The Charlotte Bobcats are in playoff contention and have some room to breath as four and a half games separate them and the ninth place Detroit Pistons. Come to think of it, that isn’t that big of a lead and it could vanish rather quickly. I think Al Jefferson realizes that too and I say that because of the way he has been playing.
Jefferson led the way for the Bobcats Friday night with 28 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as Charlotte defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-92. It was another impressive game for Jefferson, who is off to an incredible start in the month of March. Had it not been for LeBron James‘ 61 points against the Bobcats earlier in the week, Jefferson would had been the talk of that game with his 38-point, 19-rebound performance.
In the month of March, Charlotte has played four games with a record of 2-2. Jefferson, on the other hand, has gone on a tear, averaging 31.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He has also been efficient while doing it, shooting 68 percent from the field over these four games. For the Bobcats, these have been the performances they had hoped to see from the big man when they signed him.
If Jefferson and Charlotte want to make the playoffs, he will have to continue his strong play. If they want to making any noise in the postseason, such as not get swept, then Jefferson really must play like a man possessed and get some assistance from Kemba Walker. It might finally be clicking for the Bobcats, so if they do get swept by either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers, they can look to the future.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.