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Bobcats in perfect position for serious playoff push

Jefferson takes three defenders to the hoop
Jefferson takes three defenders to the hoop
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The Charlotte Bobcats are playing their best basketball at the time when most teams would like to be in a rhythm: two weeks before the NBA Playoffs start.

Charlotte is looking more and more like a club that top teams in the Eastern Conference would like to avoid if they want a chance to make it out of the first round.

They are playing great defense, they are not turning the ball over and their best player has followed up an Eastern Conference player of the month award in March with the first Eastern Conference player of the week honor in April.

Al Jefferson, who received his second player of the week honor as a Bobcat this season averaged 24.3 points, 13 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 37.1 minutes for the week. He ranked second in the Eastern Conference in rebounding and fourth in scoring and was the only player in the conference to average at least 24 points and 13 rebounds.

The Bobcats are one of only two teams in the NBA with current win streaks of at least four games. The team has won six of its last eight games and is 16-8 since the All-Star Break, the seventh-best record in the NBA and fourth-best in the Eastern Conference during that stretch.

After clinching a playoff spot with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, the only thing left is to find out who they will face in the first round. That question could potentially be answered on Wednesday when Charlotte travels to Washington to take on the Wizards whom the Bobcats trail by one game for the sixth spot in the east.

With five games remaining, Charlotte has a very favorable schedule down the stretch with games against the Celtics, Sixers and Hawks before a home finale against the Bulls.

When asked about the teams prospects in the playoffs Jefferson said, "we ain't satisfied just making it to the playoffs, we going in there to make some noise. So whoever we play, those boys better be ready cause the Cats are coming."

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