|Hakim Warrick, PF 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | 0
Still a weak effort on the boards, and he may like the contested midrange jumper as much as Tyrus Thomas – but for the Bobcats 10 points on 9 shots is good production from a big man (again, for the Bobcats).
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 36 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 7 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +3
9 rebounds and 7 blocks for Bismack. That will do. Bismack did a good job of rotating and going straight up when he lept to contest shots. The 1 of 5 shooting was a bit disappointing, but the defensive showing more than made up for it.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -3
At some point, MKG needs to realize that sometimes you have to give up layups. 5 fouls in just 24 minutes tonight for the rookie, but decent production while he was on the court, with 9 points and 4 boards.
|Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 12-21 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 35 PTS | +4
5 assists against 4 turnovers keeps this from being an A+, but Kemba was brilliant today. He kept the Bobcats battling with 6 makes from long range, plus put up a respectable 6 of 14 inside the arc as well.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | 0
Off shooting day for the shooting guard. Gerald couldn’t get it going (same for Ben Gordon, who went 0 of 4 in his 8 minutes) and that forced Kemba to carry a larger burden.
|Jeffery Taylor, SF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6
Taylor provided solid defense on James Harden while he was on the court – I was particularly impressed with him forcing into a 18-foot fadeaway to close the 3rd quarter matched up one on one. Taylor also had a couple of big dunks in the first half, but injured himself slightly on the second one, and left the game briefly, though he did return after halftime.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 6-15 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16
Always in attack mode for Ramon Sessions, the backup point guard/shooting guard dropped 19 points in just 29 minutes today. However, Dunlap’s decision to play him along with Kemba for significant minutes put the Bobcats in a tough spot on defense, as either one of those two had to guard James Harden, or Taylor/MKG would slide over to Harden from the 3, leaving Kemba/Ramon on Chandler Parsons/Carlos Delfino. Not optimal.
Three Things We Saw
- The Bobcats performed respectably on the boards and turnovers, so that was a victory (of the non-official kind). And the Rockets only shot 34.5% from long range, so a shade under their season average. Another good sign.
- But, the Bobcats surrendered 10 threes to the Rockets…and 41 free throw attempts. James Harden went to the line 21 times, as the Bobcats just could not keep him out of the lane. Gerald Henderson and MKG both finished with 5 fouls, and Bismack wound up with 4.
- The Bobcats took the lead 94-93 off a Kemba Walker jumper with 2:11 remaining in the game. And the Rockets would score the rest of the points from there on, with Carlos Delfino converting an open look from three after the Bobcats collapsed on a James Harden drive with little time remaining on the shot clock. Gerald Henderson got called for a charge, then a couple of free throws for Harden, 3 missed shots for the Bobcats on a single possession, before a couple of more free throws to make the final margin from The Beard. Disappointing end to a good performance from the team, but encouraging signs at least