After a strong start to the season, the surging Charlotte Bobcats looked poised to take advantage of the horrendous Eastern Conference. Now almost a week and a half into the new year, the Cats have lost their fifth spot in the East and are now on the outside looking into the top eight.
It has been a horrible start for the Bobcats in 2014. A team that looked like they easily could clinch a playoff spot in the month of December looks nothing like that squad now. After another close loss to the Chicago Bulls last night, the Cats have slipped to a record of 15-23 and currently have just two wins in their past 10 games.
Michael Jordan may have assembled a roster with great promise, but costly losses of five points or less and inconsistency have this team currently unable to find themselves. With a 1-5 start in 2014, Cats fans and players alike are starting to get tired of this team’s inability to stay in the hunt.
It is extremely aggravating to know that for most fans like myself that this roster is playing so much worse than they actually are. With limited depth and bench contributions becoming very streaky, it will be a hard trek back to the top-five. The hole that the Cats have dug themselves will really come back to hurt them if they can’t figure out a way to stay in the picture sometime soon.
Its tragic to see a team go from a top-five seed drop all the way to the ninth spot in just a months time. Sure, injuries may have hurt them just a tad (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeffery Taylor), but not being able to close out games in the final quarter as well as not playing both halves have hurt this team as much as anything.
Hopefully, Kemba Walker and company can get just their third win in the past 10 games when they go up against the rapidly improving Carmelo Anthony-led New York Knicks on Tuesday night. The only thing hurting this team is themselves.