Charlotte Defeats Cleveland Behind An Offensive Show From Al Jefferson -

Charlotte Defeats Cleveland Behind An Offensive Show From Al Jefferson

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Recap | Box Score

101 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +6Hiding in the shadow of offensive powerhouse Al Jefferson, Josh McRoberts had a solid overall performance in Charlotte’s victory over Cleveland. The 6’10 forward had a pretty solid performance on both ends. The 37% perimeter shooting threat was pretty solid from beyond the arc. In addition to his solid perimeter prowess, McRoberts secretly had a stellar 7 assists.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +6Could this game be the starting point of MKG becoming a solid mid-range threat? Probably not. But it was still great to see MKG nail a solid amount of mid-range jumpers which has been by far his biggest weakness since his rookie year. On the defensive end, Kidd-Gilchrist did a pretty solid job defending Cavs forward Luol Deng.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 39 MIN | 12-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 28 PTS | +18Since being snubbed from February’s All-Star game, Big Al has been on an offensive tear. That amazing stretch continued as the depleted Cavs front-court wasn’t able to handle the offensive firepower. Throughout the game, Jefferson was able to work his way in the low-post and step back to hit some mid-range jumpers. One of the biggest flaws of Big Al’s performance against Cleveland was his work on the defensive end. The 6’10 center was extremely hesitant on the defensive end which helped lead to some pretty easy points for Cleveland in the first half. However, Jefferson was definitely focused in the closing minutes of the game as he had some key blocks and a steal that helped Charlotte seal the victory over the Cavs.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 9-9 FT | 3 REB | 14 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +12In one of his better overall performances of the season, Kemba Walker was an absolute force in multiple aspects of the offensive game. Kemba’s ability to find open shooters off simple penetrations. While his shooting stroke has been inconsistent, Walker has continued to be a solid distributor which has helped push Charlotte to their current position. Defensively, Kemba did a pretty good job in terms of defending Kyrie Irving who did the majority of his damage against Neal and Ridnour

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12With Gerald Henderson on the mend, Chris Douglas-Roberts is having the opportunity to showcase his skills in a much bigger role. While he’s shown flashes of being an extremely solid NBA player, he definitely showcased his full arsenal in Charlotte’s victory. From his work from the perimeter to the defensive end. CDR was able to utilize his 6’7 frame to swipe two steals and be an effective but yet aggressive defender.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6While Tolliver didn’t have the biggest stat line , he still filled in his role as a pretty solid reserve player. Tolliver was able to grab some offensive boards (even though he didn’t capitalize on those opportunities) while being an effective help defender. Tolliver wasn’t quite effective from beyond the arc but he was still able to help the Bobcats in other aspects of the game.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1The continued offensive improvement of Cody Zeller has been a slow process through his rookie season. As we move into the closing weeks of the 2013-14 campaign, it’s clear that Zeller is slowly improving because of the simple fact that he’s being more aggressive in terms of penetrating to the rim. Zeller has always been an athletic forward but he was extremely tentative during the first few months of the season.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5With Jefferson continuing to be spectacular, Biyombo’s opportunities are going to be limited. While he only played three minutes, Biyombo was still as effective as he can be.

Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 0 PTS | -3Everybody on this Charlotte team had an above-average to spectacular performance besides Ridnour. While he’s trying to work himself into the Bobcats rotation, the 6’2 vet was absolutely awful. He had absolutely no control over the offense, was two to three steps too slow on defense and had four turnovers in 13 minutes. Woof.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -6While my displeasure for Neal has clearly been apparent since his days in Milwaukee, I have to admit that he had a solid performance. Even though he wasn’t hitting his perimeter jumpers, Neal was still able be effective from the inside of the perimeter through a plethora of mid-range shots. With that said, Neal struggled on the defensive end because he couldn’t keep up with Kyrie Irving.

Two Things We Saw

  1. While the Bobcats had a pretty solid game, they weren’t able to have consistent momentum on Cleveland. Even though Cleveland is pretty solid competition for the Bobcats, Charlotte definitely played a better overall game than the Cavs.
  2. While Jefferson’s continued excellent performance has definitely been amazing the Bobcats are still struggling to find a consistent #2 and #3 offensive weapon. Kemba Walker has been pretty good but his inconsistency could be a concern as Charlotte moves closer to the playoffs.
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