|Hakim Warrick, PF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +3
Hakim really likes the midrange jumper – he just doesn’t make it much, going 2 of 7 from the 10 to 20 feet range. And due to his slight frame, he struggles to defend bruisers (like David West) and isn’t great rebounding since he gets pushed under the basket (as the Pacers grabbed 17 offensive rebounds).
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 21 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +8
The same defensive and rebounding issues I mentioned for Hakim are problems for Bismack as well – the Pacers size with Hibbert and West was tough for the Bobcats to handle. Bis actually handled himself all right on offense tonight, with one nice move into the paint against Hibbert for a score – he was patient and used his length and quickness, a nice play to see.
|Gerald Henderon, SG 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +6
Henderson started hot, but couldn’t keep it going, finishing with a point per shot, and not much else to show – except for 3 turnovers.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 21 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +8
MKG wasn’t as active offensively tonight, not diving into the lane like we expect to see. He again settled for a couple of long jumpers, with them resulting in misses. And a late defensive lapse where he got caught sneaking towards David West and leaving Lance Stephenson free for a dunk resulted in him getting pulled for the end of the game.
|Kemba Walker, PG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +11
Most interesting part of Kemba’s line? 3 steals and 3 blocks for the diminutive point guard. On 3 occasions, Kemba helped break up Pacers’ fast breaks by getting ahead of the ball handler and stripping the ball as they went up for a shot (resulting in blocks instead of steals).
|Jeff Adrien, PF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11
I like Adrien’s aggressiveness on the glass and recognize that he plays somewhat angrily to achieve those results. But when he turned the ball over after tripping over Brendan Haywood’s feet while chasing down a rebound, it seemed that Jeff carried his frustration around for a while, as he was still angrily motioning about it the next time down the court to Mike Dunlap.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 22 MIN | 2-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 7 PTS | -24
Another rough shooting night for Ramon, though he was the Bobcats’ best distributor with 6 assists. He also happened to be on the court for a lot of Indiana’s three pointers, but I need to go back and watch again before I lay those at his feet.
|Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | -12
Ben’s shots were falling tonight (not because they were all great looks, but that’s what you sign up for with BG) and he helped keep the Bobcats in the game once the offense stagnated.
Three Things We Saw
- Indiana grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. The Bobcats pulled in 29 defensive rebounds. That’s a 63% defensive rebound rate – and yes, that would be the worst in the league.
- Turnovers were even, which would seem like a good thing. The problem for the Bobcats was that the Pacers had 11 steals among the Bobcats 14 turnovers, while Charlotte had just 5. Steals lead to fast break points, which Charlotte needs, so that’s not the side of that inequality they want to be on. (And yes, Charlotte did have 18 fast break points to just 8 for Indiana – but that apparently wasn’t a large enough advantage)
- Indiana wound up shooting 11 of 28 from three point range, and those looks were largely created from the Bobcats doubling in the post, and the Pacers kicking out to open shooters. This seems to be a combination of strategy and personnel – the Bobcats are a bit thin at the 4 right now, but the way the doubles were sent and the timing made it seem like it was planned, not just players scrambling to help. They’ll need to find a better balance of when and how those doubles get sent, because it did not cause much issue for the Pacers tonight.