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Apr 02

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Glen Davis on his role with the Orlando Magic: “Whatever Stan wants me to do, I’m going to do it to the max whatever he wants me to do. If he wants me to set a thousand screens, I’ll set a thousand screens till I fall [down] and die.”
  • “Complete” players in the NBA are a myth according to Scott Leedy of Hardwood Paroxysm. All players, like Dwight Howard with his free-throw shooting, have flaws.
  • The Magic are no longer a lock to secure the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Other teams in the East are in hot pursuit.
  • Marc Stein of has a new nickname for Orlando: “Team Roller Coaster.”
  • Brendan Haywood denies punching Dwight Howard in the back in Friday’s game between the Magic and Dallas Mavericks. Dwight sat out Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets with back spasms.
  • It was a battle of point guards between Jameer Nelson and Ty Lawson on Sunday.
  • Orlando will continue to struggle to win games without Dwight (and Ryan Anderson by extension) available to play. Anderson suffered a sprained ankle versus the Nuggets.
  • Abe Schwadron of SLAM ONLINE: “Luckily for the Magic, their skid should end soon, as they get the Pistons twice and the Wizards once over their next 5 games.”
  • How do you beat the Magic? Matt Moore of has the answer: “You close out on the shooters, you live with Dwight Howard killing you inside, you don’t let anyone else get easy looks The defensive inconsistency is their biggest problem. If they’re exploitable defensively, they just don’t measure up with Magic teams of the recent past.”
  • Shaquille O’Neal talks about leadership and being a leader. He talks about Dwight, too.
  • Zach Lowe of The Point Forward explains why Orlando should not want to face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs: “Atlanta has a big man (Jason Collins) capable of guarding Dwight Howard one-on-one, and the ability of Josh Smith (and, if healthy, Al Horford) to switch on pick-and-rolls and contain Orlando’s guards has given the Magic occasional fits.”
  • Anderson has Lawson to blame for spraining his ankle.
  • Tom Ziller of SB Nation breaks down the race for the No. 3 seed in the East: “The Magic lost, but remain in the No. 3 spot by a half-game margin over Indiana, who won. Atlanta was idle, and sits a game behind Indiana and a game ahead of Philadelphia. Milwaukee did not play, and remains 2.5 games behind the Knicks.”

Hey Magic, I'm hear to read between the lines.  All of the above amounts to...  EVERYONE STEP IT UP!!