Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson’s Big Games Were Not Enough for Charlotte Bobcats

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The Charlotte Bobcats looked to get back over .500 tonight against the Boston Celtics but their solid effort came up short as they lost by a final score of 96-86.

The Cats faced off against longtime franchise player Gerald Wallace, as he was one of many key factors that led the Boston to a victory tonight. Wallace has been quiet so far this season but Charlotte could not contain him tonight as he shot 6-10 from the field and had 17 points off the bench.

The Bobcats did a great job on Jeff Green tonight as they often pressured him well on his shot. Green wasn’t even the leading scorer tonight for the C’s as he ended the night with only 13 points on 5-16 shooting.

The main person that Charlotte had trouble guarding was the always-surprising Jordan Crawford. The former Xavier alumni went off tonight with 21 total points, four assists, and five rebounds. Crawford was shooting noticeably well tonight as he also nailed four threes to give Boston the edge. The Celtics had five players in double digits.

As for the Bobcats … it was an average night at best. Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson highlighted the night as they both had 20+ points. Walker was the MVP for the Cats tonight as he had yet another great scoring outing with 28 points on 11-17 shooting. Oh and he also had six rebounds and five assists … you know I’m trying to imply he had another incredible game! Kemba is showing to us that he can be the franchise player that Charlotte needs. As for Henderson, performances like this are giving fans a reason to be proud of having him in the lineup … consistency and solid outings is what makes Hendo such a likeable player.

What led to the Cats loss tonight? Poor offensive rebounding and many turnovers. Don’t think offensive rebounding is all that important? Get a clue. If the Cats grabbed some boards on offense (only nine on the night) they easily could have had a better shot at winning this game. Where was Al Jefferson crashing the boards tonight? Only three rebounds? That is not what Charlotte wants to see from their biggest pickup of the summer.

The Cats had 16 turnovers tonight which clearly cost them a lot of possession with the ball. In what was a rough night for Ramon Sessions (1-7 shooting, five points) he turned the ball over four times in just 19 minutes of play.

Josh McRoberts didn’t see much scoring but he once again proved he could have a balanced attack on the floor. Tonight he had five points, seven rebounds and seven assists. I love what I am seeing from McRoberts, as he clearly has surprised many. Though that stat line doesn’t look huge … it’s what is going to greatly help the Cats win games this season. He is aiding the team in literally every category.

The Cats had a seven-point lead after the first (allowing only 14 points) but the lead slowly diminished as they were then outscored 33-17 in the second. The Celtics didn’t let up and led the Cats for the remainder of the game.

The Bobcats next game is on Wednesday as they go up against the Indiana Pacers at seven p.m. Eastern time

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.

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