Thunder pull away from Bobcats in 4th -

Thunder pull away from Bobcats in 4th

Charlotte Bobcats 99 Final
Recap | Box Score
116 Oklahoma City Thunder
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -17

McBob’s second straight disappointing game from a scoring perspective and he’s now just 2-14 in the past four games from behind-the-arc. He still continues to be productive in the other areas we expect from McBob – he’s a high IQ player – always looking to exploit advantage that his team has on the offensive end. Hence, McBob being such a good passer.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -10

He was always setup to have a poor game due to the fact that he drew the assignment of guarding KD, but look at this stat line – what am I supposed to say? Not to mention that the two shots he did take equaled one air-ball + a mid-range jumper that barely brushed the rim.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 36 MIN | 10-16 FG | 5-8 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | -15

This is the game we’ve all pretty much come to expect from Jefferson. Steven Adams + Hasheem Thabeet never really had a chance at containing him tonight, though.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -18

Kemba finishes 6-28 (21.5%) from the floor in the Bobcats two big road games against the west bests (SAS, OKC). Inconsistency, to me, still continues to be Kemba’s achilles heel – after a 31-point, 8 rebound, 5 assist outburst vs. Memphis at home, and then these last two.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -17

Took some bad shots in the second half tonight in what seemed to be quality offensive possessions that deserved better – that’s what good defensive teams do, though, and OKC is there on-the-catch in most instances defensively. Hendo probably deserved an assist or two tonight due to looking for Tolliver in the corner when he did force the action to the rim.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +4

Came in and gave Charlotte a very nice offensive burst in the first half, but couldn’t keep the stroke going in the second (1-5 3FG). About all you can ask from a guy who has to come in and score + guard KD when he’s on the floor. Toll – 11 three’s is probably a tad ambitious. Just saying.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | 0

Liking what I’ve seen from Z in the past few games. Simply looking more comfortable on the floor. Teams don’t help on him when he catches the ball at the top of the key and actually make it a key to stay connected to shooters – Zeller is getting much more efficient at exploiting this – ball/head fake and more of a controlled power dribble motion to the basket is resulting in offense.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 6-7 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -14

OKC was draped off of Neal all night when he was on the floor – mostly Derek Fisher. Neal will have to develop more of a PG mentality being on this roster – teams have him scouted as basically the most dangerous threat from deep for Charlotte.

Steve Clifford

Is it worth thinking about implementing some kind of zone defense before the playoffs? I say this basically only because we could end up playing Indiana or Miami.

Four Things We Saw

  1. When the Bobcats turn the ball over 18 times they probably aren’t going to win. That’s what happened tonight and it led to 25 Thunder points.
  2. Charlotte wanted to keep OKC in front of them and concede no run-outs, so they hardly sent anyone to the offensive glass – in theory, this is fine, but you can’t flip the script on yourself and allow your opponent to grab 11 offensive boards that lead to 19 second chance points. Overall, the Bobcats were out-rebounded 44-29.
  3. OKC led 85-81 after three quarters – the game was within reach. The Bobcats turned it over 7 times in the final period to dig their own graves.
  4. Tonight will be the last opportunity for Charlotte to make something of this brutal three game road stretch. It’s hard to be too optimistic, though, as the Bobcats come into Miami on heavy legs and the Heat are fresh on one night’s rest.