Just finished watching the Bobcats lose, 92-77, to Orlando in Game 2 of this 7-game series. A few thoughts that I couldn't fit into my column:
1. Both head coaches seemed to be equally furious at the officiating Wednesday night. Larry Brown and Stan Van Gundy each drew a technical. Van Gundy believes his superstar Dwight Howard doesn't get superstar calls and keeps getting whistled for "marginal fouls" -- Howard has missed about 20 minutes of both games because of foul trouble.
Brown was upset that only three players on his team shot free throws at all Wednesday and that Orlando outshot the Bobcats from the free-throw line, 35-18.
2. Van Gundy disputed Brown's notion that the Magic didn't practice Monday because they didn't respect Charlotte. He said instead that Game 1 was so brutal that his players needed some "physical rest," and he added that Orlando won't practice much on Thursday, either. Van Gundy portrayed all this as a compliment to Charlotte, but then again, what did you expect him to say?
3. Three Charlotte starters -- Boris Diaw, Theo Ratliff and Raymond Felton -- shot a combined 4-for-15 and scored a total of nine points Wednesday. That's nasty.
4. Vince Carter was much better Wednesday, showing what he can still do when he drives to the rim and accepts contact instead of settling for outside jumpers. He scored a team-high 19 points. Carter and Raymond Felton also had a brief dispute on the court that caused Carter to roll his eyes at Felton -- you don't see two Tar Heels doing that too often.
5. Tyson Chandler had six fouls in a little more than 13 minutes of action Wednesday. Geez.
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