The little guys came to play tonight as the Charlotte Bobcats hosted the Golden State Warriors in a showdown of the backcourts. If you were to tell me that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would combined for 65 points and 14 assists, I would expect a win from the Warriors. Well, 43 points from Curry wasn’t enough to get the win as the Bobcats held on 155-111.
There is no question that Curry and Thompson make a spectacular backcourt duo, but they need to get some help off the bench. The reserves combined for a grand total of 10 points. The “Splash Brothers” can score 80 points and still lose with bench production like that. Golden State may have to make a trade or sign some extra help if they want to go deep in the West.
What about the Bobcats? The team that has seen very little success in their short existence as an NBA franchise and often gets lost in the shuffle of the Eastern Conference. Well, they have a pretty strong backcourt too. Kemba Walker had 31 points, Gerald Henderson contributed 24, Ramon Sessions added 13 and Ben Gordon produced 12. The four guards combined for 80 points! The guards are Charlotte’s best assets, but they also have some significant big men in Al Jefferson and Josh McRoberts.
The Bobcats are the second youngest franchise in the NBA and this may be the best squad yet for the organization. That isn’t saying much considering they have made the postseason once, but they have some very strong pieces. In an Eastern Conference that is as hideous as Bruce Jenner, Charlotte has a serious opportunity to make the playoffs. With a record of 10-11, they are right in the middle at the sixth seed.
I don’t think talent will hinder Charlotte from a postseason run, but I think their lack of experience can. There entire team is relatively young and Gordon is the only player with any type of playoff experience. Maturity will be what to watch down the stretch for the Bobcats.