Denton: Magic-Bobcats Postgame Analysis
By John Denton
April 1, 2011
WHAT WENT RIGHT
It was the perfect capper on a night where he did little wrong on the low block. He scored at will against Kwame Brown, Boris Diaw and D.J. White, registering six dunks in the game.
``We expect that and quite honestly we need it from Dwight,’’ Van Gundy said of Howard. ``He stepped up and has really carried us for most of the year and that is certainly what he did tonight.’’
Five Magic players had at least six points in the first half, led by the 11 points from Howard and Nelson. Orlando hit 53.3 percent of its shots, four 3-pointers and 13 of 15 free throws in a highly efficient first half.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Turkoglu scored just 12 points on four of 11 shooting. Nine of his shots came from the 3-point line when the Bobcats routinely went under screens and dared him to shoot the ball and he responded by making four of them. He entered the night having scored at least 16 points in each of the past four games, a stretch where he had made 13 of 24 3-pointers.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Richardson buried a 3-pointer that a Magic reserve had more than one field goal. Richardson was returning after missing the past three games with a case of back spasms and tightness.
Richardson finished with 14 points, but made just three of 11 shots and two of six 3-pointers. Ryan Anderson struggled with his shot from start to finish, missing five of his six 3-point shots. Veteran big man Malik Allen, who hasn’t had a field goal since mid-December, didn’t score, but did swat a Kwame Brown shot attempt.
Said Richardson: ``It’s the NBA and you’ve got to be ready. That’s what team is all about. Guys have to step in and play big minutes. Malik had to do the same thing and he hasn’t played in a long time. I scored some points, but I think Malik did a better job out there than I did.’’
When Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson was whistled for a personal foul with 3.7 seconds left in the first quarter, Silas responded by mockingly clapping his hands.
Silas was also upset after the game that Howard wasn’t whistled for one foul in the game.
The Bobcats were without Stephen Jackson (hamstring strain), Tyrus Thomas (sore knee), Shaun Livingston (bruised tailbone) and Joel Przybilla (knee pain) Friday night. Przybilla, whom the Bobcats acquired from Portland after dumping the contract of likeable forward Gerald Wallace, has been ruled out for the season.
A message stating, ``April Fool’s’’ flashed at the bottom of the screen to the delight of the fans.