After going into halftime with a 17-point lead against the New Orleans Hornets, the Bobcats then squandered their lead and ultimately lost by 3 points, 98-95.
If this was a one-time fluke occurrence, that would be one thing. It’s not, though. This was the third time in their 18-game losing streak that Charlotte has lost after leading by 17 points or more. And they wonder why they’re the only team in NBA history to record three losing streaks of 16 games or more in a calendar year.
Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers and now the Hornets, the Bobcats have played wonderful first-half basketball only to act like they were playing in a middle-school game in the second half.
It really all comes down to the mentality of the Bobcats. They legitimately have no idea how to play with a lead, much less a large lead. They’re so used to being the losers that they get up by 15-or-so points and are looking around like “what do we do now?”
It’d be easy to make petty excuses, like saying that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury against the Hornets after he had been performing at a career-high pace cost them the game. However, that’s not going to address that larger problem.
If the Bobcats ever want to succeed, they have to develop a mindset where they believe that they can win on any given night and that they aren’t the losers of the NBA.
That’s not anything that can really be done on the court. It is something that Charlotte has to do, though, if they plan on getting out of this rut and turning around their franchise.