Charlotte Bobcats' Ben Gordon Might Be Heating Up

By Cody Williams
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Ben Gordon shot out of the gate at the start of this season. He played in 13 of the Charlotte Bobcats’ 15 games in November. In those games, he scored in double-digits in nine of them, highlighted by his 34-point showing on Nov. 9 against the New Orleans Hornets.

In that month, he was seemingly on fire, shooting a blazing 45 percent from three-point range. He was burying triples consistently and the Bobcats were reaping the benefits from it.

As December rolled around though, he cooled off. Between Dec. 3 and Dec. 28, the Bobcats played 14 games. Gordon appeared in 11 of those contests and only scored in double-digits five times. In that stretch, his three-point percentage dropped to a mediocre 37.8 percent.

But in his last three games, Gordon looks like he might be catching fire once again. He’s scored 15, 14 and 27 points in the last three games respectively. He’s only taken six three-point attempts and converted on two. The impressive part is his total field-goal percentage in those three games, a blazing 53.3 percent.

For most of his career, Gordon has been a streaky player. He’s one of those guys that won’t put up 20 points for all 82 games, but will reel off stretches of games where he flirts with 30 points every night of that stretch.

If his performances in the Bobcats’ past three games are any indication, it looks like Gordon might be beginning one of those stretches right now. He’s been playing with the confidence and demeanor that he displays when he is getting hot.

Charlotte is in the middle of a stretch in their schedule where they play several below-average opponents. If Gordon is about to go on a hot-streak, look for the Bobcats to notch a few victories over the coming weeks.

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