|D.J. White, PF 28 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -1
D.J. received the starting nod at PF once again despite the regular season debut of Tyrus Thomas. His production was solid, grabbing 9 boards and scoring 14 points in 28 minutes. He also showed more aggression on the offensive end, as his 15 field-goal attempts marked a season high.
|Derrick Brown, F 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +4
Brown didn’t log many minutes considering he started in place of Maggette. Nothing spectacular to note, though he didn’t necessarily hurt the team while he was on the floor either.
|Boris Diaw, PF 41 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -8
Another encouraging effort out of Boris. I’d like to see him take a few more shots, but this stat line is what you look for out of him – a contribution to every statistical category.
|Gerald Henderson, G 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -10
A solid defensive effort by Gerald, but he struggled mightily on the offensive end. The Bobcats don’t need him to score 20+ to win, but they can’t have him tallying only 4 points. Much like Boris, I would like to see him be more aggressive.
|D.J. Augustin, PG 42 MIN | 8-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 12 AST | 21 PTS | +10
D.J. was a beneficiary of poor defense by Jeff Teague (see Mario Chalmer’s stat line last night); nonetheless, it was an impressive game by Augustin who has been the Bobcat’s most consistent player so far this season.
|Tyrus Thomas, PF 34 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -8
Tyrus was a little rusty, as could be expected, though it was encouraging to see him log 34 minutes. I thought Coach Silas would elect to ease him into the rotation, but he chose instead to throw him to the fire. Hopefully Thomas is now fully recovered and can build on tonight.
|Kemba Walker, PG 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -11
Kemba saw more minutes in Maggette’s absence, as expected, and proceeded to make the most of them. He was excellent behind the arc and able to get to the line and convert. I don’t think fans should necessarily count on his three-point success continuing, but the free-throws are a different story.
Four Things We Saw
- Bobcats unable to take advantage of weary Hawks. Coming off a triple OT loss to the Heat last night, it was expected the Bobcats would have the advantage, particularly early. It was much the opposite. The team struggled offensively in the first half on 35% shooting.
- More zone defense to come? Coach Silas called upon a zone defense in the second half in an attempt to stymie the Hawks offense. Given the Bobcats expect to be out-manned from a talent standpoint on most nights, it may behoove them to incorporate such a wrinkle.
- Augustin and Walker to both start? Coach Silas stated after the game that D.J. and Kemba will continue to see more time on the court together, and could even start in the back court at some point. According to Silas, “I think we’re going to have to (play them more together) because they really do well offensively and that’s what we need”. This lineup could certainly provide a greater punch offensively, though the Bobcats will struggle to defend teams with larger guards.
- 2-5 looks much worse than 3-4. The Bobcats missed out on a great chance to pull within one game of .500. I think most are realistic about the team’s prospects this season, but this was a fantastic opportunity for the team to get a win at home and continue to build momentum. They’ll look to rebound tomorrow night in Indiana.