Charlotte Bobcats 2014 News and Updates
3/10/14 - Led by Al Jefferson, who lit up the scoreboard for 34 points while clearing eight rebounds, the Charlotte Bobcats maintained their seventh place in the Eastern Conference standing with a huge 109-87 home win over conference leaders Indiana on March 5. The Bobcats held Pacers All Star starter Paul George to just two points on a pair of free throws, while outscoring Indiana 44-24 in the paint, and 23-7 on the fast break. Kemba Walker collected nine assists in the winning effort for the Bobcats, who had previously lost three straight, all on the road.
3/3/14 - Even though the Charlotte Bobcats are under .500 (27-30) at the moment, they are very much in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bobcats have been idle since a February 22 victory over Memphis, 92-89. Currently sitting in seventh place in a tightly packed Eastern Conference (just five games separate fourth place Chicago from eighth place Atlanta; the Bobcats are just a game clear of the Hawks), Charlotte faces a tough gauntlet of opponents in the next few days, including contests with East front runners Indiana and Miami.
2/21/14 - In an effort to add depth to their roster in the second half for a playoff push, the Charlotte Bobcats dealt Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions to Milwaukee for trade target Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. Reportedly unhappy in Milwaukee, the acquisition of Neal provides depth for the Bobcats. Neal had averaged 10 points per game for Milwaukee in 30 games (starting twice). Charlotte started the second half of the regular season off right, with a solid 116-98 win over the Detroit Pistons, who are 2 1/2 games behind the Bobcats in the East playoff chase.
2/11/14 - The Charlotte Bobcats won three out of their last four road games, but were less successful in hosting San Antonio, dropping a close game 104-100 to the Spurs. Still, a pair of Bobcats, center Al Jefferson and guard Gerald Henderson, notched over 20 points each in the loss, while forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist collected 12 rebounds. The Bobcats hope for a different result against their next Texas opponent, Dallas, before taking to the road again with a visit to Brooklyn.
2/4/14 - Despite being seven games under .500 (21-28) at this point in the season, if the season were ending now, the Charlotte Bobcats would be in line for just their second ever postseason appearance. That appearance, in 2010, coincides with the only winning record in Bobcats history, a 44-38 mark. The Bobcats may be seeking to bolster their numbers as part of their postseason push; the Charlotte Observer reported on February 3 that the Bobcats have some interest in acquiring Philadelphia’s Evan Turner; however, the Observer story also cautioned that no deal is imminent.
1/21/14 - Not only did the Charlotte Bobcats lose to the Heat on Saturday (104-96), but they also lost point guard Kemba Walker for two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Yesterday, Charlotte nearly blew a 30-point lead against the Raptors in the last 17 minutes of the game, thankfully saved by six free throws scored by Gerald Henderson and fresh starter Ramon Sessions (in for Walker) with 15 seconds left on the clock. Bobcats tickets are super affordable—get in for just $5 when the Clippers visit tomorrow, or $16 to be there for their big game against the Bulls this Saturday. After that, Charlotte will be on the road for some time, not returning until Feb 8 to face the Spurs (get-in for $18). Halfway through the season, the Bobcats and their strong defense have built an 18-25 record—a great sign of improvement over last season, in which they only won 21 games. Charlotte is currently tied with the Pistons for the Easter Conference’s last playoff spot, are they a playoff caliber team? Get Charlotte Bobcats tickets now and you be the judge!
Charlotte Bobcats 2013-2014 Season
The average price for Bobcats tickets at Time Warner Cable Arena
in 2013-14 is $99. After starting the regular season on the road against the Rockets on 10/30, the Bobcats’ home opener on 11/1 against the Cavaliers is averaging $80. The two most expensive games come on 11/16 and 1/18 against the defending champion Heat, averaging $237 and $227, respectively. The next five most expensive Wizards home games are against the Lakers on 12/14, Thunder on 12/27, Knicks on 11/8, Bulls on 1/25, and Clippers on 1/22.
In the final year of Bobcats history, owner Michael Jordan hopes for drastic improvement leading into a retro-inspired new era of Charlotte basketball. Now that the Pelicans inhabit New Orleans, Jordan will bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte starting with the 2014-15 season. After finishing next-to-last in the NBA last season in 2012-13, first-year coach Steve Clifford will be responsible for the maturation of the team’s young core. Former top-10 picks Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Bismack Biyombo will need to prove they can be efficient, productive NBA players. Former Hoosier Cody Zeller, the #4 overall pick in the 2013 draft, will also need to play well to justify his high draft position. The free agent acquisition of forward Al Jefferson provides a solid low-post presence and veteran leadership for the young Bobcats.