Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 16

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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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Nov 10

Are You Kidding Me? Fastbreaks?

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Via Peter D. Newmann of ESPN NBA Statistics and Information Research: One thing that the [Orlando] Magic won’t be doing very much of is running the fastbreak. Orlando averages the fewest fastbreak points per game in the NBA. Fastbreak PPG Pace Orlando Magic 8.2 93.2 (18th) Milwaukee Bucks 8.6 91.4 …

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Nov 08

Superman’s Rise to New Heights

Photo by Fernando Medina While Chris Paul is reminding everyone why he’s the best point guard in the NBA, there’s another player that’s doing similar conversion tactics. His name is Dwight Howard. Mind you, Howard doesn’t need to remind many people that he’s the best center in the league but for those that like to …

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Nov 05

Video Analysis: The Art of the Pick and Roll

There’s not a lot that needs to be said about the Orlando Magic‘s tour de force against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, in which the men in blue set a franchise record by scoring 78 points in the first half and then winning the game by a margin of 42 points. Still, it’s worth noting …

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Nov 01

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s Offensive Performance Against the Miami Heat

While the Orlando Magic lick their wounds from the beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Miami Heat on Friday, it’s worth revisiting one of the few bright spots from that game. Dwight Howard‘s performance against the Heat, in which he looked more dominant than ever — as he should have been — against …

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Nov 01

Video Analysis: A Look at the Orlando Magic’s Inability to Score Against the Miami Heat

In the Orlando Magic‘s loss against the Miami Heat on Friday, a six-point halftime deficit ballooned to 20 points in the span of roughly three minutes during the third quarter. It was a haymaker that served as a knockout blow for the Magic, and it had to everything to do with the Heat’s defense which …

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Oct 29

A Rivalry to Be, or Not to Be: That Is the Question

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images There is no rivalry between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. There is no rich history between the two franchises. Celtics vs. Lakers it is not. History? Boston and L.A. have decades of it. Geography? They are the East vs. West. Bad blood? Five words: Kevin McHale clotheslines Kurt …

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Oct 25

Mini-Playbook: The “Horns” Set

Photo by Fernando Medina Tweaks and adjustments. For the Orlando Magic, tweaks and adjustments have been made not only with the roster but also with strategy. This season, head coach Stan Van Gundy has made a commitment to make the Magic’s offense less predictable, and the results — even if it was pre-season — have …

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Oct 14

Orlando Magic 2010-11 Season Preview

Photo by Fernando Medina adj. +/- net +/- stat. +/- PER WARP Win Shares/48 Ryan Anderson +0.65 +1.8 +1.97 18.1 2.7 .161 Brandon Bass N/A -4.9 -2.65 16.5 1.1 .147 Vince Carter +1.95 +7.5 +2.62 17.1 4.3 .154 Chris Duhon -2.02 +1.0 -2.41 10.7 -0.5 .045 Marcin Gortat +13.73 -7.8 -1.73 13.9 2.3 .151 Dwight Howard …

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