Michael Kidd-Gilchrist demonstrated his ability to shoot and rebound on Friday night for the Charlotte Bobcats against the Miami Heat. Now, all the Bobcats need to do is work on their defense against the 3-point shot.
Kidd-Gilchrist has apparently been hearing the whispers that he’s had a disappointing rookie season. Considering the expectations placed upon him, it hasn’t been a great season. Friday night, he lived up to his expectations a little better in a 89-79 loss to the Heat, who were playing without LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.2 points, 5.8 boards and 1.5 assists per game. He’d love to get into double figures for his scoring average, but is running out of time. He’s averaging less than 26 minutes a game and needs to get that up.
Against Miami, he saw 37 minutes of action and Kidd-Gilchrist shot 7-of-17 from the floor, 4-of-4 from the line for 18 points and brought 10 rebounds. As a team, the Bobcats were 28-of-88 from the floor for 31.8 percent and 3-of-16 in 3-pointers for 18.8 percent. That’s not going to win ballgames for anybody.
However, the Miami defense also allowed the Heat to shoot 13-of-33 in 3-pointers. The 3-point shot. The Bobcats are 29th in the NBA in defense against the 3-point shot and give up a league-worst 8.8 on 3s per game.
When the Bobcats allow an opponent to make 10 or more 3-pointers, they are 2-30. It doesn’t matter how many points and rebounds Kidd-Gilchrist collects. Just think what the Heat might have done if both James and Wade were in the Miami lineup.