But Kidd-Gilchrist had an impressive performance Friday night that should be somewhat heartening for himself and the coaching staff. He played against a very good New York Knicks squad that has plenty of incentive for winning games, especially getting the No 2 seed in the Eastern Conference against the Indiana Pacers.
The Bobcats also faced a squad that was led by J.R. Smith and his 37 points plus Carmelo Anthony with 13 first quarter points and 32 total points.
Kidd-Gilchrist, who played his high school ball in New Jersey, scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. He was 6-of-11 from the floor. He did it nonchalantly, but those totals represent more aggressiveness and intensity than from previous games.
The Bobcats did try having Kidd-Gilchrist on Smith at one time, but perhaps no one in the NBA could have stopped him this particular night.
The Bobcats have the league’s worst defense, giving up 109.1 points per 100 possessions. They allowed 69 first half points, which isn’t going to win many games.
Kidd-Gilchrist needs to focus on playing good defense. Chances are that this by itself will help his offense.
He’s near 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. These are modest figures for a rookie, but down for someone with his credentials coming out of college. His minutes have been up in recent games and he’s been playing more when he’s scored more. He played 31 minutes against the Knicks and also had 13 points in a loss to the Miami Heat when he was 5-of-8 from the floor in 31 minutes. His shooting is 45.2 percent for the season.