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Saturday, January 14, 2006

The growth of Nelson

ESPN.com: Jameer Nelson Player Card

Jameer Nelson Growth Chart
Category NOV DEC JAN
Minutes 23.1 28.8 33.3
Points 9.9 12.2 22.5
Assists 2.9 4.1 6
Rebounds 2.6 3.1 3.3
Turnovers 2.1 2.3 3.7

January numbers through the Seattle game.

Portland game numbers:
Nelson: 43 minutes, 19 points, 13 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 turnovers.

Downside is 19 points took 20 shots, but still 13 assists is a big improvement for Nelson.

Team total for assists was 22.

I didn't see the game but Turkoglu can't create his own shot and he had 27 points on 18 shots.

On the real downside, Cato had 4 points and 1 rebound in 23 minutes. He was outrebounded by Bo Outlaw who played 3 minutes.

Garrity line: 3 minutes 0,0,0 with 1 turnover and 1 foul.

Howard had his usual solid game.


  • At 11:40 AM, Anonymous mathieu said…

    The Magic is in limbo, now. A lot will become clear over the next couple of days, until then I suppose damage control is the only option.
    The sad thing is I expected a loss. It's not right to expect a loss against a team the Magic blew away just a couple of weeks ago.

  • At 1:58 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I guess nobody could watch the game last night. It wasn't even on the NBA League Pass? I had to radio in. I got a few feeling last night. I don't think Francis will be missed by his teammates, probably because he's not always a team player. Jameer might be Steve-O's problem for the fact that he is stealing his job! Dropping 13 assists couldn't have made more of a statement. After how Nelson is playing, the statement by from Magic HQ, does anyone doubt that the Magic starting PG is and will be Jameer Nelson? And if you think about it, it's not that bad of a thing.

    I know it's early, but what are everyone's thoughts on Travis Diener? He shoots with the best of them. I had a friend give me a Steve Kerr comparison, but he handles the ball a lot better than Kerr ever could. He really reminds me of a young Mark Price, of course that is overkill. Any thoughts?

  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I could have expected last night’s game to go the way it went. It was the coach’s gift to the players to please them, and nothing pleases this group of players more than playing the way they played last year; up and down, all offense and no defense. I think that was a smart move on the part of the coach after Francis’s incident. I don’t give much weight to the low turnovers on Jameer, or the team as a whole, since Portland was defending nobody.

    I don’t think that Jameer would be inserted as a starting point guard, instantly, although that might be in the long term plans. I think they will patch up the differences between Hill and Francis, and he’ll come back for the time being. I like Diener, and I think he is a better shooter than Jameer. The comparisons that Introvert316 has put on the board are quite interesting. I particularly like the similarities with Mark Price, although it is too early to be firm about it.

    I am working on a small sample survey on Magic’s damage control efforts, with special focus on recent mass e-mail. I hope I would be able to compile the results within a day or two.

  • At 3:18 PM, Blogger Pete said…

    I cannot imagine why Magic played the game the way they played last night. Portland’s backcourt feasted on shooting between Telfair, Dixon and even Blake. It was pathetic when I looked up some time and Telfair was 5-5 on 3-pointers. If Matt is right and coach wanted to appease the players, I cannot think of a worst way than forfeiting a game that should have been won, shorthanded and all.

    I am concerned if Francis is not brought back in the mix. The same common wisdom that dropped Jameer to 20th pick is still in play. Jameer is an excellent backup point guard that could change the dynamics of the game when he comes in, but he is too short and too small to compete with the kinds of Kidd, Billups, Davis and even Cassell, depending on what the long term objective is. If it’s fine and dandy just to make it to the playoffs, as per Mr. Vander Weide’s stated objective, then we are on the right track. However, if we wish to build a championship team, we ought to be thinking of the right complement for Dwight Howard, at present time or near future, so that they could get acclimated to each other as soon as possible.

    In response to Introvert316 on Travis Diener, I think he is an excellent shooter and should be played more. In a time that our bigs are stopping no one, and Garrity has been so awful in shooting, why not go small and allow Diener to develop. I agree that Diener is a better ball handler and a better mover than Steve Kerr ever was, and I see glaring resemblance to Mark Price. I hope we do a better job than we did in the past allowing young players to develop. It is always a shame when we see them blossom in a different team’s uniform.

  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    My crappy little AM radio could hardly pick up the station to make listening worth the time last night. I was all geared up to watch the game and ended up with Miami and Seattle..

    Its seems like the Magic were worried about another Hardaway-type situation arising, and therefore the reason for Francis being suspended indefinatly, until they can figure him out or at least figure out how to get rid of him. Personally, I would rather he stay. When his head is screwed on straight, I like his competitivness and fire he brings. But if he's just going to be another millionaire, crybaby headcase then its probably best they find him a new home.

    Jameer's 13 assists were nice to see.. But, like others have mentioned, can he do it consistantly on a nightly basis? And what about handling the bigger PG's of the league?

    When I first saw Travis Diener he sort of reminded me of another Brooks Thompson, with a better shot. I like his as a backup. Seems like he could be a scrappy type player..


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