You didn’t read the headline wrong. Kemba Walker didn’t play at all in fourth quarter for the Charlotte Bobcats in their narrow loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It wasn’t like he had a bad game up to that point; He scored 11 points on 50 percent shooting and had five assists and three rebounds.
For whatever reason, though, Mike Dunlap decided to stick with a guard laden lineup of Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson the entire fourth quarter.
Gordon didn’t disappoint, scoring a number of his 27 points in the final frame.
Henderson can’t be faulted. He had a big bucket that tied the game late, and went four-of-five from behind the arc.
Ramon Sessions had a wonderful night from the free-throw stripe going 12-12, but he made just four of his 11 field goals and had one more assist than Walker despite playing 11 more minutes than him.
I’m not going to pick sides or bring down Sessions, because he did play well, but it’s going to be hard for Dunlap to go to sleep tonight knowing that he kept his best player on the bench THE ENTIRE FOURTH QUARTER.
All of the team statistics were nearly even and both squads had multiple double-figure scorers.
Cleveland, though, had it’s star point guard in the game during crunch time and he scored 16 of his team’s final 18 points.
Charlotte had it’s rising star point guard on the bench for the final 15 minutes of the game.