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Lakers: Thank Goodness the Bobcats Aren't Contenders

PHOENIX - JANUARY 26:  Stephen Jackson #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 26, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bobcats defeated the Suns in overtime.  114-109.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Josh BroudyCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

Sometimes superior teams just can't win against certain inferior opponents. 

Historically, that's how it is for for the Lakers facing the Bobcats. No matter the personnel for the Bobcats, the Lakers just can't seem to beat them twice in a season.

The Lakers got handed their worst defeat of the season last night in Charlotte. 

This rough stretch raises questions: What if the Bobcats were title contenders? What if the Bobcats were in the finals vs the Lakers?

Now these are completely hypothetical questions because, unlike football, basketball playoff series are played in more than one game. 

It's not as if the Bobcats will be able to beat the Hawks, Magic, or Cavaliers in a playoff series. 

But going back to the question. The Lakers would be in trouble if they faced the Bobcats.

They create various matchup problems for the Lakers. For one, Tyson Chandler is a great shot blocker. He can match up against either Bynum or Gasol.

Theo Ratliff is much older, and isn't as versatile, but he can still play a bit.

Stephen Jackson played some solid defense against Bryant. He held Bryant to 26 points in 42 minutes. 

By now you realize the Bobcats just have the Lakers' number. They not only have their number, but their social security number, e-mail address, etc. You get the point.

But unless the Bobcats turn into serious title contenders, the Lakers won't have to worry about them in the Finals.

But they will have to worry about them two nights a year.

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