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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mavericks start fast to cruise past Magic

After falling behind 34-18 after one quarter, the Magic (23-20, 14-8 home) had basically no chance against the powerful Mavericks (35-8, 16-5 road) and lost 111-95. It was the 8th win in a row for DAL, and 21st win of their last 22nd games. The Magic lost their 6th game of their last 7.

DAL was led by Dirk Nowitzki with 33 pts, 10 rebs, and 8 asts; Josh Howard 25 pts; Jason Terry 14 pts; and Devin Harris 13 pts. JNelson led the Magic with 23 pts, 5 asts; HTurkoglu 17 pts; and GHill and DHoward each with 15 pts. KDooling led the reserves with just 9 pts in 31 minutes.

DAL (43 of 77, 55.8%) dominated the Magic (27 of 61, 44.3%) from the floor, outscoring them 94-61. DAL connected on 8 of 21 3 pters, while the Magic were 7 of 13. The Magic (34 of 47) had the advantage at the FT line over DAL (17 of 20). DAL outrebounded the Magic 35-31. DAL had the superior AST/TO ratio of 26/7, while the Magic were 15/12. The Magic bench was outscored by the DAL bench 26-18.

DAL showed the Magic why they have the best record in the NBA, as DAL dominated the game and most of the statistical categories; DAL has been doing that to many teams, so the Magic aren't alone. The schedule eases up a bit for the Magic with 2 games against ATL and a game against MIL in the next week.


  • At 1:11 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Let me give props to Big Figure too. His pre-game analysis was right on target.

    "Overwaded" brought out an excellent point in one of his previous posts. He said that KDooling plays way too many minutes and doesn't contribute enough. This game proved that, as Dooling played nearly 32 minutes and scored just 9 pts on 2 of 6 shooting. It's not as if he made a difference in the game defensively either. J.J. Redick could easily be getting many of the minutes that Dooling is getting.

    Dooling might have a good game, like he did against the Cavs, and then he'll go several games where he'll play a lot of minutes and not make much of a dent on the score sheet. I'd much rather see Redick getting the game experience than Dooling's inconsistencies.

  • At 4:58 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…


    Hey Mike, you read my mind. No really, even before I saw your comment, the first thing I was going to mention with some form of sarcasm was something about Dooling playing 32 minutes. You stole my thunder, but it’s OK, I'm tired of talking about Dooling. But I will say this; we got to have a losing record when he plays over 30 minutes.

    It was nice to see the Magic kind of show up in the 2nd half, as they decided to take the first half off. Then toward the end of the 3rd quarter, Nelson and Turk woke up and shot us back into the game. Of course that run was over within a couple minutes of the 4th, as Brian Hill took both of the out for their routine rest. The lead quickly climbed. Let's go "Junior Magic"!

    As far as I can see, game to game, no matter what team we're playing, teams do not beat us, we beat ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing the worst of teams or the best of teams, the Magic can play with them all, and they can lose to them all. Some nights our offense is there, sometimes it’s not. And when our offense is struggling, it zaps our confidence and energy; in turn our defense suffers. It’s really hard to watch a team with a roster like ours look so bad offensively. I blame the coach.

    Oh, I'm not sure if any of us credited Brian Hill for playing Redick last Saturday, but if we did, we can take the compliment back. B Hill really isn't that smart. After the game, a reporter asked B Hill what was the status of Redick, and here is how he replied.

    On J.J. Redick:
    "J.J. is earning his playing time. Right now the problem is who do I take off the floor? That night in New Jersey Grant and Keyon Dooling were both out and it’s a question of the guys who are in playing in front of him, do they deserve to play in front of him? Right now that’s where we’re at."


    We here at Orlando Magic Blog have something in common with some popular characters on TV. Just like in every episode of South Park when Kenny dies we hear, "oh my god, you killed Kenny", "you bastards"! We to have a common line that’s repeated in every column by one of us no matter what; usually BIG takes on this task, but this time I'm going to give it a shot.

    FIRE BRIAN HILL!!!!!!!

  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    FIRE BRIAN HILL!!!!!!!!

  • At 11:53 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yeah i guess im 2 for 2,even though i hate losing.I guess the magic thought they could play the same way they played against cleveland,and get a win against the mavs.I'd love to ask them "how'd that work out for you"? I'm not a fan of mike bianchi,i actually hate the guy,but his article in the sentinel this morning is just what i said 2 days ago about this team,you guys should take a look.I definitely agree with getting bsh outta here,as he shows he has no clue,its take him way to long to make adjustments.Side note: the first four shots of the game for the magic,all jumpshots(dwight shot our first shot,but he lofted a shot up at the rim without trying to go up through the defender,to me thats a jumpshot,even though it came from about 2 feet away from the rim).Jameer,grant and hedo followed with jumpshots,all misses.We got our first point off of a grant drive to the basket at the 9:00 mark of the first quarter,he hits only one free-throw to give us a whopping 1 pt for the first 3:00 minutes of the game,priceless.....conversely in the same amount of time dallas scored 9 points,mostly on drives to the basket and early offense within transition.Over the next 4:00's we manage 10 pts,pathetic.The score is now 25-11 and we're at the 5:00 minute left in the quarter mark,bsh calls his first timeout. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? As bad as our offense started out you would think in the first 2 1/2 minutes a coach would call a timeout and get his troops into the game with some guidance,to not let the game get away,not our "hall-of-shame-coach".Everybody ready,1-2-3,FIRE BSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 8:35 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Yeah, I did read the Bianchi column on WED. He makes a number of legitimate points, and he agrees with us about how J.J. Redick should be getting more playing time and that Darko should be starting.

    While I still remain optimistic that the Magic will make the playoffs, I will admit that the inconsistency of the team from game-to-game is frustrating to see.

    I kinda feel bad for CArroyo now in the situation he's in, demoted to 3rd string pt guard, because he was such a big contributor in the Magic's great closing month last season and their great start this season in November. However, he has no one to blame but himself in that his poor shooting caused the demotion. He showed signs of snapping out of his slump against NJ, but playing time will be hard for him to get with Diener ahead of him. I do agree with Diener being the first pt guard off the bench, for now.

    If the Magic make a trade between now and the trading deadline, I would hope that they would trade Dooling before anyone, with Garrity as a throw-in. That would practically force our coach to give J.J. Redick more playing time and game experience, and even Arroyo might see more game action than what he is seeing now.

    OVERWADED wondered about the Magic record when KDooling plays more than 30 minutes in a game this season. I looked at Keyon's game-by-game log, and you're right, OVERWADED, the Magic do have a losing record when that occurs... they are just 1-4 when Keyon plays 30 or more minutes in a game this season.

  • At 1:35 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Thank you Mike.


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