Bobcats Breeze By Orlando Magic
If you don’t know, the Orlando Magic have been historically horrendous on the road this season. They’re still stuck on a franchise-low 4 road wins this ’13-’14 season as the Charlotte Bobcats manhandled their visitors 91-80 on Friday night. The always feared Josh McRoberts didn’t even play due to an ankle sprain. Magic shot 35.6 FG% for the game. This was the last time Orlando faced the Charlotte franchise as the ‘Bobcats’. They’ll be the ‘Hornets’ next time these two sides meet. As it should be.
Al Jefferson was ridiculous the entire evening as he posted a beastly 29 points and 16 rebounds. Kemba Walker snuck in a triple-double with 13 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists as Charlotte owns a 38-38 record. Huge respect to Head Coach Steve Clifford. Victor Oladipo was one of the few Magic bright spots as the rookie responded after only producing a 4-point first half. The Rookie finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dewayne Dedmon has continued to embrace his opportunities as he finished with a career-high 8 rebounds and his season-best 7 points.
- Nikola Vucevic is one of few centers who have gotten the better of Al Jefferson this season. So naturally, ‘Vooch’ was a very late scratch due to a sore left Achilles.
- It was Nik’s 19th missed game this season. Andrew Nicholson got his 5th start of the season with Kyle O’Quinn sliding over to the center spot.
- Orlando didn’t score until O’Quinn made a baseline bunny at the 8:55 mark of the first.
- Kemba Walker tweaked his ankle early in the contest, and Maurice Harkless’ clean block almost ripped Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s spine out, and yet Charlotte still led 20-19 after one quarter.
- The Magic were up 25-24 before Charlotte went on an 8-0 run early in the 2nd period.
- Even though he bit on a lot of Al Jefferson pump fakes, Dewayne Dedmon’s 10 first half minutes were a treat to watch. The USC product had 6 points and 4 boards at half.
- Speaking of Jefferson, he paced Charlotte with 21 points (Orlando starters only had 18) and 11 boards as the Bobcats led Orlando 53-36 at the break. Magic were shooting an awful 34.1 FG%.
- The 3rd quarter was horrendous until Orlando went on a late 7-0 run to close the period. Bobcats were still in control up 12 entering the final twelve minutes of regulation.
- Orlando did continue fighting and got the deficit within single digits, but the Magic didn’t have enough to make the contest competitive in the fourth.
- Some ugly stat lines for Orlando. 5-of-20 shooting for O’Quinn. 2-for-10 for Afflalo. Doron Lamb didn’t attempt a shot in 21 minutes. Nicholson had only 1 attempt despite starting.
Your 21-55 Magic return to Orlando to host the Timberwolves on Saturday. Minnesota played in Miami tonight.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.