What They’re Saying: Game 1- Bobcats vs. Magic 4/18

Game 1- Bobcats vs. Magic (Series Tied 0-0)
Time/TV: 5:30 p.m./TNT, Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Stephen Jackson (20.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG; 18.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG vs. Magic) vs. Vince Carter (16.6 PPG, 42.8% FG%; 18.5 PPG, 43.9% FG% vs. Bobcats)
Season Series: Won 93-81 in Charlotte on Nov. 10; Won 97-91 in Orlando on Nov. 16; Won 106-95 in Charlotte on Jan. 23; Lost 96-89 in Orlando on March 14.

-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel says judgment day for Vince Carter is coming starting today as this postseason will shape or reshape Carter’s legacy. And supposedly Vince-sanity has been waiting for the postseason to be unleashed.

-Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan hinted that his team might use the Hack-a-Howard to neutralize the Magic’s franchise center.

-“The Magic Show” will be in full effect tonight against Charlotte. Orlando’s playful pregame ritual is just that, Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes. Once the ball goes up, the veteran Magic team is all business.

-UCF basketball player Marcus Jordan loves Orlando, but he will be cheering for his dad’s — that would be Michael Jordan — team during the Magic’s series with the Bobcats.

-The Magic were loose and joking around after practice, throwing a football after Stan Van Gundy finished practice Saturday, but Rashard Lewis assures Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel that the team was all business behind closed doors.

-Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer notices the Magic do a good job taking Gerald Wallace out of the game offensively. It could be a key to the series.

-Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer writes Stephen Jackson, acquired earlier this season, could have arrived in Charlotte looking to become the team’s “alpha male.” But he recognized Gerald Wallace was the team’s leader, and the two became brothers in arms.

-An NBA scout tells Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer what is good and bad about the Charlotte Bobcats.

-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post previews the Magic-Bobcats series with Eddie Rivera of MagicBasketball.net.

-Three things we will learn in Game One tonight: Will defense trump offense? How will Charlotte handle Dwight Howard? And is Vince Carter worth the wait?

-Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk previews the series with Charlotte.

-Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk passed out his postseason awards.

-Bobcats Baseline breaks down the coaching matchup between Stan Van Gundy and Larry Brown, center position in the series and the guard matchups.

-Brett of Queen City Hoops analyzes what the numbers say about the series between the Magic and the Bobcats.

-David Arnott of Rufus on Fire writes Charlotte has some advantages that could make this series close, but in the end the team needs luck to top Orlando.

-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes a championship is the only goal for the Magic as they enter the postseason.

-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reveals his keys for Orlando to win Game One.

-Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated writes Vince Carter finally will have his chance to shine in the postseason.

-Marc Stein of TrueHoop reports Michael Jordan did not say anything new or interesting in his interview with John Thompson earlier today, but wonders whether Jordan can really let Larry Brown walk away from the Charlotte team he has built.

-Marcin Gortat will once again honor Polish president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a tragic plane crash a few weeks ago. Kaczynski’s funeral was held earlier today.

-Rob Mahoney of Hardwood Paroxysm believes Orlando will only have minor problems with Charlotte in the first round. But really this series is about the validation of Larry Brown, Michael Jordan, Gerald Wallace and the rest of the Bobcats.

-Dwight Howard is difficult to stop and Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post analyzes what Charlotte can do to at least slow him down.

-TNT analyst Kevin McHale tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel he likes the way Charlotte plays, but feels Orlando is not a good matchup for them.

-Orlando Police are hoping for another peaceful run deep into the Playoffs, writes Bianca Prieto of The Orlando Sentinel.

-Kevin Arnovitz of TrueHoop displays the many ways Dwight Howard can hurt you.

-ESPN Insider John Hollinger names his players who have the most riding on this postseason. A list that includes Vince Carter.

-Matt Rochinski of Bobcats Break collected some interviews from Bobcats practice on Friday.

-Stephen Jackson tells the Bobcats and Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that nothing can prepare a team for the playoffs like experiencing it.

-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes the Magic’s wins over the Bobcats may be misleading.

-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes the Magic’s season would not be a failure if they failed to win a title.

-Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson are good friends from their days with the Warriors, but what drew the players together was the toughness and focus on the court they both had. That will be on full display when the good friends face each other, writes Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel.

-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel examines the conception that the Western Conference is better than the Eastern Conference.

-James of Queen City Hoops writes Charlotte will have quite an uphill climb against Orlando in this first round series.

-Brett of Queen City Hoops chatted with me (Philip from Orlando Magic Daily) and Eddie Rivera from OrlandoMagic.net to preview the upcoming series. You can read my conversation with Brett of Queen City Hoops too.

-Tim Povtak of FanHouse writes the Magic will succeed or fail this postseason behind Vince Carter.

-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel reports Matt Barnes and the Magic have begun discussing a contract extension.

-Eddie Rivera of MagicBasketball.net discusses Orlando’s playoff potential and previews what could be in store with several writers from across the net.

-James of Queen City Hoops collects comments from the Bobcats on some keys to tonight’s series.

-Bethlehem Shoals of FanHouse previews the Magic-Bobcats series.

-Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook takes a look at Orlando and Charlotte’s key sets and predicts Orlando will win in six.

-Ben Q Rock tells Hoops Addict three things you should know about the Orlando Magic.

-Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus predicts Charlotte’s offense will struggle against Orlando’s defense and the Magic will win the series in five games.

-Ball Don’t Lie weighs in on the Magic and Bobcats series.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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