The worst thing that happened to the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday was when Vince Carter fouled out. Carter was once an excellent player, going to the basket, soaring to the basket. Now he is primarily a shooter of jumpshots, and when he picked up his sixth foul, he was four of 19 from the field. He wasn't going to stop shooting or complaining about calls.
The difference between basketball and playoff basketball is as vast as everybody says. I remember going to Boston to watch the Charlotte Hornets play their first playoff game against the Celtics. I had head about the difference. And then I saw it -- the intensity, the defense, the rough play.
The Bobcats weren't prepared. On Wednesday, they will be. They might not win. But they won't be surprised.