Don't Make Me Use The Bat
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Afflalo ( B ) -- scored enough to take a little pressure of Cuz, competed well, and kept the ball moving. Playing like an entirely respectable roleplayer right now.
Cousins ( A+ ) -- ok, look, just kicked the crud out of the Hornets' interior people, on the second night of a back to back, against a team that was 15-8 on its home floor, never appeared to tire, and made the big game winning plays down the stretch. But he did get a double technical for getting into it with Hawes, so, somewhere between a D and C I think.
Koufos ( D+ ) -- not sure this was hate worthy, but restricted to basically playing against Hibbert as the only non-wussy 3pt shooter amongst Charlotte "bigs", and didn't show very well + we weren't great in his time.
Temple ( C- ) -- just not going well right now, and if he wasn't Garret Temple and we actually needed his offense, might even deserve a lower grade than this. Didn't really slow either guard, didn't hit his shots, and we again actually were better with our dual-mini PG set.
Collison ( B- ) -- gave us 17 points as his scoring run continued. Also gave us 0 rebs and all of 22 assists on a night when everybody else was moving the ball beautifully. lost control of Kemba in the 3rd in a big way, but otherwise held his own.
Barnes ( D ) -- missed all his shots, took his eye of the ball for a turnover, got overwhelmed at the rim. But did grab a few boards and mostly kept the ball moving.
Tolliver ( A- ) -- after some bad empty games earlier on the trip, really found a comfort zone against a Charlotte team who's bigs all play like him. Missed his first couple, then locked in from 3, and showed much more attention and effort on the glass than normal.
Lawson ( B ) -- got in the lane and collapsed the Hornets defense, and was a major reason why Willie had the night he had. Gap in creativity between he and Collison rarely so evident, but on the other hand only got off a couple of his Lawson special shots.
Richardson ( C ) -- had a couple of those confident mature little plays again with a nice pass and drive, and on and off made nice defensive plays. But it was the "off" on defense that likely shortened hsi night, as he lost Belinelli several times
Cauley Stein ( A- ) -- 13pts in 14 minutes, mostly just outrunning Hornets to the rim, but also adding in a midrange jumper. Not perfect, and a -11 in his 14 minutes is somewhat concerning and not being comfortable chasing guys out to the 3pt line did matter. But stil, this is WCS and he had a real impact scoring off the bench as a big man for us.