Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Gametime: 7 p.m. EST
Probable starting lineups:
Orlando | Charlotte
Jameer Nelson | Kemba Walker
Opposing blog: Orlando Pinstriped Post
Well, if you were worried about Hedo Turkoglu going off about the Bobcats (not sure why anyone would be), you needn't worry - he's been suspended by the league for steroid use. Yes, Hedo Turkoglu used steroids and got caught.
But really, that doesn't matter. He hasn't played much anyway. The guy I am afraid of is Nikola Vucevic. He's huge, has soft hands around the hoop, and is a very good rebounder. The Magic have been on a tough run as of late, losing 24 of their last 27 games.
I'm not sure who wins this one. The Magic have a handful of players that can prove to be thorns in the Bocbats' sides, with J.J. Redick's shooting, Jameer Nelson's ability to get to the paint and score on the pick and roll, Vucevic's rebounding and presence in the paint and Afflalo's versatility. But the Magic as a team are the worst at forcing turnovers and can't draw fouls. Yet they're pretty solid defenders and don't foul much, which makes for a tough time for teams like Charlotte that get a lot of their scoring from attacking the rim and drawing fouls.
I'm just going to leave this link for Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace "Amok" album streaming in its entirety right here.