The Bobcats (32-44) playoff hopes are all but lost after last night’s disheartening loss at home to the lowly Wizards (20-56). It was only Washington’s third road victory of the season and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Bobcats as they could have picked up a full game on Indiana last night who lost in New Orleans.
The Bobcats fell behind by 19 points at one point in the second half and they were also killed on the glass last night as the Wizards held a 50-39 edge and also pulled down 16 offensive rebounds. Late in the game when the Bobcats were trying to claw back the Wizards continued to pull down offensive rebounds and capitalize on their second chance opportunities which eventually buried Charlotte and sent them to their second straight loss.
In summing up the importance of last night’s game and the impact of this loss coach Paul Silas said, “When you get down by 18, 19 points and then you try to come back, you have to play perfect basketball and we just couldn’t do that. We made a push and I commend the guys for that, but it’s a huge loss.”
DJ Augustin continued to struggle from the field, Kwame Brown was held scoreless, the team shot a combined 43% and had to be carried by Matt Carroll who scored 26 points in 25 minutes. The fact is that the Bobcats have no viable offensive options with Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas out. The team has been painful to watch on the offensive end since Jackson went down as they settle for 18 ft jumpers from mediocre shooters regularly. This really isn’t anything new as they were that way even throughout the 4 game winning streak but they were winning games on the defensive end but that has finally caught up to Charlotte as people are now seeing the true identity of what is left of this injury plagued Bobcats team.
The playoffs are now not a realistic thought as there are only 6 games remaining and Charlotte remains 2 games back of Indiana with the Pacers holding the tie breaker and only have 4 games left themselves. What is a thought to start pondering on for the Bobcats organization is the fact of a lottery pick now for Charlotte and also New Orleans first round pick. The entire basis of what the Gerald Wallace trade was made on is now in the forefront, draft picks and free agency. Don’t be surprised or depressed that the Bobcats won’t see the postseason this year because this is the decision the front office made at the trade deadline, it was honestly amazing that this team could actually compete well on this level after it was blown up at the deadline. This off season will most likely be the most important one this organization has ever seen because of the fact that this team has been depleted to young and unproven talent. Bringing in at least one valuable free agent and drafting better than this team has in the past is vital so now let us all hope the correct decisions are made.