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Jan 18

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “While back-to-backs and back-to-back-to-backs are brutal, the compressed schedule did diminish an often-despised exercise of NBA life: the morning shootaround. Players got something to celebrate from the lockout after all. So many games in so few days have forced teams to reduce workloads, saving the sleepy-eyed (or, ahem, blood-shot eyed) from having to report for 10 a.m. workouts on some game-days. Piling into buses and heading into cold arenas on the road just to hear Stan Van Gundy yell is not the way to start your day, apparently.The Magic will not hold shootarounds during this three-game stretch, and it’s a wonder Van Gundy isn’t convulsing. Van Gundy is a big believer in practice, unlike Allen Iverson, although the short sessions that primarily focus on the night’s opponent sometimes have turned into lengthy, full-blown practices for the Magic. This produces grumbling by players seeking more Zs, not Xs and Os.”
  • Von Wafer and Glen Davis were the unsung heroes in the Orlando Magic’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats last night.
  • Hedo Turkoglu won’t play against the San Antonio Spurs in tonight’s game (back spasms).
  • The Magic go for a rare back-to-back-to-back sweep.
  • Dwight Howard and Davis are skillful at resuscitating each other.
  • Turkoglu is one of the reasons why Orlando is off to a 10-3 start.
  • How could Howard land with the Los Angeles Clippers? Here’s how.
  • Andrew Bynum compliments Howard.
  • Zach Harper of HoopSpeak: “Again, as long as Dwight Howard is in an Orlando uniform, this is one of the best teams in the entire NBA. The defense hasn’t been great this season (just 19th in the league) but the offense is nearly as good as we remember it from the Finals run days. Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick have been as good as you can hope from them. Anderson is not only filling the void Rashard Lewis left when he stopped being good, but he’s better in the stretch-4 role than Lewis ever was.”
  • A recap of the Magic’s win against the Bobcats yesterday.
  • More on Bynum praising Howard.
  • Howard as a Harlem Globetrotter? You don’t say.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Charlotte hung in this one — they were up three at the break and it was tied heading into the fourth — as the Bobcats didn’t double Dwight Howard and stuck with guys on the perimeter, and Orlando could only knock down 31.8 percent of its threes (Howard’s foul trouble didn’t help). Orlando needs those threes. It eventually got them. While Dwight Howard led the way with 25 points on the night it was Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu and Von Wafer — yes, Von Wafer — who each had 8 points in the fourth quarter to help the Magic pull away.”
  • Rob Mahoney of the New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog praises Ryan Anderson’s efficiency: “Anderson’s per-minute stats had previously hinted that he was capable of a scoring explosion if given the appropriate playing time, but his performance this season has exceeded even those projections. Anderson ranks 10th in the league in per-minute scoring, ahead of Rose, Wade, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, and oodles of other prolific scorers. Yet Anderson is only able to score those points with the help of his teammates; 80 percent of Anderson’s made field goals this season were set up with an assist, a shockingly high mark for such a consistently effective scorer. Anderson needs to have his shots created for him, but even with that precondition, his accuracy and ability to find open space have made him tops among Magic players in per-minute scoring this season.”
  • Andrew Lynch of Hardwood Paroxysm: “It’s been over a decade now, but the meetings between these two teams will always remind me of how close Tim Duncan was to signing with the Magic and completely changing the landscape of NBA history.”

Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.