Magic vs. Bobcats (Magic lead series 3-0)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT, Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Jameer Nelson (32 points, 12-21 FGs, four steals in Game Three) vs. Raymond Felton (12.0 PPG, 4.7 APG, 41.2% FG% in Playoffs)
Series: Game One- Orlando won 98-89; Game Two- Orlando won 92-77; Game Three- Orlando won 90-86; Game Four- Tonight; Game Five (If Necessary)- Wednesday.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel writes Dwight Howard must adjust to the referees’ calls and quite complaining.
-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel walks through Chapel Hill, N.C. wearing a JJ Redick jersey.
-Orlando hopes to display its killer instinct and close out Charlotte in Game Four, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Stan Van Gundy had Dwight Howard watch film of his fouls from Game Three in preparation for tonight’s game, reports Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
-The Bobcats might get swept and be out of the playoffs, but Tom Sorenson of the Charlotte Observer writes they will still be winners for their reputation as a hard-nosed defensive team and for the recognition they have received in the city.
-I took a second look at Game Three and found Orlando did a good job forcing Charlotte to settle for 3-pointers.
-Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball explains how Jameer Nelson torched Charlotte in Game Three.
-The Magic have a theme song, and now so do the Bobcats.
-Jameer Nelson and the Magic are exposing all of the Bobcats weaknesses after earning a Game Three victory, writes Ziggy of Bobcats Planet.
-Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com writes the Magic want to earn the franchise’s first four-game playoff sweep, but they know it won’t be easy.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com relates how JJ Redick and Vince Carter handle their very different receptions from the Charlotte crowd.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reviews the key points of Game Three and what their reaction could be in Game Four.
-Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk looks at the potential ramifications of Dwight Howard’s move away from his agent, Aaron Goodwin.
-Adam Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports Dwight Howard has left his long time agent Aaron Goodwin.
-Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook diagrams Stephen Jackson’s late three and explains how he got such a good look.
-Orlando showed its depth, grit and determination in winning without Dwight Howard down the stretch to get one win away from the second round.
-Dr. E of Bobcats Baseline writes the crowd was fired up for Charlotte’s first home playoff game and inspired a strong effort from the home team, but it still was not enough.
-Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer writes the Bobcats missed an opportunity for a win by shooting too many 3-pointers.
-Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer writes Larry Brown looks to be out of magic and out of sorts trying to figure out how to beat Orlando.
-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel says look no further than Jameer Nelson for your series MVP.
-Marcin Gortat stepped up in Dwight Howard’s stead in Game Three as this series continues to test Howard’s mettle.
-Games like Saturday’s Game Three are reasons why Orlando stockpiled talent for its bench, retained Marcin Gortat and once again will contend for a championship.
-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes Stan Van Gundy loves rustling David Stern’s feathers.
-Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus writes Game Three was not pretty but the Magic will take it.
-John Krolik of Pro Basketball Talk writes Charlotte did just about everything right on Saturday but still did not have enough offensive firepower in the end to get a win.
-Even after doing the three things Dwight Howard said Orlando could not do to defeat Charlotte, Orlando still won Game Three writes Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes the Magic got extremely good looks at the basket in the final three and a half minutes after Dwight Howard fouled out.
-Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis stepped up in pretty incredible ways (especially Nelson) to make up for Dwight Howard’s absence in the fourth quarter, writes Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball.
-With Dwight Howard in foul trouble again, the Magic took an alternate route to a Game Three win.
-James of Queen City Hoops writes no team is going to be able to pull away from the other in this series that features two top defenses. Game Three then came down to execution and Orlando is is winning that battle.
-Charlotte did its job getting Dwight Howard to foul out, but as Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes, the team did not capitalize and missed all four 3-pointers it took the rest of the way.
-David Arnott of Rufus On Fire writes Orlando is probably equal to Cleveland with Dwight Howard in and equal to Charlotte with him out. Either way, it is a testament to their depth that the Magic were able to pull out a win with Howard relegated to the bench. Now Charlotte can only focus on the positives and wait for the inevitable.
-Zach Harper of TalkHoops.net has a rule: if Larry Hughes is your best player, you will not be winning many playoff games. That happened Saturday as the Magic did just enough to win.