April, 2012 | Magic Basketball - Part 4

Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 13

Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Date: Apr. 13, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Hawks: 34-24 Magic: 34-24 Probable starters Hawks: Jeff Teague Kirk Hinrich Joe Johnson Josh Smith Zaza Pachulia Magic: Jameer Nelson J.J. Redick Jason Richardson Ryan Anderson Glen Davis Advanced stats Hawks: Pace: 89.9 …

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Apr 13

Friday’s Magic Word

With his back still bothering him, Dwight Howard has flown to Los Angeles to get a second opinion. He is not expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers or Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers. In a one-on-one interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Dwight denies asking for head coach Stan Van Gundy to be …

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Apr 13

Meet Ish Smith

There’s a certain fetishism with back-up players. For whatever reason, sports fans like to root for the underdog or unsung player on their favorite team. Last season, there were people within the Magic fanbase asking for head coach Stan Van Gundy to start Gilbert Arenas over Jameer Nelson at point guard or to #FreeEarlClark. The …

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Apr 12

Fear Boston, not Atlanta, in the pick-and-roll

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images With all the turmoil and confusion in Orlando at this point, a balm for the unsettled fan might be to turn to the postseason. No more griping about drama. No more blame game for defensive lapses and offensive droughts. What’s important is what happens when the playoffs begin. …

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Apr 11

Wednesday’s Magic Word

When he’s gotten playing time, Ish Smith has impressed the coaching staff for the Orlando Magic with his quickness and playmaking ability. The Magic may be the No. 6 seed right now in the Eastern Conference, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Why? Orlando would be slated to face off against the Indiana Pacers …

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Apr 11

Recap: Washington Wizards 93, Orlando Magic 85

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images BOX SCORE With Dwight Howard sidelined with a back injury, the Orlando Magic were able to get by on Monday without him against the Detroit Pistons thanks in large part due to exceptional three-point shooting and, surprisingly enough, good defense. But against the Washington Wizards, the Magic failed …

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Apr 10

Preview: Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards Date: Apr. 10, 2012 Time: 7:30 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Verizon Center Records Magic: 34-23 Wizards: 13-44 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson J.J. Redick Jason Richardson Ryan Anderson Glen Davis Wizards: John Wall Jordan Crawford Chris Singleton Jan Vesely Kevin Seraphin Advanced stats Magic: Pace: 89.1 …

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Apr 10

The Magic should choose Dwight Howard over Stan Van Gundy

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack I’ve gone on the record this season saying that I thought Stan Van Gundy was a valuable part of the Orlando Magic and also, recently, that they should fire him sooner rather than later. It occurs to me that these two positions maybe don’t make sense.  My thinking is as follows. …

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Apr 10

Recap: Orlando Magic 119, Detroit Pistons 89

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack BOX SCORE In 2009 and 2010, blowouts were routine for the Orlando Magic. In 2011, less so. In 2012, it seems like the Magic have become more accustomed to getting blown out than blowing teams out. Instead of Orlando dishing out the pain, they’ve been receiving it. Which is why the …

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Apr 09

Preview: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic Date: Apr. 9, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Pistons: 21-35 Magic: 33-23 Probable starters Pistons: Brandon Knight Rodney Stuckey Tayshaun Prince Greg Monroe Jason Maxiell Magic: Jameer Nelson J.J. Redick Jason Richardson Ryan Anderson Glen Davis Advanced stats Pistons: Pace: 88.9 …

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