What: Bobcats (42-39) Vs. Bulls (48-33)
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
PG: Kemba Walker vs Kirk Hinrich
SG: Gerald Henderson vs Jimmy Butler
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs Mike Dunleavy
PF: Josh McRoberts vs Carlos Boozer
C: Al Jefferson vs Joakim Noah
Sixth Man: Gary Neal vs Taj Gibson
Tonight, the Bobcats will host the Bulls in their regular season finale. Both teams have a lot at stake tonight in terms of playoff positioning. Neither team has control of their own destiny in terms of seeding, as help would have to come from other teams. For Chicago, they will need the combination of a win in the Queen City, plus a Toronto loss to clinch the third seed in the East. For your ‘Cats, they will need to beat the Bulls and hope the Celtics can pull off the upset against the Wizards. At this point, none of these combinations seem likely, but on the last night of the regular season, anything can happen.
What the Bulls have been able to do this season is truly remarkable. Tom Thibodeau has truly cemented himself as one of the league’s best coaches. When you look at what they’ve gone through, starting with the Derrick Rose injury, it’s amazing that they have the record they do. Chicago is a team filled with guys who enjoy playing together and are good at what they do. While Joakim Noah is in contention for MVP, Taj Gibson is a front runner for sixth man of the year. Another player that is doing big things for them is a guy you're very familiar with, in DJ Augustin. Augustin has been brought back to life in Chicago after struggling in Toronto earlier in the year. The Bulls are fully healthy with the exception of Rose of course, and are coming off a victory in Orlando on Monday night. The Bobcats have played the Bulls three times and lost all three.
This should be a very competitive game that will come down to the final minutes. From talking with Fans on both sides, they both feel their respected teams will win this game. For me, I think the difference in the game will be Kemba Walker. Walker is coming off a very rough start in Atlanta, but I look for him to bounce back nicely. If he does this, the Bobcats will finish off with a strong victory that will propel them into the playoffs. Bobcats 90 Bulls 88.
Say goodbye to the Bobcats, fans. Tonight will mark the franchise’s last regular season game as the “Charlotte Bobcats.” Luckily, as you know, the franchise will start a new chapter next season and the the Queen City’s basketball team will officially become the Hornets on July 1st, 2014.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe