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Apr 19

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • With Dwight Howard out, the Orlando Magic have struggled to defend as a team in his absence. Last night’s game against the Boston Celtics was the latest example for the Magic. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has more: “Boston shot 54.3 percent overall, the sixth time in Orlando’s eight games without Howard that Magic opponents have made at least 50.0 percent of their shots.”
  • According to a report, Dwight told owner Rich DeVos that he no longer wants to play for head coach Stan Van Gundy. Asked by the Sentinel about alleged rumor, Van Gundy says he has “no comment.”
  • Is Dwight really that much of a liability for Orlando in crunch time? Noam Schiller of Hardwood Paroxysm reveals an eye-opening stat that conflicts with conventional wisdom: “With Dwight on the court in the clutch [this season], the Magic have scored a whopping 119.4 points per 100 possessions, and have given up only 92.9, and have gone 17-10.”
  • ESPN.com: “Magic center Dwight Howard has called team owner Rich DeVos to tell him that he won’t play for coach Stan Van Gundy anymore, WKMG in Orlando reported. But multiple league sources directly affiliated with the Magic and Howard disputed the television report to ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace.”
  • Perhaps it’s time for Ish Smith to take over as the back-up point guard for the Magic.
  • Van Gundy is the most disliked head coach in the NBA according to a Sports Illustrated players poll.
  • Orlando showed fight in their loss to the Celtics in yesterday’s game.
  • After the news broke that Dwight no longer wants to play for Van Gundy, there have been multiple media outlets that have refuted the story.
  • The Magic couldn’t handle “The Truth” last night.
  • Holly MacKenzie of CourtVision: “None of this is surprising, but it’s pretty shocking how this season has played out for the Magic. From Howard wanting out, to him wanting to stay, to the strangest NBA practice scrum to ever be caught on tape, the Magic have been a sideshow all season.”
  • It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Orlando all season long.
  • What will it take for the Magic to clinch the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference? Two wins, most likely.
  • Conflicting reports, the latest being that Dwight will no longer play for Van Gundy, have become the norm for Orlando this season.
  • Zach Lowe of The Point Forward: “The Howard saga has already reached nearly unprecedented levels of absurdity, even for a world as ridiculous as the NBA.”
  • Without Dwight available to play in the playoffs, the Magic have little chance of advancing past the first round. It remains to be seen if Dwight will be able to come back from injury in time for the postseason.
  • In a game that was lacking a little bit in star power, Boston prevailed against Orlando.
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