Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 22

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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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May 22

Three-Point Shooting and J.J. Redick

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images When it comes down to it, the NBA playoffs are all about matchups and adjustments. For head coaches, and even assistants in different situations, this is their chance to prove their mettle against each other. One of the main storylines that has surfaced in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals …

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May 21

A Quick Rundown on Rashard Lewis’ Struggles Against the Boston Celtics

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Via Peter D. Newmann of ESPN NBA Statistics and Information Research Rashard Lewis has been an absolute non-factor in this series. This comes after he was a major factor against the Celtics in the 2009 postseason. Lewis has as many points as rebounds in this series. How many of his …

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May 19

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s Low Post Game … and Dunks

Dwight Howard‘s struggles on offense against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 were catalogued everywhere, it seemed. Everyone far and wide bemoaned Howard’s performance, citing that he’s no better in the post than he was a few years ago. Not only were people preaching that statement like it was canon, for whatever reason, but they …

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May 19

Dwight Howard Improves Offensively in Game 2

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: Dwight Howard clearly upped his play in game two. He dominated his two primary defenders (Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace) while racking up fouls by the bucket load. PTS FG TO Fouls Drawn Wallace 12 4-5 0 3 Perkins 11 4-4 2 3 Davis …

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May 18

It’s a Make or Miss League

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: One reason for Orlando’s struggles in Game 1 was its inability to hit jump shots in their half-court offense, which was a strength of the [Orlando] Magic over the course of the regular season and the first couple rounds of the playoffs. They even …

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May 17

Orlando’s Rally Falls Short

As seen on ESPN’s Daily Dime. The Orlando Magic relinquished home-court advantage with a loss to the Boston Celtics by the score of 92-88 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, but not before rallying back in the game after being down by as much as 20 points in the second half. After Ray …

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May 17

A Closer Examination of Dwight Howard’s Struggles on Offense in Game 1

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: During the first two rounds of the playoffs, Dwight Howard was a dominate force in the post. Howard entered Sunday leading the playoffs in field goal percentage on post-ups at 71.1 percent (27-38) (minimum 10 plays), scoring 78 points on 78 post-up plays. …

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May 16

A Look at How the Boston Celtics’ Starting Lineup Fares Against the Orlando Magic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Via ESPN Stats and Information: Boston’s starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins destroyed opponents this season, posting the highest +/- of any 5-player combination in the regular season (+298). Against [the Orlando Magic], however, this lineup was far from dominant. …

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