(Photo Courtesy of Robert Lahser of the Charlotte Observer)
First and foremost, let’s all take a moment to remember, once more, that Kemba Walker is really, really competitive. This is a guy that let a youth-filled UCONN team to a national championship, and took the nation by storm in the process. So it came as no surprise to me that he was able to light up the Nets for 31 points. He did so off of 12-20 shooting, which leads me to believe that he’s beginning to get out of his recent shooting cold-spell that he’s been in since his shoulder injury against New York a while ago. Kemba was doing many Kemba things--driving the ball with great intensity, absorbing contact, floating in the air for his pull-up jumper—and it’s a thing of beauty when he’s in rhythm. It makes it easy to see why he’s the player that the front office wants to build around. Kemba finished the game with 5 rebounds and 2 assists, which really shows just how much the team relies on his scoring on most nights. I’d love to see Kemba become more of a distributor on offense as it would help the offense operate more fluidly, but considering how terrible the Bobcats shooting is (31% from the 3pt line, and 40% overall from the field), you can’t really blame Kemba for averaging fewer than 5 assists per game on the season.