The Charlotte Bobcats had a solid start to the 2012-13 NBA season before they really fell off of the rails. The Bobcats started last year with a solid 7-5 record and looked like they could be one of the surprise teams in the league. However, they went on to win just 14 of their next 70 games to finish with a 21-61 record, the second-worst mark in the entire league.
As they begin their 2013-14 season, though, the Bobcats are not only looking to start the season on a high note, but are also looking to finish up with a more respectable overall record. Through four games, they are off to a decent start.
Charlotte went into their matchup with the New York Knicks on Tuesday night, the Bobcats sat at just 1-2, but had shown positive signs in each of their three games. Coming up against the Knicks, though, their chances seemed bleak as Charlotte announced just before tip-off that they were going to be without newly signed center Al Jefferson due to an ankle injury.
However, the Bobcats were able to find another hot hand in third-year point guard Kemba Walker. In 35 minutes, Walker put up 25 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal on 9-20 shooting from the floor and 3-7 shooting from three. Walker’s big night was enough to lift the Cats to a 102-97 victory, handing New York their third-straight loss.
After looking much improved in his second season last year, Walker seems to be on track for yet another solid year. He’s scoring well and more efficiently so far through this season and seems to be quite comfortable playing in new head coach Steve Clifford’s system. I’m still not fully sold on the Bobcats this season, but if Walker continues at this level, they could wind up having a solid amount of success this year.