Road a refuge for Charlotte Bobcats?

dscott@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Not much has been different in the Charlotte Bobcats’ performances at home and away this season. Even so, they’ll hope that whatever has worked on the road continues this weekend with games at Minnesota on Friday and Chicago on Saturday.

The Bobcats (15-21) are 7-10 on the road and 8-11 at Time Warner Cable Arena. That road record is actually pretty good for a team that struggles to find victories at home and sits on the edge of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

They won their most recent game away from home, a 113-103 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 4, the final game of a five-game road trip on which Charlotte went 1-4.

“On the road, you’re forced to bring intensity,” said Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson, who scored 27 points in a 97-83 loss against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday in Charlotte. “You’ve got to be sharp and be ready. If you’re not, it can be bad. That’s probably why we’ve been a better road team, because we’ve been able to do that.”

This weekend’s games are part of a stretch in which the Bobcats play nine of 11 games on the road. They return to face the New York Knicks next Tuesday before going to Philadelphia on Wednesday and Orlando on Friday.

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford actually liked what he saw from his team on the recent five-game trip, which included losses at Atlanta, Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland before winning at Sacramento.

“We played three bad halves in those five games,” said Clifford. “For whatever reason, we’ve played better on the road.”

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