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Old 03-16-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default 15 Games Left After Tonight

So we've dropped three straight... play Toronto at home tonight, then thereafter only 15 games until the end of the regular season. The 8th and final slot in the East is up for grabs and any of the six contenders have a legit shot at snatching that final seed.

Why not Charlotte?



It's almost a given no matter who lands the 8th seed, they'd be crushed by either Boston or Cleveland in the first round... and I doubt any of them would win two games against Orlando either in a best of seven series.

I'd be thrilled to simply get in the playoffs, even if we don't win a single game, we'd still be in the playoffs! We need this push for confidence / momentum going into the next season.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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We could win two games against Boston or Orlando, but Cleveland would crush us to pieces as they have all season.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:58 AM   #3
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We could win two games against Boston or Orlando, but Cleveland would crush us to pieces as they have all season.

We'd lose two straight in Boston, then maybe if we're lucky win one of two in Charlotte. I doubt we'd win two against the Celtics.

Orlando... I could actually see them shutting us out, but like the scenario above, the only way we'd win is at home... and that's only one of the two games before being eliminated.

The 'Cats will need to become road warriors before we'll do damage in the post season. We're getting closer though! Just not quite there.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:08 AM   #4
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Gotta win these three at home this week, and they're all winable. The problem is we still don't have a go-to guy for the close games. And we can all thank Bob Johnson for scheduling a horse-jumping competition every year that forces us to play road games down the stretch.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:54 PM   #5
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Bonnell at practice today:

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New strength, new weakness

Coach Larry Brown held a post-shootaround film session this morning to clean up what ailed the Bobcats' defense Saturday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. There was plenty of mop work required.
They gave up 53 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range to a bad team missing Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer.
This team used to be easy to figure: The Bobcats were solid defensively (so long as they limited silly turnovers) and shaky offensively. It was virtually a given this season that if they reached 90 points, they won.
Here's a switch: The Bobcats averaged 99.2 points on 49 percent shooting in their past 10 games, yet are only 6-4 on those games. The problem is that in those same 10 games they've allowed opponents 47 percent shooting and 98.2 points.
The defensive rotations have been poor of late. Vladimir Radmanovic has reverted to some habits he was taught as a Laker that aren't consistent with the defense Brown teaches. And they haven't dealt well with high screen-and-roll. They've always been vulnerable to a big man with shooting range, and that makes tonight's matchup problematic.
Toronto center Andrea Bargnani shoots 41 percent from 3-point range and is coming off a 27-point game Sunday versus the Indiana Pacers. He was 3-for-3 from the arc.
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Concerning the race for the last playoff spot in the East, the Nets and Knicks both lost Sunday but Milwaukee's victory over the Boston Celtics was an unexpected blow. The Bobcats need the Bucks to drop hard because Milwaukee has already clinched a tiebreaker over Charlotte.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:38 PM   #6
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If Milwaukee doesnt fall as expected than Scott Skiles has done an amazing job this year. Without Redd, and Bogut most of this season they should be toast, but their lingering around.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:49 PM   #7
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Of the top 3 seeds, I would want to play the Celtics. We always play well against them and usually beat them once or twice a year. Also remember the Hawks last year took them to the full 7 games, something I think we could do.

The Cavs would take us in 5 and the Magic would sweep.

Btw, 27-22 Cats in the 2nd quarter.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #8
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Okafor has been miserable the past few games. Not sure whats wrong with him.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:52 PM   #9
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uh oh, felton got hurt there on a screen. hopefully he's okay.

and oh man, wallace is amazing tonight
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Feltons alright, just got his bell rung. Id go ahead and sit him out the rest of the game, as well the rest of the starters for the entire 4th.

Id like to see May get some playing time.
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you called it, May played and actually did well! great win
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:49 PM   #12
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We looked fantastic tonight.
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #13
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you called it, May played and actually did well! great win

When he's hot his play seems effortless. It was also good to see Nazr put in a few good minutes. And what a good pick-up we got in the Jeweler (Cartier Martin).
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:21 PM   #14
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Without looking off the top of my head I think our next 4 or 5 games are against Sac, Toronto, Philly, Indiana, and New York.

Hopefully we can get on another streak.
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Without looking off the top of my head I think our next 4 or 5 games are against Sac, Toronto, Philly, Indiana, and New York.

Hopefully we can get on another streak.

v Kings; @Toronto; v Pacers; @Washington; @Philly; v Knicks; v Lakers. That rounds out March.
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