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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Essay Time: Will Rebounding Derail Magic Title Hopes?

The Painted Area: Importance of Good Board Scores (Part II)

In the last 25 years, only 4 of the 50 teams that participated in the NBA Finals had a negative rebounding margin. The Magic rebound margin is currently at -0.1 per game.

However, two of those four teams were the two time winning Houston Rockets.

Magic are currently 6th best at defensive rebounding thanks to Howard, but 29th at offensive rebounding thanks to all the 3 point shots.

Two things could help here. Pietrus was brought in to produce rebounds from the 2 position (10 rebounds in his second return from injury this year). Or a trade.


  • At 7:25 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    In the '95 Finals, the Magic had a much better rebound margin than the Rockets, yet were swept in the four games.

    Like the article said, this Magic team sure has a lot in common with that Rockets team, with the dominant big man surrounded by players who can all hit the three.

    We saw what can happen last week when the Magic can't get those three point shots to fall against Boston, and their big man is ineffective.

    I'm not too worried, though, as there's still plenty of time this season to improve on the rebound margin.

    Against the Pacers, the Magic had a +21 rebound margin, so that's a good start in improving it.


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