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Charlotte Bobcats’ Playoff Hopes Take Major Hit With Loss vs. Houston Rockets

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If you have paid any attention whatsoever to the NBA over the past few years, it might surprise you to notice that the “terrible” Charlotte Bobcats sit in prime position to secure a spot in the 2014 NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. However, with their loss to the Houston Rockets, the Bobcats have now lost three of their last four and may be sliding out of the playoff picture.

The Bobcats played well against the Rockets early, but struggled to make shots in the third quarter. Even though Dwight Howard had an off night, James Harden went for 31. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 22 points, while Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds. The duo just couldn’t get it done as the team fell 100-89.

Now, Charlotte finds themselves sitting as the No. 7 seed in the East with three teams within just six games. The New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers both have the talent and ability to win some of their remaining games and steal the berth from Charlotte. The Bobcats can’t afford to keep losing, or they could risk their decent season being all for nothing.

Charlotte deserves a playoff spot. After everything that this team has been through in recent years, the Bobcats are a team that the casual NBA fan would love to see get at least some time in the postseason. However, what a team deserves has nothing to do with reality, and if Charlotte doesn’t start pulling some wins together soon, the Bobcats could see themselves missing out on the postseason once again.

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.