Bobcats vs. Magic (Magic lead series 1-0)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./TNT, FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Gerald Wallace (25 points, 17 rebounds Game 1) vs. Vince Carter (12 points, 4-19 FGs Game 1)
Series: Game 1- Magic win 98-89
-Charlotte admitted the team paid too close attention to Dwight Howard early in Game One and succumbed to some postseason jitters. Rest assured, they said that will not happen Wednesday.
-Larry Brown reminded all his players before a film session Tuesday that the Magic took Monday off after Game One’s victory, reports Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel. What that means is unclear, but Charlotte recognizes all the pressure is on Orlando to win this series.
-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel asks Otis Smith for his two cents on whether the Jacksonville Jaguars should draft Tim Tebow. Interestingly, Smith comes up with some comparisons to current Magic players that just could convince someone to take Tebow early this weekend.
-Stan Van Gundy wants Rashard Lewis to keep being aggressive with the ball.
-Dwight Howard won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award in a landslide. Gerald Wallace placed third.
-Larry Brown is using Orlando’s off day on Monday as motivation for his team.
-Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer writes Vince Carter has never won a championship in college or come close in the pros. His stint with the Magic could represent his best chance at winning that elusive title.
-Charlotte players admitted they focused on playing too close to Dwight Howard. They spent time in practice fine tuning their game plan on defending and attacking Howard.
-Larry Brown noticed who did not practice Monday.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post wants to make sure we do not take Dwight Howard’s Defensive Player of the Year status for granted and digs up some impressive numbers that shows Howard’s value defensively.
-Charlotte loves to attack the basket and that was the key in the team’s second half turnaround in Game One.
-Dwight Howard began his evil plan to dominate Defensive Player of the Year for the next decade yesterday by winning his second award.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com says keeping Dwight Howard out of foul trouble is one of the main keys to Game Two.
-Jameer Nelson is playing at the top of his game writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
-Matt Rocinski of Bobcats Baseline has a full practice report from Charlotte’s practice Tuesday.
-Dwight Howard won Defensive Player of the Year and donated his prize — the car, not the trophy — to the NAP Ford Community Center in Orlando.
-Stephen Jackson’s swagger and loyalty is a big reason Charlotte has a chance in this series and a big reason Jackson is perceived as a troublemaker on most other teams, writes Tim Povtak of FanHouse.
-Bethlehem Shoals of FanHouse explains exactly who the Bobcats and their motley crew are.
-The Charlotte Bobcats are in an intense battle over at Ball Don’t Lie with the Cleveland Cavaliers over who has the best playoff anthem.
-Dan Devin of Ball Don’t Lie wonders: Should Michael Jordan be the face of the Bobcats?
-Dwight Howard is the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes three adjustments Orlando can make offensively for Game Two.
-Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball details what went wrong in Vince Carter’s Game One performance. And he writes it was honestly his shots were not falling.
-Raymond Felton shouldered a lot of the blame for failing to contain Jameer Nelson, but Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reveals he was not the only one deserving of it.
-JJ Redick explains to Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer how he turned himself from a lottery bust into a quality player on a championship caliber team.
-I took a second look at Game One and found some interesting things to not heading into Game Two.
-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes the Magic will focus on tightening up their perimeter defense to keep the Bobcats from initiating contact with Dwight Howard at the hoop.
-Stephen Jackson did not practice Monday and is day-to-day. But Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel reports Jackson expects to play Wednesday.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel imagines a world where the Magic drafted Emeka Okafor instead of Dwight Howard.
-Jason Williams has been fantastic this season, especially when considering Orlando got him for the bargain basement price of the veteran’s minimum. But as Tim Povtak of FanHouse reports, it is far from certain whether Williams will return next season.
-Stan Van Gundy said he wants Vince Carter to attack the basket more in Game Two, but said he can live with the shots Carter took in Game One.
-Gerald Wallace promises Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel that Charlotte will not stop attacking Dwight Howard, whether the team fouls him out or gets rejected 20 times.
-Gerald Wallace tells Tim Povtak of FanHouse no matter how many blocks Dwight Howard gets, Charlotte will keep attacking him.
-Chris Webber tells a funny story about how Michael Jordan tried to get into his opponents heads. Something tells me he is not doing this stuff to the Magic in this series.
-The biggest surprise from Game One? Stuff’s change of color. The Magic mascot turned blue for the postseason. The question for many Magic fans is will he return to his bright green next season?