Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 15

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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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Nov 18

Video Analysis: More on Brandon Bass’ Improvement on Defense

Brandon Bass‘ second year in head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s system has seen a dramatic improvement in almost all phases of his game. However, the one aspect of Bass’ skill-set that’s seen a noticeable change has been his defense. Team defense, that is. In the video, keep a careful eye on Bass the entire time. …

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Nov 16

The New and Improved Brandon Bass

Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images There’s been a lot of talk about Dwight Howard‘s improvements on offense and the praise is well-deserved, but there’s another player for the Orlando Magic that has improved this year as well. So far, at least. His name is Brandon Bass. Bass received a lot of criticism last season for …

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Nov 15

Rashard Lewis’ Trials and Tribulations on Offense

Photo by Fernando Medina It’s early in the regular season, but there’s a few players for the Orlando Magic that have been struggling on offense — Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick (more on him later), and Quentin Richardson to name a few. But there’s one player, in particular, that looks out-of-sync right now offensively and that’s …

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Nov 11

Video Analysis: How Not to Beat a Zone Defense

Zone defenses. Teams in the NBA rarely utilize them because, well, they don’t work very often. This is basketball at its highest level, not high school varsity, so a 2-3 matchup zone isn’t going to last long against the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers and others. And the last team that people think a …

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