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Orlando Magic 90, Charlotte Bobcats 86: the Afternoon After

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  • NBA Playoffs: Nelson carries Magic to 3-0 series lead - ProBasketballTalk

    John Krolik of ProBasketballTalk illustrates the extent to which Jameer Nelson carried the Orlando Magic in yesterday's win against the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Jameer Nelson: 32 points, 12-21 shooting, 5-9 from 3, 3 assists, 4 steals, 0 turnovers

    Rest of team: 58 points, 19-49 shooting, 4-21 from 3, 11 assists, 3 steals, 19 turnovers

    Just to remind you, Orlando made it to the finals last year without this guy. Crazy.

  • Recap: Orlando Magic 90, Charlotte Bobcats 86 | Magic Basketball

    "Mercy" is just about all Eddy can say about Nelson's night.

  • Orlando Magic win 90-86, go up 3-0 on the Charlotte Bobcats - Rufus on Fire

    David Arnott of Rufus on Fire has drawn this conclusion about the Magic:

    If we've learned anything this series, it's that the Magic are probably equal to the Cavaliers -- when Dwight Howard is in the game. Without Howard, and I'd be surprised if the +/- data didn't confirm this, they're essentially equal to the Bobcats, who aren't pushovers, but have never been title contenders this season. Howard's just that good, but it's also a testament to the Magic's depth that Marcin Gortat can step right in and keep the Magic competitive on the road in front of a frenzied crowd.

    For what it's worth, the Magic post an efficiency differential of 1.27 with Howard off the floor. The Bobcats, as a team, had a 1.53 efficiency differential this season. So Arnott is about right about that, really. Thing is, Orlando's 10.82 efficiency differential with Howard on the floor trumps the Cavaliers' 7.31 efficiency differential.

  • Jameer Nelson is Magic’s MVP – Orlando Magic BasketBlog

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel included this exciting item in his post-game blog entry.

    I asked NBA Commish David Stern about Orlando hosting the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. He more or less inferred that he can’t make the announcement; that’s the big show for Orlando’s civic leaders and the Magic to make. "Be patient," he said.