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Jan 19

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy plopped down into his chair for his postgame press conference and groaned. This loss hurt. If just one or two little things had gone differently, the Orlando Magic could have beaten the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Instead, the Magic lost 85-83 in overtime. Van Gundy blames himself for not making key adjustments quickly enough. Von Wafer missed a foul shot that would have tied the game late in the extra period. And although J.J. Redick swished a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the end of overtime, he released the ball just a fraction of a second after the final buzzer. [...] The defeat ended the Magic’s five-game winning streak, and it also ended a grueling stretch in which the team played three games in three days. Playing without injured starters Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu, the Magic used 10 players. But Nelson still wound up playing just over 38 minutes, and Van Gundy said afterward that was too much. But the Spurs (10-5) were playing their 10th game in 15 days, and they also were without injured guard Manu Ginobili. They also had not won on the road in five tries this season.
  • J.J. Redick’s running diary of the Orlando Magic’s one and only back-to-back-to-back of the regular season. It’s a must-read, especially since it contains this tidbit from Redick from last night’s gut-wrenching loss to the San Antonio Spurs: “We were down in the final seconds when Stan drew up a high pick-and-roll play for Jameer Nelson, and he found Ryan for a pretty good look from 3-point range. The shot was off, but Dwight got the rebound – as he did most of the night. It was about 3.4, 3.5 seconds when Dwight turned and threw the ball at me. I shot-faked and it was 1.8. If I shot the ball right away, the defender was so high I wouldn’t have gotten off a good shot so I really had two options. One was to jump into him, which looking back, it was kind of at an angle so I would have had to lean in. Two-tenths of a second was basically what I needed. I could have rushed that escape dribble a little more. If I could do it again, that would probably be it.”
  • After getting called for a foul trying to stop Richard Jefferson from connecting on an alley-oop play, Glen Davis pulled down his shorts and earned a technical foul.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie on Penny Hardaway’s recent interview with SLAM Magazine: “As a high schooler, writing online back during Penny’s time in Orlando, I made plenty of Hardaway jokes while suggesting (not unkindly) that Darrell Armstrong take over as Magic point guard — moving Hardaway over to the less-strenuous off-guard position in the starting lineup. And because he didn’t tear up his knee in a publicized, Bernard King-sort of way, I’m definitely amongst the “we” when I tell you that we didn’t give Penny the respect his injuries deserved. And to understand, years later, that he was one of the first that had to undergo microfracture surgery in order to sustain his career? We all should have been bonding with Penny at the time, so to speak.”
  • Is Ryan Anderson in the same stratosphere as Dwight Howard when comparing their numbers? Well, let’s just say that the question isn’t as ridiculous as it might seem.
  • Danny Nowell made an appearance on ESPN.com’s Daily Dime, where he provided his take on the Magic’s loss against the Spurs: “As the Magic stood poised to vault the Spurs on Superman’s shoulders, two thrilling, if disappointing, plays proved the difference. With 16 seconds left in overtime, surprise standout Von Wafer hit a driving layup while being fouled to give the Magic a chance to tie, only to miss the free throw. It seemed as if he might get off the hook when Howard gathered a Ryan Anderson miss and kicked it to the perimeter with time expiring, but J.J. Redick’s swish was half a second too late. It was that sort of night for the Magic — a gutty fight to the final seconds, but a fraction too little a second too late.”
  • Another look back at Orlando’s loss against San Antonio in yesterday’s game.
  • Despite a monster game from Howard, the Magic couldn’t eek out a win against the Spurs.
  • Sebastian Pruiti of Grantland breaks down a key play from last night’s game between Orlando and San Antonio.
  • Howard had the line of the week in the NBA with his 45-point, 23-rebound performance against the Golden State Warriors.
  • A look at the possibility of Howard teaming up with Deron Williams in Dallas.
  • Quentin Richardson can be a good defender even when he’s not playing. Confused?
  • Also, make sure to check out Nowell’s insightful take on Carmelo Anthony at HoopSpeak.

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

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