The Eastern Conference playoff picture is starting to take its final shape.
With their 96-94 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night, the Charlotte Bobcats officially clinched their second playoff berth in franchise history—and their first since 2009-10.
Bobcats clinched playoff spot. Great job by Steve Clifford in his first season as head coach. Just one more berth left in East.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 6, 2014
Charlotte was able to survive despite what can only be described as a bonkers basketball game by one Kyrie Irving, who bested his own personal single-game scoring record.
Kyrie Irving had 44 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals tonight. Hey Kyrie, you should get pissed off before every game.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 6, 2014
I suppose you would like us to explain why Kyrie Irving is upset, huh?
It all stemmed from comments made by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who, in an interview with Cavs: The Blog, reported hearing murmurings from Irving’s camp.
I suppose you would like us to tell you which murmurings. Fair enough. Here’s Windhorst:
The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired.
Oh, that’ll blow right over!
Anyway, you can read Irving’s response to this whole thing—which is pretty interesting and incendiary in and of itself—over at For The Win, to whom we doff our caps.
But lest we allow more Cleveland melodrama to steal time from the headline, let us remember: The Bobcats are in the playoffs!
While Charlotte throttled Indiana 109-87 in the two teams’ most recent meeting on March 5, the Bobcats are just 1-2 against the Pacers this season—still better than their 0-4 mark against Miami.
Two years ago, the Bobcats finished the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign with a record of 7-59—adjusted for percentage (.106), the worst performance by an NBA team in over 60 years, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Congratulations, Bobcats. You can keep those golf clubs in storage for at least another week.