Charlotte Bobcats @ Grizzlies, 2/26/10
This game was not televised locally, and the news that Michael Jordan will become the controlling owner of the team is overshadowing, so our comments on the game will be pithy.
Needless to say, after dropping the first three games of this road trip, 7 of the last 10 overall and falling out of the eighth spot in the East, this was nearly a must-win. On top of all that, we have the Mavs, Celtics and Lakers this coming week.
As of Saturday, the Cats are still on the outside looking in regarding the playoffs, a half game back of 8th place Miami. Both the Bulls (currently 6th) and Bucks (currently 7th) are have won 8 of their last 10 to push the Cats back out. Basically, every game is huge the rest of the way, and the Cats should be happy to have a relatively benign and home-heavy schedule down the stretch.
The Cats will take the weekend off to rest up, while continuing to work Tyrus Thomas and Theo Ratliff in the mix. Hopefully, we can get Nazr back to bolster the frontline. Next game is Monday night, 7 PM ET, hosting Dirk and the Mavs at the Cable Box.