Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 22

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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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May 15

Dwight Howard Needs to Stay on the Floor Against the Boston Celtics

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via Peter D. Newmann of ESPN Statistics and Information Research: Dwight Howard will be a huge factor in this series. Can Boston get into the paint and score against the [Orlando] Magic while Howard is in the game? 2009-2010 regular season vs. Boston Celtics: Howard On Court Howard Off Court FG …

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May 13

A Progress Report of “The Magic Show,” Part II

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images With the Orlando Magic halfway home to their goal of winning a championship, it seems more than appropriate to conduct a progress report on each player that has been in head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s 10-man rotation (excluding Ryan Anderson, due to lack of minutes) since the start of …

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May 12

A Progress Report of “The Magic Show,” Part I

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images With the Orlando Magic halfway home to their goal of winning a championship, it seems more than appropriate to conduct a progress report on each player that has been in head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s 10-man rotation (excluding Ryan Anderson, due to lack of minutes) since the start …

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May 10

Starting Lineup Comparison Between the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic‘s utter dominance of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals has been well-documented and, to be honest, this write-up does nothing more than to further throw salt in the wound. And Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post did briefly touch on …

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May 07

Atlanta Struggles Against Pick and Roll

As seen on ESPN’s Daily Dime. After the Atlanta Hawks’ 43-point loss at the hands of the Orlando Magic in Game 1, it was widely assumed that Game 2 would be a more competitive contest between the two teams from the Southeast Division. And it was … for approximately three quarters. However, the Magic went …

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May 06

Anatomy of Efficiency

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Immediately after the Orlando Magic put the finishing touches on a beat down of epic proportions against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, people — unsurprisingly — went goo goo ga ga when the final score read 114-71. Amidst the blowout …

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May 04

Making the Case for LeBron James as the Most Valuable Player over Dwight Howard

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Last night, LeBron James was presented with the MVP trophy by commissioner David Stern before the Cleveland Cavaliers faced off against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was a deserving moment for James, capping off a community celebration, of sorts, …

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