|Josh McRoberts, PF 33 MIN | 0-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1
McRoberts’ poor run continues, including some painful misses near the basket. Between Zeller and McRoberts, the team isn’t getting much offensive production from its power forwards. The offense tends to click better with Josh facilitating, but connecting on a few field goals would go a long way.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 30 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +3
The 3-of-12 was bad, as MKG was clearly eager to make an impact after missing so much time. It matched his season-high in attempts, and also tied for his season-low in FG%. His jumper’s still as janky as ever, and he missed a few layups that I’m sure he regrets.
Everything else, though? Terrific. Kidd-Gilchrist smothered Carmelo Anthony, and by my count Anthony only scored five points when the two shared the floor. One of those was on a technical free throw.
MKG’s seven boards were a big help, as well, as the Bobcats outrebounded their opponent for the first time in the last eight games.
|Al Jefferson, C 39 MIN | 14-20 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 35 PTS | +19
You can’t really ask for more from Al. Tyson Chandler was limited, only playing 16 minutes, and Jefferson took advantage of the weak inside defense. His 35 points is a season-high, and he even snuck in a few nice passes.
|Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 9-15 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +18
See above: this was basically prime Kemba. It’s always a good night when he’s hitting those kind-of-dumb-but-still-awesome-obviously stepback jumpers in people’s faces.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +6
His 17 points were quiet compared to his teammates, but otherwise a great night for the consistent Henderson. He’s scored 10 points in more in 36 of 39 games this year.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 18 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +7
Carmelo Anthony tended to go on scoring jags when Tolliver subbed in for MKG, but Tolliver’s shooting and spacing meant things never got out of hand. He’s upped his three-point shooting to 47.3 percent this year, which is pretty ok.
|Cody Zeller, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +9
A few hustle plays, some decent team defense, not much scoring, 15 anonymous minutes.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7
Biz got yanked early both because Jefferson was so hot and because his own play was so erratic. Poor awareness on defense and a few mishandled balls make this one to move on from.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0
Sessions did a great job of finding others on a night when his scoring wasn’t needed.
One Thing We Saw
- This was honestly a game the Bobcats should have won, given the Knicks’ injury issues and since they caught them on a brutal back-to-back. But it was still a fun, encouraging win, and those have been in short supply recently.