|Josh McRoberts, PF 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -3
Josh was more aggressive than usual, working off the dribble and pressuring his defenders. He struggled a bit on the other side of the ball, though, allowing Terrence Jones to rack up 12 first-half points.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3
MKG did a very good job of defending James Harden, especially in denying him the ball. Unfortunately, it took until the end of the second quarter for Clifford to switch him onto Harden, and Kidd-Gilchrist rode the pine in the fourth. I don’t necessarily think it would have changed the game, but it’s worth mentioning.
|Al Jefferson, C 42 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -5
It took a while for Jefferson to find his groove, with just three points in the first quarter, but he eventually scraped together a solid offensive performance. He did a credible job on defense as well, helping hold Dwight Howard to just 10 points on the night.
|Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 7-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | 0
Kemba bailed out the offense multiple times when it sputtered, and he had an easier time getting to the rim tonight than in recent games. Unfortunately, ball movement can stagnate when when Walker takes on more of a scoring load, and that was the case tonight. The team’s 12 assists were nearly a season low: the only game worse was an 11-assist effort against the Mavs way back on Dec. 3. The offense has come a long way since then, but they were scrapping for everything they could get tonight.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -4
This was another case of Henderson peaking early, as all 13 of his points came in the first half. It was a bad night for his recently hot three-point stroke to regress to the mean, too.
|Cody Zeller, C 14 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8
Zeller’s carved out a nice little niche recently, hitting the offensive boards hard and logging some easy points of putbacks and tip-ins. That seems to fit his skillset a lot better than settling for mid-range attempts, as he can use his speed and athleticism to create some efficient offense for himself. Getting closer to the basket opens up more opportunities to draw fouls, too, which was his elite skill in college.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
Five rebounds were nice in short minutes for Biyombo tonight.
|Luke Ridnour, PG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11
Ridnour got yanked from the floor pretty quickly as it became clear Charlotte needed Kemba’s scoring to stay in the game. Luke didn’t do much to distinguish himself in his nine minutes.
|Gary Neal, SG 15 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -7
Neal was due for a less-than-stellar offensive night, and this one definitely qualifies. 0-for-8 would be bad enough, but the defense fell apart in his minutes as well. Hopefully he got all those misses out of his system.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 26 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -14
CDR’s effort on defense is admirable, and he had a little variety in his statline tonight. But the real value he brings over Kidd-Gilchrist is his three-point shooting, and that was missing.
One Thing We Saw
- This would have been a nice win, but Charlotte was just outclassed by Houston. Good job, good effort, on to the next one.