Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 10

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May 23

J.J. Redick’s report card

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images J.J. Redick plays a solid game, a fluid game, and a game that makes us think we are missing him when he is gone. Those around the league like to say he has a “high basketball IQ.” But does he? It seems that sometimes there are players who can …

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May 17

Looking a franchise in the mirror

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images As the Oklahoma City Thunder, scheduled to face off against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Western Conference Finals later tonight, continue their quest towards progressing to the Finals, it’s hard not to look at the roster constructed by general manager Sam Presti and begin the process of …

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May 09

Dwight Howard, fourth quarters, and the truth

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images There once was a man made of brick-and-mortar, but his role diminished in the 4th quarter. He will be remembered as an all-time great, but you’d never guess it from his usage rate. Today, I stumbled upon a poem I wrote a while ago (yesterday), and it compelled me …

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May 05

Appreciating Dwight Howard’s greatness

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images It’s hard out here for Orlando Magic fans. The Magic lost in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs to the Atlanta Hawks. There’s so much uncertainty surrounding Dwight Howard‘s future. And general manager Otis Smith‘s continued quest to to find the right combination of players to surround …

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May 03

Recapping Game 6 for the Orlando Magic with Synergy

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Before the playoffs started, I previewed Orlando’s first round matchup using data from Synergy Sports Technology. Last week, we looked at the Game 5 in Orlando. Today, let’s examine the results from the contest in Atlanta. Game 6 PPP = Points Per Possession Orlando offense The spot-up game continued …

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Apr 27

Recapping Game 5 for the Orlando Magic with Synergy

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images Before the playoffs started, I previewed Orlando’s first round matchup using data from Synergy Sports Technology. Last week, we looked at the playoff games in Atlanta. Today, let’s examine the results from the contest in Orlando. Game 5 PPP = Points Per Possession Orlando offense The Magic shot 11-26 beyond …

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Apr 27

Hedo Turkoglu’s fall from grace

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images It has been an outright disaster watching Turk clumsily and weakly contribute to the demise of this Orlando Magic team’s playoff life. More than that, though, it’s sad. For Magic fans who remember just two seasons ago when the Turkish Michael Jordan posted decent numbers en route to a …

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Apr 25

Recapping Games 3 and 4 for the Orlando Magic with Synergy

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Before the playoffs started, I previewed Orlando’s first round matchup using data from Synergy Sports Technology. Last week, we looked at the playoff games in Orlando. Today, let’s examine the results from the contests in Atlanta. Game 3 PPP = Points Per Possession Orlando offense Orlando’s spot-up game finally …

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Apr 21

Dwight Howard’s gravitational pull on the court

Photo by Fernando Medina Dwight Howard is the most valuable player for any team, and if you weren’t convinced in the regular season, take a look at his first two games of the postseason. Dwight’s game has a gravitational pull to it. We have seen that throughout his career, but he is operating on a …

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Apr 21

A struggling offense

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images Via Peter D. Newmann of ESPN Stats and Information: The [Orlando] Magic offense has substantially changed from the regular season. Dwight Howard has been a beast. Orlando isn’t making their three-pointers. And their offensive efficiency has suffered. regular season postseason Pts. per 100 possessions 105.7 98.9 Possessions per 48 minutes …

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