Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Mark Price had Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist locked in and ready to go from a shooting perspective on Friday night against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Walker and our boy MKG combined to finish 14-of-26 from the floor for 38 points to go along with seven assists and 10 rebounds.
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They helped Charlotte collectively shoot 57 percent during the first quarter while building a 30-23 lead that the Cavs never really came back from. Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 and 10 in the 90-84 victory, Cody Zeller exacted revenge for younger brothers everywhere by scoring nine points to older brother Tyler's zero and Jeff Adrien blocked an Andrew Bynum shot he's definitely not going to stop bragging about anytime soon.
The Cavaliers would have their chances late, however—but despite monster performances from C.J. Miles and Tristan Thompson—they'd be forced to accept their first lost of the 2013-14 season. The game was ultimately sealed after Walker buried a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, proceeded to dance like Ginuwine in celebration, only to be followed by an airball from Jarrett Jack in response.
The teaching moments began immediately after the game concluded for Mike Brown, though, who offered this quote directed at his starters (via The Plain Dealer).
"Our mental approach from the beginning has to be better. Right now it’s not good, especially at the start of the game. And we’re getting too many ‘my bads.’ And when you get three ‘my bads’ from each individual, it adds up. You can say, ‘my bad,’ but we want to be a championship-level team. We can’t have 15 ‘my bads’ in the first half.'' - Mike Brown
The Good: Tristan Thompson
I was talking with a friend of Tristan Thompson's after the opener on Wednesday night. He said: "You're seeing him use both of those hands right, B? It's not just the left or right, he's coming at people with both hands now and totally comfortable with it."
I mention this because of its fitting description of what Thompson is doing to defenders from an offensive perspective through two games. Last night, for example, he converted a layup with his left hand because that's what the Bobcats' defense gave him on that particular trip. Then he came back later and knocked down a 15-foot jumper with his right hand and Josh McRoberts couldn't do anything to stop it.