The game started out well when DJ drew a foul on Dwight Howard in the opening seconds of the 1st half. However, the Bobcats stopped attacking the rim and couldn’t get DH to commit his second foul. This led to a rough 1st half. A barrage of three pointers by Arenas and Ryan Anderson and poor bench play quickly resulted in a 15 point second quarter deficit. Yet, the Cats hung around and trimmed the Magic’s lead to 8 at the half (59-51) thanks to Jack’s 20 1st half points. The bench offered nothing but fouls. The newest Bobcats, Przybilla, Cunningham, and White combined for 7 fouls and Najera and Carroll failed to score.
You can’t expect to win if the Magic can extend their lead while resting their starters. The bench needs to step up, and hopefully after a few practices, the new additions to the team can bring some much needed low post presence.
The second half was pretty much a standstill. It seemed that every time the Bobcats made a mini-run, Arenas was there with a timely 3 ball. Yes, the same Arenas that hasn’t shot over 50% in a game since December. Gilbert hit 5-7 shots including 4 threes tonight. Overall, this was a pretty non-eventful game. Jackson’s 35 point performance was wasted. The offense seemed stagnant. Ball movement and spacing were poor. Hendo severely struggled, going 2-13 from the field. The second unit lacked energy which made it apparent that the Bobcats need T Time to get back on the court as soon as possible. In the end, the Bobcats lost 100 to 86. Although the outcome was bad, we have historically struggled against Orlando. The Magic just seem to have our number. Dwight has his way with our bigs, and they seem to always hit a ton of threes. It is not time to panic though. The Bobcats just need some time to adjust with life after Gerald Wallace.
The Bobcats will begin their 3 game west coast trip in Denver on Wednesday. Hopefully we can go 2-1 on the trip to keep pace with Indiana in the race for the 8th spot in the playoffs.
Livingston had a monster reverse dunk in the second quarter and a one handed put back dunk that completely posterized Ryan Anderson…. The Bobcats actually had 18 more field goal attempts than the Magic but where outshot by 14 at the free throw line.