Rockets destroy Bobcats in the paint |

Rockets destroy Bobcats in the paint

Charlotte Bobcats 95 Final

Recap | Box Score

109 Houston Rockets
Bismack Biyombo, PF 32 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -13

The four blocks are nice, but an 0-fer on offense and only three boards isn’t going to cut it.

Jeff Adrien, SF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -2

Adrien rebounded well, as usual, and his three assists were nice. His four points were the most by any player in the Bobcats frontcourt, so…give him credit for effort. More on the big men below.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -1

A quiet game from MKG, though he did have the best +/- of all the starters. The real story was his horrific injury in the fourth quarter, which required him to be carted off the court on a stretcher. While he was diagnosed with a concussion, he fortunately didn’t suffer any more serious head or neck injuries. Considering how bad things looked at the time, that’s a big relief.

Kemba Walker, PG 43 MIN | 10-23 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -17

Kemba had to look for his own shot most of the night, and came through with a healthy 24 points. You’d ideally like to see more assists, but he made up for it on the defensive end, generating four steals.

Gerald Henderson, SG 24 MIN | 5-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -13

Henderson did a good job of scoring in limited minutes, hitting an efficient 5-of-8 from the field and going to the line five times. He would likely have seen more minutes, but Jeff Taylor was white hot.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5

Blech.

Brendan Haywood, C 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -1

The rebounds were nice.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 9-11 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +3

20 points on nine shots is already an incredibly efficient night, and chipping in those six assists was the icing on top.

Jeffery Taylor, SG 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -4

Taylor hit his first six shots and played solid defense on Houston’s perimeter players. He became a little passive towards the end of the game when the team could have used his long-range shooting, but that doesn’t do much to diminish the rookie’s best game in months.

Ben Gordon, SG 20 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -17

11 points on 14 shots, 14 shots in 20 minutes. Gordon has to be lights out on the offensive end to make up for his deficiencies on defense, and he wasn’t on Saturday.

One Thing We Saw

The frontcourt has been a problem all year, but this game might be the best example of why widespread changes are needed:

Charlotte’s big men scored a combined six points (six!), and allowed Houston to score 58 points in the paint. Patrick Patterson and Omer Asik combined for 43 points on 18-of-25 shooting. The Bobcats were outrebounded, 35 to 50.

It says something when the team can have above-average games from Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor and Gerald Henderson and still end up losing by 14 points.

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