The Charlotte Bobcats fell 98-89 to the Orlando Magic in their playoff debut Sunday night. We’ll have a more in-depth recap up later, but I wanted to post some quick thoughts and have a place for you guys to make some comments as well.
- Here’s the AP recap and box score.
- That first half couldn’t have gone worse. The Bobcats were attacking the paint, but in a half-hearted manner that allowed Howard to rack up 8 blocks. Meanwhile, Jameer Nelson was frying Raymond Felton (see above picture) and the Magic were draining three after three (9-18 3PT in 1st half).
- However, the Cats showed some resolve in battling back in the second half. Gerald Wallace beasted it (25 and 17), Stephen Jackson gutted it out on a hyperextended knee, and the Cats were able to cut the lead to as low as 4 late in the game.
- The Cats got nothing beyond Gerald, Jack and Felton. Diaw or someone from the bench is going to have to step up in order for us to take a game or two. Chandler did have a nice stretch in the third quarter to key a Bobcats run, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
- We’ve noted how rusty Nazr has looked in the couple of games he’s played since returning from back problems. But rusty just ain’t cutting it anymore. As fellow Baseline contributor Deesdale noted in a text message during the first half: “I think Nazr gave up on life.”
- Game 2 on Wednesday. Thank goodness for the 2 day break in between Games 1 and 2 — Jack’s knee is sure to swell and tighten up, but hopefully he’ll be ready to go again by Wednesday. Let’s hope it’s not too bad. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter in the meantime.
- UPDATE: At halftime of the Spurs/Mavs game, the TNT guys indicated that Jack will have an MRI on the knee (no brainer) and showed a quick post-game interview of Jack in which Jack dismissed any concerns, saying he’d be ready to go if Game 2 were tomorrow.