DESTROY THE DISNEYS!
Not a Redickulous Thought...
Game Time Start: 2:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Officials: M. Callahan, E. Malloy, V. Palmer, K. Fitzgerald
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Series & Season Records: 2 43-25
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Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE HILL Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG DAVIS ANDERSON TURKOGLU RICHARDSON NELSON
Leandro Barbosa, sprained ankle, probable
Darren Collison, sore groin, probable
Glen Davis, sprained ankle, probable
Dwight Howard, herniated disc, out
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Jared Wade: Another Huge 3rd Quarter...
During a timeout in the middle of the third quarter last night, Frank Vogel told his team
that they need to go for the kill. They need to embrace their kill instinct. Step on throats.
Show no mercy.
That is exactly what they did, destroying all hopes the Magic had as 7’2″ center Roy
Hibbert finally looked like the biggest player in the series on both ends of the floor.
Hibbert was swatting away shots, getting deep post position and punishing Orlando’s “big
men.” He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds (4 on offense) and blocked 2 shots while
changing several others in the third quarter. Of which he played every minute. As did
every other Indiana starter other than Paul George.
When Vogel said he wanted to go for the kill, he wasn’t playing around. He kept his best
players on the floor and they showed how much better they can be than Orlando’s best
playing, starting off the third quarter with a 6-0 run and going on a13-2 stretch near the
end that put the Pacers up by 23. The Magic were as good as dead.
Really, this wasn’t a shock. It’s the same thing they have been doing all series long after
half time. The Pacers out-scored the Magic 32-17 last night and that gives them a 80-43
edge so far in third quarters. And the trend goes back much further than the postseason.
This mimics their success after the break all year, during which the third quarter was by
far their best.
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy is clearly frustrated. In his post-game press conference,
he subtly threw his hands up regarding his starters, bemoaning their inability to get
anything positive going both after half-time or to start the game. At the beginning of
every half, he said, his starting lineup is putting the team in a hole that has been, a 4-
minute end-of-game scoring drought for Indiana notwithstanding, too great to overcome.
He sounded fed up enough that we might see a change to the starting lineup for Game
If I was in his shoes, I would be saying the same thing. Because the Pacers starters are
absolutely annihilating...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Magic Basketball Review: Glen Davis and being a champion
The single biggest argument any chump on the street has that gives him the decisive
edge in an “anti-LeBron James” argument is the fact that LBJ has no rings. Why, then,
do we not use that same logic when talking about non-superstars who also have rings?
Maybe some do, but you don’t hear it often. If winning championships is the end-all
rubric of your standing in the NBA, then what about the NBA champions who aren’t in
the MVP discussion?
Does the “if you win championships, you’re better than the guys who don’t win
championships” logic only work for top five players? Put differently, is Jason Terry
better than James Harden? Or is just once you have passed a certain amount of years?
Maybe we can only compare players who have been playing for more than five years?
My answer is no to each of those questions, but it’s tricky to know when to draw the
line when we make the “but he’s a champion” argument. Davis is an NBA champion.
In fact, he’s the only NBA champion in the Magic locker room. It’s astounding to see
people so taken aback by his playoff performance thus far considering his pedigree.
By now you know his team-leading playoff numbers. Davis is averaging a playoff
career-high 18.7 points and 9 rebounds a game so far, a clip that outdoes his previous
postseason career-best of 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the 2008-2009
NBA season (the year after the Celtics won the championship). Though Davis is
performing inefficiently on offense in the playoffs this season, with a True Shooting
percentage of 46.5 percent with a usage rate at 28.2 percent so there’s that to take
Obviously the injury to Dwight...CONTINUE READING AT MAGIC BASKETBALL