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Monday, December 04, 2006

Clippers end Magic streak with rout

The Magic (13-5) were due for a clunker one of these games, and this game was it. LAC (8-8), led by Elton Brand's 31 pts on 12 of 14 shooting, completely dominated every facet of the game in a 116-91 blowout win. The Magic trailed at the half by 17, made a brief run early in the third to cut the deficit to 8, but never came close after that.

DHoward led the Magic with 16 pts, but only 7 rebounds. HTurkoglu added 15 pts, JNelson 13 pts, and DMilicic off the bench with 11 pts. Tim Thomas added 20 pts for the Clippers, and former Magic F Corey Maggette scored 17 pts off the bench.

LAC had a decisive edge in every statistical category. LAC (44 of 73, 60.9%) outscored the Magic (37 of 79, 46.8%) from the field 93-79. LAC (23 of 28, 82.1%) had the edge at the FT line (ORL 12 of 19, 63.2%). LAC had the rebounding edge 35-32. LAC had a much better assist/turnover ratio of 26-11, compared to 18-16 for the Magic. The Magic reserves were soundly outscored by the Clippers reserves 50-31. PGarrity saw his first action in several games, going scoreless in 11 minutes.

A bad game all around, from the players down to the coaching staff. Tough game coming up MON night at SAC. Hopefully they will bring their normally outstanding defense with them to this game. Dwight was the only Magic starter to play more than 28 minutes. The Magic still lead DET by 1 1/2 games in the East and ATL by 4 1/2 games in the SE.


  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Magic lost this one early when they were not able to contain Elton Brand, and it took so long for Hill to send Darko in. In the second half, especially in the third quarter when they had the run, Darko was a lot better defending Brand, but time after time, Brand made shots while well defended. Tim Thomas made some 3-pointers that killed any chances of Magic coming back, and Sam Cassel was not cooperating neither.

    It is a bad sign when we see Garrity dressed while J.J. is dressed in street clothes. I expect more goof ups in the next two games as the long road trip wearing the team down, but if we are lucky, we may pull off a win out of the next two. My concern is for the game with DET when typically teams coming back from a long road trip, don't do well on their home court.

  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    The Magic got whipped by a hot team on the road. Here's hoping they simply move on to the next one and play better against Sac-town and Indy.

    My personal fantasy is to never play in an NBA game. If I woke up in the middle of a nightmare and Coach Hill was pointing at me to go in and play 12 minutes against the Clippers my strategy would be to run around doing nothing to help my teammates and maybe chuck up two desperation 3 pointers. Just like what Pat Garrity did last night.

    Garrity's Awfulness log to date:

    Doesn't play: Magic 10-2 0.833
    Plays: Magic 3-3 0.500

    Per 40 minute averages:
    11 points 3/11 shooting, 1/7 3 pointers, 3.4 rebounds, 0 blocks, 0.5 steals. Somehow this has earned him 71 minutes of court time so far this year.

    Compare 40 minute rates to the rest of the frontline:
    Howard 19.2, 15.3 2.3 blocks, .6 steals
    Battie 8.5, 7.8, 1.25 blocks, .9 steals
    Turk 14.0, 4.5, .15 blocks, 1 steal
    Darko 15.0, 9.2, 3.7 blocks, 1.2 steals
    Ariza 12.8, 7.6, .7 blocks, 1.7 steals
    Outlaw 4.3, 11.4, .7 blocks, 2.9 steals

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yes the magic were a step slow and forgot to attack the basket,but elton brand was a monster,all his shots were contested and he just kept making them in the face of our defenders,if its gonna take unconcious shooting nights from the opponent to beat us,then i'll take it because those nights only come around once in a while,if the magic focus on taking the ball to the basket and bring their defense to work tonight,they should be able to rebound and get a win,sac is good at home but i'm not sure if they can match-up with our front line like the clippers did.

  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Thank you for the Garrity Awfulness Log. I was just thinking about that right before the game last night. Another interesting log, which would swing to the positive, would be with Ariza. It seems the Magic are a lot better of a team when he is playing. Last season he started playing a little when Garrity got injured, and Garrity was done for the season. It's a wonder why we finished the season so well. Then this year hits, Ariza on the injured list. We had a few bumps in the beginning. Garrity was playing a lot more. Then Ariza comes back, Garrity plays less, and gets hurt, and all the sudden we win 10 of 11. I guess it was out of desperation last night, so Garrity got the call? Big surprise we end up losing a game he plays in. Of course the loss last night was for many other reasons. But the point is, Garrity does NOTHING positive for this team. Unless they are planning on using him as a throw in for a trade, they should just cut him right now. Worse case, they have to play Bo who is full of energy and actually has the ability to make things happen. Or if we need a shooter on the floor, they can go small, and give the COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR a shot or two. The sooner the day comes where I don't have to see Garrity wearing a Magic jersey, the better.


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