The Charlotte Bobcats snapped an 18-game losing streak on Monday, by somehow topping the Chicago Bulls – on the road. I know Derrick Rose still isn’t back, but when five of Charlotte’s wins on the whole year are at home and just three are on the road, you have to stop and take notice.
Then again, after you lose so much for so long, you’re bound to trip and fall on a ‘W’ eventually, right?
Not if you asked me prior to the game. In fact, I had the Bobcats cracking 20 straight losses, and at one point pondered whether it was possible for them to go all of January without a win.
Unfortunately, that’s still a possibility. The good news for now, however, is that an awful losing streak is over, and even though it seemed like it’d never come, the Bobcats can actually get a winning streak going.
The likelihood actually increases dramatically with an equally bad Cleveland Cavaliers squad (7-26) coming into town Friday night.
Let’s take a closer look at the matchup as we try to figure out if Charlotte can get their ninth win of the season and second in a row:
1. The Point – Edge: Cavaliers
This one really comes down to Kyrie Irving versus Kemba Walker. As good as Walker has played over the course of his second season, we all have to agree he’s nowhere close to Irving as a complete point guard. Irving isn’t quite a finished product yet either, but he’s further advanced than Walker, and he’s a better point guard and arguably a better defender. Cleveland’s depth isn’t quite there with Charlotte, but from a talent stand-point the get the nod here.