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  1. NBA Playoffs: Hawks look for close out, Magic look for threes

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Five

    The dynamics of this series — the dynamics that put the Atlanta up 3-1 and give them to close out Orlando on Thursday night at home in Game 6 — have not changed. Atlanta will largely single-cover Dwight Howard and he will put up impressive numbers. Hedo Turkoglu will stink. Jamal Crawford will again have…

  2. Turkoglu’s disaster of a playoffs traced back to Phoenix

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Back in 2009, Hedo Turkoglu was in his element, aggressively running the pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard was still the center of the Magic’s offensive solar system, Turkoglu was setting the table and knocking down threes. He pushed the Magic to the finals. This season, he is pushing them out in the first round. Orlando has to…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Orlando can create shots or create vacation plans

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    The reason the Atlanta Hawks are up 3-1 in this series and can close out the Orlando Magic tonight — and the difference between the 2009 Magic that went to the finals and the 2011 Magic about to be eliminated in the first round — was summed up nicely by Stan Van Gundy (via ESPN):…

  4. Hawks’ Pachulia, Magic’s Richardson both suspended for Game 4

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The only real question was would it be one game or two. The answer is one. The league announced a one-game suspension for both Zaza Pachulia of Atlanta and Jason Richardson of Orlando for their scuffle in the fourth quarter of Game 3 Wednesday. Both will sit out Game 4 Sunday. The whole thing started…

  5. Orlando’s mid-season trade not reason for trouble (they were bad before)

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    Orlando is in trouble. They are down 2-1 to the Atlanta Hawks, a team that through the regular season and into the playoffs has shown its matchup advantages are hard for Orlando to overcome. Now the Magic face a virtual must-win Game 4 and likely will have to do it without Jason Richardson, who probably…

  6. Video: Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford with the dagger (he called bank)

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford is back. Or the one from last season that was runaway Sixth Man of the Year is back. After a lackluster regular season Crawford has been lighting up the Orlando Magic to the tune of 23.7 points per game and shooting 58.8 percent from three. Which brings us to the dagger from Game…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  8. Atlanta Hawks head home… is that an advantage?

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta is just an apathetic sports town. Always has been. I’m not going to try to explain it — Atlanta native Kevin Arnovitz laid it out better than I ever could hope to, and he doesn’t have all the answers — but I am here to pass along this tidbit: The Atlanta Hawks return home…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta out to prove Game 1 wasn’t a fluke

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich

    The conventional wisdom about Game 1 of this series misses the point. As our own Matt Moore pointed out, what Atlanta did to the Magic was what teams used to do to Michael Jordan, what teams have tried to do to Steve Nash in recent years — let him score, make him a shooter. Don’t…

  10. Orlando loss casts shadow over Dwight Howard’s future

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Magic fans don’t want to draw the line connecting the dots. You can’t blame them. But the loss to Atlanta seemed to move those dots toward being in a straight line. And if things don’t change Dwight Howard could connect them himself and devastate the Orlando franchise. The starting point is here: every time Dwight…

  11. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

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