The Bobcats have become Mr. Grumpy Pants

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The Bobcats really did look like this was going to be the year. A playoff appearance, some silencing of the incessant critics who said this team was not only horrible, but would be horrible for the next five years, maybe a slight reprieve of all the negativity that’s devoured them pretty much since inception.

And then the All-Star break came.

Something happened between Dallas and now that shifted the chemistry, balance, and ability of the Bobcats. They are two and six since then, and as the Charlotte Observer notes, Gerald Wallace isn’t exactly keeping an upbeat attitude.

“That was a team,” Wallace said of the Bobcats’ former
incarnation, following a 104-80 loss. “This one is just guys out on
their own as individuals. Not talking, not communicating on defense.”

And the implications?

“Very worried,” Wallace said of the playoff prospects.
“Even if we manage to figure this out and some other team slips up, I
don’t know what kind of game we’d play. I’m worried if we do (make the
playoffs), we’ll get swept.”

Jeez, Crash. Don’t sugarcoat. Give it to us straight.

The Bobcats are built around a pretty reliable system: overwhelming defense, limited hot spots of offense, and a solidified team effort. But Wallace is right that the Bobcats seem to be playing for themselves lately.

Wallace was a strange mix of satisfied and subdued when he spoke at media day at All-Star Weekend, talking about how happy he was just to be there. He then went out and gave one of the biggest mail-ins in dunk contest history, and struggled to do anything at all in the All-Star Game.

It’s hard to tall what exactly has gotten into the ‘Cats, but if they don’t get it fixed soon, it’ll be another year where they get early vacation.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.