The parallels between the Bobcats' losses to Washington and Cleveland over three days goes way beyond getting beaten by terrible teams in the Eastern Conference while in a playoff race.
They were beaten in precisely the same way: Giving up constant rebounds and easy trips to the rim to fall behind by 19 or more points in the first half.
That's somewhat about injuries in that their best shot-blocker and longest defender, Tyrus Thomas, is out. But it's also about a team that doesn't block out and never really recovered from the trade of Gerald Wallace to Portland.
The Bobcats could be eliminated from the playoff race Wednesday if they lose to the Magic and the Pacers beat the Wizards. Considering they'll face Magic center Dwight Howard, the game's most dynamic low-post threat, it's hard to imagine them winning this one. And perhaps that's how it should be as far as exposing what they must improve.
Almost from the day coach Paul Silas took over from Larry Brown, he saw this as a team that didn't make any effort to block out. That caught up to them the past two games, when Andray Blatche and J.J. Hickson had All-Star-like performances at power forward.
Change makes sense in the coming off-season and Boris Diaw's status with the Bobcats is certainly in question.
CAVALIERS 99, BOBCATS 89: The first-half box score said it all -- the Cavaliers, with the NBA's worst record, led by as much as 21. Cleveland had 26 rebounds and a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points. And, oh yeah, they outshot the Bobcats 46 to 34 percent.
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