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Orlando Magic 92, Charlotte Bobcats 77: the Morning After

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  • 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 -

    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, who runs down of all the problems representatives of both teams had with it last night.

  • Turnovers dig Bobcats a 2-0 hole -

    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 -

    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.