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#2743012 After Much Contemplation: Happy to Play the Heat.

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 18 April 2014 - 10:50 AM

      At first when I learned we were going to play the Heat, I automatically thought of another story.......David and Goliath.  Not to get biblical or anything, it's just that the task of playing and beating the two time defending champs seemed too daunting to not have a paralleled connection to that story.  


    As I was reflecting on what our Cats must do to have a chance......a warm calming feeling began to course through my veins.  


    This is the hardest it gets.  We're a big time underdog.  In any of the possible playoff scenarios we would have been considered the underdogs regardless of who we played.  Typically a team is quantified by how far they go in the playoffs.  However we have a chance to take our respect right away.  If we were to win this series.....or even take it to 7, the face of Charlotte basketball will forever be changed for the better.   Playing the Raptors wouldn't have provided the same opportunity that playing the Heat will give us.  We're in the national spotlight now, and the whole country will finally get a chance to see our team perform. 


With 3 wins, signing Carmelo Anthony becomes a real possibility.  A great platform finally would be created for Charlotte to attract big time players.


I actually do believe we have a chance in this series if the Cats play their best ball, don't back down, and punch Lebron in the mouth from the very first tip off.  


Kemba Walker is the most important player in this series for us.  He has to shoot well.  A consistent jumper is the only thing keeping him from greatness.  He's going to have to be hot for at least 5 of these games for us to have a chance.  The good news,  Kemba is a great competitor, he's carried UCONN on his back and now he gets his first crack at the playoffs.  We drafted him partly because we thought that he thrived in big games. We need him to takeover some games.  I expect him to come out with max effort and concentration. This is his chance to become a flat out superstar and I expect him to try and seize that opportunity.  


Anyway bring on the Heat.   The biggest opportunity this franchise has ever had.


Go Cats!




#2742267 Playoff Game 1: Charlotte Bobcats @ Miami Heat

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 17 April 2014 - 01:29 PM

I would suggest to the OP that he renames this thread....so the title of this thread can be used for game day.  That way we don't have to scroll through eight pages of responses to post in the 1st quarter on Sunday.


That said.....what are the keys to beat the Heat?  


We all already know that getting Big Al going is pivotal so I'm going to skip that point.   Defensively however I'd really like to see Zeller get more involved.   I think he has what it takes to help protect the paint from the Lebron drives. (Like Plumlee did).  


My major concern defensively are being able to switch the pick and roll without leaving Kemba on an island against Lebron or Wade.  Also I'd like to see MKG match up more against Wade and Henderson matched up more against Lebron.


One more point of concern is our offensive production while Ridnour is in the game.  I know he had a decent game a couple of nights ago, but without the ability to dribble drive I'm sort of scared of thinking this is where we lose.   I'd love to see them get Pargo more active at the point....we'll see what happens.

#2739870 Honestly, could this team pull one off the biggest upsets in history?

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 15 April 2014 - 09:51 AM

Tbh....if we can pull off two wins against the heat it'll be considered a successful season in my eyes.  All I can really ask out of this team is to leave us excited about next season. Couple home wins against the Heat will do it.

#2738639 So whats the plan moving forward?

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 13 April 2014 - 11:34 PM

I don't see what everyone is so panicked about regarding next year.  We have a good team....and we're in position to not only keep it together but also bring in some decent players to add on to it.  


If someone before the season gave me these two options:


A)  Be a playoff team with a lot of cap room in the off season to improve the team.




B ) Be a horrible team with a lot of cap room in the off season and some more picks in a weak draft.


I'm choosing A all day long.  With a winning team....we can actually get people to want to play here.  Especially with the Hornets rebrand.  I think some of you guys need to be prescribed some benzos or something.

#2738535 we signed a DE from the CFL

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 13 April 2014 - 09:02 PM

SCP likes canadian guys I think... or just gaydosh?

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It's because Trailer Park Boys is awesome. Gaydosh reminds him of Ricky.....and Gettleman is the Mustard Tiger at the Dirty Burger.

#2733644 Bobcats Wizards

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 09 April 2014 - 09:29 PM

I knew somebody would say that. He hits a lot of clutch shots because he ball hogs like no one else at the end of the game. And if the PG shot better than 30%, we wouldn't need clutch shots.

He is a streaky shooter, but Kemba does have the ability to be open at will.  He by far has the best crossover step back in the NBA.  He does need to become a more consistent shooter.  

#2733641 Bobcats Wizards

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 09 April 2014 - 09:24 PM

As much as I hate the refs there was more contact on Gortwat's score a second ago.

Pie for Gortwat.

#2733634 Bobcats Wizards

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 09 April 2014 - 09:18 PM

Umm it's a Carolina professional sports thing. We don't like easy. Must be difficult in order to count. 20 years of the Panthers proved it to me.

Let's face it......it's why we love them.

#2727603 Cats vs Magic 4/4

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 04 April 2014 - 09:35 PM

Big Al is awesome so I am not trying to talk bad about him just a minor observation.

But next season I would like him to come back in amazing shape so he can better handle the type of minutes he has had to play at times.

I mean, it isn't like he is really playing bad late in games, but I believe he could be even better and sometimes he looks like he is out of gas.

I don't think Al is ever going to have a naturally muscular build.  If you're practicing and playing those kind of minutes for a full season that's pretty much the best running shape you'll ever be in.

#2725636 Does Clowney scare you?

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 03 April 2014 - 09:50 AM



they need the help

I remember being blown away by how talented Cam is on that play.  Unbelievable.  One of the most athletic plays by a qb I've ever seen.  Thank God we have him.


Posted by TheMaulClaw on 02 April 2014 - 02:25 AM

Yeah.  I'm thankful the Bobcats have given us a decent season.   I'd love to see them finish over 500.  Either way.....12:00am the day we're done....Hornets time.   Win win.

#2719550 Desean Jackson released *update* Rivera interested *UPDATE X2* Rivera interes...

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 28 March 2014 - 12:34 PM

Oh and he has connections to the Crips.


Thereon Shakir....sounds like a ripoff of Tupac Shakur.

#2719532 pharrell calls tea party racist and other republican and rap related things

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 28 March 2014 - 12:25 PM

Is that worse than a party that tries to control and dictate the moral compass?

Possibly.  I don't know.  I don't think it's right for any one to do it.  I just don't think it's right for someone to call someone a racist because they want to be taxed less.  


Another problem in society......the actual meanings of conservative and liberal have been so contorted and misconstrued that if you say you're a conservative people think you hate gays, aren't pro choice,  are a fundamentalist, and you hate blacks.


When it really means you just want a little less government in your life as opposed to more government in your life.   


It's so jacked up that a lot of people are actually conservative but vote liberal even though they don't know what it means.


But its true....Republicans suck for hijacking the term conservative and attaching all of their stupid social issues to it.  Democrats sucks for raising taxes, spending more, and generally thinking they can help me more by spending my money for me.  It just looks like they believe in freedom because of wanting to legalize pot.....even though that's the conservative thing to do.

#2719398 Bobs vs Magic

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 28 March 2014 - 11:40 AM

This is a game we should win.  If everything goes as planned tonight it should be a good night.  We win....Pacers beat the Wiz and we're only a half game out of the 6th spot.

#2714436 Kenny Britt visiting Carolina

Posted by TheMaulClaw on 24 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

Fair enough.. He'll have plenty of them here lol. I loved the signing actually thought he was going to resign with the Steelers.

Gives me a little hope that he had his choice and he chose us.  I feel like it was a great bargain for us too.  You are right though....his window for being a number 2 is closing because he's getting older so he's not the long term answer, but he can probably provide us with the productivity we need for another 2 years.  It would wise for us to double up on a receiver with our 1st and our 3rd.

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