Unlikely heroes; Bobcats second unit keep possible 6th seed alive |

Unlikely heroes; Bobcats second unit keep possible 6th seed alive

Charlotte Bobcats 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Atlanta Hawks
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +6

Like most of the starters tonight, he was pretty insignificant. Clifford subbed him in before the last play of the game to inbound to CDR for the game winner.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-7 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -2

There are some real bright spots here: points and rebounds. 2-7 from the foul line is horrid, though, and it still really frustrates me that he cannot finish through any contact – MKG would be twice the offensive player if he could only learn to finish stronger around the rim.

As usual, great hustle every second on the floor.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 11-17 FG | 5-7 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 27 PTS | -3

Ho-hum kind of performance from Jefferson. Atlanta did all they could with him and became somewhat effective in forcing him to catch away from the basket and doubling in the second half, but ultimately it didn’t matter. Jefferson hit the go-ahead shot to make it 93-91 late in the 4th and the Bobcats never trailed again.

Kemba Walker, PG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 1-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -5

This was one of Kemba’s worst games of the season. Maybe the worst. He didn’t play at all in the final quarter.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 1-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -10

I don’t know how to justify giving him any better of a grade than Kemba. Outside of the almost monster put-back Hendo almost had, it was all ugly. So yes, the best memory I have of his game tonight is actually a shot that he almost made. Anything else? Okay.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5

Tolliver got the Bobcats going early in the 4th with a three-pointer. The team chipped away on the Hawks lead from there and Tolliver came up with some big time rebounds to help fuel the comeback.

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 12 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -9

Hit two mid-range jumpers which was nice to see, but nothing else to write home about for Zeller in this game.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +5

Played his usual role as an imposing rim-protector while on the floor + came down with two big offensive rebounds in the 4th quarter that eventually led to a Ridnour bucket.

Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +7

Sweet stroke Luke. He took on a large portion of the scoring role in the Bobcats 4th quarter comeback – scored all 10 of his points in the final quarter on 5-7 shooting.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +8

10 of Neal’s 17 points came in the final quarter as he teamed up with Ridnour to continuously snipe Atlanta and keep Charlotte alive in their hunt for the 6th seed in the east. I was very impressed with his defensive effort in the final period, along with the entire second unit, when the team had to have it.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +8

CDR had nothing on the stat sheet other than 2 fouls going into the 4th, then he impacted just about every aspect of the game in the final period.

CDR hit a right-handed floater as time expired to put the Bobcats over the top in their incredible comeback. The play was a double downscreen decoy that eventually brought Jefferson to the right block to set a pindown screen for CDR – he caught it, gave a few power dribbles and tossed up the eventual winner.

Steve Clifford

Will be interesting to see the approach that Clifford takes with his starters tomorrow in practice after their uninspired effort on the defensive end tonight.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Charlotte has guaranteed an above .500 record on the season with their 42nd win and will play their final regular season game Wednesday night at home against Chicago.
  2. Scenario for the 6th seed: Bobcats must beat Chicago and Washington must lose in Boston. Any other outcome keeps Charlotte in the 7th seed and in a first round series with the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
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