On November 20, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Phoenix Suns 123-105. Watching that game, it was easy to predict that the Suns would be a different franchise (which they now are) by the time the two teams squared off again. What turned out to be a shocker was the change the Bobcats made in December when Paul Silas replaced future Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. More surprising is that the Bobcats a team of also-rans since they came into the league in 2004 have compiled a winning record under Silas. Needless to say, when Phoenix and Charlotte face off both teams will be different. But, unlike the Suns, the Bobcats have actually gotten better.
Wed., Jan. 26, 7 p.m., 2011