Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 11

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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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Apr 20

Recapping Games 1 and 2 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. Let’s take a look at the results from the playoff games in Orlando. Game 1 PPP = Points Per Possession Orlando offense As a team, Orlando posted up 25 times, and 24 of the …

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Apr 15

The enigmatic and erratic Orlando Magic

Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images When it comes to championship contenders in the NBA, there’s five teams that are universally agreed upon — for the most part. Ranking them by their efficiency differentials, they are the Miami Heat (+8.6), Chicago Bulls (+8.1), Los Angeles Lakers (+6.6), San Antonio Spurs (+6.6), and Boston Celtics …

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Apr 14

Previewing the Orlando Magic’s first round series with Synergy

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks will square off in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. On Monday, I discussed Pythagorean wins and win profiles. Today, we will look at specific tendencies the teams utilize. Ranked by points per possession Orlando’s offense and Atlanta’s defense are …

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Apr 13

The awards ballot

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images With the regular season winding down and the postseason just a mere six days away, I figured I’d do what other writers have been doing lately — reveal my awards ballot. I know that I’m not a member of the Pro Basketball Writers Association, which means I …

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Apr 12

Notes on the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images Pythagorean wins The Orlando Magic (4) and Atlanta Hawks (5) will square off in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The seeding would indicate this series is evenly matched, but one measure tells a different story. Orlando has 55 Pythagorean wins on the season, and the …

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Apr 01

A dependent Dwight Howard

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Let’s imagine you are a casual NBA fan. Instead of watching every minute of each game, you flip through the channels, and mix in some action with American Idol. As the fourth quarter winds down, you check a few scores to find watchable games. On Wednesday, the …

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Mar 29

Derrick Rose is not the MVP

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Is it a race if it’s already over? When it comes to the race for the Most Valuable Player award, the answer seems to be yes, given that the support for Derrick Rose — the star point guard for the Chicago Bulls — has swelled in recent weeks to dizzying …

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Mar 23

NBA 411: Orlando Magic’s first round matchup

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