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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 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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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 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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Feb 08

How does Jason Richardson score?

Up to this point in the season, the most newsworthy item involving Jason Richardson was that general manager Otis Smith inexplicably signed him to a 4-year, $25 million contract during the offseason. Despite the fact that Richardson is 31 years old and, generally speaking, wing players like him that have relied mostly on their athleticism …

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Feb 08

Jameer Nelson and pick-and-rolls

One of the major storylines that emerged following the Orlando Magic’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, aside from Chauncey Billups getting hurt (it was later confirmed that he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon), was that Jameer Nelson played well. It seems silly that Nelson playing well is something of note. In …

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