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Friday, March 24, 2006

At Last! A road win for the Magic

Seven players scored in double figures for the Magic to lead an outstanding team effort as the Magic finally broke their franchise-record 16 game road losing streak with a solid 102-86 win over PHI. Ther Magic fell behind 11-1, but quickly turned things around This was the first Magic road win since Jan. 26th, ironically against PHI also.

JNelson (19 pts 7 assists) led the way. DHoward (15 pts 19 rebs 4 blocks) had a huge game. TAriza off the bench had a double double (11 pts 11rebs). CArroyo (16 pts 5 assists 4 steals), KDooling (12 pts), Darko (11 pts), and TBattie (10 pts) all had good games. The Magic did a terrific job on Allen Iverson, holding him to 17 pts on just 4 of 19 shooting. Chris Webber had 23 pts 15 rebs, and Kyle Korver 18 off the bench.

The Magic dominated the game statistically. They outscored PHI from the field 82-70 on sizzling 56.3% shooting. PHI shot just 38.3%. ORL outscored PHI from the FT line 20-16 on 76.9% FT shooting. PHI shot 69.6% from the line. The Magic dominated the boards 47-33, and passed the ball well with 24 assists. The only negative was 20 Magic TOs, while PHI had 13 TOs. The Magic bench outscored the Sixer bench 50-28.

Good job by the Magic playing spoiler against a team fighting to make the playoffs. Another huge game for our point guards, who combined for 35 pts and 12 assists, in addition to Dwight's big game. The Magic have shown how promising the future could look with the way they have played in their last few games.

8 Comments:

  • At 10:53 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Good win for the Magic. Still Darko is not getting enough minutes ... 19 minutes only. Good rotation between the 3 bigs, but Darko should get more than Tony close enough to Dwight's. Hedo was off and got only 16 minutes as compared with Ariza's 26 minutes who played real well. We need to keep the management and coach's incompetence an open issue, since that is the only impediment to the team's success.

     
  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Big Figure said...
    Boy,when dwight,tony and darko play like that defensively,we're tough to beat,the guards didnt protect the ball at all,but at least our big's showed up,good call on korver matt,he was the only thing to keep them in it,steven hunter sucks and webber might as well retire,dwight and tony easily out-played them,and kept them off the offensive boards,while battie and darko used their speed to beat webber down the floor a few times,all around good win!

    10:15 PM

     
  • At 12:12 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The second unit of carlos,keyon,ariza & darko,with either dwight or battie with them on the floor,is looking real nice!

     
  • At 12:59 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Agreed, our second unit is beginning to look alot like our first unit, almost interchangable. These guys just really seem to enjoy playing together. Even if they loose, they still look like a well adjusted group. I give all the credit to this group of young talented players, that short, pudgey, mentally challeneged guy on the sideline is only there because ownership felt they owed him something. And like matt said, is really what is holding this team from progressing even more.

     
  • At 8:28 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Boy aint that the truth!

     
  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    This Magic team is kind of interesting to think about. The Magic team and players, are obviously happy with each other, and get along. When looking back, Francis was the biggest thing holding this team back this year. Of course we had injuries, and of course we have B Hill, but Francis was a major problem. It's nice and refreshing to see a group of guys on the court that get along and look like they enjoy playing together. It kind of reminds me of the "heart & hustle" team, but with alot brighter future. Things should get even more interesting when these guys start developing more. Just now are we starting to see a version of Dwight Howard that isn't always smiling, and shows signs of confidence and cockiness. That is what we need, and it'll come in time. Darko is another guy that has shown amazing growth in limited playing time. You can throw names like Nelon and Ariza in those kinds of categories also. Looking at our team now, we actually have a "playoff team", but it just didn't happen early enough. The injuries, Francis issue, and brutal late road schedule killed our season. I expect to make the playoffs next year regardless what happens, with G Hill, or without, with B Hill, or without. Speaking of B Hill, although I've never been a big fan, players are no complaining, YET... We'll see what happens when these guys continue to develop, that is when some might speak up in regards to needing a more legit coach. But as of now, I'm happy, because the future looks bright. Still no matter what, Brian Hill always makes me question. Like why is Darko still not playing the minutes he should? And if the answer is Battie, WHY? Then why is Ariza just now getting playing time when it's obvious the guy can play? Pat Garrity is always an obvious Brian Hill question, thank goodness he is injured. Alright, that's all for my random thought ramble.

     
  • At 7:27 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    If I see that commercial with BSH and that dipshit Todd with his face painted one more time, I'm gonna puke...

     
  • At 11:40 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Introvert316, welcome back. I am glad that you had a good vacation. I, sincerely hope that you are right in your assessment of the Magic's future. However, I have seen too much of good things to go bad quickly. The fact is that BS Hill is not a players' coach, and his system is not fun to play in. Players are having fun now playing with each other but if the system is no fun and the management is inept, all it takes is a couple of injuries and losses piling up leading to rumbling amongst the players. When that happens one cannot rely on BS Hill or the management to remedy the situation.

    Once again, I hope you are right and my pessemism is misplaced b/c I really want ot see Magic be a team that we all will be proud of.

     

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