|Josh McRoberts, PF 27 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3
Josh wasn’t very involved on offense, and his defense was shaky, too — he was on the court for most of the second quarter, a bloodbath where Washington ran out to a 60-44 lead. Washington did a good job of taking away his drives in the paint and keeping his three-point shots to a minimum.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 21 MIN | 0-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +2
A poor night on offense, even by Kidd-Gilchrist’s standards, as he got a little overeager near the basket and took a few wild shots. The defense was stiffer when he was on the court, though, and his rebounding helped.
|Al Jefferson, C 40 MIN | 8-19 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | -2
It was a long night for Jefferson, as he and Kemba played all 24 minutes in the second half. They needed every one of them, too, as the team clawed its way back for the huge win. The team will need to be careful with Al’s PT — he’s played 40+ minutes in each of the last five games, and they need him fresh for the playoffs. Once seeding is locked in they should sit him as much as they can.
|Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 6-22 FG | 9-10 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +16
Kemba had a pretty terrible shooting night, going 6-of-22 from the floor and 0-of-10 from long range. That ends up a footnote, though, as a 21-10-5 game is usually a positive no matter how you get there. Helping hold John Wall to just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting also counts as a positive. Nine points and five of his assists came in the fourth quarter, which Charlotte won by a 30-14 margin.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -1
A quiet but solid night as Henderson and Neal more or less split time at shooting guard.
|Cody Zeller, C 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +9
This was Zeller’s best game as a Bobcat, and he picked an excellent time for it. Just one of his shots came from mid-range, and his aggressiveness near the basket led to those eight free throws and eight rebounds. It’s been great to see Zeller blossom as the season has gone on and the coaching staff have made adjustments. He’s looked like a different player since the All-Star break, scoring eight points on 52 percent shooting and grabbing five rebounds in 17 minutes a game.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +8
Biyombo seems to thrive off chaos, and things got nuts in his eight minutes of play. Neither team seemed very interested in a half-court offense, and there was a lot of running and chucking from the bench units. He didn’t grab a rebound, but he did an excellent job of shutting down attempts near the rim. He threw down two monster dunks as well, which is what you’re hoping for from Biz.
|Luke Ridnour, PG 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -10
Like Biyombo, Ridnour sat the bench for the entire second half. It was a pretty easy decision to make in Luke’s case, as the team fell apart during his 10 minutes.
|Gary Neal, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +7
A nice effort from Neal, who paired his scoring with some nice rebounding and passing. The second unit looks completely different with him out there, and it’ll be nice to have him healthy for the stretch run.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 28 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +4
A very good game from Douglas-Roberts, especially in the fourth quarter, when he scored eight points on 3-of-3 shooting and grabbed three rebounds. He’s been a solid addition to the bench since Gerald Henderson’s injury, and it’ll be interesting to see how the team treats him this offseason.
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