Some things are worth forgetting. That one day where not much went your way. An outcome you had no control over or perhaps didn’t really matter. Any song by Coldplay. You know, the things that carry little to no value to you going forward.
If you’re the Charlotte Bobcats, perhaps a 1-4 road trip is something that just might fit that bill. Certainly, a trip that includes two embarrassing blowouts looks a lot like something that should be lit on fire, buried in a 12-foot hole and read several rites of last passage to make sure it never rears it’s ugly head again. As tempting as forgetting all that is, there are some valuable things to be taken from this trip out west.
Before loading up the wagons and heading left on the map, Charlotte showed quite a bit of improvement. A large part of this comes from the philosophy and systems installed by new head coach Steve Clifford. He clearly values defense and that is apparent when watching his team play.
Another reason for the early success? The competition, or lack thereof. Entering January 5th, the East is sporting a winning percentage of .443 to the West’s .556. Even more specifically, in the six games prior to Charlotte’s road trip plus their home game with Oklahoma City, their opponents have a winning percentage of .364. By comparison, the OKC/road trip teams are winning at a .566 clip. That’s a stark difference and a simple reason as to the struggles Charlotte went through on this trip.