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Bobcats power ranking roundup and Rufus Links, week of April 7

The Bobcats are on a four-game winning streak, and one of those wins even came against a playoff-bound team. Did the national media notice?

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports 14th. It looks as if the big names in NBA blogging are starting to take note of the Bobcats' improved play. Here, John Schuhmann points out the progression of the offense, as the Bobcats are the only team in the league to have increased their offensive efficiency every month. 15th. Not much to note here, as the Bobcats are ranked about where you would expect them to be, but Marc Stein had the Wizards in the 15th spot last week. This week, they're 16th. Going into Wednesday's game at Washington, these teams are separated by only one game in the standings.

SB Nation: 15th. In Jason Patt's power rankings, the Bobcats jumped the Minnesota Timberwolves. I find this interesting, as the Wolves have consistently been ranked above the Bobcats in most of these articles, for what feels like most of the year. When this article was published, the Bobcats were ahead of the Wolves by only half a game, which suggests to me that there's recently been a change in view in the disparity between the conferences. Or maybe people just think the Bobcats are good now.

Sports Illustrated: 15th. Matt Dollinger points out that despite the criticism of Michael Jordan as an owner (most of which I see as unfounded, but that's an article for me to write another time), Rich Cho has built this franchise from rock bottom into a tough playoff team in just three years.

CBS Sports: 8th. I'm not entirely sure how to react to this, but thank you for this, Matt Moore. It's also worth noting that the Bobcats were ranked 18th in his rankings last week. Make what you will out of that.

Other Links:

Charlotte Observer | Bobcats playoff tickets go on sale Monday: PLAYOFFS!

College Basketball Talk: I think Michael Kidd-Gilchrist lost a bet to Kemba Walker. College loyalties stay strong, even for one-and-done players.

NBC Sports | Nene to return Wednesday against Bobcats: Since going to Washington at the end of the 2011-12 season, Nene has been a huge presence in their frontcourt, especially on the defensive end. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact he has on the big game Wednesday night.

Draft Express | 2014 Mock Draft: So, barring anything strange, the Pistons first-round pick won't transfer to Charlotte this year, but the Bobcats could still find good value in what looks like a deep draft class.

How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All : Code Switch : NPR
NPR's got a wicked exploration into basketball history to tear apart stereotypes when it comes to race. (Editor's selection - Ben)