Magic Hit Overtime Overdrive

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Bobcats Baseline Observations: Magic @ Bobcats 1/23/10

Orlando marches into the Cable Box and puts an emphatic end to the ‘Cats nine game home winning streak with a 106-95 overtime victory.  AP recap here.  Box score here.

The Good

With their two stars struggling (more on that later), the Bobcats still managed to take the Eastern Conference Champs to OT due to the efforts of D.J. Augustin and Gana Diop.  D.J. brought out his ’08-’09 game tonight going 8-14 from the field with five threes finishing with 22 points – most of them CLUTCH as the Bobcats were making their 4th quarter run.  D.J.’s best game of the year without a doubt.

DIOP-IT-LIKE-IT’S-HOT defended Dwight Howard (10 points) so well in his 22 minutes of work, that Mark Cuban’s decision to offer Gana the full mid-level a couple of years ago now looks quasi-sane.  Diop’s stats don’t look like much (6pts, 4rbs, 2blks) but his presence was felt on defense and his ability to run the floor in transition kept the Magic honest.

The Bad

The Bobcats found themselves down by as much as sixteen points in the third quarter due to a barrage of three pointers by Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter and JJ Redick.  It wasn’t that the ‘Cats were playing bad defense, the Magic were just hitting a lot of ridiculous shots.  Lewis’ 6’10” frame and long wingspan makes his high-release three unguardable; Nelson was having a St. Joe’s flashback with a gimpy Raymond Felton playing tight; Carter dominated early and disappeared late (surprise); while JJ checked in,  got the “Christian Laetner Memorial Greeting” from the fans – then coldly nailed a three.

When the Magic are hitting their trifectas (14 total, 36% behind the arc) there’s not much a team can do other than try to match shots.  Which brings us to…

The Fugly

Eight of Twenty-Nine.  That’s what Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace shot combined.  Add in Boris Diaw’s 2-9 and Raymond’s 6-15 and you have the starters KILLING the team’s chances for victory by anchoring a 40% shooting performance.  Not to take anything away from the Magic (especially in OT when they took it to another level trapping D.J. and Ray on the perimeter and taking away the pick and roll) but JAX and CRASH just couldn’t get anything going.  If Jackson normally “makes love to pressure” then this was a game in need of CIALIS.  JAX launched ugly shot after shot and spent most of the game jack-jawing with the officials.

Same goes for Wallace – who didn’t help his All-Star campaign by registering a DUD while being held in check by defensive maestro Vince Carter (seriously, this actually happened).

The team’s focus seemed to be on the upcoming road trip for most of the game and this was exploited during the OT lay-down that saw Orlando scoring the first eleven points of the extra frame.

Bullets

  • 19,000+ at the TWC tonight!  NICE JOB BOBCATS FANS!  Maybe DR E’s recent crowd pimping really worked.
  • If I had any remaining insecurities about my uber-receding hairline, they are now fully eliminated after seeing HD close-ups of Vince Carter.  Thanks Vince.
  • Raymond didn’t have a great game but his gutsy performance coming off of the ankle sprain was appreciated.  If the team can ink him to a deal of around $6.5 – $7 million per, he’ll be a high value player in the League.
  • As well as Nazr has been playing recently, he still doesn’t punch in those easy 2-footers as consistently or emphatically as Tyson Chandler.  Chandler missed his 14th consecutive game and let’s hope that the team can get something out of him (either on the court or via trade) before the season is over.

Enjoy the Loss Bobcats Fans…

-ASCHIN

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7 Responses to “Magic Hit Overtime Overdrive”

  1. Newsinz
    January 24, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    On the bright side, my Spartan-like ".500" wallpaper is still very much relevant.

  2. Jody
    January 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    For those of you that don't know AS CHIN, he's bald as shit.

  3. Reggie
    January 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I was watching tis one online and found that i can hit a high, a low, and a lower low from watching the Cats.

    Crash ‘n Jax (i swear thats a cereal name) both were off, but the effort to come from 16 down against Orlando is truly the best thing about this team and this game. That shows real promise in the future against other contenders.

    The Cats need at least 2 on this road trip. I mean, 4 would be excellent, but lets be real, we’re a pretty horrid road team.

    Diop and Derrick Brown were two big bright spots last night too.

  4. Ben
    January 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    soooooooo… this leads me to ask.. what kind of trades are out there for tyson? would anyone really want a guy who gets hurt way to easily? if(big IF here) we could get tyson to opt out of his contract and then resign him to a more cap friendly number in the 3-4 million range then i think he’d atleast be a decent asset off the bench(again.. IF healthy).. I still think getting a 3 team trade between the Bobcats, Clips, and the Kings would be ideal.. we send a 2nd rounder to the clips, tyson goes to the kings, Bobcats get kenny thomas from the kings and deandre jordan from the clips, and sean may goes to the clips.. I still like the idea of getting a scoring PF(like jameson or bosh) and having boris play the PF for the 2nd unit.. deandre would help shore up diaws deficiency in the rebounding and blocks department.. diops a good defender but he isn’t a highlight reel like Deandre..

  5. br2850
    January 25, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Hey guys hoopshype said that phoenix will do anything to trade Amare right now so here's a trade. Dr.E and Aschin let me get some feedback on this trade.

    Charlotte Gets

    Amare Stoudemire (PF)

    Earl Clark (SF/PF)

    Randy Foye (PG/SG)

    Phoenix Gets

    Caron Butler (SG/SF)

    Antwan Jamison (PF)

    Washington Gets

    Boris Diaw (SF/PF)

    Tyson Chandler (PF/C)

    Grant Hill (SF)

    Charlotte also sends one of their 2nd round picks to Washington so they can start rebuilding because that's what Washington is trying to do.

  6. RobC
    January 25, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    The two trades mentioned here are not bad at all. If possible and real I would love any of them to occur.

    However, what if:

    Charlotte gets:

    Brendan Haywood (Expiring $6M)

    Antawn Jamison

    Washington gets:

    Tyson Chandler

    Acie Law

    Alexis Ajinca

    2nd Round Pick

    Washington would save a ton of money with this deal for the next 3 years (2010-2012). They can use these two summers to rebuild and in 2011 there will be plenty of good FA as well, i.e.:

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Carmelo Anthony

    Kevin Durant*

    Al Hortford*

    Joakim Noah*

    Tim Duncan

    Tony Parker

    David West

    Nene Hillario

    Kendrick Perkins

    Caron Butler

    Jason Richardson

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Zach Randolph

    Yao Ming

    And the list goes on… (* are Restricted)

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