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Magic 100 Bobcats 79: Postgame reactions

  • Dwight Howard and the Magic did more or less whatever they wanted tonight against the Bobcats in the cable box. Howard finished with 20 PTS, 24 REB, and 4 BLK. Ryan Anderson pitched into the scoring for Orlando with a team high 23 PTS, hitting 5 three pointers.
  • “They’ve (Magic) got really good three point shooters. You’ve got to do one of two things, either double him (Howard) or let him kill you. We started out that way and he was killing us, then we came at him and they started making three’s. Not too much we could have done tonight,” said Silas about Orlando’s offensive outburst tonight.
  • I asked Silas about the offensive struggles. The low percentage looks and inability to get into transition in specific.
  • “It didn’t seem like we had energy tonight. You know, the energy level was way down, so we got no fast break buckets, we weren’t shooting the ball well. It was just one of those games where nothing was happening in our favor, at all tonight,” said Silas about his teams struggles.
  • “If we’re still playing like this come March then we’re in trouble, but I don’t think we will. I think we’ll be playing a lot better. You know, it just takes time to adjust for young guys and I can’t kill them, I can’t get on them until they learn the game and understand the game. It’s like anything else, any business you go into. You’re not going to know it right away,” added Silas about his team and how patience will be a necessity for everyone.
  • Kemba Walker struggled tonight, going 1 for 9 from the field for just 2 PTS. Orlando was hedging hard against him on ball screens and not allowing him to get into the lane. Kemba was forced to take bad shots and looked lost as the Magic threw numerous bigs at him when he did somewhat sniff the painted area.
  • The Bobcats shot a measly 36.1% from the field. They were unable to get any high quality shots and seemed to settle for long 2’s at the end of the shot clock on many occasions.
  • Orlando, on the other hand, shot 44% from the field and out-rebounded the Bobcats 49-41. This was the first game of the season that the Bobcats have been been beat on the glass.
  • Orlando also killed Charlotte all night with the outside shot as the Bobcats began to double down on Howard in the second half. The Magic drained 12 three’s on 28 attempts.
  • A stat just to add insult to injury: Magic finished with 44 points in the paint and the Bobcats had just 20. The Dwight Howard effect.
  • Corey Maggette led the Bobcats with 20 PTS and 7 REB.
  • The Bobcats now prepare to go on the road for three straight. It starts in Miami on Sunday at 6pm. They’ll then get Cleveland and New York on Tuesday and Wednesday.