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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 15

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “NBA players voted the Orlando Magic’s Stan Van Gundy as the most annoying coach in the league — and it’s not even close. Of 138 NBA players polled by Sports Illustrated, 65 percent said Van Gundy is the most annoying coach during games. Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles …

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Mar 15

Advanced statistics and the democracy of talent

Photo by Grazier Photography One of my favorite movies of the past few years is Pixar’s The Incredibles. You’ve probably seen it. It’s an animated feature about a family of superheroes who are all either by nature or genetics or the grace of God gifted–and burdened–with superpowers. The movie centers around a problem that arises …

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Mar 15

Second Look: Los Angeles Lakers 97, Orlando Magic 84

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The [Orlando] Magic couldn’t shake Kobe Bryant. Bryant stayed at The Ritz, the Magic’s team hotel, on Sunday night (he has a permanent residency there to avoid constant travel back to his home). And the Magic couldn’t get away from him Monday night, especially. Kobe shook off a sore …

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Mar 15

Recap: Los Angeles Lakers 97, Orlando Magic 84

BOX SCORE Avenging a regular season loss on February 13, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 97-84. Turnovers (18 in total) and offensive rebounds (gave up 14 of them to the Lakers) doomed the Magic. Not only did the turnovers erase possessions for Orlando offensively, but …

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Mar 14

Preview: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

10:30 EDT | ESPN 42-25 @ 47-20 Pythagorean Record: 47-20 Pythagorean Record: 48-19 Pace: 92.2 (15th) Pace: 90.7 (22nd) Offensive Rating: 108.2 (11th) Offensive Rating: 111.6 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 102.1 (4th) Defensive Rating: 104.6 (8th) Staples Center | Magic lead season series 1-0

Mar 14

Monday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Marcin Gortat spent years with the Orlando Magic backing up superstar center Dwight Howard, a relationship that benefited the both of them. Gortat learned and improved while playing with the NBA’s best center every day in practice, and Howard was fortunate to have a hungry and competitive backup, someone …

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Mar 14

Orlando Magic and Amway Center named finalist in Sports Business Journal’s 2011 Best in Sports Awards

Photo by Fernando Medina Via the Orlando Magic: The Orlando Magic has been named a finalist in the Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily’s annual Sports Business Awards in the categories of “Sports Team of the Year” and “Sports Facility of the Year.” It is the first time in the history …

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Mar 14

Rest, scheduling, and efficiency in the Eastern Conference

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images People all over the country have weighed in on Orlando’s struggles. Some have cited poor effort, poor defense or Dwight Howard’s foul trouble. Has anyone mentioned Matt Winick and his computer? Matt Winick, one of David Stern’s minions, is the NBA’s official schedule maker. This year, his scheduling of Orlando …

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Mar 14

Welcome Matt Scribbins to Magic Basketball

Goodbye to the Big Three. Hello to the Fearsome Foursome. Magic Basketball is done adding writers to the stable, let that be known, but not before opening its arms to another writer that will team up with Nate Drexler and Danny Nowell to provide more content about the NBA and Orlando Magic. Matt Scribbins recently …

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Mar 14

Sneak Preview: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Hey, who else to give out medical advice but Grant Hill? Hill, who told the Sentinel he plans on playing until he is 40, warned Magic SG J.J. Redick to be wary of his lower abdominal injury. Hill sustained a sports hernia or athletic sports pubalgia, when he played …

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