|Jeffery Taylor, SF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -2
A very strong game from the rookie – good defense on Korver, in particular. Taylor chased Korver around screens all night (and, yes, Korver made a few from deep, but not as a result of Taylor lounging). And those open 3s (and one not so open one) started to go down for him as well. The second rounder is looking like a bargain so far.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -20
A solid all-around game for MKG – good defense, good rebounding. Couldn’t draw any fouls tonight, so his scoring efficiency is nothing special, but good all-around game. Battled inside against Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia as the Bobcats had him at the 4 for stretches.
|Brendan Haywood, C 22 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -4
It wasn’t just Haywood – but Al Horford had a big game. The 4 of 5 shooting is nice, but needed more rebounding and to slow down the Hawks bigs.
|Byron Mullens, C 37 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +1
6 steals? A couple of those were right place, right time, but credit where it is due – Mullens had 8 combined blocks and steals and that’s a solid night’s work to go along with 8 rebounds. Still taking too many jumpers, but he did get to the free throw line a couple of times as well. Also takes some blame for Horford’s big night.
|Kemba Walker, PG 44 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 16 PTS | -6
Started hot from deep, going 2 of 3, but missed his last 3 from range. 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists is a nice line – little concerned about 44 minutes on the front end of a back to back.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -10
Needs to put on a little more weight to be able to bang with Horford and Pachulia, as both were getting him pinned under the basket. Nice rebounding work from Bis before he twisted his ankle late – not sure how severe.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 6-15 FG | 8-11 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | +5
The one Bobcat who could get to the line consistently, Ramon didn’t hit quite as many as he sometimes does. And his bobbling of an outlet pass on a fastbreak late pretty much ended the Bobcats’ comeback hopes. Overall, another great game, though.
|Ben Gordon, SG 16 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -7
Ben just couldn’t get on track tonight, going 1 for 8. When a shooter isn’t hitting, he’s not doing much good out there.
Two Things We Saw
- The Hawks controlled this game throughout – the Bobcats would pull close here and there, but it never really seemed like the outcome was in doubt.
- With that said – the Bobcats were down 14 with just over 3 minutes, left and trimmed that to 6, before the Hawks closed it out. This team does not quit – they continued to play aggressive defense and attack the basket.