|Josh McRoberts, PF 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +7
You’d ideally like to see McRoberts grab more rebounds, but he did a good job of finding the open man and scoring on his looks. Josh picked up his three-point shooting quite a bit in January, averaging 45 percent on 3.2 attempts a game, but he couldn’t get anything to fall from long range on Friday.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -12
An inconsistent night on defense, but MKG brought a little offensive punch by sticking to his strengths. He went 4-of-6 in the paint, scoring on the fast break and through timely cuts to the basket. This was his best scoring night since returning from his hand injury on the 14th. The strong rebounding helped, too.
|Al Jefferson, C 39 MIN | 18-32 FG | 4-6 FT | 18 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 40 PTS | +11
Jefferson’s on the type of hot streak that we don’t see that often in Charlotte: He’s scored at least 20 points in the last 11 games, and at least 30 in the past three. The timing couldn’t have been better as the team fights to stay afloat without Kemba Walker. His 40 points appear to be the best game for a Bobcat since Stephen Jackson scored 43 on Jan. 12, 2010. The rebounds were equally important in holding off the Lakers and, in a fun statistical quirk, Jefferson actually had more boards on Friday than the Nets did as a team.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 13 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +7
13 assists is a great statistical achievement in its own right. Sessions has embraced a playmaker role while replacing Walker in the starting lineup, averaging 7.3 assists in six games. That’s come with a slight downtick in his scoring per minute, but the team is better off feeding Jefferson right now, anyway.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 37 MIN | 9-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +14
Admittedly arbitrary stat: In the last 10 games, the Bobcats are 5-0 when Henderson scores above 15 points (his season average) and 1-4 when he doesn’t. Especially with Walker out, the team needs his scoring to compete. Friday wasn’t incredibly efficient for Hendo, but it was important in keeping teams honest from the perimeter and opening up space for Jefferson.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 21 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +22
21 minutes and not much to show for it from Tolliver, though the team played well with him on the floor. He was part of the team’s run in the second quarter that opened up the cushion Charlotte rode to a win.
|Cody Zeller, C 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +3
Zeller put up a well-rounded offensive night, but the defense slipped quite a bit with him on the floor. Still, these are the types of lines you like to see from Zeller in limited minutes off the bench.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 9 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1
Same as Zeller — Biyombo wasn’t spectacular, but he kept the boat afloat while giving Jefferson a breather. On the plus side, his one bucket was one of those encouraging offensive moments that Biyombo flashes every now and then.
|Jannero Pargo, PG 14 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +3
Pargo’s lack of conscience off the bench has been a shot in the arm to the bench scoring. It’s hard to fault a guy for gunning when he’s shooting 50 percent from the floor, and Clifford has so far done a good job of managing his minutes to keep him cooking.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -4
Like Zeller, a good statistical night dragged down a bit by dodgy defense. His activity is nice, though, as is the seemingly improved range on his shot.
One Thing We Saw
- We won’t have a full preview for Saturday’s game in Phoenix, but it should be a tough one. The Suns are a top three-point shooting team, and Charlotte will likely need a good defensive effort and another big night from Al Jefferson to come out on top. The Bobcats are facing a brutal February schedule against some top Western Conference teams, so starting the month off with a win against a very good Phoenix squad would be a godsend.