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Mar 20

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, and Hedo Turkoglu all struggled mightily against the Chicago Bulls, resulting in an 85-59 blowout loss for the Orlando Magic.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy takes some of the blame for the Magic’s recent struggles on offense, noting that “we’ve got better players than that.”
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “He has next season left on his contract with the Magic before he can become a coveted free agent. Without signing him to an extension, there will be doubt about the franchise’s direction. And some distractions. For once, we’re not discussing Dwight Howard, although his name surely will surface in these talks. The Magic need to make a decision about their coach, Stan Van Gundy.”
  • With a win against Orlando, head coach Tom Thibodeau became the fastest coach in NBA history to win 100 regular season games. Van Gundy speaks very highly of Thibodeau.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie suggests that Van Gundy may be better off coaching another team instead of extending his contract with the Magic: “Van Gundy, not unlike Howard, might be wise to consider his options here. Considering his talent, perhaps an extension in Orlando might not be the wisest move for his career.”
  • This shot chart says it all about Orlando’s offensive performance against the Bulls.
  • Without Derrick Rose, Chicago is 10-4 this season. That includes wins against the Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, and Magic in the span of less than a week.
  • How suffocating was the Bulls’ defense against Orlando? Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated reveals some of the gruesome details: “The Magic made four of 20 threes, provided Chicago with 25 points on 19 turnovers and shot no better from the free throw line than the Bulls did from the three-point line, as each went 7-of-18, respectively.”
  • When Ryan Anderson has an off-night offensively, as he did against Chicago (scoring 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the floor), the Magic typically lose. In 29 Orlando wins this season, Anderson averages 17.6 points per game with a True Shooting percentage at 62.9 percent. In 17 losses, those numbers dip to 12.4 and 50.1 respectively.
  • Chris Duhon is really bad. So is Glen Davis.
  • In his press conference on Thursday, in which he formally announced he was waiving the early termination option in his contract, Dwight talked a lot about loyalty as one of the reasons he chose to stay with the Magic for one more year but he also mentioned that he felt the team could compete for a championship this season. Rohan Cruyff of HoopSpeak doesn’t think Orlando is in a position to do that: “Howard perhaps opted for an extra year in Orlando because, for many years, the Magic legitimately contended for titles […], but the future looks dire without a massive free agent signing next summer.
  • The Magic are 17-11 “in games where both teams either have no rest or both teams have at least one day of rest” for a winning percentage of .607 according to John Schuhmann of NBA.com — fourth-best among Eastern Conference teams.
  • Steve Perrin of SB Nation: “Howard stuck around to take a crack at winning a championship with the Magic, who have the third best record in the East after all. Getting thrashed by the Bulls is probably not what Howard had in mind when he signed that waiver last Thursday.”
  • Anderson is underrated.

Van Gundy leaving would upset me more than Howard leaving.  So...shut your face Kelly Dwyer.  (I kid).