The Bobcats got off to a rough start early. Very sloppy play on the offensive end led to just four points from Charlotte through the first four minutes of play. Kemba Walker was the only one who really showed up to play early as he accounted for the team's first 8 points. Gerald Henderson and Kidd-Gilchrist both committed sloppy turnovers that led to New Orleans points. Finally, at the 3:49 mark, someone not named Kemba Walker found the bottom of the nets, as Ramon Sessions hit two free throws. The Bobcats found themselves down 33-15 at the end of one thanks in large part to the play of Anthony Davis. Davis scored 15 shooting four of five from the field and six of six from the line in the first. He quickly reminded Charlotte how unlucky they were by getting the second overall pick instead of the first in the 2012 NBA draft lottery.
The ‘Cats came out strong early in the second quarter, but were never able to sustain a comeback as they were down 45-27 just about half way through. McRoberts scored for the first time in 6 quarters as he drained a three from the top of the key. That three cut the lead down to 15. However, the Pelicans quickly retaliated and forced Coach Clifford to call a timeout to try and rally the troops. McRoberts continued his enthusiastic play as he delivered a touchdown like pass to MGK who converted with the lay in. He then converted at the free throw line after being fouled underneath. Anthony Davis’s alley-oop from Tyreke Evans was perfect closure to a first half where the Bobcats were outplayed by the Pelicans. The teams headed into the locker room with New Orleans holding a 56-41 lead.
The third quarter started off rough with two quick turnovers. Gerald Henderson committed one by not being able to inbound the ball within 5 seconds from the sideline. This sloppy play led to a mass substitution where Clifford substituted all five of his starters out. One of the bench players that came in was guard Ben Gordon. Gordon tallied his first bucket of the year within 30 seconds of his first playing time of the new season. The decision of in bringing the second unit in early in the third was clearly beneficial. This set a statement that the starters play early in the third was not going to be tolerated. The backups, who finished most of the third quarter, were not able to cut into the Pelicans lead. New Orleans held a 15 point lead at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter was just the icing on the cake for the Pelicans who controlled the game the whole way. The Bobcats were flat the whole game and this one was pretty much over half way through the second period. For New Orleans, this was their first win of the year with a group of players that show tremendous promise. When forward Ryan Anderson returns from his injury, the Pelicans will only improve. They were on a mission to get their first win tonight and they did just that.
Grading The Starters:
PG: Kemba Walker - 14 PTS | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 TO | 27 MIN: C-
Although Kemba got off to a hot start, his performance was very underwhelming as he failed to record an assist on the night.
SG: Gerald Henderson - 7 PTS | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 TO | 27 MIN: D
Gerald didn’t do much of anything in this game. In fact, most of his points came when the game was already decided. Henderson looked very sloppy on both sides of the ball tonight.
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - 3 PTS | 1 AST | 3 REB | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 MIN: D
In limited minutes, MGK was not productive as his stat line shows. On the night, Kidd-Gilchrist helped confirm that the difference between the first and second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was drastic.
PF: Josh McRoberts - 9 PTS | 2 AST | 6 REB | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 MIN: B
In McRobert’s limited minutes, he looked good despite playing a surprisingly limited number of minutes. He was our most consistent starter tonight. However, that’s not saying much.
C: Bismack Biyombo - 0 PTS | 0 AST | 6 REB | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 26 MIN: Incomplete
Biyombo never ceases to amaze us as far as his offensive abilities go, which are non existent. It is baffling to think that a man can play 26 minutes and not even really contribute.
Player of The Game: Anthony Davis (F)
Davis played like an all-star tonight. If he continues this kind of play throughout the year, he will certainly find his way on the Western Conference's roster. The 2014 All Star game is ironically held in New Orleans this year, so that should help his case.
Next Bobcats Game:
The Bobcats will look to bounce back Tuesday night as they will travel to the big city and face the Knicks. Game Time is later than usual at 7:30 PM.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe