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"A Pain That I'm Used To" - Depeche Mode (via KristenRamone)
The main thing to know about the Magic is that they play daggone hard as heck.
Which is all well and good, but doesn't do you much good without talent. But fret not, they've got some talent in Orlando. Jameer Nelson starts at the point and is quite good on the pick and roll as a scorer. Nikola Vucevic has especially come on strong as of late, average a 16 and 16 double-double in points and rebounds. He has some nice touch on his shot and soft hands. J.J. Redick may be being shopped around, but it's not for poor performance. Redick still is a talented catch and shoot player. Arron Afflalo has seen a decline in his scoring efficiency, which is at its worst since his rookie season. Regardless, he's still a fine scorer.
Glen Davis also gave the Bobcats a rough run last time these two teams met. In that meeting, the Bobcats did one thing well they usually don't - defend the three-pointer. Unfortunately, they still also struggled to rebound, which evened out the Bobcats' advantage in turnovers. C'est la vie, no? With the Bobcats failing to score well enough to keep up with the Magic, and the Bobcats' defense not playing well themselves, that's how it goes.
If the Bobcats can change things this time, they certainly have a shot.
Injury Report: Hedo Turkoglu (out indefinitely, sore left hand), Al Harrington (out indefinitely, left knee surgery), Gustavo Ayon (couple weeks or something, bruised right thigh)