|Bismack Biyombo, PF 29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +11
A strong line for Bismack – but at the same time, it was a glimpse of what the Bobcats hope he can become, as Joakim Noah dominated this game, with 13 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 blocks.
|Jeff Adrien, SF 35 MIN | 5-7 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +7
Adrien did a very solid job playing defense on Carlos Boozer (aside from giving up deep possession a couple of times early), and he also did a good job of attacking the glass, and really made the Bulls focus on keeping him away from rebounds, drawing 2 fouls on Bulls attempting to block him out. The offensive output was kind of a bonus, but also something Charlotte desperately needs to help balance out the guard dominated offense.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 29 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -5
MKG looked like a rookie often tonight – forcing difficult shots and losing his man on defense. MKG continues to drive baseline (because defenders send people that way) and forces up shots when he gets near the basket. Early in the season, he was having more success, but lately opponents have been able to crowd him more, as they don’t worry about a pass to his teammates in the paint (not entirely a knock on MKG – most of the Bobcats’ bigs don’t do a good job of finding openings and making themselves available).
|Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +5
The Bulls’ defense was aggressive all night with Kemba – when the Bobcats ran pick and rolls, it typically meant a double teamed guard far away from the basket. Not a great job by Kemba at the other end, as he went under a couple of screens on defense and gave up open looks to Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 28 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +4
Henderson’s midrange game deserted him tonight, with just 1 make outside of the paint.
|Brendan Haywood, C 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -18
Brendan was part of the lineup that saw a three point game at the end of the first quarter become a 9 point deficit just over 3 minutes into the 2nd, as the Bulls scored on 5 of their first 6 possessions in the quarter.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -15
Ramon was getting the shots he normally does – around the rim and in the paint, but they were lipping out tonight. Just one of those evenings.
|Ben Gordon, SG 28 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -16
4 of 5 on threes and 18 points on 15 attempts. But he may have given up better numbers at the other end. I may need to put together a .gif wall of Gordon playing disinterested defense.