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Wednesday night versus the Wizards: Biggest Bobcat Regular Season Game Ever?


Would tie us with Washington in terms of record and give us the tie breaker for the sixth seed.

Massive, massive game.


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    Well, it's sort of an "in the land of the blind" kind of situation, but yes, it's probably the most meaningful Bobcats game ever. A win puts the Bobcats in the driver's seat for the sixth seed and an actual shot at the second round, a loss probably seals the six spot up for the Wizards and leaves Charlotte in "don't get swept" mode in the first round. 

    Well, it's sort of an "in the land of the blind" kind of situation, but yes, it's probably the most meaningful Bobcats game ever. A win puts the Bobcats in the driver's seat for the sixth seed and an actual shot at the second round, a loss probably seals the six spot up for the Wizards and leaves Charlotte in "don't get swept" mode in the first round. 

     

    I think we will be surprisingly competitive against the Pacers. I would not be surprised if the Bobcats won 2 games. The only problem is, it will be the NBA TV series for sure. I really don't want that again for the Bobcats. Best case scenario in an NBA TV series is to get a split after 4 games with all games being nail biters. Worst case scenario is exactly what happened in 2010.

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    GeorgeOscarBluth
    Apr 06 2014 08:27 AM

    Yeah, I'm not sure that Indy isn't a good matchup for us.  They're not anywhere close to being the juggernaut they appeared to be earlier in the season and they have major issues scoring the basketball.  That give us, an elite defensive team in our own right, a fighter's chance.  

     

    Of course, Toronto would be a much more favorable matchup, but whether we play Indy or Toronto, it's not like we're up against the Heat, a team we stand no chance at winning more than a single game against.

    I agree...I think it's the biggest regular season game for this team. They've have some nice win streaks, current is four, they've had some nice upsets, they've played better than anyone realiistically exspected them to...this game is about proving they're ready to do playoff damage.

    Couple of thoughts - 

     

    1) I watched the Celtics coast through the end of enough regular seasons that I wouldn't make too much of Indy's second-half swoon. Yes, the Bobcats could win a game or two, but I'd be shocked if they won the series. 

     

    2) Even if Indiana has lost whatever special chemistry it was they had, I'd still rather get Toronto in the first round - the Raptors are a much, much better matchup. Their young frontcourt isn't going to be able to handle Al nearly as well.

     

    3) Let's not act like Miami's out of the picture here - the Heat and Pacers are tied in the standings with a game still left, and Indy still gets their heads on straight for Miami (plus Miami has a little bit of a tougher schedule to close out the season). 

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    Polar Hornet
    Apr 06 2014 09:20 AM
    Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't Chicago technically leapfrog Toronto for 6? That is a team I'd prefer to stay away from too. Raptors and Pacers give us the best chance of avoiding a 2010 redux. Be careful what we wish for....ha

    kinda hard to expect us to beat them again after we've won two close games with them. BUT I BELIEVE.  come on Cats, got plenty of time to rest and prepare for this one

    Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't Chicago technically leapfrog Toronto for 6? That is a team I'd prefer to stay away from too. Raptors and Pacers give us the best chance of avoiding a 2010 redux. Be careful what we wish for....ha

     Yup. The Bobcats could wind up playing any of Miami/Indy/Chicago/Toronto/Brooklyn in the first round depending on how things shake out. 

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    @JPlowright_NBA
    Apr 06 2014 09:53 AM

    I think Bulls could arguably be just as tough to beat as the Pacers? Also not sure if I can live through getting burned by  a DJ Augustin lead Bulls team in the playoffs, talk about a slap in the face.

     

    Only messing around, I do think we match up favourably against the Pacers, but the Bulls just have less weapons that can hurt you, I imagine a series against Chicago would have 5-7 games and most of them would probably be close low scoring affairs

    I think Bulls could arguably be just as tough to beat as the Pacers? Also not sure if I can live through getting burned by  a DJ Augustin lead Bulls team in the playoffs, talk about a slap in the face.

     

    Only messing around, I do think we match up favourably against the Pacers, but the Bulls just have less weapons that can hurt you, I imagine a series against Chicago would have 5-7 games and most of them would probably be close low scoring affairs

    important to remember indy and miami are still tied.  have to avoid miami at all costs, we would get swept

    important to remember indy and miami are still tied.  have to avoid miami at all costs, we would get swept

     

    This is the biggest reason that beating the Wizards is key - it sets Charlotte up to completely avoid Miami in the first round if they take care of business in the remaining games. 

    I think the only really bad matchups un the current picture are MIA and ATL, the latter I am not worried about seeing. IND, CHI and BKN seem more difficult than TOR or WAS but we have never faced any current playoff team post season so I am leary to root for any particular opponent. I do however think that where we can control our destiny is in how confident we go into the playoffs. The more we win, the better.
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    Felton for Prez
    Apr 06 2014 10:20 AM

    I want no part of the Heat (duh) or the Bulls.  Obviously I want the Raptors but would prefer Indy to CHI.  Not sure I could deal with Noah for a series without wanting to punch something.  The DJ comment above is also true.  A past draft pick returning with a chip on his shoulder to squash his old team's hopes sounds like something that would be a fitting end to the Bobcats name.  I wouldn't be shocked if the Bulls signed Morrison and May and hired Vincent and Dunlap as court moppers just to rub it in.  Please please please no Bulls.

    Am I the only one who isn't all that scared of the Bulls? If you told me right now I could lock Chicago in as the first-round opponent or take my chances and let the next five games play out as they will, I take Chicago every time. 

    This is the biggest reason that beating the Wizards is key - it sets Charlotte up to completely avoid Miami in the first round if they take care of business in the remaining games. 

    This...Miami is really the only team that I'd like to avoid in the first round. 'Cats now control their fate if they win or lose the Wizards game for their seed. They have no control over the other seeds, as we all know, but the Raptors "seem" to be our best match to get into the second round. But, as for Indy or the Bulls, neither scare me, for the team match-up, more than the other.

    Am I the only one who isn't all that scared of the Bulls? If you told me right now I could lock Chicago in as the first-round opponent or take my chances and let the next five games play out as they will, I take Chicago every time.

    I get the logic that first team to 80 wins in a CHI series and we Can outscore them. I just don't have the confidence that most do that we Will do as such or play As disciplined.
    Part of me wonders if going ahead and playing the Heat first wouldn't be so bad. It seems like teams typically get sharper and more focused the longer the playoffs go. Think we'd have a better chance of taking a couple of games if we played them first, though we'd probably have first time jitters that might make thinks worse. Just wondering aloud, so to speak.

    If we play Miami in the 1st round, we'll be the first team to lose a series in 3 games instead of 4.

     

    That's how much of a chance we don't have against the Heat.

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    cltblkhscoach
    Apr 06 2014 12:15 PM

    Out of the five possibilities, I'd like to face, my preference is in this order:

     

    1. Toronto

    2. Brooklyn

    3. Chicago

    4. Indiana

    5. Miami

     

    Toronto is in the same boat with us without a lot of postseason experience and obviously it's our best matchup. Brooklyn I think would be a long series and I'd love to see us run every chance we could against their old legs. Chicago I think would be a long series as well, and the key would be who can shoot better from the perimeter, because nothing is going to come easy inside the 3point arc. I don't care about Indiana struggling right now, like others said these guys are experienced and will pull it together when it counts for sure. And of course, we have no chance against the NBA darlings in the first round.

    Real true playoff teams shouldn't be scared of anybody.  

     

    We play who we play.

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    Real true playoff teams shouldn't be scared of anybody.  

     

    We play who we play.

    Yeah, that's kind of where I'm at. I'm humble enough to admit that we'll likely get steamrolled by Miami, but I'd rather let it all hang out and go out there and play whoever it is. 

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    GeorgeOscarBluth
    Apr 06 2014 07:19 PM

    Real true playoff teams shouldn't be scared of anybody.  

     

    We play who we play.

     

    Not sure I agree with that.  Every team wants a favorable matchup.  Doesn't mean they're backing down from a challenge, but there isn't a team in the East that wants to play the Heat in the first round.

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    GOBOBCATS24
    Apr 06 2014 10:47 PM

    In a series against Miami with neutral refs, I think we could steal a game. In a series with NBA refs we have a 100% chance of getting swept

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    BPfromfrance
    Apr 07 2014 05:34 AM

    For now, we're facing Indiana but could face Toronto/Chicago, if we clinch the 5th spot

     

    I start wondering if it's not better to face struggling Pacers lol !!!