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Apr 25

Sunday’s Magic Word

  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Much of Charlotte’s gameplan in this series was to trap the 6-foot [Jameer] Nelson and force him into making mistakes. But Nelson has shredded those double teams and he’s repeatedly torched the Bobcats off the pick-and-roll. His seven-for-seven, 19-point first quarter was one for the ages in [Orlando] Magic history. He made all four of his 3-pointers, including a runner at the buzzer in which he was foolishly fouled by Raymond Felton and completed the four-point play. And Nelson steadied the offense late, getting in the lane and getting the ball to the right spots. If this series had an MVP award, it would go to Nelson without question.”
  • The city of Charlotte loves Vince Carter and hates J.J. Redick.
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus states that Dwight Howard needs to avoid ticky-tack fouls: “Howard again played limited minutes because of foul trouble, which is going to become increasingly problematic as the postseason progresses. The issue isn’t that Howard can’t guard without fouling, he just can’t keep himself from committing the silly fouls that send him to the bench. On Saturday, he got tangled up with Gerald Wallace under the basket and flung Wallace aside. Because he’s so big and strong, the relatively benign blow sent Wallace reeling and was an easy call for the officials. Later, Ray Felton actually beat him baseline and had a bead on the bucket and Howard, caught off balance, just sort of reached in and got Felton on the arm. Those are the kinds of plays Howard has to avoid. He can’t get away with them. Like Shaquille O’Neal, he can’t avoid ticky-tacky calls like other players simply because he’s so powerful. D.J. Augustin can tangle with a player under the basket and get away with it, because the contact might be shielded from the officials. When Howard does it, he’s like a human cue-ball–players just start flying when Howard contacts them.”
  • A recap of the Magic’s win against the Bobcats in Game 3.
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook takes a look at Charlotte’s late-game execution in yesterday’s game. Head coach Larry Brown deserves kudos for drawing up a great play.
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