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Suns Run Past Bobcats

Phoenix Suns 117 Final
Recap | Box Score
110 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2

Taylor was awarded the (token) starting spot in place of Henderson and played a mere 10 minutes. Missed all three of his shots and failed to make an impact on the game.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +4

Good effort out of MKG, especially on the defensive end. I would’ve liked to see him get to the line more often but he is certainly making improvements offensively. Had the best plus/minus at +4.

Brendan Haywood, C 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -3

Efficient night for Haywood, particularly on the boards grabbing seven in only 17 minutes. Dunlap decided to give Biyombo more minutes than Haywood at center for the first time this season and I don’t know if it paid off.

Byron Mullens, C 37 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 24 PTS | -8

A strong offensive game from Mullens, who continues to try his hand from beyond the arc. Tonight his hand held up more often than not. As anticipated, he struggled to handle the Phoenix bigs, however.

Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 6-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | -9

A solid game out of Kemba, though his rebounding production was light. Good assist numbers and zero turnovers – certainly noteworthy.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 22 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -1

Blocks and more blocks, but not much else. With his limited offensive repertoire he needs to pull down more than five rebounds in 22 minutes.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 16 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -1

A lot of shots in just 16 minutes, but he was active on the defensive end got to the line. Good signs for Tyrus.

Reggie Williams, SF 10 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | 0

A nice jolt off the bench. Look for more minutes out of Williams in lieu of Taylor and possibly Gordon/Sessions.

Ramon Sessions, PG 35 MIN | 2-10 FG | 12-14 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 17 PTS | -8

Terrible night from the field but he made up for it by getting to the line an incredible 14 times. For everything the Bobcats lack, point guards who can get to the rack is not one of them. Great job setting up his teammates as well.

Ben Gordon, SG 25 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -11

Disappointing night for Gordon given the opportunity he was afforded to exert himself on the offensive end in Henderson’s absence. Gordon has to get to the line more often as well as do a better job creating offense for his teammates. Had the worst plus/minus at -11.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Jeff Taylor in the starting lineup. Surprising choice by Coach Dunlap. I doubt we see it again anytime soon.
  2. Bobcats were unable to force turnovers. The Bobcats are not an efficient offensive unit. In order to win they need to rebound well and create turnovers, which affords them more possessions and presumably some easier fast break points. The Bobcats forced only 13 turnovers tonight and allowed 22 offensive rebounds, leading to six more field goal attempts for the Suns.
  3. Kentucky reunion on hold? The Bobcats travel to NOLA for a match up with the Hornets this Friday night. Anthony Davis missed tonight’s game versus the Sixers after sustaining a concussion last Friday against the Jazz. This marked the second consecutive game Davis missed because of the injury. He is currently listed as questionable for the game against the Bobcats so MKG may have to wait to battle it out with his former Kentucky Wildcat teammate.