Mar 23, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT
In recent years, what it means to be an NBA power forward has changed somewhat. You almost never see two true 7-footers in the same lineup, and it’s also rare to see a frontcourt pairing that doesn’t feature at least one player with some shooting range. No team is a better example of this than the Magic, who won the East last season by pairing Dwight Howard with long-range gunner Rashard Lewis in their starting frontcourt.
“Van Gundy took a pre-playoff look at backup center Marcin Gortat at power forward a little earlier in the stretch-run than expected.Gortat joined Howard early in the second period, replacing Brandon Bass, and played for seven minutes. He had a nice steal, a turnover and a foul.Van Gundy said he would look at Bass, Gortat and Ryan Anderson in certain situations with the season dwindling down.”
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