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Feb 01

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Back in September, before the Orlando Magic had even began training camp, I wrote a blog post wondering what the Magic would do if the Miami Heat rolled out a backcourt featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mike Miller. Defensively, Wade is smart and agile enough to defend opposing point guards. And that trio could, with its mix of size, athleticism and offensive skill, provide a slew of matchup problems for opposing defenses. That mismatch may be even bigger when the Heat are playing the Magic because of Jameer Nelson’s diminutive size, as it’s difficult to fathom Nelson guarding anyone in that Heat lineup. He’s not guarding James, obviously. Mike Miller is a 6-foot-8 shooter, and a the 6-foot Nelson wouldn’t provide much resistance closing out on Miller’s outside jumper. And Wade is too big and too skilled for Nelson to contend with in an isolation set.”
  • More Dwight Howard free agency speculation.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy — “We’re not ready to contend.”
  • A key possession that doomed the Orlando Magic in last night’s game.
  • The Magic are a tough team to play against.
  • Charley Rosen of NBA FanHouse: “Too many defensive weak spots for Dwight Howard to single-handedly erase. The miserable play of Gilbert Arenas translates into a subpar bench that has difficulty creating shots off the dribble. Orlando remains a few players short of being an odds-on choice to win a title.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Sentences I never thought I’d type include: Mike Conley outplayed Jameer Nelson badly in this one. Conley has really had a good season, I’ll eat some crow on that one. Anyway, that was one of the keys. That and just a good shooting night by Memphis, including 63.2 percent in the first half, against what is supposed to be a powerful Magic defense.”
  • Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated asks some questions about Orlando: “After a nine-game winning streak following the blockbuster trades in mid-December, the Magic have split 12 games and need to figure out a few things if they hope to hang with the Celtics, Bulls and Heat at the top of the East. Is yielding partial control of the offense to Hedo Turkoglu messing up Jameer Nelson’s game? How does Orlando get more open and frequent looks for Jason Richardson, who is shooting 37.1 percent over the last 10 games? As handy and heady as Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson have been beside Dwight Howard in the frontcourt, when will the Magic go out and get another big man, preferably a mobile defender? And is the impish and explosive Gilbert Arenas we remember and love gone forever?”
  • Another take on the Magic’s loss in yesterday’s game.
  • Dwight Howard is overrated according to one NBA writer.

Any good news for the Magic??????? This is about to be a BEAT DOWN on Thursday. This team just isn't good enough. What could Otis possibly do next???? I think he's exhausted all of his resources to make this team better. Plus I'm starting to think Dwight is overrated also. I'd rather have a 40-42 record like the days of those "Heart & Hustle" teams with all the CRY BABY S##T! from Dwight. I really don't care if Dwight leaves after this constant cry baby s##t.