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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Magic end brutal month with loss to Lakers

Another bad third quarter cost the Magic against LA, as the Lakers outscored the Magic 38-23 in the third and cruised to a 102-87 victory. With the loss, the Magic wind up with a horrific 2-13 February record, and are a distant 8 games behind the last playoff spot.

The Lakers offense really flourished against the Magic. Six players scored in double figures, led by Kobe Bryant's 28. They outscored the Magic from the field 87-60 on 51.2% shooting, and finished with a superb assist-to-turnover ratio of 31-10, while outrebounding the Magic 38-29. The Magic had 4 players in double figures, led by GHill (23 pts), along with DHoward (15 pts 9 rebs), DStevenson (14 pts), and CArroyo (12 pts). The Magic shot 52.7%, but took 25 fewer shots than LA. They did outscore LA 27-15 from the FT line on 71.1% FT shooting. The Magic struggled moving the ball offensively, with only 14 assists compared to 16 TOs. The Magic bench, led by Arroyo, scored 27 pts while the Lakers bench scored 25.

TBattie and KDooling really struggled, scoring only 8 pts and 3 rebs between them in 40 combined minutes. Darko had another decent game with 6 pts, 7 rebs and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. I think the time has come for BHill to start Darko instead of Battie,and if Dooling continues to play poorly, have Arroyo as a starter. Dooling has been so inconsistent; I expect a lot better from him than what he did against LA. As all of us here agree, BHill has to make changes in the starting lineup; the way they played in the third quarter was ridiculous.


  • At 4:22 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Thank you Brian Hill for another assist, in this loss; no changes, same result, BIG SURPRISE! Will a change be made? I know Battie has been a "warrior" all year long, but Darko is already better, so sorry Tony, you need to sit your ass down, and let "the future"-Darko take his rightful place in the starting lineup. And as for Dooling, obviously nobody wants Arroyo to start over this "great defender", so Jameer, just get your ass back, so we can run with you. Beyond that, there is nothing more worth saying. We have a group of guys that are capable of winning, it's just a matter of how long it's going to take B Hill to figure out which guys that is in what situations.

  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Intro your exactly right,if keyon is gonna play that careless,then his defensive ability no longer becomes a plus b/c he's turning over the ball way to much,i'm all for arroyo becoming the starter until jameer is ready,and battie is just pathetic,even though coach hill has a big part in why tony's struggles,he needs to be better than that if he's gonna start,arroyo and darko should be put into the starting line-up after last nights game,deshawn did enough to keep his job untill the next game!

  • At 9:06 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Otis did his job and improved the talent on this roster,COACH HILL YOUR MOVE,CHANGE THE STARTERS!

  • At 9:52 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    I have copied this posting from under a different title:

    I, once again, reiterate the power of public reflecting their views in whichever way available to them. HILL MUST GO NOW. He will frustrate and ruin our talents, and will jeopardize the opportunity of signing good free agents simply because they don't want to play in his stiff and moronic system. How obvious should it be for the front office to notice this guy is clueless? In the 3rd quarter, when I was bored and half sleep after a long day, LAL scored 38 points and killed us close under the basket. Darko did not play a single minute in that quarter, and guess who was on the floor? Garrity. I don't blame Keyon too much for having a bad night ... he played his usual high energy defense. Regardless of who we play at PG, I am in total agreement with you all that Grant and Hedo should start at 2 & 3 and Darko should start in place of Tony.

  • At 12:36 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Last night once again proved what all of us have been saying about B Hill. It's like, how many times do we have to watch B Hill stick with the wrong players on the floor before he gets a clue? How long is he going to keep those guys out there and let these big leads build up? It happened once again in the 3rd, and Hill made no changes to stop it. By the time Arroyo came in, the lead was cracking 15. Darko didn't get in until the 4th, and ONCE AGAIN, the lead was to much to fight back from.


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