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Charlotte Bobcats Remain in Playoff Picture Even in Loss

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

After being the laughingstock of the NBA for many years, the Charlotte Bobcats continue their pursuit of relevancy as the team tries to clinch a playoff berth. Since the franchise’s inception in 2004, the team has had little success and only has one playoff appearance in the history of the franchise when the team was swept out of the first round in the Larry Brown era. A trip to the playoffs would be a step in the right direction for the one-time hopeless franchise, but can the Bobcats show any signs of life once the team arrives at such an important moment in the franchise’s history?

It seems every time the Bobcats take one step forward, the team takes two steps back. Charlotte fell 110-105 to the struggling Orlando Magic Friday night as the team continues to try to lock up a playoff berth.Even in the loss, Kemba Walker continues to be the unsung hero of this team as he recorded 24 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in the loss. Josh McRoberts also added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the heartbreaking overtime loss for the Bobcats.

As the team continues to tread water in the last few playoff spots, the Bobcats have the mindset of anything can happen n the postseason. The dormant franchise has been resurrected under the impressive play of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker this season, but can the duo that led the franchise to new heights this season carry the team past one of the heavy favorites come playoff time?

This season marks the final year of the Bobcats’ existence as the team will transition to the Charlotte Hornets the following season, and just as the franchise removes the stain of that legacy, so will the team as they open a new chapter with better pieces at their disposal.

Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.