February 14, 2011
Bobcats Provide A Glimpse Of What They Can Be
It's really tough to explain, this grip the Bobcats have on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Some of it is scheduling. The Lakers usually make their one visit to Charlotte near the end of a long road trip when they're worn down after taking big shots from other teams. By the time they've rolled into Charlotte, the trip has become a grind and, to be fair, facing the Bobcats isn't the same as facing the Celtics in Boston.
But given their NBA championship pedigree, you'd think the Lakers would have more success than they have against the Bobcats.
They looked enormously frustrated Monday night and credit the Bobcats for creating that frustration. The Bobcats knew what they wanted to do and did it, right down to holding Bryant to 20 rather routine points.
Now, it's entirely possible the Bobcats could backslide next week when they host Toronto and Sacramento after the All-Star break but, even if they lose in Chicago Tuesday night, the Bobcats can feel good about where they are entering their short vacation.
When they get everyone going like they did against the Lakers, they're formidable. You can count on what you're going to get from Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson. Shaun Livingston is on a very nice roll and Boris Diaw responded with a big game.
Gerald Henderson can be dynamic and Nazr Mohammed is a classic pro. Throw in Eduardo Najera's toughness, a trait Paul Silas loves, and get D.J. Augustin's confidence back where it was and the Bobcats can be a playoff team.
The catch is they have a small margin for error. In the grand scheme of things, what happened to the Lakers here probably won't matter much to them down the road. For the Bobcats, though, it's a glimpse of what they can be.
-- Ron Green Jr
Posted by Observer Sports on February 14, 2011 at 10:32 PM | Permalink
The Lakers played their 7th game in 9 days, im sure that had some effect making the Cats look like the 95 Bulls.
Posted by: dan | Feb 15, 2011 12:15:32 AM
Stop making excuses for the Fakers dan. Great win Cats. We all know what you are capable of when everything starts clicking. Hopefully this will continue.
Posted by: D.W.G. | Feb 15, 2011 6:38:06 AM
5th game in 9 days dan.
Posted by: russ | Feb 15, 2011 7:52:43 AM
Maybe Gerald and Jack could use some of those putrid yellow jerseys that the wannabes always show up in to wash their cars over the all star break.
Posted by: Claydog | Feb 15, 2011 7:56:30 AM
This is one of those mysteries of the sports universe that don't make much sense. Still, saying this is what the Bobcats could be is much different than realizing what they are. I want our team to do well, but they'll never be what they could be until they win the games they should win 89% of the time, mixed in with some victories like we've seen recently (Celts, Hawks, Lakers). If they hope to reach the playoffs they need 1 significant trade to get a consistent post player versus a 1 in 6 games producer like Diaw. They may also need to decide on Wallace or Jax and trade the other for a SG who can be a future go-to player (preferrably one that shoots closer to 50% than 35% from the field).
Posted by: Bassman | Feb 15, 2011 8:22:40 AM
Out of curiosity, how many Bobcat's made the All Star Team? The west is surely going to win with Pop as coach :)
Posted by: TeddyN | Feb 15, 2011 11:29:53 AM
Making the All-Star team is a bit of a joke in some cases like Yao Ming being a starter.
Posted by: Bob | Feb 15, 2011 12:02:06 PM
This is CHARLOTTE, NC NOT LOS ANGELES, NC!Go home or get off the observer you fake LA fans who have no ties to the city or to the team. GO CATS! Let the excuses roll, you all won't get out of the 2nd round of the west!
Posted by: jw317 | Feb 15, 2011 12:12:37 PM
Anybody see that block on Kobe last night?
Right down his throat!
Bryant looked like Stephen Jackson on an off night. I'm surprised he did not foul out or get tossed.
Posted by: Courtside | Feb 15, 2011 1:05:45 PM
On any given night, any given team can beat a team such as the Lakers. It doesn't matter how many games the Lakers have played in X amount of nights. That's an issue that all teams face, so what? The Bobcats routinely beat them. That's great. For the Bobcats. Kobe is a sore loser. His fans have created a monster. His time will run out and someone else will take his place. It is what is, a win for the Bobcats. On to he next one for both teams.
Posted by: digal704 | Feb 15, 2011 2:15:40 PM
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