Sunday, April 20, 2014

Post-game Playoff Marks - Bobcats Game One

Courtesy: Issac Baldizon/NBAE
Heat win 99-88. Lead series 1-0.
LeBron James -- 29 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast -- B+
The King got to work early by being aggressive and attacking the basket.  After scoring 61 last time out against the Bobcats, MKG made it a little tougher on Lebron this time around.  It was no 61 point performance, but it was an all-around good game for Lebron.  After halftime, he started to settle for jumpers, and when he did drive he forced some questionable shots.  He shot well from beyond the arc knocking down four three-pointers.

Dwyane Wade -- 23 pts, 1 reb, 5 ast -- A
W.o.W., No really, WOW.  You know it's a good day when Dwyane Wade knocks down a three-pointer.  Wade looked healthy and spry cutting to the basket and defending well.  He played very sharp and was very efficient shooting 10-of-16 from the field.  A healthy Dwyane Wade could be huge for this playoff run.  Playoff opponents beware.

Chris Bosh -- 13 pts, 4 reb, 0 ast -- C-
Bosh was invisible for much of the first half as he didn't score until there were four minutes left in the second quarter.  He attempted to put the Charlotte Bobcats on his latest poster but his dunk attempt clanked off the rim.  He knocked down two three's, but his midrange game wasn't working.  However, when he realized his shot wasn't falling, he did attack the basket and get to the line.

Point Guard Play -- 14 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast -- B+
Norris Cole was off the snide, at least for this game.  He attacked the basket and was knocking down jumpshots.  Mario Chalmers did terrific driving the lane and either scoring or dishing the ball back outside.  When Chalmers is aggresive, the offense looks very good with the ball moving quickly.

Miami Heat -- B
The defense was stuck in regular season mode during the first quarter.  There really hasn't been an answer for Al Jefferson besides him getting injured.  The Heat's defense wasn't necessarily good after the first quarter, the Bobcats offense was just that bad.  It's nice to see James Jones getting quality minutes as he is one of the best shooters in the league.  Today is the first time I've seen him even miss a three-pointer in a game.  Birdman played well flying around and making plays.  He really impacted the game posting the highest plus-minus of anyone on the team (+28).

Courtesy: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE
Chris Douglas-Roberts Hair -- F-
As the Bobcats have not been on national TV in over 2 years, I have not been afforded the opportunity to see CDR's latest look.  It looks like someone cut the end off of a mop and set it on his head and he has to part it down the middle cause he can't see.

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