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Kings oppress Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats 83 Final
Recap | Box Score
119 Sacramento Kings
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -12

Solid line for MKG.

Byron Mullens, C 19 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -10

Decent scoring, but invisible on the boards – and when the team gets out-rebounded so badly for a second game in a row, the bigs will bear the brunt of the blame.

Kemba Walker, PG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 6-9 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -19

Kemba struggled to make anything, as 2 of 7 from the field was saved by 6 free throws made. But he got 9 attempts, and 67% from the stripe is no good. (Maybe a nitpick in a single game – but in a game this bad, it is going to happen).

Gerald Henderson, SG 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -18

Meh – a few points off passable efficiency, and a few entries in rebounds and assists – but nothing to write home about.

Josh McRoberts, PF 30 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -16

Another Bobcats’ big who wants to shoot 3s without much success? Actually, a decent showing from McRoberts aside from the shooting woes – all-around stat stuffing (as a few assists were blown by teammates).

Jeff Adrien, SF 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -32

The Bobcats were -32 in the 16 minutes Adrien was on the court. Not causal – but it sure looks ugly.

DeSagana Diop, C 24 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -1

A Gana Diop sighting! Dunlap may be trying to find ways for the Bobcats to play bigger and rebound a bit better, and is experimenting with actually using bigger players. (Yes, I’m getting bitter – it’s starting to feel like the end of last season when the team just went through the motions).

Jeffery Taylor, SG 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -18

Not a great scoring night for Taylor, and he didn’t contribute much else to offset the poor shooting – with zeroes in both the rebounding and assists columns.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats improved on their rebounding from the Jazz game, this time only getting out-rebounded by 29. However, Sacramento still managed to grab 40% of available offensive rebounds, which is horrible for the Bobcats to allow. And Charlotte managed just 4 offensive rebounds, to 42 defensive rebounds for Sacramento.
  2. While rebounding is over-emphasized by some stats (winshares), giving your opponent 13 additional attempts from the field (90 fga for SAC to 77 for CLT) is not a winning strategy.
  3. And while the Bobcats managed to win the turnover margin fight, 13 to 18, Sacramento was better able to capitalize on the Bobcats turnovers. Sacramento had 8 steals to the Bobcats 6, and used those steals to turn the Bobcats 13 turnovers into 21 points, as opposed to a point per turnover for Charlotte (18 points on the 18 SAC miscues).
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