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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Magic back in playoff chase with romp over Bucks

The Magic (29-33, 19-12 home) got a desperately needed win over sluggish MIL (22-39, 9-26 road) and nudged back into the 8th seed in the East with a 99-81 victory.

HTurkoglu continues his improved play as he scored a season-high 25 pts on 10 of 14 FGs; TAriza led the reserves with 20 pts, 6 rebs; and DHoward had a rather quiet 10 pts, 9 rebs. DMilicic and JNelson each added 9 pts; KDooling 8 pts; and J.J. Redick 7 pts. MIL was led by Michael Redd with 16 pts, but hit only 3 of 16 FGs, a day after he torched CHI with 52 pts; Ruben Patterson added 14 pts.

The Magic (39 of 78, 50%) outscored MIL (30 of 76, 39.5%) from the field 83-64. Magic hit on 5 of 15 3 pt FGs, while MIL was just 4 of 17 from long range. Both teams shot well from the FT line (MIL 17 of 20, ORL 16 of 17). The Magic outrebounded MIL 41-33. The Magic moved the ball much better on offense with 23 asts, compared with just 11 asts for MIL. The Magic also had the better AST/TO ratio of 23/18, while MIL's was 11/19. The MIL bench outscored the Magic bench 46-39.

Turkoglu after the game: "I knew my shot was eventually going to come around. It's just a matter of confidence and getting the shot to fall. I might have relied too much on the jump shot, but I've been mixing up the drives with jumpers, and now it seems to be clicking."

Magic try for their first two game winning streak in over a month THU with CHI coming to town.

6 Comments:

  • At 1:01 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Finally... good win for the guys after some tough losses last week.

    Nelson and Arroyo combined for 10 asts... certainly better than 0 asts against DAL.

    Much better job by the Magic of running their offense with 23 asts. The 24 fast-break pts was good to see, too.

    J.J. Redick is proving that he can be a factor in a game in as little as 15 minutes of playing time, as his 7 pts against MIL can attest to.

    Overall, a solid team effort, even though it was against a tired MIL team. At least it's a start.

     
  • At 5:00 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Obviously somebody said something to our PG's about passing the ball. Tonight's game reminded us that it is possible for both Nelson and Arroyo to pass. So, whoever said what they did, needs to keep on reminding these guys, until they get it.

    Redick had a solid 15 minutes. It seemed obvious that he was being more aggressive on the offensive end. He was working hard to get off a few shots, and had a hell of a take to the basket where he actually surprised me by finishing with his left while getting fouled. At least he got playing time for once; of course I don’t expect that to go beyond tonight...

    I don't know if any of you guys watch Midnight Magic, but I watched last nights show tonight. They brought up Grant Hill, and how having him going in and out of the lineup is hurting this team. They also mentioned how Hedo's game is better without Hill, and the Magic won last year without Hill. Of course they still had positive things to say about Grant; but in the end, they concluded that this is how it's going to be with Grant for the rest of his career, and were left to question, why the Magic keep putting themselves in the position to rely on him? It's not for the best of the team. They also went on to mention that Bogans isn't looked at as a starter, and just a bench player, and that they expect Ariza to move into the starting rotation for Grant. I really don't know what to think of that, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

     
  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    It was nice to see finally see another win, but I'm not going to get excited quite yet and gush all over it. This is the kind of win that is expected when playing the Bucks. The Magic talent pool is too deep not to win these sort of games.

    However, it was nice to see Turkglue finally get back on track, lets see how long it will last. I agree with overwaded that Redicks playing time won't last, and that BSH only plays his because he is forced to without Hill in the lineup. Someone had to have chewed on Nelson and Arroyo, there was just no reason for them to combine for ZERO assists the other night. Again, we'll see how long it lasts.

    Without a game until thursday, hopefully they can get rested up and ready to make the "big push" we keep hearing about.

    As enjoyable as it was to see a blowout game by the Magic, when Garrity was inserted, I changed the channel....

     
  • At 3:12 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Good win as you guys have all stated,when grant returns he must be given a bench role just so the young players we have can flourish like they did last season. Also with hedo being our starting small forward and bsh looking to him for offense because he can create his shot off the dribble at 6ft10,means that we use our starting shooting guard position as the defensive stooper on the wing against opposing teams,example last night keith guarded redd to start the game. I say this to say,under this coach JJ cannot be a starter,keith or trevor give you the best option of winning games as the starter at shooting guard,they have to guard the opposing teams best offensive threat every night because hedo is going to continue to start under this coach and we all know hedo cant be relyed upon to play the kinda defense needed to frustrate some of the leagues best scorers if hedo is going to remain in the line-up,my choice would be keith with the starters because he can hit the open long distance shot that our offense needs to spread the floor and he can play the tough hard nosed defense we saw last night,with JJ backing him up and not keyon.

     
  • At 3:15 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Technically JJ would be backing up hedo,and trevor would be backing up keith.

     
  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Seems like bsh thinks we have scorers and stoppers,when we should be playing with players playing their traditional positions with tradition roles,traditional shooting guards shooting the ball alot and small-forwards giving you their all-around game,and when you think about it,thats a really big flaw in how this team is built,hedo thinks he's a scorer and while JJ and trevor would be the smartest line-up you can put on the floor traditionally at the starting shooting guard and small-forward,neither are ready "RIGHT NOW" in my opinion but i'd throw'em out there because they'd be playing traditional roles,thats the only way JJ would work as a starter,so right now were stuck with hedo the small-forward with a shooting guards mentality,and keith the shooting guard with a hard nosed small-forwards mentality under this coach.Boy thats ass backwards.....

     

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