The Bobcats played one of the two teams, the Bucks being the other, that they have to beat to have any chance of getting into the playoffs this year. Well, after being totally dominated by the Pacers in the second half, I think it is safe to say these ‘Cats are not going to the playoffs this year. The first half ended with Charlotte behind by one point but the second half was totally controlled by Indiana. The Pacers outscored the Bobcats 57-34 after halftime.
The Pacers shot better than the Bobcats, 53.2%-44.4%, controlled the boards against the ‘Cats, 37-28, and had one less turn-over than the Bobcats, 11-12, and they did this against Charlotte on their home court. It is not even important, as far as the playoffs go, for the ‘Cats to keep games close – they had to win, but fell miserably short. The loss puts the Bobcats three games behind the Pacers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The one good thing the Bobcats can take from this game is the five players they had that scored in double figures. When a team struggles to put up points, like the ‘Cats do, then diverse scoring can only be a good thing.
The Good: The game ended.
The Bad: The game started.
The Ugly: Everything between the Bad and the Good.
Next Game: The Bobcats versus the Celtics, Friday March 25, 7:30 pm EST