The last time the Charlotte Bobcats were at least .500 after the first six games of the season was 2009/2010. That was also the only time the ‘Cats ever made the playoffs.
So if history tells us anything, it’s that if Charlotte can beat the win-less Washington Wizards tonight, they’ll make the post season (editors note: sample size?).
Ok, the playoffs aren’t going to happen for this team, but no one predicted they’d be a .500 team at all this year, let alone more than a week into the season, so if they can pull that off, I’ll call it a major win.
With injuries to John Wall and Nene, Washington is truly in a horrible spot right now. Their leading scorer is Bradley Beal, who’s averaging just 13 points per game, and their entire team has mustered just 88 points per game up to this point. That putrid offense is really sad when you compare to how well their defense has played, giving up just 94 points a game.
So, for the first time in a long time, the Bobcats are expected to win a professional basketball game. As nice as that sounds, it might spell trouble.
If Kemba Walker, who’s had an outstanding start this year, forgets that he’s been making great decisions and taking good shots this year, the ‘Cats could lose. If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who became the second youngest player to score 25 points and grab 12 rebounds in a game since LeBron James his rookie year, has a first-year hick up and doesn’t stuff the stat-sheet, the Bobcats could lose. If Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions can’t come off the bench and provide an offensive spark, the Bobcats could lose.
But they shouldn’t.
After tonight, the Charlotte Bobcats should be a .500 basketball team.