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April 14, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker appears OK to play; Atlanta Hawks to sit three starters

ATLANTA – It sounds like there’s a strong chance the Charlotte Bobcats’ 11-game losing streak to the Atlanta Hawks comes to a close tonight.

            Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (groin injury) went through morning shootaround fine and is expected to play tonight after missing two games.

            Meanwhile the Hawks plan to sit out three starters, as they have nothing tangible to play for tonight.

            Power forward Paul Millsap, shooting guard Kyle Korver and small forward DeMarre Carroll will all be out with various nagging injuries, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

            The Hawks have clinched the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and can’t get to seventh seed. However the Bobcats are still playing for seeding. They are currently seventh in the East, but could still finish sixth ahead of the Washington Wizards.

            The Wizards must lose at least one of their remaining two games for the Bobcats to have any chance to jump to sixth. The Wizards play the defending-champion Miami Heat tonight.

            However the Heat might not be at full strength. With the Indiana Pacers closing in on the top seed in the Eastern Conference, there has been speculation Heat superstar LeBron James might sit out tonight’s game. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say Monday morning whether James would play tonight.

            While it’s unlikely both the Heat and Bobcats lose tonight, that combination would lock in Heat-Bobcats as a first-round series.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM | Permalink


Pulling for the Cats, Heat and Raptors. And a Magic upset of the Bulls would be nice too.

Posted by: Captain | Apr 14, 2014 1:29:33 PM

Anything we have to do to avoid the Heat is good. I don't think the Bobcats have ever beaten the Heat in the Lebron James era.

Posted by: Mike Jones | Apr 14, 2014 1:37:00 PM

Go Hornets

Posted by: GS | Apr 14, 2014 1:37:25 PM

Mike Jones, your right. Miami is the one team that we have no chance against. Really pisses me off that Lebron prob won't play tonight vs Wiz !

Posted by: Elliot | Apr 14, 2014 1:41:11 PM

ANY team other than the Heat please!!!

Posted by: steve | Apr 14, 2014 1:41:51 PM

That loss to Boston really messed us up !!!

Posted by: bb1130 | Apr 14, 2014 2:05:12 PM

^ ^ ^
Exactly. An unusually bad defensive performance by the Cats caused the loss.

But, if the Wizards will stumble in their last game, in Boston too, we still have a chance to get ahead of them (even if LeBron takes tonight off).

Posted by: Sandy | Apr 14, 2014 2:17:46 PM

It would be nice to get a big lead on the Hawks and rest our starters in the 4th. Wishful thinking.

Posted by: apauldds | Apr 14, 2014 2:20:22 PM

6th vs 7th seed is difference between 4-0 sweep by heat or maybe winning the series or at least a few game.
Hope pacers drop but I think we need 6th.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Apr 14, 2014 2:30:09 PM

It we would've beaten the Celtics Friday, we would've had nothing to worry about this week and Kemba could've sat and rested.... HORRIBLE loss Friday. smh

Posted by: TheRealJD | Apr 14, 2014 3:09:33 PM

I still would not play Kemba unless he is 100%. You can't beat anyone with out him.

Posted by: Mike T. | Apr 14, 2014 3:24:31 PM

Kind of agree with Mike T. We're probably going to get swept by the Heat but if Kemba is 100% we at least have an outside chance of winning a game. If there's any doubt Clifford should sit him.

Posted by: apauldds | Apr 14, 2014 4:22:35 PM

Did anyone elses signal go out at last shot?!!!!WTF
GREAt/ well mean thank God WIN sure did not understand rotation late. Tolliver.... Had to put myself out with fire extinguisher!

Posted by: DShtg!! | Apr 14, 2014 10:02:04 PM

Bobcats comeback again because they have one of the best benches in the NBA. I never thought I would have more faith in the Bobcats future than the Carolina Panthers.

Posted by: Jon | Apr 14, 2014 10:06:39 PM

Jon, you do realize the Boobs starters were down 15 after 3 quarters vs. the Hawks bench?

What does it say about the Boobs given all that was riding on this game and the starters sleepwalk through the first 3 quarters against the Hawks reserves?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 15, 2014 9:44:13 AM

^^^Wow. Seriously? Dude obviously has not been watching this season.

Posted by: Jerome | Apr 15, 2014 11:47:14 AM

Jerome, answer the question...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 15, 2014 1:34:03 PM

the heat wanted to play us in round one. considering chicago still has seeding to play for, the odds are definitely headed that way.

after they got my hopes up on the potential of 2 rounds.....or at least an interesting 5 or 6 games against chicago......we end up with what we thought we would at the beginning of the year. awesome.

i would look forward to the lebron/mkg matchup but they're just going to run PnR with bosh and make MKG look bad because of jefferson's refusal/inability to help in PnR. but we won't hear about that. nope. we'll hear how lebron scores 50 in 3 quarters "against mkg" and ish like that. looking forward to it.

random hyperhypothetical: if the absolutely unthinkable impossible linsanity times 100000000 happens and 50 people get injured and the bobcats get handed a finals appearance......do they still change the name? that would be bad timing, no?

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 15, 2014 2:08:13 PM

Did MKG play at all in Q4 last night?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 15, 2014 3:19:04 PM

Uh. Yes everyone saw it. But that is where you go? Stop the hate man. Appreciate. Great season by the Cats. How did they beat Washington in such a big game? at Washington. And you play...to....win...the ...game. and they did. Great game by the Cats bench!

Posted by: Jerome | Apr 15, 2014 4:47:25 PM

Didn't Clifford go out of his way to say that LBJ's big game was not MKG's fault? What is that guy talking about?

Posted by: David | Apr 15, 2014 9:50:56 PM

if you're referring to me, you might want to re-read what i said. it absolutely wasn't his fault. it was jefferson's. that's what i'm talking about. he was making elton brand look like elton brand last night.

Lebron-Bosh PnR. get used to watching that for 4 games straight.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 16, 2014 12:31:12 AM

I just had a pay wall ask me to pay to read an article written by Rick Bonnell......


Posted by: The Dude | Apr 16, 2014 8:36:01 AM

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