Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Bobcats have found their missing confidence
The Bobcats are looking more and more like the playoff team that the fans in Carolina have been hoping for. There is a method to the Bobcats madness. How can a team that had only won one game on the road come up with back to back victories against winning teams on the road?
The second of those back to back road wins was against a Cavaliers team that had only lost 4 games at home out of about 60 home games over the past year and a half. These wins on the road are the type of wins that will give the Bobcats what Stephen Jackson said they have been missing and that's swagger on the road. A change of mindset where they expect to win on the road and expect things to go well when they travel.
That confidence also spilled over into a win against Chicago who have been playing well and had an opportunity to win a close game but the Bobcats closed the game out. It was good to see the Bobcats score the way they did but they gave up way too many points for a team that plays superior defence. With all that being said they came away with the win and are now on a three game winning streak.
If the Bobcats can go .500 on the road the rest of the season and continue to win about 70-75% of their home games they will be a lock for the 6th or 7th spot in the East. The Bobcats are starting to understand what it takes to win night in and night out and will be rewarded with their first playoff appearence at the end of this season.
Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson are the perfect one two punch. If Felton can continue to give them 10-15 a night and if the center and power forward position can give them 15-20 points a game combined this team will be a tough out even for some of the higher ranked teams in the playoffs.
Larry Brown's hand print is on this team and they are looking like a Larry Brown coached team.