The Mavs will try and make it three in a row tonight against another Eastern Conference team. The odds are good since the Mavs have never lost the Bobcats in their seven meetings and won their last one 102-95. Surprisingly enough, the Mavs have only won two of their matchups with Charlotte by double digits.
Wallace is back
Gerald Wallace missed his last eight games from a concussion and it certainly isn't his first. He's a very athletic finisher who tends to have his body flying all over the place, so he tends to get hurt often (not just in the cranial area). But he's been practicing and reportedly, he will play tonight. That is definitely a good thing for the Bobcats a he provides help from all ends of the court. He can defend, rebound, pass, block shots and score in bunches. Without him, the Bobcats lose a lot of their spontaneity and athleticism, so they have to be happy to have him back.
The Bobcats have won their last five games, which is a franchise-high winning streak. (So, maybe they don't need Wallace after all?) Still, it shows that the Bobcats have a little more fight than many might have thought. They didn't exactly beat the upper crust during the streak, but wins against Golden State , Toronto and Washington aren't anything to scoff at either. They have scored 100 points or more for six straight games, which is quite an accomplishment for a team with a 20th-ranked offense.
The Bobcats are 24-39, which is only 2 games back for the final playoff spot in the putrid Eastern Conference. If they can string together a few more wins and get the Hawks, Bulls and Nets to keep slipping, the Bobcats could be looking at their franchise-first playoff berth. Admittedly, that is a lot of contingencies, but we're talking about the East here people. Anything is possible.
When are they ever going to fully utilize all that young talent and have a good season?
-Scooter Hendon, Hoops Nerd