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Feb 28

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The NBA has reviewed the technical foul that Dwight Howard committed Friday night and determined that it will stand as called. The decision leaves the Orlando Magic center with 15 technical fouls this season, one short of a mandatory one-game suspension by the league. Howard committed his latest technical in Friday night’s 111-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. After absorbing a couple of rough fouls earlier in the game, Howard was fouled by Nick Collison with 5:01 remaining in the second quarter. As Howard started to walk away from Collision, Howard swung his arm backward, and Howard’s fingertips grazed Collison’s face, resulting in the technical. Howard had told the Orlando Sentinel had he was trying to free his arm from Collison, but the NBA’s disciplinary officials obviously disagreed. The league reviews all technical-foul calls, and Howard had four technicals rescinded at separate points earlier this season.”
  • Carmelo Anthony advises Dwight Howard to make a decision about his impending future with the Orlando Magic sooner rather than later to avoid the build-up in drama.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy digs a bit at the NBA’s award process.
  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “It appears unlikely Murphy will join the Orlando Magic, however, as Marc Stein reported Sunday night Murphy will choose between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat as his next team. The Magic, in need of another big man for the playoffs, have shown an interest in Murphy, but it appears Murphy is more interested in joining an Eastern Conference favorite rather than a dark horse.”
  • Balanced scoring is one of the keys to success for the Magic.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post has more on Murphy’s impending decision.
  • Statistically speaking, where would Orlando be without Howard? Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference expands on that argument with regards to the MVP award: “I’m not saying the “where would they be without him?” tactic is the ideal way to settle an MVP debate. Far from it, in fact — I’m more of a “best player = MVP” advocate myself. But I am saying that if you choose to embrace that angle when arguing the MVP race, at least use all of the available evidence to inform the discussion. And in this case, ‘where would they be without him?’ is no longer a thought experiment, because we actually have data on how teams perform when each player isn’t in the game.”
  • I share Paine’s sentiment. To me, the MVP equates to being the best player in the NBA.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “The Magic would be reveling in the departure of Dwight’s worst one-on-one nightmare … except that Boston’s willingness to ditch Perkins mid-stream actually suggests that the Celts don’t even sweat Orlando any more.”
  • Rob Mahoney of the New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog: “Discussing the recent quantitative advances in basketball as the “analytics movement” or the “advanced stats movement” is inaccurate. Movements have points of conclusion, either because they meet their goals or due to complete dissolution, but what the analytics world has introduced into the game is capable of enduring forever. The one-number metric is a red herring. Intellectual curiosity and the insatiable appetite for better statistics are the real products of the basketball analytic culture.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Dwight Howard is averaging 27 and 15 the last 10 games, but the really impressive part is he is shooting 67.8 percent in that stretch. He’s even hitting free throws. But is that enough to lift this team up?”
  • Howard is a happy man: “It was a really good weekend here with the Magic beating OKC on Friday night and whipping Charlotte on Sunday. We shared the ball really well and played hard like a team. When I got kind of hot after the Sacramento loss earlier in the week it was because we weren´t playing hard and bringing intensity. Well, we did that these last two games and it´s about us doing it on a consistent basis now. We have the talent to do great things this season, but only if we really apply ourselves and bring everything we´ve got every night. That´s the message that my parents used to tell me when I was growing up and it´s still true today.”
  • Learn more about Troy Murphy. Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie expounds: “Murphy’s shape is another thing, though. League Pass devotees we may be, but Murphy was far from ubiquitous in his 288-minute turn this season, and he’s played just one 10-minute turn in the 2011 calendar year.”
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