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May 09

Dwight Howard, fourth quarters, and the truth

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images There once was a man made of brick-and-mortar, but his role diminished in the 4th quarter. He will be remembered as an all-time great, but you’d never guess it from his usage rate. Today, I stumbled upon a poem I wrote a while ago (yesterday), and it compelled me …

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May 03

Recapping Game 6 for the Orlando Magic with Synergy

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Before the playoffs started, I previewed Orlando’s first round matchup using data from Synergy Sports Technology. Last week, we looked at the Game 5 in Orlando. Today, let’s examine the results from the contest in Atlanta. Game 6 PPP = Points Per Possession Orlando offense The spot-up game continued …

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Apr 29

Second Look: Atlanta Hawks 84, Orlando Magic 81

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic face a long, uncertain offseason. Those months off will be filled with questions about how a season that started with such promise ended with such overwhelming disappointment. A team that advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009 and reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2010 didn’t …

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Apr 29

Recap: Atlanta Hawks 84, Orlando Magic 81

BOX SCORE The Atlanta Hawks were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 84-81, winning the series 4-2 and exacting revenge from last year’s sweep in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. For the Magic, this is the first time they’ve lost in the first round of the playoffs during head coach …

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Apr 28

Thursday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “J-Rich scored just four and eight points in the first two games, and then was suspended for Game 4 and is averaging just 10.8 points per game in the playoffs. Most importantly, they need [Jason] Richardson to prevent Hawks all-star Joe Johnson from getting the shots he wants and …

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Apr 28

Sneak Preview: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks, Game 6

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy reached into his bag of rhetorical tricks Wednesday — all the way back to his seventh-grade phys-ed class. Van Gundy and his classmates were about to do a six-minute run as part of a physical-fitness test, and one of Van Gundy’s friends asked, ‘Coach, how do …

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Apr 27

Second Look: Orlando Magic 101, Atlanta Hawks 76

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “For the first four games of this playoff series, the Orlando Magic could depend on only one player: Dwight Howard. No one else hit shots consistently. No one else defended game-in, game-out effectively. And no one else brought the necessary intensity at the beginning of games. But with their …

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Apr 26

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy inadvertently disclosed his master plan for slowing the Atlanta Hawks tonight in Game 5 of the teams’ first-round playoff series. It involves Dwight Howard. ‘I don’t want to give away a big secret here before the game,’ Van Gundy told the media, ‘but …

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Apr 26

Sneak Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic, Game 5

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “At some point Jamal Crawford has to cool off, right? The Atlanta Hawks shooting guard has torched the Orlando Magic in the first four games of this playoff series, averaging 24 points and shooting 56.5 percent from three-point range. In a series defined by ugly offense and hard-nosed defense, …

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Apr 25

Second Look: Atlanta Hawks 88, Orlando Magic 85

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “In the Orlando Magic‘s postgame locker room Sunday night, Stan Van Gundy turned to his assistant coaches and asked a question. Should they take their players directly from Orlando International Airport to Amway Center upon arrival in Florida and shoot baskets until their teamwide shooting woes disappear? Van Gundy …

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