Seriously, all the rebounds are Indiana's (and the win, again) -

Seriously, all the rebounds are Indiana’s (and the win, again)

Indiana Pacers 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
76 Charlotte Bobcats
Hakim Warrick, PF 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -16

Hakim pulled in 1 rebound during his 14 minutes of play, which was a 7.6% defensive rebound rate for his time on the court. HIs efforts contributed to the Bobcats managing to out-rebound the Pacers 7 to 6 while he was on the court…if you only look at Bobcats’ defensive rebounds to Pacers’ offensive rebounds – that’s a 53.9% defensive rebound rate as a team (for the season, Sacramento has the worst defensive rebound rate as a team at 68.6% for comparison).

Bismack Biyombo, PF 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -21

Bismack Biyombo grabbed 4 defensive rebounds during his time on the court, good for a 20% defensive rebound rate. However, his teammates contributed just 6 additional defensive rebounds while he was on the floor, while the Pacers grabbed 10 offensive rebounds. Yes – for the 22 minutes Bismack was on the court, the Bobcats allowed Indiana to grab as many offensive rebounds as Charlotte could get defensive rebounds.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 32 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -27

With Indiana clogging the lane on defense all night, the lanes for cutting and driving that MKG thrives on exploiting were not there, and he was a non-factor in the contest. The Bobcats can’t have that.

Kemba Walker, PG 27 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -25

I’ve got little to say about Kemba’s play – he made his shots, but didn’t find teammates for easy looks. The most important thing: He was able to come back into the game after twisting his ankle after coming down on Mahinmi’s (I think?) foot on a jump shot.

Gerald Henderson, SG 25 MIN | 3-10 FG | 8-12 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -24

15 points on 10 attempts from the field – yay! Oh, wait, Gerald made just 3 of those shots, needed 12 free throws, and turned the ball over twice as well – all of a sudden those points don’t look so efficient when it took about 18 possessions to get them.

Jeff Adrien, SF 23 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6

I’ll continue the rebounding focus for the rest of the bigs: Jeff Adrien had 5 defensive rebounds, for a defensive rebound rate of 20%, and the team managed to grab 15 defensive rebounds to 10 offensive for Indiana while he was on the court (which is still atrocious at 60%).

DeSagana Diop, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Diop had 2 defensive rebounds, a defensive rebound rate of 16.7%. The team had a 75% defensive rebound rate while DIop was on the court. Indiana also managed an offensive efficiency of just 87.5 while Diop was on the court (110.8 overall).

Brendan Haywood, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7

Like DIop, Haywood helped the Bobcats reach respectable defensive rebound numbers while on the court, with 3 defensive rebounds for himself and the team at a 65% defensive rebound rate while on the court.

Ramon Sessions, PG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -8

Like Henderson, the scoring numbers look decent at first glance, but they’re nothing to write home about after noticing the inefficiency and number of possessions used to create them (and just 1 assist, like Kemba).

Four Things We Saw

  1. In case you didn’t catch it throughout the grades above – rebounding was an issue tonight. Through the 3rd quarter, Indiana was basically even with Charlotte offensive rebounds to defensive (17 to 19), before relaxing on that front with the game in hand. The final tally: 18 offensive rebounds to just 27 defensive rebounds for Charlotte. Additionally, the Bobcats managed just 4 of their own offensive rebounds, and this discrepancy allowed the Pacers 15 more field goal attempts than the Bobcats.
  2. Another problem for Charlotte: Despite their lack of offensive rebounding, Indiana was still beating the Bobcats down the court for transition baskets, with a 19-8 edge after 3 quarters (by which point the game was decided). When a shot would go up for Charlotte, the perimeter players would stand around, waiting to see if their teammates might grab the offensive rebound – and Indiana wings were already ready to catch the outlet and take off, leaving Charlotte to foul or give up layups. You would think a team with just 4 offensive rebounds was conceding second chance points to prevent fast breaks – but the Bobcats were doing neither – everyone was not attacking the offensive glass, but rather waiting around for a definitive change of possession before moving on.
  3. Things would have been even uglier (hard to imagine, but true), but the Bobcats did a decent job of protecting the ball, with a 12 to 16 edge in turnovers. The Pacers had just 5 steals to 8 for the Bobcats, further underscoring just how inconceivable it was for the Bobcats to get hammered in fast break points.
  4. It’s too bad I used the “Pacers take all of the rebounds” headline Saturday, because it was even more true tonight. The Bobcats will likely be working on boxing out during these next two days, before taking the court against the Magic on Friday.
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