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OK, OK...I know...we are only two games into the season, and the Bobcats are only 1-1 so far.
But these first two games have given me hope as a Bobcats fan. I will be the first to admit that I did not give these guys much credit going into this season. I thought it was going to be another write-off of a season for Charlotte, and that I really had nothing to look forward to aside from seeing Kemba Walker play.
Milwaukee is considered a possible playoff team with more weapons than Charlotte, and the Miami Heat is...well...the Miami Heat. Charlotte should have lost the first game and been blown out the second game, but instead they are 1-1, and are one basket away from being 2-0 against two very good teams.
There is a possibility that it could fall apart...Augustin and Henderson might revert to their old ways, Diaw might not be as good as he has looked so far this season, and players on this team might start abandoning the team-first philosophy in favor of trying to be stars on their own.
But the Bobcats have played well so far, and the team seems to play together very well.
There are mistakes happening that need to be worked out if the Bobcats want to stay competitive this season. Turnovers lost the Heat game and kept us out of most of the Bucks game, and no team is going to succeed if they throw the ball away. They are making some unintelligent shots when they should pass the ball, and they are committing some stupid fouls that should be avoided.
But when it is all said and done, I am willing to overlook those things for now. This is one of the youngest, smallest teams in the NBA, and the kinks are hopefully going to be worked out over the course of the season as they continue to play together.
I am not delusional...I am not saying the Bobcats are going to make the playoffs this year. It's going to take a lot of luck to get them into a tough Eastern Conference playoff bracket, and it probably won't happen with this team this year.
But at the very least, the Bobcats are playing good basketball so far this season, and here's to hoping that it continues.