Recap: Orlando Magic 92, Charlotte Bobcats 77 | Magic Basketball
Eddy came away impressed with Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter's pick-and-roll performance against the Charlotte Bobcats last night, particularly in the third quarter.
Carter was involved in the 2/5 pick and roll with [Marcin] Gortat or the 1/2 pick and roll with [Jameer] Nelson on almost every possession and the results speak for themselves.
Carter, Howard Come Through in Game Two Win
Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic daily agrees, saying "everything began to slowly open up for Orlando offensively" once Carter decided to go into attack mode.
Orlando Magic dispatch Charlotte Bobcats 92-77; Magic lead series 2-0 - Rufus on Fire
David Arnott of Rufus on Fire pretty nicely summarizes how the game went for Charlotte.
In the end, very little went well for the Cats, as they were outplayed from the tip -- not dramatically so, at any particular moment, but decisively over time.
For Magic, it’s a no-win complaining about refs – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel says the Magic should just stop complaining about the officiating in this series.
The chances of making any headway in this battle: zero.
The chances of the Magic backing off their stance: none.
He goes through the considerable list of grievances Orlando's had in this series. Eye-opening.
Charlotte Bobcats hope to be more physical at home against the Orlando Magic - OrlandoSentinel.com
Tania Ganguli, a colleague of Schmitz's at the Sentinel, reports that the Magic aren't the only team in this series that feels the officiating hasn't been fair.
"In Game 1 [Dwight Howard] was blocking shots, so we tended to shoot jump shots," [Gerald] Wallace said. "In Game 2 we weren't getting fouls, we weren't getting the same calls they were getting, so we tend to shoot jump shots. We can't do that. We gotta stick to our principles and do what we do."
Bobcats coach Larry Brown is upset as well. "Maybe we gotta get more respect," he said, reports Ganguli.
One offensive burst from DPOY enough for Magic - ESPN
Yet another story about officiating, this time from Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com, who runs down of all the problems representatives of both teams had with it last night.
Turnovers dig Bobcats a 2-0 hole - CharlotteObserver.com
Many Bobcats players attribute their team's low-scoring, high-turnover performances in Games 1 and 2 of the first round to "panicking in the face of the Magic's defensive intensity," reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Bobcats need a better start, or they're finished - CharlotteObserver.com
Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer details how poorly the Bobcats played on offense at the start of Game 2.
Of the Bobcats' first 13 possessions, they failed to score on 12. They turned the ball over six times. They shot an air ball.
In light of the Bobcats' consecutive slow starts, "a four-game sweep by Orlando looms as a realistic possibility, writes Fowler.
Magic Use Depth to Run Over Bobcats -- NBA FanHouse
Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse writes that Magic coach Stan Van Gundy is going against the grain by using a 10-man rotation in the playoffs, and notes that "the Magic played 10 guys nine minutes or more" in each of their first two postseason contests.