Tonight, I forgot there was a game. Apparently, so did the Charlotte Bobcats. That’s a bad joke thousands of people make all the time. I often make it. My dear sweet, long suffering mother often asks, “Are the Bobcats playing tonight?” I respond with the incredibly ingenius “Well, they were scheduled to, but they forgot the playing part,” or something along those lines.
I tuned to the game with about 3 minutes left, thinking “Oh good, it’s Sacramento, they’re in big trouble,” and was quickly stunned to see 76-117. Sacramento gets a lot of attention lately, mostly for being rudderless and lost, whether they’ll be sold and then moved, sold and stay, or just suck forever. They’re playing in a no-name arena in front of a few people. Hell, they made a trade just before the deadline, trading the #5 overall pick, Thomas Robinson to Houston in basically a salary dump. There have only been maybe 6 top 5 picks traded in their rookie year, so this is truly historic rolling over. Still, they put up 119 points against the Bobcats.
I was almost certain this year wouldn’t be like last year but the last few games have proved me wrong. 98-68 loss at the Jazz. 106-84 to the Clippers. Coach Mike Dunlap is saying things like “This one just scooted away from us,” ”Trying to stay upbeat, we have a game tomorrow and it’s all about playing with energy…team basketball.” C’mon man, let’s get serious here.