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Warriors fight off charging Bobcats

Golden State Warriors 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
96 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 33 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -8

Solid night for Bismack – good work on the boards and defensively (though he continues to bite on every head fake), but he bobbled a couple of offensive rebounds away and offensive opportunities (bobble leading to a defensive recovery). And he went from B- to C+ for the turnover at the end of the third quarter – which turned into an open jumper (and basket) for Jarrett Jack.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 33 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -1

Taylor couldn’t get his shots to go down and he got made to look bad on defense a couple of times.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 34 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +6

Yeah – I’m giving him the A+, even in a losing effort. MKG did a great job of attacking the basket and rebounds all game long, helping the Bobcats extend possessions on offense by turning defensive rebounds for Golden State into lose balls and doing the same on Golden State offensive rebounds. He just hustles and scraps all over the court, and the Bobcats really benefit. His +/- numbers won’t look great tonight, because he was matched up (and got handled by) with David Lee for a stretch, and he just doesn’t have the bulk for that yet.

Byron Mullens, C 29 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -13

What to say about Byron? It was an up and down performance for him tonight – he had me (and most everyone else) shaking my head after a couple of plays in the first half: Mullens takes a three from top of the floor, and let’s David Lee go deep for layups at the other end after the miss has been rebounded (and even gave a soft foul for the and-1 on one of them). But Byron also posted up more tonight and scored a few buckets around the basket, plus even managed to force a tough jumper for a miss by Stephen Curry late in the game on a switch following a screen.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 6-16 FG | 9-12 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 24 PTS | +2

Strong offensive performance by Kemba, as he helped the Bobcats get back in this game after falling behind by 20. At the same time, he was part of the defense that led Stephen Curry have a very nice game – too often, I’ll see Kemba get really stuck on a screen, forcing his teammates to have to rotate and cover. Is anyone out there tracking that, to see if I’m just suffering perception bias?

DeSagana Diop, C 14 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2

Diop had one nice block, rebounded well enough, and did little else..aside from inspire this mean/funny tweet:

Ramon Sessions, PG 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | +2

Sessions was 1 for 6 inside of the 3-point line, to go along with the 4 of 4 from the stripe. His early season exploits of killing teams in the paint has evaporated for the time being – and the Bobcats could really use that magic returning. The 2 made threes saved his evening – but that’s still not his game.

Ben Gordon, SG 15 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -5

Gordon was a spark off the bench tonight – and for the right team. A couple of forced shot s, but that’s what Ben does, and when they’re going in, you just live with it.

Three Things We Saw

  1. More than once during the game, I harrumphed at my tv, frustrated by the Bobcats’ inability to start working early in the shot clock. Too often, it felt that were only finally ready to start their offense (be it a post-up or screen and roll) with less than 10 seconds on the shot clock, and it led to forced shots and turnovers.

    I need to check to see if the Bobcats lead the league in shot clock violations, because it would not surprise me one bit.

  2. Another mean/funny tweet I had to pass along:

  3. This was true – the Bobcats had a very bad first quarter, and another bad third quarter. But, then in the fourth, they slowed the Warriors down and started forcing turnovers, getting back in the game. Stretches like that make it seem like Dunlap’s philosophy and system can work, given the right personnel are on the court and more time to adopt it. We shall see.