The Charlotte Bobcats are surprisingly one final strong push away from solidifying just the second playoff appearance in franchise history. For that to happen, the team is going to need a handful of guys to elevate their play another level to make sure the Bobcats don't get caught by any of the teams chasing them.
A team that was seemingly fighting tooth and nail just to get into the playoffs now may have a legitimate shot at creeping up for home-court advantage.
At 27-30, Charlotte is three games out of the No. 4 seed while still possessing a 3.5-game lead over the Detroit Pistons, the No. 9 seed at the moment.
Charlotte is playing extremely well and padding its lead, but it will still require some players to start pulling more weight so the great Al Jefferson can lighten his load. The big man has been playing astoundingly well over the past few months without a ton of help.
Charlotte did not land any big names at the trade deadline like it had hoped, but there is no time to dwell. These are the guys who have to kick it up a notch or two.