Found April 19, 2012 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the playoffs, but they want to advance further than they did last season. The bar is set much lower in Charlotte. Memphis' push for home-court advantage in the opening round of the postseason continues Friday night when the Bobcats try to end a franchise-record 18-game losing streak with their fifth straight home win in this series. After making the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006 and winning their first-ever postseason series, the Grizzlies (37-25) clinched another playoff spot Wednesday with a 103-91 victory over Western Conference-worst New Orleans. Memphis, though, is not satisfied with just being one of the top eight teams in the West. The Grizzlies have their eyes on a bigger prize after knocking out San Antonio in the West quarterfinals last season before pushing Oklahoma City to seven games in the next round. "We have high expectations for ourselves," guard O.J. Mayo said Wednesday after scoring 15 points. "It's obviously the highest of expectations is to win a ring. Last year, we could just be happy to be there. This year, we definitely have a different focus. And we feel like we're supposed to be there." The question now is where Memphis, which has won 12 of 16, will open the postseason. Currently fifth in the West, the Grizzlies have an outside chance to move up a spot if the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers fall. While the Grizzlies prepare for what they hope is a deep playoff run, the lowly Bobcats' only hope is to win one of their final five games to avoid the worst winning percentage in NBA history. If Charlotte (7-54) can't win another game, it will finish with a winning percentage of .106. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers went 9-73 for a .110 winning percentage. "We don't want to set that record," guard Gerald Henderson said after the Bobcats lost an 18th straight game Wednesday - 100-68 to Chicago. "That's something that we're thinking about and we've talked about. We just want to win. That's my sole goal." But if the Bobcats are going to avoid that dubious distinction, they'll likely have to start shooting with more accuracy. They shot a season-low 29.8 percent against the Bulls, surpassing a mark set two nights earlier (30.3 percent) in a 75-67 loss to the Hornets. "That's been our problem all year," said Bobcats coach Paul Silas, whose team is converting a league-worst 41.4 percent. Charlotte, though, has hit 48.8 percent while winning six of eight against Memphis. The Bobcats won 96-82 in the Grizzlies' last visit to Time Warner Cable Arena on Jan. 10, 2011. Memphis forward Rudy Gay, who finished with 13 points in that defeat, is scoring 24.5 per game - 5.4 more than his season average - over the last eight contests overall. "I'm going to keep going out there and being aggressive," Gay said. "That's what I do. I'm a scorer by heart, and you can't score without shooting." Memphis, 14-18 away from home, closes the road portion of its schedule Friday. The Bobcats have dropped 11 in a row at home since a 107-103 victory over Toronto on March 17. That was also Charlotte's last win anywhere.

Report: Coach, player had run-in

According to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, things got physical between Bobcats coach Paul Silas and Tyrus Thomas after a recent loss to the Celtics.

Paul Silas, Tyrus Thomas reportedly involved in phyiscal confrontation in Bobcats locker room

If you wanted proof of how much of a train wreck the Charlotte Bobcats are this season (well, other than their record), it presented itself in the form of an ugly shouting match that turned physical between a 68-year-old coach and a 25-year-old player in the team’s locker room on Sunday. After, you guessed it, another Bobcats loss — this time a double-digit loss to a shorthanded...

Silas, Thomas involved in locker room spat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The frustration of losing has started to boil over for the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats. A Bobcats executive confirmed there was an altercation Sunday night in the team locker room between coach Paul Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas. The incident, first reported by Yahoo!, took place after Charlotte's 94-82 loss to the Boston Celtics. It was confirmed by...

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Paul Silas Has Seen Just About Enough Of Tyrus Thomas

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Bobcats try to avoid ignominy

This business of finishing the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history is getting serious. It's hard to picture who the Bobcats can beat over their last six games. The Bobcats need one victory to have a better winning percentage than the 9-73 Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73. But the Bobcats 7-53 in this lockout-shortened NBA season, haven't won in a franchise...

Report: Lester Hudson to sign with Memphis Grizzlies

According to the Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal, G Lester Hudson will sign with the Grizzlies and will be eligible for their playoff roster- “Guard Lester Hudson, whose second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expired on Wednesday, is expected to sign with the Griz for the rest of the season. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Hudson has...

Bobcats 5 losses from NBA futility mark

History may one day recall, though history may not care, that the closest the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats came to a two-game win streak was in the second game of their season. Charlotte, already 1-0 after an opening night 96-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, led the Miami Heat by one point with a few seconds remaining. Yes, the Miami Heat. Alas for the Bobcats and the 19,614 in...

Your Morning Dump... Ray Allen was told he was traded to Memphis

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen long feared had come: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, telling him he had been traded...

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Silas Shoved Tyrus Thomas

Paul Silas shoved Tyrus Thomas following a postgame screaming match on Sunday.

Rudy Gay Makes You Happy, Not Bicurious

The big man came through with 28/9/4, a steal and 2 threes. Although, I guess 99% of NBA players are big men, so it’s a good thing I didn’t make you guess who had that line. It was Rudy Gay  all the way! Of course, we know it wouldn’t be Anthony Randolph, who missed 7 of his 8 shots to come up with an embarrassing 4/3/2 line. Starting doesn’t seem to tickle his fancy, as...

Bobcats drop 19th consecutive game

Mike Conley had 18 points and seven assists as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Charlotte 85-80 on Friday night to extend the Bobcats' franchise-worst losing streak to 19 games. The Grizzlies overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter and then held on to get an important victory in terms of playoff seeding in the Western Conference. On the 25-year anniversary of Michael...

Grizzlies hand Bobcats their 19th straight loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Mike Conley had 20 points and seven assists as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Charlotte 85-80 on Friday night to extend the Bobcats' franchise-worst losing streak to 19 games. The Grizzlies overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter and then held on to get an important victory in terms of playoff seeding in the Western Conference. On the 25-year...

Trail Blazers-Grizzlies Preview

Given their recent dominance at home, the Memphis Grizzlies know how valuable fourth place in the Western Conference would be. A matchup with the slumping Portland Trail Blazers could help them inch closer to securing that spot. Seeking a ninth consecutive win at FedExForum, Memphis squares off against a Portland team looking to snap its longest losing streak of the season Saturday...
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