Charlotte's 2nd-to-Last Chance at Avoiding Historical NBA Futility

The 7-57 Charlotte Bobcats, losers of 21 straight, have two more opportunities to finish without the worst winning percentage in NBA history. Tonight in Orlando and Thursday at home against New York. (The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers went 9-73 for a winning percentage of .110; a 7-59 finish would leave the Bobcats at .106.)

For a historically awful team, the Bobcats sure do have some swagger. Recently, tempers flared between Rudy Gay of Memphis and Charlotte rookie Bismack Biyombo.

“Biyombo told me, ‘This is my house,’” Gay said, smiling afterwards. “I told him, ‘You have 7 wins. It’s everybody’s house.’”

Sick burn. One of the Knicks’ reserves – JR Smith? – will surely be saying the same thing when the Knicks drop 125 on the Bobcats in the season finale.

Charlotte did beat Orlando (soundly) seven weeks ago, so there is some hope tonight on the road. The Bobcats are +14.5 dogs.

Against a lifeless Orlando team completely coasting into the playoffs without Dwight Howard … I’d take the Bobcats here if I dabbled on the NBA (I don’t).

* Yes, I still completely stand by what I wrote here after the Bobcats draft in June 2011. Reminder: In Kevin Durant’s rookie year, the Sonics won 20 games and were the 2nd worst team in the league. As long as the Bobcats can get Anthony Davis in the draft, it’ll be a step in the right direction. If they don’t? Uh …

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