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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Magic provide little resistance in loss to DET

The Magic (27-28, 9-18 road) fell below .500 in a listless 110-88 loss to DET. The Pistons outscored the Magic in the second and third quarter 60-38. Fortunately for the Magic, MIA, NJ, and NY all lost also.

The Magic were led by DHoward with 26 pts on 11 of 15 FGs and 15 rebs; JNelson 14 pts on 3 of 9 FGs; GHill 10 pts; and CArroyo off the bench with 9 pts. DMilicic, in his return to DET for the first time since last season's trade, scored just 7 pts with 7 rebs. DET had a balanced effort, led by Chris Webber and Rip Hamilton who each scored 18 pts; Chauncey Billups 17 pts; Antonio McDyess off the bench with 14 pts; and Lindsey Hunter also off the bench with 13 pts.

DET (39 of 75, 52%) outscored the Magic (31 of 66, 47%) from the floor 83-64. DET made 5 of 17 3 pt FGs, while the Magic hit on just 2 of 9. DET (27 of 33) shot FTs much better than the Magic (24 of 39). DET won the rebounding battle 36-35. The Magic committed 22 TOs to just 13 TOs for DET. DET had a superior AST/TO ratio of 27-13, compared to 16/22 for the Magic. The DET bench easily outscored the Magic bench 45-25.

A forgettable effort for the Magic. Coach Brian Hill after the game: "We were beaten in all facets of the game tonight. Once we came out of the first quarter, we didn't play very well."

6 Comments:

  • At 1:21 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    After a Magic effort like this, it's really hard to come up with any positives. DET won just about every statistical category. Even when you look at Dwight's stats, the 6 TOs stand out along with the 26 pts and 15 rebs.

    At least Jameer cut down on his number of shots and went to the FT line 8 times, but 2 asts and 3 TOs just don't cut it.

    How much longer is Brian Hill going to leave HTurkoglu in the starting lineup? Another sorry stat line for Hedo (6 pts on 1 of 7 FGs).

    The best efficiency ratings for the game for the Magic... DHoward 85.7; CArroyo 40.0. The worst ERs... GHill 27.6; HTurkoglu 23.3; DMilicic 21.9.

     
  • At 3:02 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Except for Dwight, this is the performance of a team that Otis feels needs no tweaking. Something he seems completely comfortable with. I guess this is what we can expect for the rest of the season.

    I agree with you mike, it's very hard to come up with anything positive after a game like this.

    Even David Steele rubbed me the wrong way tonight. Before tip-off Steele says: If the Magic are to beat the Pistons tonight they need "big games" from both Dwight and Darko... To me, anyway, it just came across as blaming Dwight and Darko for this extended loosing streak. I think we can pretty much bank on what we are gonna see from D and D, it is Turkgloo, Nelson, and Hill who are long overdue to step up and produce something.

    I wonder how much longer Reddick can hold-out before BSH breaks his spirit and desire to play, Just like Larry Brown did to Darko in Detroit?

     
  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The only thing good about last night is the fact that new york,new jersey and miami all lost.The basketblog over on the sentinel pretty much sums up the team,at least brian schmitz thinks this team needs tweaking also ken so we're not alone,grants old and hedo's soft,and thats our starting 2 and 3.Both positions need to be replaced,i'd love to see keith and trevor as the starters at this point,with JJ the back-up at the 2 and one or the other (grant or hedo)at the back-up three,otis needs to make up his mind whether he keeps grant or hedo in the future,one of them has to go,along with keyon.I personally would choose grant because of hedo's lack of even average defense,hedo and keyon could bring back a big in a trade.

     
  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Some kind of way we have to get JJ and grant in back-up roles to keith and trevor,travis i'm not so worried about because carlos is probably the best passer we have,but keyon and hedo are killing us,keyon more-so becaues he's stopping JJ from getting playing time,and hedo well you cant shoot that poorly "AND" be a horrible defender that doesnt pass or attack the basket on a regular basis and expect to keep your job.

     
  • At 4:08 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I was just listening to sports radio, and the guys were talking to Otis Smith. They asked him about Vince Carter, and Otis referred to him as "fools gold", so everyone in Orlando that had hopes of Carter coming here can put a nail in that coffin.

     
  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    BIG, I agree with everything you're saying.

    However, I think Grant's defense is just as bad as Hedo's. Hell it's even worse if he has to attempt to guard shooting guards, because he can't do it.

    I was also happy to read what Brian Schmitz had to say. It's about time someone besides us says something like that.

    The Magic are not going to win with this roster with the coach we have.

    The only way the rest of the year can be salvaged is if we start playing some of the right guys, which Brian Hill refuses to do.

    J.J. Redick needs playing time, PERIOD, no excuses.

     

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