|Josh McRoberts, PF 30 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +2
The threat of McRoberts’ shot has value in itself, but they need more from him on nights like tonight.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | 0
An ideal night from MKG when he’s not scoring much. His defense was on point for most of the game, and his six offensive rebounds helped keep the Bobcats’ offense afloat, especially in the third quarter. Kept several balls in play for others, as well.
|Al Jefferson, C 38 MIN | 12-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +9
Another great offensive night from Jefferson, and he did a good job of forcing turnovers as well, totaling four steals.
|Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 7-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -2
Not terribly efficient shooting, but the assists are nice and he did a very good job of pushing the tempo. It didn’t take long for Kemba to find his wind after coming back from injury: He played a team-high 40 minutes and went all-out in every one of them.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 8-19 FG | 5-8 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +2
A well-rounded night for Henderson, too, as he used his mid-range shooting to open up the paint. He kept the Bobcats alive late in the game with a terrific offensive rebound and three-pointer, but free throws on the other end iced things.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4
The rebounds are nice, but the defense suffered quite a bit with Tolliver in. He doesn’t have the foot speed to fight through all the screens the Spurs like to throw, and his man frequently found himself with open looks.
|Cody Zeller, C 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6
No one hits the court harder than Zeller, who seems to fly into the stanchion and/or photographers on every offensive drive. He got rewarded with several trips to the line on Saturday, and added a few nice passes, too.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -13
When Biyombo gets an offensive rebound, his teammates should be screaming for him to reset the ball. Too often, he’ll take the opportunity to barf up a contested shot without much chance.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 21 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9
Near-perfect sixth-man stats from Ramon, who’s been playing well next to Walker. Unfortunately, he was also part of some uninspiring bench units that couldn’t contain the Spurs’ reserves.
Clifford’s been tinkering with the offense lately, letting the team’s speedy backcourt play get on the break more often. It’s a little surprising they haven’t taken advantage of it before, but it’s still nice to see.
One Thing We Saw
- This was a good game against a great team, but the Bobcats couldn’t catch many breaks in the fourth quarter. They were getting a ton of good looks, but just picked the wrong time to go cold. Likewise, their defense was solid for the most part, but there’s not much you can do when Patty Mills (32 points on 10-of-13 shooting, 4-of-5 from three) is playing with the power of a million exploding suns.