Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 16

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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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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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