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Mar 17

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic waited several weeks for Hedo Turkoglu to regain an attacking mentality on offense. He found it on the Magic’s recently completed five-game road trip. Turkoglu averaged 16.2 points on 51.8 percent shooting — a significant improvement for a player who had been reluctant to look for his own shot. Turkoglu concluded the road swing on a high note, scoring eight of the Magic’s 14 overtime points in a 93-89 win Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks. He also hit the final go-ahead basket, a 20-footer from in front of the Bucks’ bench with a minute remaining in the extra period. ‘I’ve always been in this situation in my career, especially with the Magic,’ Turkoglu said. ‘They just have confidence in me. I just keep myself ready until that time and when the time comes, I just try to make a play.’ Coach Stan Van Gundy and center Dwight Howard want Turkoglu to continue to look for his own shot.”
  • The chemistry is developing for the Orlando Magic.
  • Dwight Howard warned his teammates of the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Turnovers are a problem for the Magic.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t seem to mind being labeled annoying during games.
  • Howard’s game face.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Turnovers, and the fluidity of his team’s offense in general, have worried Van Gundy since training camp. The midseason acquisitions of Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas were meant in part to boost the Magic’s passing and playmaking, which in theory would mean reduced turnovers. On a season-long level, it’s worked, as the Magic have trimmed their turnover rate by one percentage point since the deals. But in their last nine games, in which they own a 5-4 record, the Magic have committed 150 turnovers in just 824 possessions, which equals a turnover rate of 18.2, astronomical by NBA standards. For perspective, consider they could have two full games’ worth of possessions, commit no turnovers, and still be in rough shape as far as turnover rate is concerned.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Seven of 27 three-point shooting did Orlando in, and Jameer Nelson‘s foul on Brandon Jennings late in regulation as he attempted to tie the game with a three-pointer allowed for the free five minutes tacked on in the end. Howard was too much, though. Very fluid to start, disappeared for a while (that’s on the Bucks, to me, more than Dwight), and was omnipresent at the end. Scored when the ball met him, made plays on the other end. Omnipresent.”
  • St. Patrick Day shoes for Howard.
  • Adam Figman of SLAM ONLINE recaps the Magic’s win succinctly: “Beyond Dwight Howard’s beastly 31 and 22 effort, the Magic did little right, but they pulled enough good fortune to grab the win in overtime (yeah, a 93-89 game that included an OT session) and earned Orlando an official spot in the Playoffs. Brandon Jennings scored 23 for Milwaukee, a team that’s simply not playing with the edge it needs to make a postseason push. Unfortunate. The Magic are back in Orlando tomorrow night to take on the Nuggets.”
  • Howard doesn’t regret skipping college.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Put him second, put him third. I’m not going to argue over how one should define MVP with you. But if Dwight Howard is not on your list, then I wonder how much hoop you watch and how much you understand what you do see. Because he is flat out ballin’.”
  • Orlando is lucky to win their game last night.
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