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Charlotte Barely Escape The Raptors In OT

Charlotte Bobcats 104 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Toronto Raptors
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 44 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +12 

The continued “experiment” of putting Josh McRoberts in the starting lineup has been a moderate success since the start of the season and that continues as we look at this game against Toronto. While McRoberts will never be asked to be the main scoring threat, he fits into a solid niche as a high-post player who can hit the perimeter jumper or work it to a cutting teammate. He definitely fit into that niche tonight as he had solid game that’s worthy of a B

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 40 MIN | 9-18 FG | 6-10 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +9 

Perhaps it was due to the fact that he was matched up against the less than stellar Jonas Valanciunas but Jefferson was extremely efficient on the left block through the majority of the game. While Charlotte’s success from the perimeter may not have a direct correlation with Big Al, Jefferson still needs to work on his efficiency to help the rest of Charlotte’s offense. Defensively, Jefferson still continues to look extremely effective as he worked against Amir Johnson and the aforementioned Jonas Valanciunas.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 44 MIN | 10-18 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 29 PTS | +9 

As the calendar turned to January, so did the offensive efficiency for Kemba Walker. In the eight games since the start of the month, Walker has shot 46% from the field and that percentage is going to continue improving after Charlotte’s victory against Toronto. From both inside the paint and beyond the arc, Walker was effective until the last moment of the game where he hit the clinching shot at the buzzer in OT.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 3-8 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +14 

While Gerald Henderson is probably a low-profile player when you look at the big picture of the league, he still can be one of the more frustrating players out there. That frustration was on display in Toronto as he had a less than stellar first 36 and a half but nearly killed the team in the closing moments of OT. WIth an opportunity to close the game in the palm of his right hand, Henderson whiffed on two straight free throw shots which put him down to this average grade.

Jeff Taylor, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -15 

While I’m a huge supporter of Jeff Taylor, this team definitely needs to have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back healthy. The sophomore out of Vandy is definitely a better fit as a 15-20 minute player who can play solid defense and hit the corner 3.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +17 

Most of the praise for Charlotte’s 3rd quarter comeback can rest on the big shoulders of Anthony Tolliver. For the majority of his short stint with Charlotte, Tolliver has sat besides Steve Clifford as an inactive player but he had an opportunity against Toronto which he definitely ran with. While his solid perimeter ability was showcased with his two 3’s, what impressed me the most was his help defense which looked impressive in the short time he was on the court.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -10 

We’re about 1/4 through the season and Cody Zeller still appears to be a step or two behind his competition. While his stat-line said that he was on the court, he was pretty much unnoticeable which isn’t the best thing to say about a recent top-5 draft pick.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -9His awful shooting line aside, Sessions played up to his typical “drive first” style of offense which was effective even though he did test his luck from the mid-range which isn’t good.
Ben Gordon, SG Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -10 

Want to know the reason why Bobcats fans were intrigued about the team adding Chris Douglas-Roberts? Because the majority of people are sick and tired of Ben Gordon. Tonight was a pretty solid reason why.

Steve Clifford
While Charlotte’s horrid defensive execution in the 2nd quarter is a small error on Clifford’s overall coaching performance, he still had a stellar night. This Bobcats team is currently hobbled as they’re without forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist but Clifford still has done a nice job in terms of getting the best out of a limited roster.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Free throws. In the closing moments of OT, Charlotte had the game within their grasp but they let Toronto storm on past because of their inability from the charity stripe.
  2. One of the main reasons why Toronto stormed past Charlotte in the 2nd quarter was because of how easy it was for them to penetrate to the rim. That fact alone is the reason why Charlotte needs MKG to come back because of how great he is as a perimeter defender.
  3. It may be my personal bias but expect to see Ben Gordon remain on the bench for the foreseeable future. Chris Douglas-Roberts was acquired for a reason. That was to add a unique 6’7 scoring guard to this team which overshadows what Gordon currently brings to Charlotte.