The Bobcats have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Orlando. The ‘Cats were once again playing without the injured Stephen Jackson, but Gerald Henderson shined with a 32 point night for Charlotte. The Bobcats had four starters, DJ Augustine the lone exception, score in double figures. Surprisingly, offense was not the problem for Charlotte as they shot a reasonable 46.4% from the floor and an outstanding 90% from the free throw line. They could not stop an Orlando team that shot 53.9% from the field. The loss does leave the ‘Cats fan base looking toward the draft now that the playoff hunt is officially dead.
Dante Cunningham also had a big night as a starter for the ‘Cats with a solid double-double, 16 points and 10 boards. He, along with DJ White, periodically show outstanding potential and he is making a statement that the Bobcats need to re-sign him. Both Cunningham and White came to Charlotte in last-minute trades before the deadline this year. They are young players that show solid potential.
The loss leaves the ‘Cats’ fan base looking to the future, with the draft as the only surprise left. Charlotte would have the ninth pick if the season ended today but the Bobcats still have four games to play; so draft positioning, along with the lottery odds, remains a mystery.
The Good: Solid offensive output.
The Bad: Poor defense.
The Ugly: Lack of leadership.
Next Game: The Bobcats versus the Heat, Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm EDT