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Charlotte Bobcats Lock Up Spot in NBA Playoffs

| by SportsbookGurus

By Bryan Cross

Larry Brown was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets when the team played their first home game 29 years ago. They opened that year with a loss, and Monday night against Charlotte, they bookended the same way, as NewJersey closed out their final game in the arena with a 105-95 loss to the Larry Brown coached Bobcats.

“I was here for the first and the last,” Brown said in a post-game interview. “What does that tell you? How dumb are these people who keep hiring me? I’m sure over my career I’ve been in a lot of buildings and outlasted them. Me. Nelly [Don Nelson] and Lenny [Wilkens]. Coach [Jerry] Sloan. I don’t know if that’s a good thing.”

With the victory, the Bobcats locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will be a participant in their first post-season in the history of the franchise after tabbing a 44-37 record on the regular season with one game remaining.

By virtue of Miami’s triumph over Philadelphia, Charlotte locked up their playoff berth and will face Orlando in the first round of the playoffs. The Magic won the Eastern Conference last season, but lost in the NBA Finals to the Lakers.

“They got a great coach,” Brown remarked of Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy. “They went to Finals last year and all they did was add Vince Carter. Every day that Dwight [Howard] plays, he’s better. They’re a team that can win the NBA championship. They have all the things going for them.”

Led by a 17 point and nine rebound effort by Stephen Jackson, the Bobcats catapulted themselves to victory. The Charlotte bench, outscoring the Nets bench 50-4. Gerald Henderson added 14 points and Tyrus Thomas tabbed 13 for the Bobcats.

“The first half, we just tried to come in and give them a boost,” said Henderson in a post-game interview. “When you get in there, you just try to keep it the same or get it better. We played some pretty good defense down the stretch and we converted our offense pretty good. It was a pretty good overall game.”

On the other side of the court, the Nets lost their 69th game of the year. Devin Harris scored 22 points for them team, while Terrence Williams tabbed 21 points in the losing effort.

“It’s disappointing losing the last game at Izod,” Harris said after the game. “But it’s been like that for us all season.”

The Nets will make the move from the Meadowlands to the Prudential Center next season, and then move into their new structure in Brooklyn for the 2012 season.

“I hate to see them leave New Jersey,” Brown remarked.

The 2010 NBA Playoffs begin this week.  Online Sportsbooks have set the Bobcats as a contender, but favor Cleveland and Orlando to advance to the NBA Finals.

Larry Brown was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets when the team played their first home game 29 years ago. They opened that year with a loss, and Monday night against Charlotte, they bookended the same way, as NewJersey closed out their final game in the arena with a 105-95 loss to the Larry Brown coached Bobcats.

“I was here for the first and the last,” Brown said in a post-game interview. “What does that tell you? How dumb are these people who keep hiring me? I’m sure over my career I’ve been in a lot of buildings and outlasted them. Me. Nelly [Don Nelson] and Lenny [Wilkens]. Coach [Jerry] Sloan. I don’t know if that’s a good thing.”

With the victory, the Bobcats locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will be a participant in their first post-season in the history of the franchise after tabbing a 44-37 record on the regular season with one game remaining.

By virtue of Miami’s triumph over Philadelphia, Charlotte locked up their playoff berth and will face Orlando in the first round of the playoffs. The Magic won the Eastern Conference last season, but lost in the NBA Finals to the Lakers.

“They got a great coach,” Brown remarked of Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy. “They went to Finals last year and all they did was add Vince Carter. Every day that Dwight [Howard] plays, he’s better. They’re a team that can win the NBA championship. They have all the things going for them.”

Led by a 17 point and nine rebound effort by Stephen Jackson, the Bobcats catapulted themselves to victory.  The Charlotte bench, outscoring the Nets bench 50-4 . Gerald Henderson added 14 points and Tyrus Thomas tabbed 13 for the Bobcats.

“The first half, we just tried to come in and give them a boost,” said Henderson in a post-game interview. “When you get in there, you just try to keep it the same or get it better. We played some pretty good defense down the stretch and we converted our offense pretty good. It was a pretty good overall game.”

On the other side of the court, the Nets lost their 69th game of the year. Devin Harris scored 22 points for them team, while Terrence Williams tabbed 21 points in the losing effort.

“It’s disappointing losing the last game at Izod,” Harris said after the game. “But it’s been like that for us all season.”

The Nets will make the move from the Meadowlands to the Prudential Center next season, and then move into their new structure in Brooklyn for the 2012 season.

“I hate to see them leave New Jersey,” Brown remarked.

The 2010 NBA Playoffs begin this week. Online Sportsbooks have set the Bobcats as a contender, but favor Cleveland and Orlando to advance to the NBA Finals.