So, Just when we all give up hope and start concerning ourselves with potential lottery picks more than a possible playoff berth, the Bobcats do the unthinkable and climb back into the race for the final spot. Last night’s victory against the Knicks in conjunction with Friday’s inexplicable short-handed win against the Celtics and a loss by the Indiana Pacers ( thank you Detroit ) have positioned the Cats 1 game out of the 8th spot with 10 games left to play. The Pacers hold the tiebreaker, but still this is more than we could have possibly hoped for considering the position we were in just a week ago.
Looking at last night’s game, the Knicks offered no defensive resistance. The Bobcats put up 64 points in the first half and followed that up with another 50 in the second half. The Bobcats are not an offensive juggernaut by any conceivable stretch of the imagination, so to give up 114 points last night shows that they have some severe defensive problems with their squad. The Knicks allowed the Bobcats to have 8 players reach double figure scoring. Boris Diaw (wait… what???) led the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding with 20 points and 8 rebounds. If we can get Boris to have more than one of these performances per month then we may be on to something.
TheKnicksBlog.com sums up their situation following the loss:
There were points during this game where the Knicks made Kwame Brown look like Andrew Bogut, DJ Augustin look like Steve Nash and Shaun Livingston look like Kobe Bryant. There were points during this game where the Knicks practically opened the door to the lane and checked their opponents’ coats right at the rim. It seemed that the Knicks almost tried ot make it that easy for the Bobcats.
In all honesty, we’re just thankful that they brought their problems to Charlotte last night. The Bobcats are going to need each and every break that they can get if they are going to maintain any hopes of getting that 8th seed.
Next up for the Bobcats is a critical matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. For these last 10 games of the regular season, I don’t think its a stretch to say that every win is a “must win”