Magic Survive Bobcats, Clinch 6th Seed. AND WE ARE EXCITED!
They tried to blow it… they really did. But in the end, it was too much J.J. Redick who scored a career high 31 points to lead the Magic to the 102-95 victory in Orlando’s regular season home finale.
The Magic led by as many as 17 points in the 2nd quarter before allowing Charlotte to claw their way back into the game in the 2nd half. Luckily, in the end, they were still the historically disastrous Bobcats.
Losing Big Baby Davis in the first half was a huge blow to the dream of obtaining the prestigious sixth playoff seed, but the team fought through and the DREAM WAS REALIZED. YES, GETTING THE SIXTH SEED IS SOMEHOW A GOOD THING.
“I’ve been told by my wife to stop swearing in my press conferences so I can’t say what went through my mind.” Stan on when Glen went down.
— MagicBBallOnline (@MagicBasketball) April 26, 2012
The reward? A week long trip to Indiana, with game 1 most likely to be scheduled for Saturday.
Tonight, the Magic were just lucky enough to pull the victory and save face. To think that just a few months ago this team sat comfortably in the 3 seed, seems so distant. That was many, many injuries ago. J.J. Redick is the only Magic player to play in every game so far this year.
Ryan Anderson had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando and Jameer Nelson just missed a triple-double with 11 points, 9 boards and 9 assists in tonight’s victory.
The Magic travel to the Midwest tomorrow to face off in the season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies. With the 6th seed locked up, the team will rest several starters and those that do play will play limited minutes. Stan did say that if Turk is available (and he may be) he will play meaningful minutes to try and get him back into game shape. From Memphis, the Magic will go directly to Indianapolis.
“It’s getting crazier by the day” – Stan Van Gundy opening his press conference tonight.