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Jan 03

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “If Brandon Bass misses any action because of a possible knee injury — and it’s still possible he’ll miss no time — the Magic will possess just two true big men: Dwight Howard and Ryan AndersonMalik Allen is still injured, and Earl Clark is more of a combo forward than a big man. Obviously, Bass’ injury would mean Anderson backs up Howard. Anderson, admittedly, has played very little center in his professional career and is more comfortable as a power forward. But he thinks he’ll be OK playing the position for the short-term. Coach Stan Van Gundy called him the team’s second-best rebounder in the preseason, and that was when Marcin Gortat called Orlando home.”
  • Dwight Howard is going to start learning sign language.
  • Howard has gotten one of his technical fouls rescinded — the number is 11.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Coach Stan Van Gundy said team physician Craig Mintzer and another doctor have reviewed the scans of Bass’ knee, and the doctors aren’t convinced that the burly power forward has a torn meniscus. So, for the time being, the team will attempt to treat the discomfort in Bass’ knee without surgery.”
  • Brandon Bass is likely to play in tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “[J.J.] Redick hasn’t done much wrong lately. He has been on a roll the past six games, averaging 15.3 points per outing while shooting 54.2 percent, including a scorching 62 percent from 3-point range. What impresses Van Gundy, though, is that Redick has become more of a “complete player” in this, his fifth season, in Orlando. He is a deft passer, an underrated playmaker and an irritating, if not gifted, defender who at least knows where he should be on the floor. Redick knew he wouldn’t last in the league long strictly on his shooting prowess. So he built his body and toughened up. He opened his mind to the game, learning its nuances, discovering how to overcome his physical shortcomings.”
  • Jason Richardson on being a team player: “But I’m just not a numbers guy and I just want to win games. I’ve averaged 20 points in this league before and if my numbers take a dive here in Orlando I don’t have a problem with that. As long as I’m producing on both ends of the floor, I’m fine.’’
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post on the possibility that Bass may need surgery on his left knee: “Losing Bass for a prolonged period would deal another blow to the Magic’s thin frontcourt rotation. Since trading Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns in mid-December, coach Stan Van Gundy has relied upon Bass, Ryan Anderson, and Dwight Howard as his only everyday big-men, with Bass serving as both the team’s starting power forward and its backup center. Van Gundy said Friday he’s happy with this arrangement for now. It’s easy to understand why. During the Magic’s five-game winning streak, Anderson and Bass have combined to average 23 points and 11.8 rebounds.”
  • Gilbert Arenas is making a positive impact with the Magic.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “Five straight W’s by an average of 14 points catch the eye, but the following development has to hearten Orlando even more: Hedo is already looking more like 2009 Hedo, averaging nearly 15, 5 and 5 during the 5-0 run.”
  • John Hollinger of ESPN Insider breaks down the race for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference: “Chicago has the upper hand in the race for No. 3 right now, as the Bulls are two games ahead in the loss column and project to finish exactly two ahead. One item to file away: As a division winner, the Bulls automatically would own the tiebreaker with Orlando, presuming the Magic finish behind the Heat in the Southeast Division. As a result, that 107-78 beatdown the Magic put on Chicago in the Windy City five weeks ago would have no bearing on the tiebreaker.”
  • According to Rob Mahoney of the New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog, despite returning to Orlando, Hedo Turkoglu is the same player that he always was: “Those skills didn’t fade as Turkoglu made his North American tour, the Magic just use him differently than the Suns and the Raptors did. Both of those teams’ point guards excel when setting up the offense, and a spot-up shooter Turkoglu is not. He needs control of the ball to be even an average N.B.A. player, and though both of those teams would use Turkoglu in a playmaking role situationally, neither was willing to cede control of the offense (and wisely so) because of the effectiveness and style of their point guards.”
  • Is Howard insane?
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Five wins in a row because the offense is a little better. And so is the defense — didn’t see that coming. We still question the trades and taking on all that extra salary long term, but in the short term we’re starting to believe.”
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook breaks down Turkoglu’s chemistry with Howard.
  • For what it’s worth, the Magic were the best team in the NBA in the calendar year of 2010.
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