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Mar 28

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The NBA has fined Orlando Magic big man Glen Davis $35,000 for an obscene gesture Davis made during Monday’s victory over the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, league officials announced Wednesday. Davis appeared to flip off a fan after Davis had been hit on the top of the head by a Raptors player with 7:49 remaining in the second quarter.”
  • Jeremy Lin will not be playing in tonight’s game between the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks. Baron Davis will start in Lin’s place.
  • Which means that Lin will miss his chance to face the “Great Wall of Orlando.”
  • Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com provides a breakdown of all the tiebreaker possibilities for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. Take note, Magic fans.
  • Jason Terry won’t be wearing his trademark headband and knee-high socks when the Dallas Mavericks play the Magic on Friday. You can thank Jameer Nelson for that.
  • Is Orlando the most inconsistent team in the NBA? The numbers say no.
  • John Hollinger of ESPN Insider on the Magic’s chances of upsetting the Miami Heat in the playoffs and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals: “Every team that has beaten Howard in the playoffs had a big, burly center who could push him off his spots and make him work for his points without requiring a double-team. […] Miami, which has split the season series with the Magic 2-2, appears extremely vulnerable on this count, and the Heat are Orlando’s most likely second-round opponent.”
  • Turnovers, in part, have prevented Orlando from being a better offensive squad than they have been. Zach Harper of HoopSpeak imparts his wisdom to the masses: “The Magic are giving the ball away 15% of the time on offense. That’s just way too much for a team that relies on precision passing around the perimeter to open up the flow of their offensive attack.”
  • Several NBA scribes think the Atlanta Hawks can upset the Magic in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs if the two teams meet.
  • Mark Heisler of SheridanHoops.com: “One for Otis Smith: Ryan Anderson, acquired from Nets, becomes ideal floor-stretching power forward alongside Dwight, leads NBA with 143 threes—39 more than No. 2 Jason Terry. Unfortunately, they also got Vince in deal.”
  • This is revisionist history at its finest. It’s unfortunate that Vince Carter didn’t step up in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals when Orlando needed him to. It’s not unfortunate that the Magic acquired Carter and Ryan Anderson for the expiring contracts of Rafer Alston and Tony Battie alongside Courtney Lee. The trade was sound, even if the end result left a lot to be desired.
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