What: Bobcats (27-32) Vs. Heat (42-14)
When: 7:30 PM EST
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Okay, we are halfway done with this tough stretch against the league's four best teams. Things aren’t looking great, but they could be worse. Charlotte has put forth two good efforts in games that were much closer than their final scores indicated. I’m not saying we should be settling for moral victories, but you certainly can’t ignore how good our Cats looked at times against the two best the west has to offer.
I’ll go ahead and state the obvious here, and that’s that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s offensive production is absolutely horrendous. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson should not have to carry this team on a nightly basis. Other guys, including Kidd-Gilchrist have to step up when their down. There are times during the games where I wonder how MKG even got to the league with his jump shot. His defense, which is exceptional is obviously the only reason he’s in the NBA, but is that really enough. How many other teams starting SF consistently airball wide open shots? Ok, I’m done ranting, but an upgrade at small forward is clearly something Cho and company should look into this summer.
On a positive note Gary Neal has fit in quite nicely, while Anthony Tolliver continues to impress from downtown. Luke Ridnour struggled a little bit last night, but I think in the long run he won’t be too much of a drop off from Sessions.
Who wins tonight's game?
I’m usually not pessimistic, but I have a bad feeling about tonights game. Before this four game trip started, the Heat game was the one that stuck at to me as being the most challenging. I knew if Charlotte kept it close with the Thunder, as they did, it would be a really tough game for them. With that being said, the Cats have steadily improved on second half of back to backs. However, in my opinion, I believe the Heat and the Thunder are the two best teams in the league and they will eventually meet in the finals this June, making this back to back incredibly challenging.
Things could get out of hand quickly.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe