It wasn’t close at the end but, up until about 1:30 to go, it was a very close game. If I told you 5 of the Magic players scored in the teens or above, Dwight Howard had 25, 15 and 4 and D.J. Augustin had 8 turnovers, who do you think would have won? Orlando, yeah, they won by 7. Duh.
I mean, there are no moral victories, but the Bobcats played well enough for me to feel good about them. Kemba Walker had 15 points and 6 assists but again, turnovers, 4 of them. Bismack Biyombo had what some people will call a coming-out party. I guess you could call it that, ok, yeah, he’s playing offense, had a double-double and 4 blocks, he has played a complete NBA game in that sense. He also frustrated the hell out of Dwight Howard.
Gerald Henderson is quietly efficient. While he won’t score a lot of points in bunches, he doesn’t take a whole lot of shots either. Hendo led the team in scoring with 22 points tonight, 7-10 shooting. You’d wonder if he was feeling so fresh with his shot tonight, why not take a few more? Well….
Boris Diaw, again, came off the bench, 24 minutes, 9 points and the all time greatest ball-stopper. I don’t know if I’m using that right. I mean, like the offense is moving the ball well, making the extra pass or just looking for an open man, and Boris will grab it, stop any movement and hold it for about 4-6 seconds for no real reason. The pump-fakes have to stop, no one falls hard enough for them, if they fall for them at all. It’s sooooo annoying.
Orlando isn’t that good. Dwight Howard, to me, isn’t worth a Carmelo Anthony type of trade. I wouldn’t gut the team for him. He’s good. Don’t get me wrong, at all, he’s still the best big-man in the league. He put up 25 points on 11-18 shooting but he was frustrated, only sent to the line for 8 attempts and was called for 4 fouls and a technical of his own.
I just, hate Orlando and they did not look good tonight. They stretched out the lead by trading 3s for 2s and then 2 stops for threes in the end. So, I’ll take the chance of them taking threes and expect the averages to work in the Bobcats’ favor, but tonight, they just didn’t.