|Corey Maggette, SF 4-12 FG | 13-14 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -5
Maggette struggled from the field again, though he made up for it to a degree at the free-throw (13-14) line and on the boards. His defense continues to be suspect, however.
|D.J. White, PF 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -4
D. J. continued his hot streak on the offensive end, converting on 5-6 field goal attempts. As Coach Silas touched upon earlier in the week, Tyrus Thomas will be required to earn his minutes upon his return.
|Boris Diaw, PF 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -9
After Diaw’s hot start to the season he has really dropped off. 0-5 from the field and 5 fouls in only 18 minutes, a stark contrast to the 12 and 16 put up against Miami just last week. Possibly more concerning – Boris has become much less aggressive, attempting less than 5 shots for the second consecutive game.
|Gerald Henderson, G 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -11
Another solid game from Gerald, whose contribution can be seen in nearly every statistical category. One place he needs to improve, however, is getting to the free-throw line. He failed to get to the stripe tonight and through five games is averaging less than an attempt/game.
|D.J. Augustin, PG 10-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -11
Augustin played well enough to earn an A if not for the 4 turnovers, the only real blemish for him offensively as he shot well from the field again, particularly from behind the arc (4-7). His defense on Kyrie Irving was sub-par though, as he allowed the rookie to score 20 points on 8-10 shooting and dish out six assists.
|Byron Mullens, C 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -4
Byron took a ton of shots for only playing 18 minutes, but connected on greater than 50% of his attempts, continuing to show promise offensively. He needs to get stronger in order to effectively guard the majority of opponents he is matched up against, though this is something he will primarily have to work on in the off-season.
Five Things We Saw
- The Bobcats continue to struggle on the defensive side of the court. According to hoopdata.com, coming into the night they were tied for 29th in the NBA in Defensive Efficiency (107.8), which measures the amount of points allowed per 100 possessions. Cleveland was able to score 115 points on 50% shooting from the field.
- Kemba is finding it more difficult to score against teams such as Miami and Cleveland than the likes of the Syracuse and Pitt. As Sebastian Pruiti touched upon in his first installment of his Rookie Rankings , Walker has struggled using ball screens, shooting an unbelievably low 11.1 percent coming into tonight. That figure is sure to rise, but it’s further evidence that Bobcats fans must temper their early expectation for the former college star.
- Four losses in a row and the schedule doesn’t get any easier in the near-term. Three of the next four games are on the road, with all of them coming against teams which made the playoffs last year (Knicks, Hawks, Pacers, and Knicks again). The four-game stretch starts tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
- Ineffective Shooting. D.J. Augustin was the only Bobcat to convert from 3-point range, with the rest of the team going 0-7.
- Bismack will continue to see more time. His aggressiveness still gets him in trouble, as he committed 4 fouls in only 21 minutes, but the same energy enabled him to block two shots and pull down 5 rebounds. Biyombo scored 8 points on 3-6 shooting from the field (2-3 from the line), a season high.