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Nov 01

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The loss to the Miami Heat, as embarrassing and as complete as it was, will provide one beneficial by-product for the Orlando Magic. It will allow the players to measure their character less than a week into the 2010-11 regular season. How do they recover from a loss to a rival? How quickly do they make needed changes to their offense? How do they approach a grueling week of games? Those questions will be answered when the Magic play the New York Knicks at 7:30 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. [...] Responding well to defeats has been a hallmark of the Stan Van Gundy era in Orlando. The Magic have compiled a 57-19 record after losing the previous game during his tenure as head coach.”
  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Brandon Bass has been the first player off the bench in the Orlando Magic’s first two games, giving the appearance that Bass had beaten out Ryan Anderson for the backup power forward position. But that’s not the case. “Not at all,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. In fact, Anderson almost played instead of Bass in the first half of the season opener. Van Gundy said that if Yi Jianlian had been on the floor when the Magic did their substitutions in the first quarter, Anderson – not Bass – would have played the backup minutes at power forward. Against the Heat, Van Gundy thought Bass would be a better matchup against Chris Bosh, although he admitted Anderson did a nice job on Bosh in the second half. The two player’s position battle is far from over. There’s no clear-cut backup power forward at this point, and it doesn’t appear if the situation will shake itself out anytime soon. For now, the team will continue to play the matchups.”
  • Hey, at least Marcin Gortat is an honest person.
  • The Magic have been working on passing and screening (in pick and rolls) lately.
  • Dwight Howard dressed up for Halloween.
  • More from Robbins on Howard’s leadership: “Howard’s growth as a vocal leader could pay dividends for Orlando. For all of their talent and depth, the Magic in recent years seem to have lacked players who could snap the roster out of a funk with impassioned words. The maturation of their all-star center might have changed the overall dynamic. Howard attempted to spur on his teammates on at least three different occasions during and after the Magic’s 96-70 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night. He spoke loudly in a team huddle on the sideline after the Heat opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run. He tried to inspire his teammates in the visitors’ locker room shortly after the final buzzer. And during his postgame press availability, he said the Magic “got shell-shocked” when they faced adversity.”
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said that his team watched film of the Miami loss for more than an hour on Sunday morning. Van Gundy wanted to show the team the many instances when it could have set screens better, made more on-target passes and swung the ball from side to side quicker. While he said losing in the manner in which his did was never a good thing, he hoped the lopsided score and embarrassment would cause his team to take heed of the areas in which it needs to improve. [...] In the minutes after Friday’s loss, Van Gundy admitted that the Miami loss felt similar to the defeat to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals last spring. Not in the magnitude of the game, but with the manner in which the Magic lost. When Miami’s defense took away the Magic first and second options offensively, Orlando didn’t work hard enough to get good shots with extra passes, better screens and poise. With a starting lineup of all-stars and the NBA’s deepest bench, the Magic can often score with ease against bad and middle-of-the-road teams. But against the best defenses there has to be a more determined commitment to doing the little things, Van Gundy said.”
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post chats with Quentin Richardson about positionality.
  • Howard is not a fan of his dunk rating on NBA Jam.
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook breaks down the Magic’s loss to the Heat.
  • According to Casey Mack of Dime Magazine, Howard needs an archenemy.
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