Derek James

  • joined Sep 01, 2012
  • last login Apr 18, 2014
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24 years old from Minneapolis. Hoops blogger for SBN's Rufus on Fire, Hardwood Paroxysm in ESPN's TrueHoop Network, and Howlin' T-Wolf. In addition to being a lifelong Timberwolves fan, I've grown to accept the Bobcats as one of my own.

I thought I knew what I was doing, but now I don't.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Minnesota Twins
  • NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
  • NFL Minnesota Vikings
  • NCAAF Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • NCAAB Duke Blue Devils
  • NHL Detroit Red Wings
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Bobcats-Bulls meet to decide playoff fate

The Bobcats and Bulls meet in one of many games with playoff implications on Wednesday night. With a little luck they could move up in the standings, but they'll have to go through Chicago and get a little help to do so.

Bobcats-Wizards face off with seeding on the line

With just one game separating the Wizards and Bobcats in the standings, these two teams meet tonight to see if one can gain the inside track on the sixth seed.

Potential playoff matchup perspectives: Pacers

As the Pacers continue to slide out of the race for the top seed in the East, a Charlotte-Indiana first round playoff seems fairly likely. To get an even-handed take on how such a series might look, we have perspectives from either side.

Bobcats beat Cavs in OT, clinch playoff berth

The Bobcats were able to clinch their second ever playoff berth Saturday night with a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it certainly didn't come easy.

Bobcats, Wizards meet with playoff implications

Tonight, the Bobcats will play the Wizards in the third meeting between these two teams. With just three games separating them in the standings, the Bobcats will look to inch closer to improving their playoff positioning.

Bobcats look to inch closer to playoffs in Orlando

With a playoff berth in sight, the Bobcats head to Orlando to take on the Magic. Will they be able to drop their magic number with another victory?

Bobcats make statement, upset Pacers at home

The Bobcats took advantage of a Pacers team that just didn't have "it" on Wednesday night and made a statement behind another incredible performance from Al Jefferson.

Bobcats win streak ends in San Antonio

The Bobcats fought hard but found themselves unable to extend their post-All-star break winning streak.

Bobcats try to extend win streak against Grizzlies

After positioning themselves well in the playoff picture after the All-Star break with three straight wins. With a tough schedule looming, extending that streak to four on Saturday night could be pivotal.

Bobcats top Pistons, gain tiebreaker with Detroit

The Bobcats looked to get a jump on the Pistons for the eighth seed in the East on Tuesday night.

With playoff positioning at stake Bobcats top Mavs

The Bobcats were able to steal a good win from the Dallas Mavericks in blowout fashion on Tuesday night.

Jefferson drops 40, Bobcats top Lakers

Bobcats center Al Jefferson's 40 point performance gives Charlotte the key road victory in Los Angeles.

Jefferson, Bobcats thump Magic on the road.

The Bobcats got contributions from their key players and rolled on to a 10-point victory and their eighth road win of the season.

Bobcats look for road win against Timberwolves

The Bobcats head to Minneapolis to take on a potentially vulnerable Timberwolves team tonight. Can they repeat their victory from last season?

Wizards Q&A with Bullets Forever

Amin Vafa of Bullets Forever joins Rufus on Fire to help us preview tonight's game.

Bobcats falter in second half, drubbed by Clippers

The Bobcats headed into Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Wednesday night where the Clippers had lost three games all year.

Bobcats beat Pistons 116-106

The Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons in a comeback effort Friday night.

Walker, Bobcats upset Curry and Warriors at Home

With all of the North Carolina connections in the house, the Bobcats put on a show against the Warriors on Monday night, spoiling the return of hometown kid Steph Curry.

Of Queen City & Brotherly Love: Cats-76ers preview

The schedule gods may have left us a present tonight in the form of two upstart young teams. But will it be a good present or one that you will immediately want to re-gift?

Improved Bobcats visit reigning Heat

The improved Charlotte Bobcats visit the 13-3 Miami Heat on Sunday night and will look to steal one on the road.

Where in the world is Bismack Biyombo?

Bismack Biyombo has seen his minutes fade in recent days. Is it fair or unfair?

Bobcats lose 98-91 to Suns, miss opportunity

The Bobcats couldn't stay out of their way to take advantage of a sloppy performance by the Suns and let one get away at home.

Bobcats lose steam in loss to Hawks

The Bobcats played the Hawks closely on Monday night, but unfortunately let the lead slip away in the second half.

Bobcats look to continue New York takeover

Tonight's game features one division-leading team (at the time of writing this) missing it's crucial big man, and the other is the Knicks.

Depth chart breakdown: Shooting guards

There are two types of guards on a basketball team: Those that point and those that shoot. These guys are of the latter variety.

Will Charlotte have two top-100 players in 2017?

According to the SB Nation NBA panel, the Bobcats will have three top-100 players in the league by 2017. Who made the cut? Who didn't? Where are my keys? (Never mind. Found them!)

Bobcats 2013-14 schedule highlights

The Bobcats released their schedule for the 2014 season Tuesday evening. These are some of the highlights.

Will a new role help Biyombo and the Bobcats?

Bismack Biyombo was asked to take on a larger role than ever last season but didn't shine as many expected him to. new Bobcats coach Steve Clifford's new role for Biyombo could pay dividends for both the team and player.

Cody Zeller dominant in Vegas

The Bobcats' Cody Zeller has had a strong showing in summer league, which has been encouraging to many. However, Cody tells Rufus on Fire that he's not content and looking to build on his performance.

Bobcats overcome scare, seal victory

The Bobcats got out to a big lead, but nearly gave the game away due to sloppy play. Fortunately, they managed to eek out the victory.

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