|Cody Zeller, C 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -16
A pretty poor game after a relatively hot stretch for Zeller. Like most of the Bobcats tonight, he looked noticeably lost on defense.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1
Hey, some rebounds and blocks. Not much else in Biz’s 9 minutes.
|Jannero Pargo, PG 17 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -14
Pargo’s overcaffeinated style works for him on some nights, but it’s mostly dependent on how well his shot is falling. 2-for-10 from the field, 0-for-4 from three won’t work.
|Gary Neal, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -5
They probably could have just started Neal at point guard, since he did a ton of ball handling in his 23 minutes. The Celtics struggled to keep up with his speed, and Neal got a handful of easy looks in the paint as a result.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 28 MIN | 3-8 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -2
CDR was the only Bobcat that could buy a foul, as he shot more free throws than the rest of the team combined. He picked a bad night to struggle from three, as he couldn’t convert any of his four attempts from long range.
Three Things We Saw
- Everyone gets docked in the grades tonight because of some truly awful team defense.
- Charlotte obviously missed Kemba a lot, both because he’s their second-best player and the team’s real lack of depth at point guard. Let’s hope it’s a speedy recovery.
- With Washington’s win in Orlando tonight, the Bobcats have been knocked back into the seventh seed. It’s possible they’ll need to win their three final games to make up the ground they lost in the standings.