The 2012-13 NBA season has begun. We’re two days in, and all we know is that the Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 and stink and that the Rockets might have made the best trade of all-time after landing James Harden.
Okay, well maybe that’s a knee-jerk reaction. The Lakers haven’t looked great, but it’s still very early and their team is mostly new and hasn’t spent much time together. And as for Harden, his sick 37 points, 12 assists and six rebound line surely made the trade and huge contract worth while for one night. But it remains to be seen if he’s worth everything Houston gave up in the long run.
Again, things we kind of know, but really don’t know at all. And that’s the NBA for you. Which is precisely why we’re going to scour our Charlotte Bobcats 2012 November schedule in order to cement in their fate before it even happens.
Actually, the hope is that we’re way on the under, and that the Bobcats exceed expectations. Like we’ve seen after just two days, it’s a crazy NBA, and you just don’t know. Here’s a quick breakdown of every November game and our “on paper” prediction for the first month of Bobcats ball:
1. 11/2/2012 vs. Indiana Pacers – Loss (0-1)
Indiana is a well built and well coached team. They play great defense and move the ball well on offense. Charlotte might make it difficult being that the game is at home, but the Bobcats will inevitably start the season 0-1.
2. 11/3/2012 @ Dallas Mavericks – Win (1-1)
Dallas has no Dirk, so I’m calling a shocker here. The Bobcats probably aren’t a match for Darren Collison at the point right now, but otherwise actually matchup decently with the scrap-heap that is the rest of the Mavericks.
3. 11/7/2012 vs. Phoenix Suns – Loss (1-2)
Phoenix runs the floor very well and has more than a couple guys who can make the Bobcats pay. Goran Dragic will run circles on Sessions and Walker and Marcin Gortat and Lusic Scola will own the paint. Charlotte won’t be able to keep up offensively.
4. 11/9/2012 @ New Orleans Hornets – Win (2-2)
Charlotte gets back to .500 again here, as the Hornets will still likely be without Eric Gordon their youth could have them losing a ton of close games. Walker or Ben Gordon hit a game-winner in this one.
5. 11/10/2012 vs. Dallas Mavericks – Loss (2-3)
Dirk still won’t be back, but we all know the Mavs are the better team. They’ll pay Charlotte back for the home loss earlier in the month with a crushing defeat here.
6. 11/13/2012 vs. Washington Wizards – Win (3-3)
Another date with .500 ball. Even though it’s early in the year, we’ll take it. John Wall should still be out and the Wizards are a rough bunch. This could actually be a game where Charlotte dominates on both ends.
7. 11/14/2012 @ Minnesota Timberwolves – Win (4-3)
Am I being a bit overly optimistic here? Maybe, but I think we kind of have to be. Still, logic also rules here, as Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio remain out when this contest rolls around. Minnesota is still more talented, but their go-to play-makers and scorers are gone, so they can be knocked off.
8. 11/17/2012 vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Loss (4-4)
Memphis is a well constructed playoff team. Charlotte does not matchup well with this team in any area. It should be a Grizzlies rout.
9. 11/19/2012 vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Win (5-4)
Dear God, we’re above .500. I know it sounds crazy, but I can see it happening. The Bucks play good defense and are starting to turn into a better offensive team, but they also fall victim to horribly bad shooting nights and are one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. Charlotte catches them on an off day at home.
10. 11/21/2012 vs. Toronto Raptors – Loss (5-5)
A year ago I’d give the Bobcats a win here, but Kyle Lowry is going to make this team tough to beat every night. Andre Bargani correctly playing as a four now instead of a five makes them tough inside, as well.
11. 11/23/2012 vs. Atlanta Hawks – Loss (5-6)
It was fun while it lasted, but Charlotte drops back to where they’re used to here – playing below .500 ball. Atlanta is too athletic and just too big across the board.
12. 11/24/2012 @ Washington Wizards – Win (6-6)
This might be Charlott’e last chance to get to .500 in November, so they’ll have to take advantage of it. With Wall still out, they can get past the Wizards for the second time this month.
13. 11/26/2012 @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Loss (6-7)
It’d be amazing if the Bobcats were at this point and built confidence, and stepped in and shocked the Thunder. But it’s not going to happen.
14. 11/28/2012 @ Atlanta Hawks – Loss (6-8)
Again, Atlanta is just way better than them physically right now, and their depth will take over in the end.
15. 11/30/2012 vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Loss (6-9)
The 76ers are a lot like the Pacers, so after game one we’ll have an idea of how they’ll match up here. On paper, it doesn’t look like a very competitive game. Philly is in sync on defense and if Andrew Bynum is back by this time, well, you can forget about it.
Overall, I think I’m being a tad optimistic, but the Bobcats did make some nice additions that could help a sorry team take a positive step forward this season. If they can sit at 6-9 at the end of November, I’m chalking it up as a successful month. The real trick is if they can keep that momentum going and avoid long losing streaks.