- The Charlotte Bobcats got a welcome return last night, as Kemba Walker returned from his ankle injury for the team’s matchup with the Golden State Warriors in Oracle. And with Kemba back and another monster game from Al Jefferson, the Bobcats surprised everyone and cruised to a 91-75 win. Kemba didn’t shoot well (3-11), but had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Big Al stepped up to lead the way, however, finishing with 30 points and 13 boards on the night. It was his fourth 30+ point game in the team’s last five. Getting Kemba back is a huge boost for this Bobcats team. They were actually 5-3 in his absence, thanks to Jefferson playing some of the best ball of his life, but having Kemba back gives them another scoring option on offense, allows Ramon Sessions to go back to leading the bench unit, and gives them a safety net for nights Jefferson isn’t scoring 30+ points. With the win last night they’re now a game and a half up on Detroit for the eighth seed in the East.
- Kevin Love had a huge night again last night, following up his 43 point, 19 rebound performance against the Hawks on Saturday with a 31 point, 17 rebound night in the Timberwolves win against the Lakers. He also took a nasty fall late in the 4th quarter, but was able to stay in the game. Love’s been unreal lately, averaging 32.6 points and 14.8 rebounds a night over the T’Wolves’ last five games. If there were any concerns about him returning from injury this year, he’s surely erased those completely. Despite his efforts, Minnesota is still three and a half games back of a playoff spot in the brutally tough West.
Here’s his fall and highlights from his performance.
- Even without Rose and Deng, the Bulls keep finding ways to get wins. Last night they stifled the Suns, holding them to 38% shooting, and picked up a 101-92 victory on the road. The Bulls got another nice night out of D.J. Augustin, who continues to play well and had four different players score over 15 points, but none score 20. Even with a negative point differential, Chicago has battled their way to .500 (24-24) and will likely earn themselves a playoff spot. Even if fans may want them to do so, this team is never going to tank – especially with Thibodeau in charge.
- Speaking of Thibodau…
- You can thank @HPBasketball for that video.