Duncan-less Spurs take care of Cats |

Duncan-less Spurs take care of Cats

Charlotte Bobcats 78 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 San Antonio Spurs
Bismack Biyombo, PF 28 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -26

Nothing special from Bismack. 3 rebounds in 28 minutes is not going to cut it.

Jeff Adrien, SF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -12

A decent line from new starter, Adrien. Continues to play hard and knocked down 5-6 from the line.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -20

MKG was active throughout, racking up four steals and going to the floor for loose balls on more than one occasion. Outside of two strong takes to the basket (one of which was a dunk), was unable to get much going on the offensive end.

Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -14

Not a downright terrible game from Kemba, but certainly unspectacular. He was forced into a few 3-pointers as the shot clock ran down which ended up inflating his number of attempts from beyond the arc. However, he forced a few passes and got loose with the ball too often, finishing with five turnovers on the night.

Gerald Henderson, SG 17 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -15

Blah game from Henderson. Made a few mid-rangers, but overall went 3-9 from the field in only 17 minutes of run.

Brendan Haywood, C 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Haywood did a decent job on the boards, but it was largely negated by the three turnovers he committed. The Bobcats don’t need him taking five shots in 20 minutes either.

Ramon Sessions, PG 37 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -14

Another effective game for Sessions off the bench. Helped the Bobcats make one last attempt at run late in the fourth, though the Spurs would thwart the effort and finish them off.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -6

His shot wasn’t falling from behind the arc, though he was able to get out on the break and finish an uncontested flush. Took care of the ball in his 27 minutes and managed to dish out four assists.

Ben Gordon, SG 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | -15

Ben being Ben. Made four of his last five shots – including a 4-point play – after beginning the game 0-5 from the field. However (there’s always a however), turned the ball over five times in only 24 minutes of play.

Four Things We Saw

  1. It was closer than the final score. As Bobcats’ announcer Steve Martin commented as the clock ran out, the final score was not indicative of the type of effort the Bobcats put forth. True. But the game was never in the balance, as the Spurs pushed the deficit to double digits in the 2nd quarter and never really looked back.
  2. Threes do in the Bobcats once again. The Spurs made good on 9-16 from downtown, propelled by Kawhi Leonard who hit on 4-5. The Spurs finished with an uber-efficient .615 eFG% on the night.
  3. Know your personnel. On two occasions a Bobcat attempted to make a pass to a big man who was not in position to catch the ball and make a move to the basket. Both led to turnovers. The first came when MKG drove baseline and tried a bounce pass to Biyombo who was amongst a crowd and not ready for the ball. The second occurred when Kemba tried to hit Haywood coming down the lane on the break. A player has to know who he’s passing to while also taking into account where they are on the court. Face it, we all cringe when the shot clock is running down and Kemba drives and kicks to Haywood standing 17 feet from the basket. Some players are open for a reason.
  4. See you in Houston. Harden, Lin, and Co. are up next on Saturday. The Bobcats look to earn a win versus a team they led for much of their contest on MLK Day.
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