The Charlotte Bobcats had the chance Wednesday night to win one of the biggest games of the season. The ‘Cats traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Nets, who were a mere 2.5 games up on them in the playoff race headed into last night. With a win, the Bobcats would have only been 1.5 games back of the Nets, with a home game against Brooklyn next Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Bobcats lost a back and forth game that ultimately saw the Nets win 104-99.
Nets point guard Deron Williams really crushed the Bobcats down the stretch, as he scored 11 of his game high 25 points in the final six minutes when the game was still in jeopardy. Yet, Charlotte still had a chance late when Kemba Walker had a 3-point attempt miss with under a minute remaining that would have tied the game at 98.
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With this loss, the Bobcats are now 3.5 games back of the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They are also three games back of the Washington Wizards for the 6th seed. Despite the fact that the Bobcats play both of these teams again, including Washington twice, it looks highly unlikely that Charlotte will be able to pass either of these teams for playoff positioning.
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Not to mention, the Atlanta Hawks are heating up as of late. The Hawks are currently only ½ game back of the Bobcats for the 7th playoff spot. The Hawks have won 11 games in a row against Charlotte. The Bobcats do play the Hawks one more time this season, but no matter which team wins that game, the Atlanta Hawks will have the tiebreaker over Charlotte due to their three head-to-head wins already this season.
As has been mentioned before, getting a seed 6th or better will make all the difference when playoff time comes around. The bottom two teams in the Eastern Conference playoffs will have to play against the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. This would obviously not be a favorable match-up for the Bobcats – or any team in the East for that matter.
With four games remaining against the Nets, Wizards and Hawks, it appears the Bobcats will need to be nearly-perfect over the final few weeks of the season to move up in the playoff race, a move that would be vital to Charlotte’s post-season success.
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