Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 12

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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

Mar 23

Linking the NCAA Tournament and NBA together, Part III

Photo by Flickr/mcdonaldsallamericangames In Part I, we discussed the idea of teams drafting winners. Part II looked at the teams who drafted winners, and how the players performed in the NBA. Part III will explore two different one-and-done scenarios, and the NCAA Tournament history of players on top NBA teams. We will also see the …

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Mar 22

Linking the NCAA Tournament and the NBA together, Part II

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images Part I of this mini-series looked at the draft position of players who have recently appeared in the NCAA National Finals. Today, we will look at the teams who pursued these players, and how these players performed in the NBA. Tomorrow, Part III will explore two different one-and-done scenarios, and the …

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Mar 21

Linking the NCAA Tournament and NBA together, Part I

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images We are only getting started on the best run of basketball. The NCAA Tournament has four rounds left, and the NBA Playoffs are close. To wash down the first weekend of March Madness, feel free to drink in some information over the next few days linking the NCAA Tournament …

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Mar 16

The importance of the three-point shot

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images Remember back in 2009 when the Magic knocked off the seemingly unbeatable Cavs in the Conference Finals by shooting 41 percent from deep for the entire series? Sometimes I wonder if this year’s squad is the same type of team as that NBA Finals team. That is, I …

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Mar 14

Rest, scheduling, and efficiency in the Eastern Conference

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images People all over the country have weighed in on Orlando’s struggles. Some have cited poor effort, poor defense or Dwight Howard’s foul trouble. Has anyone mentioned Matt Winick and his computer? Matt Winick, one of David Stern’s minions, is the NBA’s official schedule maker. This year, his scheduling of Orlando …

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Mar 07

Video Analysis: Anatomy of a 40-9 run against the Miami Heat

Despite a disappointing loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday, which culminated with a one-game suspension for Dwight Howard that’ll be served tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, last week was fairly successful for the Orlando Magic. After Howard pleaded with his teammates to bring more to the table after losing to the Sacramento Kings …

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Mar 04

The left side is the Orlando Magic’s good side

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Via Peter D. Newmann of ESPN Stats and Information: The Orlando Magic have their sweet spots from the three-point line on the left side of the court. Orlando shoots a higher percentage from those areas and has more attempts from those areas. The Magic have to hit their three-pointers to win …

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Mar 02

Gilbert Arenas at a glance

Photo by Fernando Medina The hardest thing about watching Gilbert Arenas play basketball right now is not that he is performing at about 25 percent of his statistical capacity. It isn’t even that he’s getting paid close to 18 million a year to average eight points and four assists per game. It’s that he looks …

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