The Brooklyn Nets enter their game against the Charlotte Bobcats having won seven of the last 10 games and seem to be peeking at the right time. The Bobcats have surprised everyone but themselves by winning six of their last 10. Both teams are in a dogfight for playoff position with the Nets currently in the sixth and Bobcats in the seventh position.
The Nets were supposed to contend for a title this year with the additions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to go alongside Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. The Bobcats were just hoping to not fall victim to the kind of play that had them branded as a laughingstock of the league the last few years.
The offseason signing of Al Jefferson was looked upon as a desperate reach for the Bobcats, who had money to spend but couldn’t get a serious look from any current superstar in the NBA. Jefferson has been the Bobcats’ best player and might be the Eastern Conference’s best offensive center. He was wrongly left off the All-Star team while averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds a game. Kemba Walker has been great offensively while still learning how to be a point guard with a shooting guard’s mentality.
The Nets have built a team that is designed to win now with high priced free agents while the Bobcats have constructed theirs through the draft. No matter how either team got here, the point is they have played hard and as a team. Both teams have a chip on their shoulders and can’t wait to prove any early season doubters wrong with a trip to the playoffs that was once seen as impossible.