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Friday, January 09, 2009

J.J. Redick's recent improvements

As the Magic get ready to take on Atlanta in the second game of a home-and-home series tonight in Orlando, they will be looking to sweep after hanging on for a 106-102 win Wednesday night in Atlanta after having a large lead for much of the game.

An encouraging sign for the Magic has been the much-improved shooting eye of reserve SG J.J. Redick. The first 16 games of this season that he appeared in, Redick was an ice-cold 20 of 63 from the field (31.7%), including 11 of 38 from three-point range (28.9%), and averaged just 3.5 ppg. In the last nine games he has appeared in, the improvement has been quite dramatic, as he has shot 22 of 38 (57.9%), including 8 of 16 (50%) from three-point range, while averaging 6.1 ppg.

If Redick can just come close to keeping up that torrid pace from the field, he should cement himself in the rotation as the first SG coming off the bench, especially with Mickael Pietrus injured and Keith Bogans having completely lost his shooting touch. Meantime, rookie SG Courtney Lee is doing a very nice job as the starter.

The Hawks have won 3 of their last 4 games in Orlando. For a complete preview of tonight's game from Yahoo! Sports, click here

2 Comments:

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Good for JJ. Tonight will be tougher though as atlanta will try and break the will of the magic,it might get physical folks.

     
  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Hawks are ticked off, no question. They are very upset they started so slowly on Wednesday to allow the Magic to take such a big lead.

    They will be determined to get off to a much better start tonight, so hopefully the Magic will be ready.

     

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