The Charlotte Bobcats have been ending the month of January on a relatively positive note, at least in the context of their 11-32 season. In their last five games, the Bobcats have been able to come out on top in two of those contests.
However, as this month ends and they head into February, the Bobcats can’t focus on and celebrate their win on Saturday over the Minnesota Timberwolves for long. Their next five games present them with an incredibly tall task.
They are about to embark on a five-game road trip that will span from Jan. 28 until Feb. 6. In order on that stretch, Charlotte will face the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
To recap their upcoming schedule, they have to face the Spurs, the team currently with the best record in the NBA, the defending-champion Heat, the gritty and defensive minded Bulls, a Rockets team that just beat them on Jan. 21 and the Kyrie Irving fueled Cavs.
Four of those five teams also have winning-records. Cleveland is the only team that is below .500, but they have recently been playing great basketball, particularly behind the unbelievable play of Irving, who is establishing himself as a superstar in the league.
Given those squads on the horizon for Charlotte, the Bobcats can’t linger too long on beating a Timberwolves team that has a multitude of injuries to key players. If they do that, they’re going to be rudely awakened on this road trip.
If they focus on these next five games and play with energy though, they might be able to escape with a win or two, but they won’t get embarrassed while playing against some of the league’s best.