I know what you’re thinking. The Miami Heat could probably beat the Charlotte Bobcats with their summer league squad playing blindfolded. But, for the Heat it still counts the same as any other win this season whether or not they have their full team healthy. Tonight as they take on Charlotte they will most likely be without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen.
Don’t overlook this game, however. Head coach Eric Spoelstra will use games like these to determine which bench players will serve an important role in the playoffs. The better some of these reserves play, the more likely they get to see the court come playoff time. Believe it or not, James, Wade, Chalmers and Allen can’t play every single minute and the Heat do in fact have other players on their roster not named Chris Bosh.
For the Bobcats, a win against the Eastern Conference’s best team would be a huge win nonetheless. It doesn’t really matter who they are playing or how many guys the opposition has healthy, any win for the Bobcats is a signature win this year.
Though it appears only a couple of guys are playing solid basketball for Charlotte, those few players still want to win despite enduring a miserable season. A guy like Kemba Walker is not somebody who just lies down and gives up, no matter the circumstances at hand. I think most of us remember his incredible performances during his run in the NCAA Tournament a couple years back. Walker has an instinctive competitive nature that does not disappear regardless of wins and losses.
As nice as all of that sounds about Walker, the Bobcats are still a pathetic excuse of a team managed by one of the all time greats, Michael Jordan. It is such an incredibly odd reversal of fortune for Jordan to have put together the type of sad group of players known as the Bobcats. If Jordan wants to do anything to save his image as a basketball owner, he can start by hoping his team can gut out a win against a gutted out Heat squad.