It was a surprise start for the Charlotte Bobcats who were, for the first time in a year, winning games. They won seven games all of last season, leading to the worst win percentage of any team in NBA history, but just 12 games into this year have already won just as many in this small sample size.
Kemba Walker, in year two of his NBA career, is establishing himself as a scorer, attacking with more consistency on the young Bobcats squad. Byron Mullens is showing up nightly, flirting with a double-double by averaging 13 points and eight boards a game. And they brought in veterans Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon, who are proving key in late-game situations.
But Monday night, none of that mattered.
They were blown out by an Oklahoma City Thunder squad hungry for their first NBA title. And it was painfully evident, despite all the success they’ve had this year, that the Bobcats aren’t quite there.
Walker didn’t score a point for the Bobcats, first-round pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored eight points and Charlotte only shot 29 percent from the field.
The Thunder on the other hand, were led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, two former premiere picks who now are leading their once struggling squad to the promised land. Walker and MKG could only watch as the OKC duo combined for 30 points and blew out the up-and-coming Bobcats.
The Bobcats have received a massive amount of praise on the work they’ve done thus far, and rightfully so, proving most NBA pundits incorrect on their assessment of the situation in Charlotte.
One game won’t change the progress they’ve made. One win, one loss or one blowout. They’ll keep moving forward as a team, progressing forward from a historic loss, one of the worst in their franchise’s history.
If Walker keeps attacking, MKG grows into his own and the Bobcats draft accordingly, the future won’t be so bleak anymore in Charlotte.
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