Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 15

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Dec 20

The Orlando Magic had a busy Saturday

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images As seen on TrueHoop. Entering the season, some of the biggest question marks for the Orlando Magic were shot creation and perimeter scoring. After a 16-9 start to the year, in which the Magic’s offense ranked 14th in offensive efficiency, an inconvenient truth had been realized — Vince Carter and …

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Dec 08

The Orlando Magic are winning with defense

Photo by AP/John Raoux Live and die by the three. That’s one of the most common criticisms against the Orlando Magic – they shoot too many threes! This isn’t normal! Ever since head coach Stan Van Gundy took over as head coach for the Magic, he — alongside general manager Otis Smith — made the …

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Dec 06

The struggles of Chris Duhon

When general manager Otis Smith signed Chris Duhon as a free agent in the offseason, the expectation was that the Orlando Magic would seal up the back-up point guard role for the next few years. Previous back-ups like Anthony Johnson and Jason Williams served their roles effectively for the Magic, but each of them were …

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Dec 03

Revisiting Jameer Nelson’s rise to prominence, Part II

There are many ‘what if’ questions that Magic fans ask on occasion. Some wonder how the Orlando Magic would have fared if Grant Hill was healthy. Others try to figure out if the Magic had a chance to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals if Jameer Nelson didn’t have to rush back …

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Dec 03

Revisiting Jameer Nelson’s rise to prominence, Part I

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images So far, Jameer Nelson has been having a good year for the Orlando Magic. Fully healthy and springboarding off a strong performance in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Nelson is back to playing like an All-Star point guard during the regular season. A big reason that the Magic rank fourth in …

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Nov 30

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “As of Monday, [Dwight] Howard, the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year, was in the top 5 in rebounding and blocks. Scoring weighs heavily in MVP voting, as overrated as it is. ‘Voters don’t look at Dwight’s affect on the game as a whole. It’s not sexy,’ General Manager …

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Nov 30

Video Analysis: Orlando Magic’s Pick and Roll Attack

As I wrote at the Heat Index last week when previewing the grudge match between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, the key to victory for the men in blue came down to one thing. Pick and rolls. That’s it. Scouting the Heat’s loss against the New Orleans Hornets and witnessing Chris Paul butcher a …

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Nov 30

Video Analysis: Jameer Nelson’s Fourth Quarter Onslaught

If there was any doubt that Jameer Nelson has fully returned to being an All-Star caliber point guard like he was in 2009, his performance against the Miami Heat proved that he’s playing to the peak of his ability once again. Led by Dwyane Wade, the Heat made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter …

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Nov 24

It’s Not All About Dwight Howard

Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images As seen on The Heat Index. Before the Orlando Magic faced off against the Miami Heat on October 29, the conversation surrounding the matchup centered on Dwight Howard‘s ability to exploit the Heat’s front line. Nearly everyone said, “Who is going to stop him?” Yet few bothered to ask how …

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Nov 22

Video Analysis: Rashard Lewis’ Third Quarter Onslaught

Rashard Lewis has received a consistent torrent of criticism since the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, in which his lack of impact offensively aided in the Orlando Magic‘s inability to return to the NBA Finals last season after making an appearance in 2009. And this year, with each game that passes by and Lewis doesn’t …

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