The first quarter started off well for the Bobcats. Everything seemed to be in rhythm and Charlotte looked like a very focused team. One thing in particular was that newly name started Chris Douglas-Roberts played very well early. CDR hit a three pointer and followed that up with a top of the key jumper. Overall, the Bobcats put themselves in a good position after one.
The second was very back and forth to begin with, but later, the Cats were able to pull away. Great team play gave them a 13 point lead. Charlotte was able to put up 65 points, which is certainly a lot more than normal. The first half is the kind of basketball that we just haven’t seen much on this road trip.
The second half was very different. Mainly because DeMarcus Cousins seemed to be refocused on the task at hand. That and the fact that Al Jefferson was in foul trouble for most of the half, gave Sacramento a slight advantage. That advantage would be held until Al was put back in. He was on a roll, a nice ending to his birthday to say the least.
Grading The Starters:
PG: Kemba Walker: A
-Kemba played great tonight. When Kemba was on the floor, the Bobcats scored 23 more points than the Kings. That +/- was by far the game high.
SG: Gerald Henderson: B
-Nice game from Hendo tonight, as he contributed on and off throughout the game.
SF: Chris Douglas-Roberts: B
-A good performance from first time Bobcats starter CDR. Coach Clifford obviously felt the same way, as he earned playing time in the final moments of the game.
PF: Josh McRoberts: C
-McRoberts play has been off lately, but he’s still contributing. He needs to get back to his aggressive style of offensive play.
C: Al Jefferson: A
-Happy Birthday to Big Al. Al was telling Fox Sports’ Stephanie Ready before the game that he often plays well on his birthday and he certainly did tonight.
Charlotte Sports Blog’s Player Of The Game: Al Jefferson (C)27 points, 9 boards, 2 Steals
The birthday boy had a fantastic day on basketball court in Sacramento tonight. Jefferson consistently hit midrange jump shots with ease and grabbed some key offensive rebounds to help the Bobcats secure a win and a sweep of the season series against the Kings.
In my opinion:
You know what would be great for Charlotte? How about another NBA All Star weekend. Fred Whitfield and soon to be NBA commissioner Adam Silver have spoken about the matter and Silver publically stated that Charlotte would certainly be in the runnings in the upcoming years. A mixture of the return of the Hornets, a competitive team on the floor, and a successful All Star weekend would certainly go a long ways towards putting Charlotte back as one of the NBA’s best cities.
Take a deep breath fans! Put those loses behind you. You have to be encouraged with the way your two best players played in what was for the most part a must win game.
Next Bobcats Game:
This west coast trip is finally over and the Bobcats will soon be back on the east coast. Things don’t get much easier for them as they will only play one game at home before returning to the road. That game will be played on Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards. This will be a key game for Charlotte as the Wizards are currently ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe