Kemba Walker Playing Well Enough To Take Charlotte Bobcats To NBA Playoffs

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Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats served notice to the Detroit Pistons Friday night that the Bobcats are every bit as improved as a team as the Pistons — maybe even more so.

The Bobcats are 13-14 and getting mighty close to meeting last year’s win total of 21 games even before this NBA season hits the halfway point.

The Pistons couldn’t do much with Walker, nor have many teams so far this season. He saw more than 35 minutes of action against Detroit and couldn’t miss much. Walker was 12-of-17 from the floor, 1-of-2 in three-pointers and 9-of-9 from the foul-line for 34 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. It showed in dramatic style what Walker can do even to a team that’s been playing well like the Pistons. Walker is really starting to come into his own in recent games. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game compared to career averages of 15.6, 5.0 and 3.6 rebounds per outing. Walker and the Bobcats are tough to beat when he’s on his game as he was against the Pistons and three previous opponents when he had 29, 24, and 24 points. His shooting percentage has also been impressive in those games.

Walker’s rebounding continues to improve. He’s becoming a complete player which is exciting for  Charlotte fans. As a result, the Bobcats have become a complete team. As Walker showed Friday night, the Bobcats might make the playoffs one season after having the second worst record in the NBA. If Walker keeps playing consistently it might be a done deal.

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