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Mar 21

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Gilbert Arenas’ left knee is technically healthy, but the effects of his prior injuries are still affecting him every day. Occasionally the arthritis in his knee makes it feel tight, which limits his quickness and jumping ability. And recently he’s been bothered by tightness in his left calf, a condition related to muscles that were weakened while suffering from his previous knee troubles. The most frustrating part, he says, is the unpredictability of the injuries. On Friday, for instance, he participated in shootaround and felt OK until the knee tightened up in the early afternoon. When he warmed up before the Orlando Magic’s game against the Nuggets, he knew he couldn’t play, not even if it was a playoff game. The same thing happened on March 1 against the New York Knicks. Arenas, who seems baffled by his knee troubles, has come up with a number of hypotheses for his injuries, including the weather. Now, he has a new one — too much sitting down.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Priority No. 1 for the Orlando Magic tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Cut down on all those turnovers. The Magic have averaged 16.8 turnovers per game this month alone, resulting directly in 18.1 points for their opponents. (See chart below.) That has to change for Orlando to have a long playoff run.”
  • J.J. Redick‘s injury has caused a trickle-down effect for the Orlando Magic.
  • Expect the Magic to involve Dwight Howard on offense in new ways.
  • The iPad has become a hit with nearly all the players for Orlando: “Guard Gilbert Arenas plays the game Angry Birds on his iPad. Arenas, a huge fan of the TV show 24, watches episodes of Jack Bauer’s exploits. […] After wins on the road, center Dwight Howard occasionally has positioned an iPad in his locker and played hip-hop music. The tablet connects the Magic to each other in other ways, too. Power forward Ryan Anderson, [Chris] Duhon, shooting guard J.J. Redick and Director of Player Development Adonal Foyle have downloaded an app to their individual iPads called Words With Friends. Words With Friends is a knockoff of the board game Scrabble, and it arguably has become the second-most popular competitive outlet among Magic players — trailing, perhaps, only the sport of basketball itself.”
  • Gilbert Arenas is questionable for tonight’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post profiles the Magic’s “Monday malaise.”
  • Marc Stein of “The good folks at Elias, who keep track of everything, inform us that Jameer’s triple at the horn to beat Denver was the season’s 15th buzzer-beater and the third from 3 (Tyreke and Durant had the others).”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk says Orlando is treading water right now.
  • Zach Lowe of The Point Forward: “In the Ryan Anderson vs. Brandon Bass debate that roils among Orlando fans, I find myself always on the Anderson side, even if the debate is a bit of a false one because both figure to get minutes. Anderson is typecast as a three-point shooter, but he has long been a good offensive rebounder skilled at slithering along the baseline to get inside position and generally fighting hard and smart to get the Magic an extra possession or two. He’s also become better at posting up smaller guys when a pick-and-roll draws a switch. He doesn’t have Bass’ athleticism, but to my eyes, he’s a better positional defender, less likely to jump at a pump fake or turn his head at a bad time.”

More Gilbert bashing huh? We're gona force Otis and Stan out of Orlando by magnifying EVERY blunder and stumble? And when they're gone who's gona come in and "fix" things/Make them better???? What GM/Head coach will they bring in to pick up where they left off AND do BETTER??? All this Arenas bashing(Along with other stuff) is going to lead to the demise of Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy which in turn will lead to Dwight NOT wanting to come back to a "messy" situation in Orlando. I'm begging the writers and fans of the Orlando Magic to PLEASE stop panicing and bashing. Or we'll be looking like the Cleveland Cavaliers.