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Video: Kemba Walker’s game-winner buries the Timberwolves

Nov 15, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

If the playoffs started today, the Charlotte Bobcats would be the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference.

They don’t, of course, and there’s an entire season to deal with before that could become a reality. But think about that for a second — as abysmal as the Bobcats franchise has been, winning more than 35 games just once in its eight years in Charlotte (and proud owners of a 7-59 record a season ago), they sit at 4-3 after Kemba Walker came to the rescue once again.

Walker was all over the floor in this one, and finished with 22 points, four rebounds, five assits, and four steals in 45 minutes of action. After his team tried to give this one away against the injury-ravaged Timberwolves by giving back all of a 16-point lead, Walker made sure he would leave with the win by hitting the step-back jumper with just 0.9 seconds remaining.

  1. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    kemba looks like a completely different player than i saw last year. it will still be a rough season for the bobcats, but to be 4 and 3 right now is a temporarily awesome feeling. it took 2 months to get this many wins last year. woohoo!

    • thesixersbench - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Good for you guys. I’d also be pumped about the progress of BJ Mullens. While I certainly won’t be calling for his name on any All Star ballots, he’s shown considerable improvement over last year.

      If the ‘Cats get score another Top 5 pick and hit on it, they could put together a core with some serious potential.

  2. jgedgar70 - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Of course we should take the 4-3 record with a grain of salt. Every game except one has been against a team with at least 1 of their best players injured, and last night the opponent had 6 guys out. But one of our best players is injured too.

    The excitement stems from the difference in the way the team is going about its business. They blew a big lead last night, but they finished. They were down big to a team they’ve never beaten, and came back to win. Certainly Kemba is better, but look at Byron Mullins. I don’t think he ever played defense in his life until Mike Dunlap got a hold of him. Even ultra-moody Tyrus Thomas is making effort.

    Yes, there’s a long way to go. We probably only have 5 guys that would be part of a playoff team’s roster. We won’t win every close one, and the elite teams will still blow our doors off. But there is plenty enough evidence to believe we will win 25-28 games, and keep building from there.

  3. bdoubleoey - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    So they win by 2 against a team with its 5 best players out. Good for them. They have improved so much (sarcasm)

    • someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      they won 7 games last year and have won 4 so far this year. that’s pretty simple math to most people.

      • bdoubleoey - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Didn’t say anything about the amount of wins they have. Just said they beat a team with all of their top players injured. So this game said more about the talent of the T-Wolves then the Bobcats cause they were able to almost win the game with out Love, Rubio, Pek, Roy and Chase. MN is 5-3 on the year and have had their top 2 players not play a second. Take the top 2 players off the other NBA teams and see how good they are. Great coaching and players who are about the team no themselves is the difference with them this year

    • djp141 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Last year’s Bobcats lose this game by 10 (20, if Minnesota has 3 of those players back).

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