The Charlotte Bobcats have been a thorn in the side of the Celtics for the past few years. The Bobcats are, and have been, a sub .500 team. For some reason, though, they tend to play the crap out of the Celtics. Although the Celtics are 6-2 against them since the beginning of the 07-08 season, some of those wins came right down to the wire. Just as easy as we are 6-2 against them, it could be 4-4, or even 3-5. This is not exactly what you would hope for when playing a team which struggles to win. Charlotte just has something in their game that gets the C’s everytime.
This year, in the home opener, the Celtics put the Bobcats in place. You would expect this, though. It is pretty hard not to get up for the first regular season home game regardless to who it is against. At the same time, our confidence was riding high coming off a win at Cleveland. The 92-59 victory for the C’s is not at all representative of the past.
Last year in the matchups between the two, there were 3 battle it out showdowns. Early in the season, in late November, we went to Charlotte and beat them 89-84 in a game that was tight throughout. Then in early January was a game to forget when we took them to overtime in Charlotte, only to lose 114-106. Finally, at the end of the year, we all remember the epic game where the Celtics hit huges 3’s one right after the other, until Ray hit the final dagger in the 2nd overtime.
The 07-08 season was no different. The series between the two started with the game that appeared all but over. The Bobcats simply had to get the ball in bounds, get fouled, and that would be all she wrote. Instead, the Celtics played tight d mixed with poor decision making by the Bobcats, to get the ball tipped out to Ray for the game winner at the buzzer. Whoops. The series continued: they beat us at home, we won by a small margin at home, then to end the season we went to their house and gave them a good beat down. You get the drift.
With all of this history, I can’t help but be nervous going into tonights game. We have been playing better basketball as of late, however, so have the Bobcats. They have won 4 in a row, one of which was against Cleveland. In these games they have held their opponents to an average of 83 points. This is not the same team we saw in October. Hopefully the Celtics look past their 7-9 record and play just as if they were playing the Heat again.