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Apr 17

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • With the injury bug biting Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, and Glen Davis in recent weeks, it turns out the Orlando Magic have been able to turn the situation into a positive.
  • Quentin Richardson on the Magic’s win against the Philadelphia 76ers last night: “I definitely am proud. This is one of the best victories I’ve been a part of in a long while.”
  • How exactly was Orlando able to break down the Sixers’ defense in yesterday’s game? John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com explains: “The ball swung crispy around the perimeter and there were usually multiple pick-and-roll sets executed on each possession. That exertion of effort helped the Magic score 61 points in the first half, 113 in the game and shoot 52.3 percent on the night.”
  • It’s been reported that Dwight Howard might miss the postseason, as he tries to rehab from a back injury. That would, no doubt, derail Orlando’s hopes of making a surprise run in the playoffs. As the No. 6 seed, the Magic would face the Indiana Pacers in the first round. Then if Orlando advanced, they would likely play against the Miami Heat in the Semifinals. With Dwight, those are two teams the Magic match up favorably with.
  • This season, Orlando has performed well in crunch time.
  • The Magic were able to beat the Sixers despite not having Dwight, Turkoglu, and Davis. Ryan Anderson (26 rebounds and 16 points) helped fuel Orlando to a nice victory against Philadelphia.
  • Abe Schwadron of SLAM ONLINE: “The Magic found a way to outrebound the Sixers 46 to 30 despite missing the bulk of their frontcourt, and improved to 3-4 without Howard.”
  • Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t mince words when he talks about Dwight and the Magic.
  • Would Orlando, currently in position to secure the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference but still with a chance to “move up” to the No. 5 seed and face off against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, be better off tanking?
  • Anderson is not only a poor man’s Kevin Love, but he also could be the Most Improved Player this season in the NBA.