The Orlando Magic picked up a win last night against the Charlotte Bobcats, but suffered a key loss when shooting guard Vince Carter slipped on the court in crunch time, in a spot made slick when Charlotte's Stephen Jackson tried to flop while Carter handled on a prior possesion. Per Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com, Carter sustained a strained right hip flexor and the team lists him as day-to-day with the injury. Carter, on his Twitter account, thanked his fans for their concern; said the injury is "nothin ice, stim & aleve can't cure;" and said his daughter, who attended the game, was very upset to see the injury.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy is upset too, but in a different way. Details follow the jump.
Officials assessed him a technical foul for arguing with them after Carter went down. In his recap, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com says "Van Gundy sounded certain he would report the wet court incident to the NBA league office." The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz has more on Van Gundy's unhappy post-game presser here. David Arnott of Rufus on Fire, SB Nation's Bobcats blog, isn't pleased with the way Van Gundy handled the situation, worrying "he might've gotten some kid reprimanded (or fired)."
The Magic figure to need Carter at full strength in the games ahead, though obviously the schedule in late April, May, and June has more import than those directly ahead of us. The Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, and Toronto Raptors all visit Amway Center next week, and each boasts a potentially explosive offense. Carter is not exactly a popular player in Orlando, but he's proven effective and efficient offensively so far, and certainly is preferable on that end of the floor to the slumping triad of Mickael Pietrus, J.J. Redick, and Quentin Richardson, which has combined for 80 points on an icy 43.5 percent True Shooting mark on the young season.
To date, Carter has averaged 14.2 points in just 27.8 minutes, with a 61.2 percent True Shooting figure.