March, 2012 | Magic Basketball - Part 2

Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 22

Trading playoff formats?

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Which one of your friend’s is most interested in the NBA? Just for fun, call that person and say, “the NBA is changing their playoff format to single elimination next year and they are going to play the games at neutral sites.” What kind of reaction do you think you …

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Mar 21

Recap: Orlando Magic 103, Phoenix Suns 93

AP Photo/Reinhold Matay BOX SCORE It’s no secret that Dwight Howard would be best paired with a star point guard like Chris Paul or Deron Williams, whether it’s with the Orlando Magic or another team. When you talk about Dwight’s biggest flaw as a player, the inability to rely on him consistently in crunch time …

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Mar 21

Preview: Phoenix Suns at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Phoenix Suns at Orlando Magic Date: Mar. 21, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Sun Sports Arena: Amway Center Records Suns: 23-23 Magic: 29-18 Probable starters Suns: Steve Nash Grant Hill Jared Dudley Channing Frye Marcin Gortat Magic: Jameer Nelson Jason Richardson Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Advanced stats Suns: Pace: 92.2 (9th …

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Mar 21

Dwight Howard, free-throws, and the real problem in Orlando

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack When asked if the Orlando Magic were title contenders, LeBron James answered, “Absolutely.” It happened on Sunday after Orlando suffered a 91-81 loss to Miami. Maybe LeBron was being cordial. Maybe he did not want to kick a marginal team while they were down. Maybe he was blinded by the fact …

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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: …

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Mar 19

Recap: Chicago Bulls 85, Orlando Magic 59

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack BOX SCORE It’s rare to see an NBA team devastate an opponent defensively. The Boston Celtics were able to do so on January 23, holding the Orlando Magic to a franchise-low 56 points in a game. The Chicago Bulls nearly outdid the Celtics on defense on Monday, limiting the Magic to …

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Mar 19

Preview: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic Date: Mar. 19, 2012 Time: 8:00 p.m. Television: TNT Arena: Amway Center Records Bulls: 37-10 Magic: 29-17 Probable starters Bulls: C.J. Watson Ronnie Brewer Luol Deng Carlos Boozer Joakim Noah Magic: Jameer Nelson Jason Richardson Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Advanced stats Bulls: Pace: 89.8 (25th of …

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Mar 19

Monday’s Magic Word

One of the keys to beating the Miami Heat, if the Orlando Magic play their conference, division, and in-state rival in the postseason, is slowing down Dwyane Wade. Another aspect of a potential Magic-Heat playoff series is figuring out if Hedo Turkoglu, typically defended and shut down by LeBron James, can be relied upon by …

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Mar 19

Recap: Miami Heat 91, Orlando Magic 81

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky BOX SCORE This is what head coach Stan Van Gundy said after the Orlando Magic defeated the New Jersey Nets on Friday, despite committing 18 turnovers. “We don’t value the ball much. We just throw it around and don’t really think it matters, and that’s going to be a huge problem. You’re …

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Mar 18

Preview: Orlando Magic at Miami Heat

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Miami Heat Date: Mar. 18, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: ESPN Arena: AmericanAirlines Arena Records Magic: 29-16 Heat: 32-11 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Jason Richardson Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Heat: Mario Chalmers Dwyane Wade LeBron James Chris Bosh Joel Anthony Advanced stats Magic: Pace: 89.4 (26th of …

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