Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 24

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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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Apr 29

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s “Foul-umentary”

A few days have passed since the Orlando Magic swept the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs but there is still a lot to talk about from the matchup. Like Dwight Howard‘s foul troubles. Long story short, the Bobcats used their trio of big men — Tyson Chandler, Nazr Mohammed, …

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Apr 28

The Issue of Rest vs. Rust for the Orlando Magic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Rest vs. rust … ah, yes. It’s a common theme that spans across all sports, particularly in the playoffs, and the question that is usually posed is whether or not getting rest is a blessing or a burden? For the Orlando Magic, it would seem to be the …

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Apr 27

What Did We Learn About the Orlando Magic?

As seen on ESPN’s Daily Dime. With a 99-90 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 4 on Monday night, the Orlando Magic put the finishing touches on their first four-game sweep in franchise history that can best be described in one word: strange. Strange because the Magic were able to defeat Charlotte in four …

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Apr 25

Nelson Comes Up Big for Magic

As seen on ESPN’s Daily Dime. Entering Game 3, the Charlotte Bobcats were looking to do something they had never done before — win a playoff game. The Bobcats whiffed on their first two chances to do it against the Orlando Magic on the road in Games 1 and 2. However, Charlotte had a golden …

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Apr 23

Video Analysis: Vince Carter and the Pick and Roll

Vince Carter is your classic “love/hate” player. For whatever reason, Carter stirs the emotions of almost any basketball fan one way or the other and it usually leads to heated debates praising or criticizing him at every turn. That being said, it came as no surprise that after Carter struggled mightily in Game 1 against …

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Apr 21

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s Block Party

As you may have heard by now, yesterday,¬†Dwight Howard was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. By winning the award in back-to-back years, Howard joined the likes of Sidney Moncrief, Dennis Rodman, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, and Ben Wallace as players that have accomplished the feat. …

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Apr 20

Video Analysis: A Look at Vince Carter’s Shot Selection in Game 1 Against the Charlotte Bobcats

When Sunday arrived and the Orlando Magic faced off against the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 1, it was generally assumed that Vince Carter was going to do what he’s been doing for the past few months. What’s that? Play good basketball. It’s no coincidence that the Magic took off in the second half of the …

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