Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 7

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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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Mar 14

HoopIdea: NBA players protecting their shooting percentages

Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images Take yourself back to the fall and imagine sitting on your couch watching NFL Sunday Ticket. There are 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the Detroit Lions just got the ball back at their own 40 yard line. Everyone in the world knows what is coming …

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Mar 13

Ryan Anderson: Clutch City

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images With all the rabblerousing surrounding Kobe and his ability (or inability in many cases) to perform in clutch moments, it can be hard to notice that the Orlando Magic have a clutch performer playing for their team. That’s right, not only is Ryan Anderson a starter, a really tall three-point …

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