The Charlotte Bobcats took home more than a win Friday night in Time Warner Cable Arena, they took with them what most likely looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 2014 NBA playoff chances. With the loss, the Cavs fell the third time to Charlotte this very season. This loss was more significant than any other this season for Cleveland due to its playoff circumstances.
After falling 102-91 in a playoff-like game, Kyrie Irving and company have officially lost the tiebreaker to the Cats, should any playoff scenario amount to that point. The Cavs entered the game 3.5 games behind the 8th seed and 4.5 behind the 7th seed Bobcats.
Friday’s Bobcats vs. Cavaliers matchup seemed like a playoff atmosphere. Diving for loose balls, clawing for any opportunities at any moment, and that special high stakes feeling in the air. Last night’s game felt like the Cav’s first playoff game since they last played in the postseason during the 2010 season.
This game sure was important to Mike Brown and his team. Anything that involves playoff implications comes as a first to accomplish, and there is no other answer. If you want to even have a chance at making one of the bottom two seeds, games like these need to be taken like they are playoff games. Sadly, after playing their hearts out, the Cavs were unsuccessful; losses like these really hit you hard when you know your chances have gotten slimmer and slimmer.
This game was so important that Michael Jordan even addressed the Cats’ locker room prior to tip off; he probably was stressing how important playoff impacting games like these are. Another year that looks to be useless playing at the end of the regular season games for Charlotte.
While many people once predicted the Cavs would be an easy top 6 seed, it’s starting to look like the Bobcats might actually have the best chance at fulfilling that once normal prediction. Charlotte may have just been the key reason why the Cavaliers have lost all shots at even having the slightest chance of being in the 2014 NBA playoffs.