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Miami sweeps Charlotte; R.I.P. Charlotte Bobcats

Miami Heat 109 Final

Recap | Box Score

98 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -11Tonight very well could have been McBob’s last game in Charlotte. He’s got a player option in his contract worth around $2.7 million. Very likely that he declines the option and tests the market after the performance he put on as a starter this season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -13All I can think of is MKG attempting a three-pointer and me screaming uncontrollably when it happened.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -5All that we could’ve ask for from Biz tonight. Active all over the floor – helped Charlotte in PnR defense, kept balls alive off the offensive glass and was competent at catching + finishing when the opportunities presented themselves.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 43 MIN | 11-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 5 TO | 29 PTS | -10Kemba was as efficient from the field as he has been in a very long time tonight. This guy is just a gamer and always wants to be the one to carry his team, or take the big shot. He had the opportunity to be ‘the guy’ tonight and relished in the spotlight.

5 turnovers is the only reason that Kemba doesn’t get an A+, but I don’t hold it against him that much due to that fact that he had to do everything for this team tonight.

If Charlotte can add a wing not named Gerald Henderson this summer, then Kemba’s growth as an NBA point-guard will continue. Jefferson helped a ton, now a SG is a necessity.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -6He’ll likely be in Charlotte for two more seasons, but hopefully not as a starter. Hendo has a solid game overall – can make things happen on both ends of the floor, but he’s not great next to Kemba. Hendo has no ability to stretch the floor and has seemed to become actually more robotic offensively as he’s gotten older.

He’s just not a starter in the NBA to me, and as long as he is starting for this team the needle isn’t moving in the right direction.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -6Zeller struggled all series long against Miami’s speed, aggressiveness, and physicality. We did see growth and progression from the rookie as the season grew older, but the Heat gave him all kinds of issues.

Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -1Ridnour frustrated me when he came in during the second quarter and committed back-to-back turnovers – led to two straight Miami baskets. It butchered the momentum that the Bobcats had manufactured and Luke didn’t see the floor for the remainder of the night.

Ridnour will enter unrestricted free-agency, so it’s safe to say he won’t return to Charlotte next season. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he considers retirement.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 8-19 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -5Neal put the ball on the floor tonight off of Miami closeouts and made some things happen. That being said, he did not do what he was brought to Charlotte to do this post-season – stretch the floor and make 3’s. Neal was 0-7 from behind-the-arc tonight and 4-18 (22%) for the series.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 8 MIN | 3-3 FG | 6-6 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +214 points in 8 minutes of play. Wow. CDR got into some foul trouble, which is why he didn’t play more tonight. That being said, I did think that Clifford should have gone with him much more in the second half over Hendo.

I really hope that the team can find a way to bring him back next season, but CDR will garner attention from multiple teams around the league after his stint with Charlotte this season.

Steve Clifford
Good adjustments to get Kemba clean looks tonight. Most notably, the PnR’s, then re-screens, which cleared space for Kemba to split the double-teams and get downhill.

Again, why did you go away from CDR for so long in the second half? I know there was foul trouble, but he was the second best offensive weapon for this team tonight. Should’ve rolled the dice with the fouls in an elimination game.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats have been swept by the Heat in four games. Very disappointing how this series played itself out with the Jefferson injury, but as they say, ‘it is what it is’. The Bobcats end their existence without a post-season victory.
  2. R.I.P. Charlotte Bobcats — 2004-2014.