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March 04, 2014

Comparing schedules for the Bobcats, Hawks, Pistons and Cavs in race for last 2 Eastern Conference playoff spots

As of Monday night the Charlotte Bobcats were still in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but now they’re just percentage points ahead of the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks.

            The Bobcats are now three games behind the sixth-place Brooklyn Nets and 6 ½ games ahead of the tenth-place New York Knicks. So this is sizing up as a four-team race for the last two playoff spots between the Bobcats, Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers.

            Comparing those four teams’ remaining schedules:

Bobcats: 12 home games/10 road games. Remaining games against teams with .500 or better records: 11 (Indiana, Memphis, Washington 3 times, Minnesota, Brooklyn twice, Portland, Houston, Chicago)

Hawks: 13 home games/11 road games. Remaining games against teams with .500 or better records: 13 (Portland twice, Golden State, LA Clippers, Toronto twice, Phoenix, Minnesota, Washington, Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn, Miami)

Pistons: 8 home games/13 road games. Remaining games against teams with .500 or better records: 12 (Chicago twice, Minnesota, Toronto twice, Indiana twice, Phoenix, Clippers, Miami, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City)

Cavs: 11 home games/10 road games. Remaining games against teams with .500 or better records: 11 (San Antonio#, Phoenix, Golden State, LA Clippers, Miami, Oklahoma City, Houston, Toronto, Brooklyn twice, Indiana)

Posted by Observer Sports on March 4, 2014 at 02:36 PM | Permalink


The Cavs are the best of the bunch if they can get it together.

Posted by: Mike T | Mar 4, 2014 4:25:09 PM

This is gonna be a close race til the end. Big game for us on Friday.

Posted by: TheReal JD | Mar 4, 2014 7:59:32 PM

the cavs might have had a 50 win season if they had hired ANYBODY other than mike brown.

how that guy ever got jobs is beyond me. you remember how people used to talk about phil jackson like he couldn't win without MJ, and then it was without shaq, and then it was look he isn't winning and then everybody shut the eff up after he went to the finals 3 times with kobe and pau......

mike brown coached lebron for HOW MANY YEARS and had kobe and pau after phil and then even had the megateam that was supposed to be last year's lakers before they ran him off.......no championships. people act like those cleveland teams were garbage. several of those teams were stacked. dude is a horrible coach.

if they would just play bennett more, they would feel like they got a solid prospect in him. everytime he plays significant minutes, he plays good to great ball. he + irving + waiters + thompson + cap room should equate to something. and with hawes and deng on board for this year? there's no reason mike brown should be back if they DON'T pass the bobcats.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 4, 2014 11:47:21 PM

It matters not who the competition is but more whether the Cats shore up their glaring chronic weaknesses . The on ball defense from the pf and center is not good . But the help defense from both is ridiculously putrid . ESP Jefferson . Teams get inside and have a field day . There's no rim protection or help from either position . What's worse is there is no tone set each half or in crunch , the most imp times .

Kemba is trying to play defense but he's small . He's trying to get inside and dish but he's small and a wall is being built . Pt gd defense is the first line of defense . On ball defense pt gd and assists at the rim must remain high somehow .

There's no pick and roll offense or defense from the pt gd and center positions . This must change . Maybe the new big guy can change this along w some of the other problems aforementioned .

Finally , Jefferson gets too many touches to not become a great passer to teammates . If you get that many touches where your usesage is the 4 th highest in the nba , you must make your teammates better . He must average 4 or 5 passes a game of hand offs , back doors , kick outs etc . He must screen much more , get the ball and hit a cutter . Had he done any of this , one of the two teams he left would have wanted him back . Provide good help defense unlike what he did against James and pass the ball out of doubles quickly and stop being a ball hog . If not , forget the schedule or what other teams are doing , bc it won't matter .

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 5, 2014 8:14:04 AM

For this year - I'd rather have the extra pick in lottery rather than getting booted in first round of playoffs.

Posted by: Greg | Mar 5, 2014 10:28:16 AM

We play the Wizards 3 times. Important games.

Posted by: apauldds | Mar 5, 2014 12:17:39 PM

Big Al does do a lot of passing out of the paint. The offense runs through him but I have seen many times that he will pass out to the open man. The problem is whether they hit the shot or not. He defense was never great but the bobcats overall defense is top ten in the league.

I don't know why anybody wants to tank to try and get more draft picks. We would have to fall pretty far to get into the bottom 8 so we don't lose our pick. This isn't a great team but it has been fun to watch. As a season ticket holder they are much more exciting to watch then they have been in the last few years and with a few additions, next year they could actually get into the tope half of the eastern conference. and win a series in the playoffs.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 5, 2014 12:46:55 PM

We are really in control of our own destiny. I mean Nets, Hawks, and Wizards several times and they all sit around us. We win those games will be hard pressed to not finish 6-8th.
We need to make it as we would likely finish 10th at worse meaning good bye pick anyway.
Also next year detroit pick is only #1 protected so getting this year is nice but next year may be great.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Mar 5, 2014 1:26:48 PM

What would be negative about getting a lottery pick in the draft as opposed to probably not getting out of the first round in the playoffs and possibly a sweep?

Posted by: GS | Mar 5, 2014 2:04:09 PM

the pick we owe chicago is only top 10 protected, not top 8 protected. detroit's pick owed to us is top 8 protected.

we could easily drop into a 10th or better situation given that there are 2 western conference teams above .500 that are on the outside looking in. we're talking about a 3 game slide during this tough stretch.

that said.....they made the decision in july to go this route. i've complained about it enough.....

at this point.....we should be trying to get MKG going. when he gets touches on offense, he's productive. he just DOES NOT get touches. if people would stop telling him he's a bad shooter, he'd start making more shots. he's a better shooter than gerald wallace was at that point in his career. by far. the kid is easily the highest potential player on the roster. he's the 5th youngest in the league right now and we're talking about him like he's a proven bust. he's started all year for a team that is (mediocre, but) headed to the playoffs.

him facing lebron or paul george for 4 straight games should be a good thing. he might come back a changed man next august. I would put a whole lot on it motivating him more as opposed to breaking him.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 5, 2014 3:11:09 PM

Charlottean, I agree about MKG. He is not an option on offense, which is why he doesn't play much in the 2nd and 4th quarter. He needs to shot more, and dare I say the Bobcats need to crash the offensive boards more? Jefferson and McRoberts rarely make an effort. You constantly see MKG with 3 other team players trying to get the rebound. Biz needs to get more PT, as he is the only rim protector they have and he goes after rebounds hard.

Zeller needs to shot more. He's starting to play more aggressive after that embarrassing block Greg Monroe had on him. His confidence has been super low all season.

Gary Neal is trying to do too much. He's missed a ton of drives to the basket that Sessions would have made. I didn't like that trade and I still don't like it.

Posted by: Pradigy Musicman | Mar 5, 2014 3:30:23 PM

I'm not crazy about them trading away Sessions either

Posted by: GS | Mar 6, 2014 9:04:54 AM

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