Here's a quick look at the four factor's from the Orlando Magic's 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday morning:
Rashard Lewis, who has vowed to be more assertive offensively in his second season with the Magic, scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Reserve center Marcin Gortat lead both teams in rebounding (12) and in blocked shots (3) in only 23 minutes. Although he shot an abysmal 1-of-10 from the feld, Mickael Pietrus was still active on the glass and in the passing lanes with 7 boards and 3 steals.
That's about where the good news ends for the Magic. Hedo Turkoglu left after the first 7 minutes of play after straining his right groin, although the injury is not serious. He joined Anthony Johnson (eye abrasion) and Tony Battie (broken finger) among Orlando's wounded.
But Mike Wilks, playing on a not-fully-guaranteed contract, got the worst of it. He had to be helped off the court in the fourth quarter after he went down clutching his right knee. He told reporters after the game he "heard a 'pop,'" which can't be good for his career or for, much less importantly, the team. As I understand it, the contracts of players in training camp under a non-guaranteed deal become fully guaranteed if they sustain a season-ending injury. The Magic are trying to avoid the luxury tax, so every extra expenditure hurts.
As for the Bobcats, well, they just want a win. Check out Queen City Hoops for what Charlotte can take away from yesterday's game.