- The Charlotte Bobcats will make their lone national television appearance with the chance to set a dubious NBA record. Charlotte would set the league record for lowest winning percentage with a loss. The Bobcats are currently 7-58 (.108) and would fall to 7-59 (.106) with the loss. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers squad that finished 9-73 for a .110 percentage is the current holder of the record. The Providence Steamrollers set the league low for victories in a season during the 1947-48 campaign which they finished 6-42 (.125).
- The Bobcats are currently on a 22-game losing streak which is the fifth longest in league history. The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the NBA league’s longest losing streak at 26 which was set during the 2010-11 season. Two teams are tied for the third longest streak at 23 games (Vancouver, 1995-96, and Denver, 1997-98). If Charlotte loses this game, its 23-game skid would be the longest to end a season in NBA history, surpassing a 19-game run by the Cavaliers to close out the 1981-82 campaign.
- The Knicks also have something to play for. New York can lock up the seventh seed in the playoffs with a win tonight. However a loss by the Knicks and a win by the Sixers would give Philadelphia the seventh spot. Both teams will open the 2012 NBA Playoffs this weekend against either at Chicago (No. 1 seed) or at Miami (No. 2. seed).
- That said, the Knicks are also going to be looking to rest the key players in their rotation to make sure they are fresh for the playoffs. The team will most likely travel straight from Charlotte to either Miami or Chicago, and the first playoff game in either of those cities will be on Saturday or Sunday. Coach Mike Woodson was clear in what he’s looking to accomplish tonight against Charlotte. “Our biggest goal is to be safe and healthy for the playoffs. I want to see what our young guys can do and who is willing to step up.” New York will dress just 10 players with Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis getting the night off. Amar’e Stoudemire will start and may play as much as two quarters. Stoudemire felt he needed some more game action in advance of the playoffs.
- The Bobcats will be without Derrick Brown (right ankle sprain), Reggie Williams (left knee tendinitis), Eduarda Najera (frontal bone fracture) and Corey Maggette (right Achilles tendon strain). D.J. Augustin will get the start but may be limited by tendinitis in his right knee. Tyrus Thomas will start in place of Brown for Coach Paul Silas.
- All signs point to Charlotte-native and free agent Antawn Jamison and the Cleveland Cavaliers parting ways at the conclusion of the season. There is speculation around the league that Jamison might be interested in signing with the Bobcats in the offseason. Jamison is a great mentor and could serve in a similar role in the Queen City.
–Derek S. Smith