Just when it looked like the Bobcats playoff hopes were officially dead after the loss at home to Indiana on Wednesday night they rebound to win in Boston and again at home over the struggling Knicks. From what was a three game deficit that seemed insurmountable considering how the team was performing is now back to one game with ten left on the schedule and six of those at home.
The key for the Bobcats in the past two games has been the offensive balance. Charlotte has had a combined 12 players in double figures the past two games. Without Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas on Friday night in Boston the Bobcats were still able to pickup the win because of players like DJ White and Dante Cunningham, who hit the eventual winning shot. On Saturday 8 Bobcats were able to reach double figure points in what was quite possible the most efficient offensive output for Charlotte as a team all season. The role players for Charlotte have been huge in their shocking two game winning streak and now the Pacers have company in their rear view mirror again.
The Bobcats will play their next two games at home against non playoff eastern conference teams in Milwaukee and Cleveland while the Pacers will play two at home against Boston and Detroit. Charlotte would certainly seem much more likely to win their next two opposed to the Pacers but Indiana holds the tiebreaker so the Bobcats have no choice but to finish the season with a better record than Indiana in order to reach the post season. The Pacers have 8 games left on their schedule (6 home, 2 away) while the Bobcats have 10 remaining (6 home, 4 away).
We have arrived at the most important point of the season and the Bobcats have shown resilience and fight to the end. Is this still evolving group of players starting to mold at just the right time? The answer is just around the corner and for as long of a season as it has been for Charlotte and their fans with the inconsistent play and disheartening trades this team has still managed to give the city something to be excited about as the finish line to the regular season is in sight.