It was another tough weekend for the Charlotte Bobcats.
After losing in Salt Lake City to an undermanned Utah Jazz team, the Bobcats were pummeled by the Sacramento Kings by 36 Sunday night. Charlotte has lost four of their last six games by at least 20 points. There wasn’t much, if anything to cheer about as Enes Kanter of the Jazz and John Salmons of the Kings both had their best games of the season against the Bobcats.
Things don’t get any easier as they head to Portland tonight to face the Trail Blazers. Portland is led by rookie sensation Damian Lillard and one of the league’s best power forwards in LaMarcus Aldridge. The Rose Garden is one of the toughest environments to play in the league, and things could go south in a hurry for Charlotte.
The Bobcats team we’re watching now is eerily similar to the team of last year. There isn’t a will to win, there’s no sense of urgency, and if a team punches the Bobcats once, they won’t get back up. It’s hard for anybody to watch a team that’s essentially playing to lose each night, and not showing any progression on either side of the ball.
For Portland, games like these are must wins. The Trail Blazers are four and a half games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. They can’t afford to lose games to opponents they should convincingly beat.
The Trail Blazers have the 13th worst record in the league, and if the season ended today, would forfeit their first round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats from the Gerald Wallace trade.
Portland should win tonight’s game. While their bench is one of the weakest in the league, they have one of the most balanced starting lineups in basketball. The Bobcats have been trending down for quite a while, and the season is all but over. On paper, there doesn’t seem to be a good chance for the Bobcats to get an upset victory in Rip City.