There will be no cakewalks here.
The Orlando Magic are in for a brutal fight. It may not have looked that way at halftime when the Bobcats were down by 20 and their top score was laid out on the court writhing in pain with a hyper-extended knee. But if you looked at the faces of the Orlando Magic players during the final 3 minutes of regulation you would have seen that THEY know that it is true. They are in for a long and painful series.
This is the type of series that is going to have a 1990s Knicks-Heat type of feel to it. Ferocious defense and bodies repeatedly hitting the floor… It’s going to be beautiful.
Looking at the first half of the game you would think that this series was going to be anything but that. In that first half the Magic ran wild, Dwight Howard wreaked havoc on the defensive end of the court with 8 blocked shots, and on the offensive side of things the Magic were raining threes. They put up59 first half points on the Bobcats league leading defense, It was not pretty.
In the second half the Bobcats seemed to figure things out. They tightened up their defense only allowing 39 second half Orlando Magic points and offensively they repeatedly drove to the basket racking up fouls on the Magic ( Vinsanity fouled out in the 4th and Dwight Howard was limited to 27 minutes because of his foul trouble ). In the second half they cut a 22 point lead down to 5 and the Magic players looked downright panicky. If they take the lessons that they learned in the 2nd half to heart then I’m positive that the bobcats are going to return to Charlotte with the series tied 1-1.
Bobcats in 7!
Who’s with me??????