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- Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will start, but Walker was favoring his injured left ankle in a pre-game shooting session. Walker has started all 38 Bobcats games, including a 107-98 loss to the Magic on Dec. 15 in which he scored 32 points and handed out seven assists.
- Ramon Sessions, Charlotte’s sixth man, is tied for eighth in the league with 210 free throw attempts, even though he has played less than 27 minutes per game. Sessions attempted eight foul shots in his most recent game, three more than the Magic attempted Wednesday night while setting a franchise record for fewest attempts in a game. “I’ve played with and against two of the best finishers (among point guards) ever to play the game — Rod Strickland and Tony Parker,” noted Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. “Ramon Sessions is a guy who has the ability to finish in the paint, create contact and do it repeatedly. That takes a talent to do it for the number of years he has done it and play the number of games he has played.”
- Given their unpredictable history since ending a 10-game losing streak, the Magic have reason to be concerned about playing a team which has lost 24 of its last 26 games. In their last three games, the Magic beat the Clippers (31-9) in Los Angeles, lost by 29 to the Wizards (7-29) at Washington, then beat the Indiana Pacers (24-16) in Orlando.
- The Magic’s win at Charlotte four weeks ago was closer than the score would indicate. “At 4:02 of the fourth quarter, we were up one,” observed Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap. “It was a heck of a battle.”
- Bobcats lineup: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hakim Warrick, Bismack Biyombo, Gerald Henderson, Walker.
- Magic lineup: DeQuan Jones, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson.
– Dick Scanlon