The Charlotte Bobcats are officially in a funk. Not a competitive funk, per se, but a funk that has seen them lose five games.
I say the funk isn’t one of a competitive nature, because they’ve been in all of those games except the first one, led late in some, and led very late in the past two.
So why are they on this losing streak?
Well, the competition has been harder than when they were over .500 on Nov. 24; Four of their five straight losses have come against teams with at least a record two games above .500.
That isn’t the only reason, though, because, like I said (and I know it’s getting repetitive…), all of these games except one have been close.
The biggest concern for Charlotte right now is late turnovers, especially on out-of-bounds plays; Ramon Sessions had a turnover off an out-of-bounds play with five seconds left and the ‘Cats down three two Atlanta in the second of this five game stretch, and last night, Ben Gordon held the ball for a five second violation with 1:09 left. The Knicks tied the game on the next play.
Also, in the past four games, the Bobcats have 11 fourth quarter turnovers.
For a team that started off the year so well in close games, this is a disturbing development.
There is one other trend-of-sorts that’s developed over the past few games, but it’s not too troubling.
While the Bobcats have won the rebounding battle in three of the past five games, two of those, against Atlanta and Philly, were won by a combined three boards. Charlotte is currently 12th in the league in rebounding, so they need to realize that grabbing boards is a strength of theirs and look to dominate that stat every game in order to get more possessions.