Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 6

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May 09

A vintage performance from Jameer Nelson

If the Orlando Magic had it their way, they would be in Orlando right now preparing for Game 6 of their first round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. The game would have been on Friday at Amway Center. Instead, the Magic’s season is over, but not before they put up a valiant effort — …

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May 07

Ryan Anderson wins NBA’s “Minutes Increased Per Game” Award

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images On Friday, Ryan Anderson became the fifth player for the Orlando Magic to win the Most Improved Player award in the franchise’s 23-year history (the other four players? Scott Skiles in 1991, Darrell Armstrong in 1999, Tracy McGrady in 2001, and Hedo Turkoglu in 2008). Except there’s one …

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May 01

Orlando searching for answers on offense

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images By now you’ve heard. The third quarter of last night’s game between the Pacers and Magic seems to have been the series turning point for Indiana. Down a bucket at the half, the Pacers came out in the third and cold-cocked the Magic to the tune of a 30-13 quarter …

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Apr 30

Jason Richardson’s crunch time shooting

While most people will talk about the Los Angeles Clippers putting together one of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history, storming back from a 24-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies by the score of 99-98 on the road in Game 1 of their first round playoff series, lest everyone …

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Apr 18

Ryan Anderson and offensive rebounds

Ryan Anderson is a poor man’s Kevin Love. You’ll read or hear that comparison thrown around, and it’s certainly apt. Anderson shares a few similarities with Love. They’re stretch fours. Both players hoard offensive rebounds while spreading the floor and lighting it up behind the three-point line. And while Anderson and Love aren’t liabilities on …

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Apr 13

Meet Ish Smith

There’s a certain fetishism with back-up players. For whatever reason, sports fans like to root for the underdog or unsung player on their favorite team. Last season, there were people within the Magic fanbase asking for head coach Stan Van Gundy to start Gilbert Arenas over Jameer Nelson at point guard or to #FreeEarlClark. The …

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Apr 12

Fear Boston, not Atlanta, in the pick-and-roll

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images With all the turmoil and confusion in Orlando at this point, a balm for the unsettled fan might be to turn to the postseason. No more griping about drama. No more blame game for defensive lapses and offensive droughts. What’s important is what happens when the playoffs begin. …

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Apr 09

Relying on J.J. Redick in crunch time

On Saturday, the Orlando Magic got a much-needed victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road, winning by the score of 88-82 and snapping a season-high five-game losing streak. And the Magic were able to win the game not only without Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu but with Dwight Howard nursing a bad back. Needless …

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Apr 02

HoopIdea: Last five minutes of NBA games — relevant or not?

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images You know that you only need to watch the last five minutes of an NBA game, right? Well, I thought that was true until Sunday. In the 2011-2012 NBA season, no team in the league has a winning record when trailing at the half. Again, no team in …

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Mar 21

Dwight Howard, free-throws, and the real problem in Orlando

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack When asked if the Orlando Magic were title contenders, LeBron James answered, “Absolutely.” It happened on Sunday after Orlando suffered a 91-81 loss to Miami. Maybe LeBron was being cordial. Maybe he did not want to kick a marginal team while they were down. Maybe he was blinded by the fact …

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