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Warriors can also make threes, Bobcats lose again

Charlotte Bobcats 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
115 Golden State Warriors
Bismack Biyombo, PF 32 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 14 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -3

Great game for Bismack – he went hard at the basket when he got the ball in the paint, rebounded well (even drew a couple of lose ball fouls on the Warriors, when they got tired of boxing him out), and blocked a couple of shots.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -7

Too many long jumpers for MKG (at this point, my cutoff point is probably 1), but decent game otherwise. As noted during the broadcast, he excels at finishing in the paint and in traffic. The play where he got his layup blocked by Landry, grabbed the rebound and laid it was a good example of his offensive game: Attack, hustle, persevere.

Byron Mullens, C 22 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -14

Byron apparently wants to be Magic Johnson now, as he has taken to looking to make the spectacular pass (frequently into traffic), and it is resulting in turnovers. And he couldn’t buy a jumper tonight, and that was all he was looking for.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 6-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | -13

Kemba had an A for the first half, as he was a large part of why the Bobcats were still in the game midway through. But his second half was very disappointing, as he started forcing things in the offense, driving into traffic without options, and sulking when he didn’t get foul calls, leaving his team to play 4 on 5 on defense.

Gerald Henderson, SG 33 MIN | 8-19 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -9

Like Walker, this grade was better earlier in the game – but for Henderson, his jumper stopped falling, he was still fighting through screens on defense and trying to make life difficult for the Warriors perimeter players.

Hakim Warrick, PF 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -3

This may be the first time I felt Hakim played enough to merit a grade – a solid effort, though he had a couple of wide open jumpers that would have helped had they gone down. He provides a welcome reprieve at times for the Bobcats, as he will post up and drive to the basket, as well as provide an outlet for the guards at the elbow for the spot up jumper.

Brendan Haywood, C 16 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -15

Brendan was a dinosaur in this one, a relic of the past. Golden State is too quick, skilled, and athletic for Brendan function (especially when the Warriors defenders feel free to sag off the Bobcats’ shooters and really pack in the paint).

Ramon Sessions, PG 23 MIN | 4-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | -13

This would be higher, but Ramon’s desire to fight through screens was lacking – he was too willing to bounce off them and lose his man (and give up open shots). With Curry and Thompson on the court, that is trouble. Efficient scoring of his own (and made some threes for himself), but the effort wasn’t there at both ends.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Someone who knows the NBA rule book, please weigh in: What in the world happened at the 4:39 mark of the 3rd quarter? Brendan Haywood is called for a foul on Stephen Curry, as Stephen is passing the ball to a cutting David Lee. Lee gathers the ball on the floor, and then goes up for the dunk. The basket counts, and Curry (not Lee) goes to the line for one more. I just don’t remember seeing that particular call before, because the foul occurred while the pass in route to Lee, not after he shot.
  2. Kind of like Phoenix two nights ago, the Warriors beat the Bobcats from deep, with 14 threes on the night (and shooting better than 50% from deep). The Bobcats have to adjust their defensive strategies to the shooting ability of NBA opposition.
  3. Don’t expect the losing streak to end tonight: The Bobcats are playing their 4th game in 5 nights, and they’re doing so in Denver, which is notoriously difficult for team’s on the second of a back to back (let alone a back to back, day off, back to back).