Thing That Became Apparent During the Magic/Celtics Game
The Magic arenâ€™t ready to contend for a title this year.Â This doesnâ€™t mean that theyâ€™re a flawed team at all, but the fact of the matter is that this team is just not a serious title contender.Â And really, itâ€™s not that surprising; the areas in which they failed last night are exactly what people have had concerns about.
First and foremost was the dismal three-point shooting.Â For a team that relies on the three-pointer as the basis of their offense, shooting 32% is a death wish.Â Not only do the Magic usually score about 30 points off threes (a third of their offense, by the way), that spacing gives Dwight Howard a chance to operate down low.Â Shooting comes and goes, but if the three-pointer is that consequential to your teamâ€™s success, there needs to be another way to score in big games.Â And thatâ€™s the second problem.
Dwight relies so much on his superior athleticism and strength, that when he faces an equally as brawny center he can get taken out of his game.Â Last night, part of this was because the Magic werenâ€™t hitting outside, and therefore, Howard had to contend with the Celticsâ€™ help defense, but in those situations the Magic need to be able to rely on their star to get himself going.Â Howard isnâ€™t a traditional center, and his postups are often ineffective.Â Somehow, Van Gundy needs to find a reliable way to get Dwight the ball moving towards the hoop, which is when heâ€™s at his best.
The Magic are a good team, but when the shots arenâ€™t falling, they arenâ€™t near the upper echelon of the NBA.Â
Other Thing That Stuck Out to Me During the Magic/Celtics Game
I know Stan Van Gundy isnâ€™t a fashion plate, but that shirt he was wearing was ridiculous.Â Stan Van with his jacket off during halftime was one of the most harrowing sights Iâ€™ve ever seen.
Be thankful he has his jacket on in this picture.
Last Thing About That Magic/Celtics Game
JJ Redick had a pretty decent game, all things considered.Â The only Magic with a positive +/-, Redick seemingly replaced Courtney Lee in the second half.Â JJ is easy to hate.Â Very easy.Â But he can be a decent supporting player.Â Him and Eddie House guarding each other last night was like watching the video for â€œEbony and Ivory.â€
Things You Expected to Happen That HappenedÂ Last Night
Celtics 90, Magic 80
Lakers 117,Â Wizards 97Â