Step-up time in the Magic Kingdom

Easily the most impressive performance last night on the docket in the NBA was put forth by the Magic:

Magic 118, Bobcats 80
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If you look at that 1st Quarter demolition Orlando laid on Charlotte [an improved squad, in their own right], it’s apparent that the Magic mean business this year.

The most impressive individual lines from the perspective of this corner?

The three highlighted in bold and italicized below.

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Field Goals Rebounds  
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs pts
M.Pietrus G 24:50 5-8 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 2 4 1 4 2 13
J.Nelson G 20:38 2-5 0-1 6-6 0 5 5 1 4 0 1 0 10
H.Turkoglu F 24:10 2-5 1-3 4-4 1 1 2 1 6 0 1 0 9
R.Lewis F 22:05 5-8 0-2 7-8 2 1 3 4 4 1 2 1 17
D.Howard C 25:05 6-9 0-0 8-10 3 5 8 1 2 0 5 5 20
B.Cook   18:20 1-10 1-3 6-6 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 0 9
T.Battie 18:18 3-3 0-0 2-2 1 6 7 0 0 1 0 0 8
C.Lee   17:54 4-8 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 1 2 1 1 0 9
A.Johnson 17:14 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 7 4 0 2 0 0
A.Foyle   15:20 2-4 0-0 3-4 3 3 6 1 3 1 1 2 7
J.Redick   13:58 3-4 1-2 5-5 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 12
J.Richardson   12:00 0-4 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
M.Wilks   10:08 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 2
K.Bogans                      
M.Gortat                      
D.Jones                      
 
Total   240 33-70 4-15 48-53 12 37 49 18 33 7 19 10 118
  47.1% 26.7% 90.6% Team Rebs: 5 Total TO: 19

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If Orlando can get consistent production from their three main new additions to the line-up, like this …

* Pietrus, with a solid all-around game;
* Johnson-A, with 0 shot attempts, 7 assists and 2 turnovers; and,
* Battie, with a solid all-around game;

they are going to join the Celtics and the Pistons, as a legitimate 3rd team, in the fight for the No. 1 Seed (overall) in the Eastern Conference Playoffs this season.

[Note 1: With Keith Bogans and a healthy JJ Redick … i.e. two improving 3PT-shooters … coming off the bench for the Magic, there will be few, if any, gaping holes remaining in Orlando’s line-up.]

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4 Responses to “Step-up time in the Magic Kingdom”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    i still contend that pietrus was a steal for the magic, and he will be a stud for them. colangelo should have made an attempt at the guy. imagine pietrus as our starting 3? *dreams*

  2. Dave Says:

    Huge swing factor on Pietrus’ offensive game. There’s a lot of interesting ability on that side of the floor, especially his slashing ability …. be very interesting to see how much they can get out of him.

    Nellie’s offense didn’t suit him. Too many isolations and one-on-one basketball. The Magic’s more open offense will be better.

  3. khandor Says:

    It’s another good sign for the Magic when they can annihilate a solid Euro-league team like CSKA … Final Score: ORL 94, CSKA 66.

  4. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    I agree … there were a swack of alternative moves which the Raptors could have made this off season to propel their team further up the food chain in the EC, both short and long term.

    Adding a player like Jermaine O’Neal was not the best way to go, IMO.

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    That said … there’s a lot to like about the different pieces this team has at the moment, if their strengths & weaknesses are identified and then used properly.

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