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Spurs outlast Bobcats out west

Charlotte Bobcats 82 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 San Antonio Spurs
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Once McRoberts realized that he wasn’t shooting the ball well he was constantly looking for his teammates (which he usually does) and moving the ball with efficiency.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Sigh. Ugh. Again, love how hard he plays and you need a wing defender like this, but this is a polar driven prospect. Is there time for improvement offensively? Yes. Is there any kind of measurement that projects this improvement? No.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 10-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -10

San Antonio doubled Jefferson immediately on the catch for most of the second half and all of the 4th quarter. Charlotte did well cutting off and around him + moving the ball crisply off of the double teams, but the other offensive weapons weren’t there tonight.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -12

He has to be better than this for the Bobcats to defeat a superior opponent. When the Spurs began doubling the post on every entry in the second half is when Kemba must force the issue and produce offensively – did not happen tonight.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -14

Was consistent throughout most of the game and hit some big midrange shots in the first half to keep Charlotte afloat. Three fouls + two points in the 4th quarter is not what Clifford hoped for from Hendo as San Antonio took away Jefferson completely.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +4

A ho-hum performance from Tolliver. In essence, he did his job without having a lights out night shooting the ball. I’ve mentioned this many times before, but his defense is very underrated – more athletic + moves much better than most think.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -4

Zeller has become much more comfortable on the offensive end. When he catches the ball, the triple-threat position looks much more balanced and under control. This is a sign that the game is slowing down for Cody some, and in result, he’s not getting ahead of himself.

Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Welcome to Charlotte, Luke.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -2

For those of you who only thought Neal could shoot three’s, did this change the way you look at him as a player? He gives Clifford a lot of flexibility with his guard rotation and I would only expect to see more-and-more of Neal + Kemba on the floor at the same time late in games.

Steve Clifford

Had the correct lineup in the 4th quarter, but the combo of Kemba, Neal, Hendo, Tolliver and Jefferson just couldn’t hit shots when they needed to.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats had a very underwhelming game offensively – shot 36.7% from the floor and only 17.5% from distance.
  2. Really, there were two reasons that Charlotte stayed in this game: 1) Flipped 14 second chance opportunities into 24 points, and 2) caused 19 Spurs turnovers that resulted in 17 points for the Bobcats.
  3. Well boys, tough loss. Good fight. Wipe the dirt off and move on – you got OKC Sunday night on their floor.
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