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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Reinventing The Wheel

So,i was at the game last night,and i made some mental notes of things i saw in person that need to be done on a regular basis,to be a winning/championship team! (1) Everytime down the floor it seems as if the magic "reinvent the wheel" which means "they find a different way to score",thats a bad thing! There's no offensive consistency with this team,if you look at other NBA ball clubs that have winning records,they usually run an offensive set that would be known as their bread and butter,what would be the magic's bread and butter,posting up dwight every now and then,well thats not an offensive set,thats sitting back and watching another player go one on one,thats the only consistency that we have and thats pathetic,b/c half the time we cant even get dwight the ball,it seems like sometimes we have ball movement,but others we dont,everytime down the floor someone else wants to shot,thats not good coaching! (2) We probably have the weakest perimeter in the league,as long as deshawn and turk are starters,we wont have a bench,who are their back-ups with grant out,augmon,outlaw,morris,they get no minutes as it is,so were in bad shape,diener & francis who share the back-up point guard spot right now,were the only one's to give a contribution,we need to draft young wing players,and the get them all on the same page offensively,so we're not consistently reinventing the wheel!


  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Magic have the man in the middle, but he is very young. Eventually the ball needs to come into him on nearly every half court possession, as it did with Shaq in LA, Duncan in SA, etc.

    Ball goes in, defense collapses, ball goes out to perimeter shooter or back to the PG, around the horn for a shot or back inside. When its working its a sight to see with passing lanes opening up and players cutting to the hoop for easy layups.

    There's a long way to go to get there.

  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic have had several different starting lineups over the last month or so due to injuries, suspensions, etc. Once the Magic can find a set starting lineup and player rotation off the bench, they should get more consistent in terms of running set offensive plays and more plays for Howard. Last night, the Magic did have 23 assists, which indicated they are at least moving on offense and trying to hit the open man.

  • At 2:11 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Big Figure, you are absolutely right about Magic's confused offense. I think the reason being is that they don't have the right pieces in place for implementing any known offensive scheme. They want to milk Dwight as much as possible, but there are a couple of reasons why they can’t with any consistency:

    • There is no true shooter to take advantage of the pass out
    • Dwight has not learnt yet to pass out accurately
    • Dwight’s offensive moves are not polished enough yet to allow him post up on his own, and even if it is (or becomes), defenders collapse on him inside not to worry on perimeter shooters.

    You are right on short bench. Hopefully with Grant and Keyon back we will be fine on the perimeter. We still need Cato to step up. Hopefully, his injury is minor.

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    We are loaded at the point guard position,that's one thing that stood out to me last night at the waterhouse,and another was,i'm convinced travis diener needs to get more minutes,b/c he played some very smart basketball in the short time he was on the court,he hit deshawn with a couple bounce passes,yep bounce passes,i almost fell out of my seat,i didnt think we had a player that really knows how to play unselfish basketball,or at least make sure you make the pass,and not let the defense bait you out of doing your job as a point guard and thats making poeple around you better,and i think diener would be much more positive than negative,deshawn wind up having one of his best nights this year!

  • At 3:31 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Your take on Diener live is interesting. On television he looked lost -- like he was unsure of where he should be on the court, particularly on defensive rotations and in transition.

    Was Kasun dressed?

  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Ya know weR,i didnt even see mario,but we're gonna need him now with cato probably out,and yeah at first trav looked a little unsure,but i think that was b/c coach hill is using jameer,steve & trav all at the point,then sometimes putting them in together in different combinations,for example: Steve came in,first sub off the bench for deshawn,so he's playing the two,when it was time for jameer to get a rest,he went with trav but let steve bring the ball up the floor,so know trav's a two,the fact that we pretty much have no perimeter shows,b/c coach hill is useing steve & trav as two guards,which doesnt work,in trav's defense,at least he kept the ball moving when rotated to him on the offensive end,and in turn he got a few assists,which the magic can always use!

  • At 6:49 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Mario was dressed up, and he helped Cato off the floor. For the most part coach Hill decided to go small with Garrity and that paid off for him.


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