Gerald Henderson Wows, Bobcats Hand Wizards’ 18th Road Loss

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Gerald Henderson put on a show on Saturday, doing just about everything (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Again without co-captain Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats took revenge against the Washington Wizards for the previous 33-point loss with a 104-89 win led by Gerald Henderson’s 19 points. And in perhaps the most awesome stat of the young year, four of the five Bobcats’ starters nearly all had a double-double with Henderson and Augustin coming up short by one rebound and one assist, respectively.

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Although Tyrus Thomas had a rough game as he battled the Flu and a healing minor knee strain, this game seemed to say that Bobcats fans should be proud of the young core that’s developing under Paul Silas’ watch. D.J. Augustin led the team in assists with nine and as mentioned above, Gerald Henderson was outstanding on both sides of the ball. This isn’t to say that the older guys didn’t play well. Stephen Jackson had a rough shooting night but poured in 21 points and Boris Diaw had an efficient though casual night, with 11 points on 5-8 shooting. Augustin also added 20 points on 6-11 from the field.

Yays

  • Henderson – He was just great from beginning to end. His mid-range game was on fire and his defense on Nick Young was excellent as well. During the first quarter, Young drove and put up a half-assed shot, which Henderson swallowed whole, blocking it with his forearm. The kid ended the game with the incredible following stat line: 8-11 FG, 3-4 FT, 9 REB (1 OREB), 2 AST, 3 BLK, 1 TO, 19 PTS. Can we give this guy a nickname? I want to call him “The Kid” but KG had that one already. I got a suggestion from @clemsonrebekah of OG, which stands for “Other Gerald.” I like it because it’s short, simple and most importantly, true. Yes, he is the other Gerald on the team, but I mean that he plays similar to Gerald Wallace so the name would be fitting. Do y’all have any other suggestions? Write them in the comments!
  • Augustin – Yeah, I don’t think he’ll ever be a defensive stopper but when he shoots well and distributes like tonight, I’m very much fine with that. He had 9 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 steals and 20 points with 3 treys. I attended the game and from what I saw, D.J. passed well, shot well, and even played John Wall pretty well.
  • Shaun Livingston’s alley-oop dunk – How can people not be happy for this guy? He was a little off tonight but still played pretty solid, especially as a back-up point guard. In his best play of the night, he trailed Jackson on a two-on-one fast-break. Jackson drew the last defender and lobbed up the ball, which Knee Man double-clutched (to gain control of the ball) before flushing it through. I also love his pull-up jumper when he drives. His ability to elevate coupled with his height advantage over other guards allows him to rise and pop, usually with excellent results.
  • Diaw – I know, he didn’t even score that much! But he did frustrate Andray Blatche defensively and he shot efficiently, making the only three he shot ending with 5-8 FG for 11 points. He also continued to impress me as far as his aggressiveness. Too often I see him pass up nice looks but his drives into the paint are getting better. His rebounding is improving as well. Some people really want to trade him ASAP, but I think his skill set complements Tyrus’ pretty well and I think he’d work well in an uptempo offense, like in Phoenix.

Nays

  • Stack Jack – Yes kudos to him for leading the team in scoring with 21 points, but it took 16 shots to get there, only making 6. He also had 4 turnovers, most of which made me wince from the 200 level.

Meh

  • Tyrus Thomas’ shot selection – Tyrus was stymied by Washington’s interior defense, making only two shots out of 13. He miss every shot outside of the paint. However, he gets a pass tonight because he has gotten hit bad with outside problems – he is struggling with the Flu and hasn’t been able to keep food down in two days. And he’s still healing his strained knee. And he saved us against the Timberwolves. So yeah, I’ll keep him out of the “Nays” tonight. Not everyone can play like Michael Jordan with the Flu.

Odds ‘N Ends

  • Yes, um Mexican Don Draper? You can’t guard Javale McGee.
  • A quick note about John Wall: he’s good, and the scary thing is that he has a lot of room to grow. If I were him, I’d be working on my outside jumper a lot. He went 0-5 from deep tonight, despite being wide open on nearly every attempt. If he can start hitting those around 40% of the time, watch out. Perhaps the key to beating this young Wizards team is to keep them off the fast break. Wall is absolutely fantastic zooming down the court, often unstoppable.
  • The last time these two teams met, the Larry Brown-led Bobcats lost by 33 to a John Wall and Gilbert-less Washington team. In both games, the Bobcats were without Gerald Wallace. However, this time, the Bobcats were even more short-handed (Nazr and Diop out) and the Wizards had their full roster (Wall back and now with Rashard Lewis). And yet, the Bobcats won by 15. I know this is only one game, but couldn’t this be the perfect evidence that Larry Brown was just holding back this team? Heck, in that previous Wizards-Bobcats game, Dominic McGuire started and played 21 minutes and ended with zero points. Meanwhile, Gerald Henderson got 15 minutes. This time around, McGuire got 10 minutes off the bench and Henderson started and played 40 minutes.
  • Also, the Wizards are 0-18 on the road. Ouch.

Enjoy the win Bobcats fans. Next up is the Memphis Grizzlies. I think we’ll be OK as long as we don’t beat O.J. Mayo in Boo-Ray.

- Cardboard Gerald

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9 thoughts on “Gerald Henderson Wows, Bobcats Hand Wizards’ 18th Road Loss

  1. chris in u.c.

    It’s looking like this staff of assistants is simply kicking Dave,Phil,Jeff and LaSalle’s a – – ! Wooooooooh !!!

  2. Dr. E

    My overriding thought during this game was how sorry I felt for John Wall and Kirk Hinrich, and any other Wizard player with a pulse and an above average IQ — basketball or otherwise. I can’t tell if there are any others. Maybe Rashard Lewis, but he has a giant fork stuck in his back.

    You can have some dumb, impulsive players, but they have to be outnumbered by enough smart, responsible guys. Maybe if the Wiz could move Blatche it would go a long way towards improving that balance, but I can’t imagine that guy has any trade value.

    As for the Bobcats, pretty good game. Despite being without Gerald Wallace, and with Tyrus Thomas still slumping, they handled the Wiz fairly easily. Henderson really was fantastic. It’s games like these that make you think another (meaningless?) trip to the playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed is within reach.

    Can’t believe you didn’t comment on Livingston’s highlight of the game — that ankle breaking spin and layup in the lane in the fourth quarter. Thing of beauty.

    • The Wizards should give Blatche to the Blazers, Magic, or Rockets for cheap. He needs a change of scenery, and another organization to help him progress as a (pro) player. McGee would be best served with some smart, veteran players or a big man coach that could put him on track to tap into his athletic potential.

      How can Flip Saunders coach this squad? On paper it looks decent with Wall, Hinrich, Lewis, Yi, and McGee. Maybe they just need a “go to guy” in a shooting guard? Kinda like how the Cats needed Jackson. You would think that Rashard Lewis could fill that role, considering the cash they’re paying him. But, I guess you can’t buy some of those instincts.

  3. Great to see Henderson play with determination, and see his shots fall. All of the talk about confidence seems to make some sense with these young guys. DJ, Tyrus, and Henderson all seem to play well after a few minutes getting comfortable with the flow on the court.

    DJ and Shaun burned the Wizards all game. Kirk Hinrich made some good shots from long-range, but it wasn’t like we controlled the game like Augustin. I’m sure John Wall will improve, as his team gets better. Still, I didn’t feel like I was watching a special kind of player. It wasn’t like seeing Derrick Rose, Steph Curry, or even Tyreke Evans in their rookie games

    I’ve got to get something out about the “casual” bit about Diaw. It seems like we all have assumed that the stories of Boris playing nonchalant are always the case, and must be reiterated as a counter to every good performance by the Frenchman.

    Last night, Boris played incredible defense against Blatch and McGee. Both are younger, bigger, and faster than Diaw. Yet, he made them look foolish at times and rarely let them get to their spots on the floor. Even when the Wizards got him to switch on the pick and roll, he was able to stay with Wall and block his shot, or deflect the pass attempts. We even got to see him run the floor and dunk last night. So, his double-double and strong defense should excuse him from the “casual” tag for at least this one game. Thanks for noting his work on the boards, as well.

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