Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 7

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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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Mar 13

J.J. Redick the playmaker

The pick-and-roll has been one of the primary tenets of the Orlando Magic’s offensive system since head coach Stan Van Gundy’s first day on the job. When you envision the Magic run their vaunted pick-and-roll attack this season (yes, it still can be vaunted even though this is the least-talented team in the Van Gundy …

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Feb 17

It’s not magic, it’s execution

When the Orlando Magic faced off against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 30, they were tired, injured, and playing a losing brand of basketball. The Magic were playing their sixth game in eight nights, the starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson was out of commission, and the losses started to pile up in …

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Feb 16

The Ryan Anderson manifesto

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Dwight Howard is not only the best player on the Orlando Magic but one of the best players in the NBA. That’s a given. It’s because Howard is so good and, in many his respects, some of his …

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Feb 14

Jason Richardson goes nova

Since being traded to the Orlando Magic on December 18, 2010, Jason Richardson has had a lot of ups and downs with the team. This season, leading up to the month of February, it had mostly been downs for Richardson, as he struggled to play well offensively for an extended period of time. But since …

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Feb 10

Ryan Anderson torture racks the Heat

There were two players who were mainly responsible for the Orlando Magic’s win against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. One of them was Dwight Howard. The other was Ryan Anderson. Seeing Howard put up 25 points and 24 rebounds against the Heat came as no surprise, given that he’s one of the best players in …

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