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Jefferson and Millsap give free clinic to Cats

Utah Jazz 112 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Charlotte Bobcats
Tyrus Thomas, PF 10 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11

It’s tough to get an F in just 10 minutes of action – but missing all 4 shots from the field and turning the ball over twice in that short period of time, while getting scored on, over, and around (a theme for all Bobcats bigs) will do the trick.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 24 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Similar to my criticism of Tyrus – the Bobcats frontcourt was overmatched against the Jazz bigs all night – even their backups. Al Jefferson continued his tutoring of Bis with 26 points on 11 of 15 shooting. To be continued in the “Things we saw” section.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -27

A nice all-around stat line for MKG – but 2 turnovers again as he is maybe pressing a bit much and trying to force things that aren’t there. I don’t want him to lose the aggressiveness, but 2 turnovers on just 11 attempts from the field is a bit high, and comes from him going man on multiple men in transition at times.

Kemba Walker, PG 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | -19

Another weird night for Kemba – decent line, but he wasn’t impacting the game much on the court. The pick and roll seemed clogged up all night, as the Jazz blitzed Kemba and didn’t worry too much about the roll man.

Hakim Warrick, PF 18 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Hakim may like taking stand-still jumpshots following a pump-fake (as said by Dell during the broadcast), but they’re not good shots.

Brendan Haywood, C 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Brendan had a nice and-one dunk early in this one…and that was the end of it. Too slow to guard the Jazz bigs well, and on pick and roll defense it’s a likely foul, as Haywood seems to concede just lurching into guards as they drive in. I’m probably being negative and overly generalizing after an ugly loss, so take this one with a grain of salt.

Ramon Sessions, PG 19 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -6

Helped make the final score respectable, though the result wasn’t really ever in doubt in the fourth.

Gerald Henderson, SG 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +17

I know he’s had injuries, but the Bobcats need Henderson back in the starting lineup (or Sessions or Gordon). Another efficient scoring night from Hendo.

Ben Gordon, SG 25 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | -2

It’d be nice if the Bobcats could find ways to get Ben some open looks from three without him having to dribble so much – it’s not his strong suit, as evidenced by a couple of possessions where he got a bit loose with the ball and had to scramble for it. The results aren’t bad this way – but it seems like they could be even better.

Four Things We Saw

  1. About the rest of the Jazz bigmen and their scoring prowess: Paul Millsap had 19 on 8 of 12. Derrick Favors – 10 on 5/5. Ok – in the Bobcats defense, they did slow down Enes Kanter down, with just 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting. So, even with Kanter included, that’s 57 points on 38 field goal attempts for the Jazz frontcourt. Tough to win against that.
  2. Also tough to win against a team shooting 10 of 22 from deep, when no one is missing from the inside either. The Bobcats weren’t giving up one at the expense of the other – they just got torched every where.
  3. Offensively – there isn’t as much to complain about as the defense. Really. The turnovers were a little high at 15, but go look where the Bobcats were shooting from:
    Shot Chart for the Bobcats
    The first and second quarters in particular – the Bobcats are getting a lot of shots in the paint, but, as evidenced by all the X’s you see, they’re missing most of them.