We've been stopped on the street and harassed for not showing enough wanton love to the Bobcats, by far the weirdest, most sick and twisted team in the postseason. As brave and futuristic as the Thunder are, trying to even make a bandwagon out of them is like getting married to your iPhone. What's more, while Kevin Durant was busy getting man-handled by Ron Artest and the Thunder's slippery line-up crushed by Andrew Bynum, Gerald Wallace was grabbing rebounds over Dwight Howard.
We had figured that, like something built with instructions xeroxed from The Anarchist's Cookbook, this team would either fizzle, burn off the hair of all involved or make its owner very, very dangerous. Orlando may have won the battle, but the war is on. When Stephen Jackson promises an upset, and Gerald Wallace states nonchalantly that "We will keep going at him. If he blocks 20 shots, he blocks 20 shots,'' Charlotte is one single win away from throwing these whole playoffs into disorder -- however briefly.