Coming off a huge statement win against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, you’d think the Charlotte Bobcats wouldn’t have too much trouble with the struggling Orlando Magic. But what we saw tonight proved that was not the case. The Bobcats fell to the Magic by a final score of 92-83 in Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday night.
The second best defensive team in the league (Giving up 92.4 points a game, second in the NBA) didn’t lose this one because of poor rebounding or defense … they lost this one purely out of their shooting inconsistency.
Though the Cats seemed to give up countless rebounds on the night (52 team rebounds by the Magic) they had their chances to redeem themselves with their open shots on offense. In the end, they could not make the difference.
Charlotte shot 36.9 percent from the field in Wednesday’s matchup and losing by just nine points in not one of their best games proves that shooting was the main issue for this vastly improving team in this one. You can tell the team struggled from the field when their leading scorer on the night (Gerald Henderson) had only 12 points on 3-14 shooting.
Though five players scored in double digits, each player (Excusing Cody Zeller and Josh McRoberts who went 5-7 on the night) truly wasn’t shooting their best from the field. High profile scorers like Kemba Walker only went 4-18 from the field and Al Jefferson went 4-10. If the Cats knocked down some of their open mid-range jumpers and shots in the paint this game could have easily been a different story.
As for the Magic, seven of their nine players that saw time on the court tonight scored in double digits as the team shot 42 percent in the scrap match. The teams 52 rebounds clearly aided them in this one as it clearly made the difference for them after being able to get many 2nd chances on offense. Jameer Nelson and Glen “Big Baby” Davis both added 17 as they led the team in scoring in the win over the sixth seed Bobcats.
Want to hear a great stat that provides evidence for my claims on the Bobcats shooting woes tonight? The Cats guards (Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Ramon Sessions, and Ben Gordon) shot a combined 13-51 from the field tonight. But kudos to Kemba as he blocked four shots on the evening … very solid for a 6-foot-1 guard!
The Bobcats next match up is on Friday against the NBA’s best Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. Eastern time in the Banker Life Field House. The Cats will look for their biggest statement win of the season on Friday against the league’s best current team. A now 10-12 record puts Charlotte at the sixth spot in the East still clearly hungry to make just their 2nd playoff appearance in the teams history.
Newly acquired Bobcats Chris Douglas-Roberts was active tonight but did not play due to head coach Steve Clifford‘s decision.