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Mar 18

Monday’s Magic Word

  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “Maurice Harkless is yet another young Magic player who has opened some eyes. The rookie has scored in double-figures in 15 of his last 17 games, shooting 51 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range in that stretch. The Magic’s young core of Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Nik Vucevic is promising. The Magic’s defense, on the other hand, is still terrible.”
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “Check back next Monday. If Miami can get through this week unscathed — road games in Boston and Cleveland, followed by home dates with lowly Detroit and Charlotte — Orlando hosts the Heat on March 25, after having nearly beaten them in Miami on March 6. The streak would be at 26 by then.”
  • Monta Ellis took over in the fourth quarter, as the Milwaukee Bucks were able to come back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstiped Post sheds light on the Magic’s crunch time woes: “According to NBA.com/stats, Orlando has played in 20 games in which the score was within two points in the final two minutes, but has won only four of those games; only the New Orleans Hornets, at 5-17, have a worse record in such games, per NBA.com. The Hornets are also the only team with a worse efficiency differential in crunch time than Orlando, which is outscored by 38 points per 100 possessions in the clutch.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk is wondering why Tobias Harris didn’t get more playing time with the Bucks.
6 comments
nathanghans
nathanghans

I don't understand how Andrew Nicholson is apart of our 'young core' if we can't find him 20 minutes a night. With Harris it makes more sense, but you have to find him as much minutes as possible. I don't see a future for him if he can't find his way into this rotation.

erivera7
erivera7 moderator

@nathanghans Player development isn't necessarily always about playing time. SVG said it best at Sloan. If you play the right way, you'll play. If you don't, you won't. In Nicholson's case, he really needs to improve as a rebounder and defender. 

nathanghans
nathanghans

@erivera7 @nathanghans http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2013/1/25/3915714/nba-all-star-2013-rosters-minutes-played-orlando-magic

It doesn't hurt. I don't see how playing Aharrington more than Nicholson helps us.

nathanghans
nathanghans

@erivera7 @nathanghans True. I just get the feeling that AN plays when there are no other options(like Ish Smith did). That doesn't indicate building block to me. Maybe it's just bad perception on my part. I live in NY so i don't watch every game, I just get recaps, maybe stat sheet doesn't give full story.