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Feb 14

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “A training camp that practically began with the sudden retirement of their chief executive officer also included a trade request by their franchise player, and the superstar’s long-term future still hasn’t been resolved. And, after a strong start to the season, the team went into a mystifying funk that included two bitter losses to the Boston Celtics. The team seems to be snapping out of it now. The Magic have won six of their last eight games, with the two losses coming in overtime. […] Monday’s win was a solid, workmanlike performance even though Howard flirted with foul trouble from the middle of the first quarter onward. Five Orlando players in addition to Richardson scored in double figures, including Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu, who chipped in with 14 points apiece. Earl Clark came off the bench to provide one of the most energetic performances of his Magic tenure, scoring eight points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking two shots. The team produced just nine turnovers, five of them by Turkoglu.”
  • Dwight Howard and Kevin Love are vying for a rebounding title this season.
  • Howard’s comments about wanting the ball in the fourth quarter, after the Orlando Magic had a come-from-behind win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, were ill-timed.
  • Howard celebrates “D12 Foundation Day.”
  • The Magic put together a collective effort in last night’s win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • What should Orlando do with Howard as the trade deadline (March 15) nears? Bradford Doolitte of Basketball Prospectus looks back at history as a precursor: “By not gutting the roster when O’Neal left, the Magic delayed their rebuilding for a few years, but they eventually reached the conclusion that bottoming out was the way to go. Bad luck is the only thing that prevented the Magic from being a power in the early part of the last decade. When that happened, Orlando again went into the toilet, but was able to emerge with another elite franchise building block.”
  • A look back at the Magic’s win against the Timberwolves.
  • Who’s the best potential teammate for Howard? The answer, after John Hollinger of ESPN crunched the numbers, is Chris Paul: “I’ve long felt that a Chris Paul-Dwight Howard combo would be the league’s most unstoppable pick-and-roll tandem, and now I have some backing for my theory. Howard wouldn’t need to create offense on post isos with a point guard maestro like Paul running things, while Paul’s ability to create shots and avoid turnovers would dramatically offset Howard’s propensity for miscues. Throw in the obvious synergy of Paul’s ability to throw alley-oops and Howard’s talent to convert them, and putting these two together with the Clips would arguably provide an even more spectacular version of the current Lob City spectacle.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalK: “The Magic started to pull away in the second quarter as their defense tightened up and Jameer Nelson began to exploit the fact he was being covered by the even-smaller J.J. Barea. Nelson also did a good job of setting up Ryan Anderson, who had 10 points in the first half and 13 for the game. Then the Magic started the third quarter on a 10-1 run and Jason Richardson got hot (13 in the quarter, 17 for the game). Good win for Orlando on a night Dwight Howard is quiet due to foul trouble (11 points).”
  • Jason Richardson continues his strong play.
  • Zach Harper of HoopSpeak with a Valentines Day gift for Orlando.
  • Howard didn’t play particularly well against Minnesota in yesterday’s game.

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