With three games left in the regular season, Charlotte has the opportunity to effect the Eastern Conference playoffs in a significant way.
After their match-up with the Washington Wizards tonight, the Bobcats play two teams fighting to stay out of a first round series with the Heat.
If the New York Knicks win out, and the Orlando Magic lose out, the ‘Bockers will get the sixth seed and push the Dwight Howard-less Magic into a dreaded first round slot against Miami.
All the Magic need to do to avoid that fate is win one of their final two games verses the Bobcats or at the Memphis Grizzlies (I think the game they’ve circled is obvious).
The Knicks also get the Bobcats; On the last day of the season, on TNT, while Orlando simultaneously battles Memphis. Should the Knicks beat the Clippers and the Bobcats knock off Orlando on Wednesday, that Thursday night game could be one of the most important contests of the waning NBA season… And Charlotte would be a part of it.
For what it’s worth, the ‘Cats have already defeated both Orlando and New York, by 16 in March and eight in January respectively.
If the Bobcats manage to beat either of them again this week, they would assure themselves of not becoming the worst team in NBA history. Also, they still have a chance to go on a winning streak this year, and as impossible as it sounds, they can still finish the season with double digit wins.
Modest goals, I know, but in a season as putrid as Charlotte’s, any goal reached is a positive one.
It all starts tonight, though, when Charlotte tries to shake itself of this disgusting 20 game losing streak. The last time the ‘Cats and DC met up, Washington obliterated the Bobcats, 113-85.