|2009/2010 NBA Season|
|32-16 (18-4 home)
||21-25 (6-18 road)
|February 2, 2010|
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN-Wisconsin HD
|(11th) 108.4 - OFFENSE - 104.1 (23rd)
|(5th) 103.0 - DEFENSE - 104.0 (7th)
|(19th) 92.8 - PACE - 93.2 (10th)
Same state, different world. The road win over Miami is a nice start, though the loss dropped them to an even .500 this season at 23-23. So while they are in the same state, Orlando is in a completely different world than Miami. The Magic are 18-4 at home after going 32-9 at Amway last year. They are 50-13 over the past season and a half at home.
After a poor start to January, The Magic closed the month with three straight wins (including against Boston and Atlanta) and they have won six of seven. So very top-notch.
This would be a signature road win, to say the least.
Secondly. The Bucks have played the Magic twice already, and twice they have outplayed the Magic in the first half. In the first matchup, at the BC, Milwaukee carried a 56-47 lead into halftime. And they even led 49-41 after two quarters in Orlando.
Unfortunately, that combined 17-point first-half advantage pales in comparison to Orlando winning the second halves by a combined 44 points. That resulted in a 100-98 loss for the Bucks at home and a 117-92 loss in Orlando.
Even in the home-and-home sweep over Miami, the Bucks lost the second halves by a combined seven points.
Life and times of Vince Carter, Vol. 13. Carter was supposed to take the Magic to the next level, and their level already was on top of the East. And I was compelled to believe that he would do so.
But it's been the roughest of times for Carter, at least since injuries gnawed into his prime seven, eight years ago.
A career 44.4 % shooter, Carter is hitting just 38.0 % from the field on the best team he's ever played with. He also is making just 30.3 % from deep, the lowest number since his rookie season. Oddly, he is making a career-best 85.1 % from the line, but that is about the only area he is excelling in, relative to his career numbers.
Hard to figure out. Especially after watching him play more like the classic Carter in the two games against Milwaukee.
Vince was dunking and hitting threes and leading the Magic to a comeback win with 25 points in Milwaukee, and he did the same in Orlando, leading everyone with 25 points. Carter's splits against Milwaukee this year (25.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 51.3 % shooting) are his best against any team he's played more than once this season.
Inside, outside. Andrew Bogut and the Bucks were able to limit the effectiveness of Miami around the basket, but the Magic are very good at the rim (62.0 %), and they prefer to stay inside or outside. The Magic attempt the fewest amount of shots from 16-23 feet per game: 13.1. But they hoist more threes per game (28.6) than any team.