Recap: Atlanta Hawks 84, Orlando Magic 81 | Magic Basketball

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Apr 29

Recap: Atlanta Hawks 84, Orlando Magic 81

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The Atlanta Hawks were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 84-81, winning the series 4-2 and exacting revenge from last year’s sweep in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. For the Magic, this is the first time they’ve lost in the first round of the playoffs during head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s tenure with the franchise. The last time Orlando got bounced this early was in 2007. After trailing by as many as 11 points in the game, the Magic made a furious charge in the fourth quarter and were able to cut the deficit to 82-81 with 34.3 seconds left in regulation after a layup by Jameer Nelson. However, being out-rebounded was the prime culprit for the loss and it was exemplified on the ensuing possession. Marvin Williams missed a three-pointer that would have iced the game for the Hawks but he missed the shot, and Joe Johnson was able to get the offensive rebound. Thus forcing Orlando to foul. Jamal Crawford made the two free-throws, which meant the Magic need a game-tying three-pointer to extend their season. J.J. Redick got a clean look thanks in large part to Van Gundy’s play design coming out of the timeout. But Redick missed. However, Al Horford stepped out of bounds after he rebounded the basketball, which meant Orlando had one more chance to tie. Yet Josh Smith was able to block Jason Richardson‘s three-point attempt and just like that, the Magic’s season was over. Atlanta was led by a balanced attack, as five players scored in double-figures. Johnson finished with 23 points (on 10-of-25 shooting from the field), 10 rebounds, and four assists. Crawford contributed with 19 points and two steals. Horford chipped in with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, while Kirk Hinrich had 11 points and Williams had 10 points. Dwight Howard finished an exemplary series by tallying 25 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks but it wasn’t enough to save Orlando from elimination. The lack of consistent production from the Magic’s supporting cast was largely to blame for the series loss, undermining Howard’s brilliance.

Let the speculation surrounding Howard’s future with the franchise begin.

6 comments
Bizz David
Bizz David

Aaron Brooks, JJ Reddick, Gerald Wallace, Bass/anderson, Howard- Imagine how fast that team could play? Especially with Pietrus in for Reddick or Clark for bass to go even faster? On the other side their defensive dynamos as well each one of them individually. I'm thinking teams would struggle nightly to score 70 on a magic team with Brooks, Wallace and Howard.

Pitolove71
Pitolove71

We had the chance at getting CP3. But that Arenas contract, along with the others, are kinda in the way. Can you imagine?! Chris Paul in Orlando?

Wundervogel
Wundervogel

How about... we somehow by the grace of God get rid of Turkoglu's and Arenas' contracts... then we go after Jeff Green, Shannon Brown, Jamal Crawford, and trade for Galinari. Could be good, might not be, but it is better than what we got. Oh, and I agree to some degree with Bizz David. We had the best trading pieces in the business. Gortat could have gotten us anyone productive. What a joke.

Bizz David
Bizz David

People are going to gripe about Otis.
And they are right.
The trade chips we had(Gortat, Carter, MP, Lewis)
Could have netted us any of the following players:
Gerald Wallace, Aaron Brooks, Courtney Lee, Kirk Heinrich, Coulda just kept Gortat
Instead we got Richardson, Arenas, and Turkoglu.
We had more to trade as well, Bass, anderson, Meer, Qrich. But still all we got in an all in move was turkoglu, arenas and jason richardson.
Aaron Brooks, JJ Reddick, Gerald Wallace, Bass/anderson, HOward
That should have been our starting 5, more importantly it could have been as wallace and aaron brooks were moved for less than the assets we would have been giving up. That team would stand defensively toe to toe with any team, would probably still have MP and Qrich come off the bench as defensive stoppers and mp as a spark plug back up 2. At the 3 wallace is backed up by Qrich, both defensively as good as you can hope for. At the 1 Nelson backs up Aaron brooks because Aaron brooks is a defensive locked down guy in addition for his talent on the offensive end and ability to create- Jameer comes off the bench to QB the offense while brooks rests.
At the 4 Keep the bass/anderson combo. They’re both good individual defenders who on a team built defense first would be more than enough defensively at their position. When bass is on the floor he should be used as a relief valve after all other otpions have exhausted offensively, let bass shoot his stupid 40% jumper he shoots everytime he touches its. When Anderson is in the Offense can pick and roll with brooks/Howard as he can keep his man clear of the room that combo would need to work.
At the 5 you have Howard. No he can’t play all the minutes all season. Yes he can in the playoffs. The great thing about the team constructed above is that Howard wouldn't need to be making up for his team’s defensive inadequacies while also giving up nothing offensively to the team currently constructed- in Many Many ways its alot better offensively as well.

Adolfo
Adolfo

Looking for some consolation: I just got the news that Memphis beat the Spurs...

b-ballfan
b-ballfan

Isnt Dwight's career a little similar to Mcgrady in the playoffs? A superb player whose performance is brought down by truly awful teammates. Idk which management (Magic, Rockets) is more incompetent at building a supporting cast.