Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 21

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Jun 02

Evaluating Jameer Nelson’s Offense in the Playoffs

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images Second in a three-part series, I’m going to analyze this year’s playoff performances of several Orlando Magic players. These posts will be offense-centric, given that I will be writing up player evaluations next week, so I’ll reserve analysis on the defense of Dwight Howard – for example — until then. …

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Jun 01

Evaluating Rashard Lewis’ Offense in the Playoffs

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images First in a three-part series, I’m going to analyze this year’s playoff performances of several Orlando Magic players. These posts will be offense-centric, given that I will be writing up player evaluations next week, so I’ll reserve analysis on the defense of Dwight Howard – for example — until then. …

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May 28

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s Impact on Defense

Even though Dwight Howard has played well on offense in the last two games for the Orlando Magic, everything starts and ends with his defense. Because the Magic rely so much on Howard’s defense, similarly to how the Cleveland Cavaliers rely so much on LeBron James’ offense, they tend to struggle to win games when …

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May 28

How is There a Game 6 for the Orlando Magic?

Photo by Gary Green-Pool/Getty Images After being left for dead following an embarrassing loss in Game 3, not many people expected to see the Orlando Magic play the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Magic, for lack of a better word, quit in Game 3 and didn’t put …

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May 27

Jameer Nelson Continues His Damage in the Pick and Roll

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: Jameer Nelson continued his solid play Wednesday, going off for a game-high 24 points. Much like Game 4, Jameer did the bulk of his damage as a pick-and-roll ball handler. Games 1-3 Games 4-5 Plays per game 14.7 26.5 PPG 12.7 32.0 Pts/play 0.86 1.21 …

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May 26

Video Analysis: The Orlando Magic’s Pick and Roll Offense

Since the conclusion of Game 4, a lot of smart people have chimed in on the Orlando Magic‘s pick and roll offense that was wildly successful against the Boston Celtics. Even though there’s no guarantee that the Magic will beat the Celtics later tonight, it’s clear that Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard will, once again, …

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May 26

J.J. Redick’s Positive Impact

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: In his 33 minutes off the bench in Game 4, J.J. Redick was a game-high +14 in the plus/minus. Redick’s plus/minus of +20 for the series is by far the highest for any [Orlando] Magic player – no one else has even a positive rating. …

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May 25

More Pick and Roll Data

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: The [Orlando] Magic found great success running the pick and roll against the Celtics on Monday, often with Dwight Howard screening for Jameer Nelson. Nelson was 8-22 in the first three games of the series as the ball-handler in the pick and roll; in Game …

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May 25

It’s All About the Pick and Roll

Even though the Orlando Magic won last night in a thrilling game that went to overtime and avoided getting swept, the odds are still completely in the Boston Celtics’ favor to advance to the Finals sooner or later — NBA teams trailing 3-0 in a best-of-seven series are 0-93 in those series. But if the …

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May 24

There’s Defense, and Then There’s the Boston Celtics’ Defense

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: The key for the Celtics in the series has been their ability to guard the [Orlando] Magic one-on-one in the paint allowing their defenders to stay at home on Orlando’s shooters and forcing them to make plays. The Celtics’ interior defenders have held the Magic …

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