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  1. Avery Johnson just wants someone, anyone to be aggressive

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

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    We’ve picked up on a subtle theme in Avery Johnson’s talks to his team. Subtle like an Oliver Stone movie or a Metallica guitar riff. First he ripped the Nets as being basically tissue paper as they watched the tape of the team getting destroyed by the Heat (the day after they lost to the…

  2. Watch out, Dwight Howard has developed a jumper

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

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    We saw it on display a little opening night against the Wizards. Monday night in tight game against the Atlanta Hawks Howard went to it in the clutch, a little Duncanesque bank shot from 12 feet (he missed that one, but has made plenty this season). Dwight Howard has developed a little midrange jumper. Something…

  3. Game of the night: Orlando reminds Atlanta of the gap between the Hawks and the elite

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:02 AM EST

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    Last season, Orlando swept Atlanta right out of the playoffs. Then this summer, both teams essentially went with the status quo. So maybe we should not be surprised by Monday night’s outcome, a 93-89 Orlando victory. Except that the Hawks were off to a fast start, had a new coach, have been incorporating radical ideals…

  4. Jameer Nelson out, Vince Carter in for Magic tonight

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

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    Interesting game tonight for the Magic and Hawks — two teams with good records that aren’t drawing the love of the Heat and Celtics. Good test for both of them early in the season. But the Magic will again be without starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who is still not over the sprained ankle he…

  5. Stan Van Gundy has a hard position on a wet spot

    Nov 7, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    I imagine having Stan Van Gundy yell a you must be one of the most uncomfortable situations you can find yourself in. The high-pitched, hoarse wail, the effusive finger-pointing, the incredulous glare, all of it must be pretty unpleasant to deal with after a long night. To that end, let’s hope the operations crew at…

  6. Weird but true: Murder suspect arrested in VIP section during Bobcats-Magic game

    Nov 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

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    There are a bunch of ways to take this one. Scary, funny, bizarre, and the story is all three. So we’re going to try and tread those three lines, carefully. Let’s say you’re a murder suspect. In fact, you’re on video in a confrontation with a man who was shot twice in the back in…

  7. Mickael Pietrus, Stan Van Gundy argue over playing time. Van Gundy will win.

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

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    Wednesday night against Minnesota, Mickael Pietrus played just three minutes. It was a blowout win and he could not get on the court. He was not happy about it and let coach Stan Van Gundy know, which led to a shouting match on the bench, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “MP was unhappy about when…

  8. Dwight Howard will continue blocking shots out of bounds, thank you very much

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:08 PM EST

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    At last year’s MIT Sloan Stats and Analytics conference, there was some controversy and discussion surrounding a paper about the value of Dwight Howard’s blocks. John Huizinga studied shot blocks based on their possible outcomes — the offensive team keeping possession of the ball, the block leading to a defensive rebound and a change of…

  9. On the pseudo-campaigning for LeBron James as Defensive Player of the Year

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

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    The media megaphone gives NBA players, coaches, front office officials, and owners a chance to call and respond. We’ve seen players poke at one another both jokingly and pointedly, coaches attempt to jar their players, opponents take shots from across the wall, and almost every conceivable combination of parties make comments of every ilk. In…

  10. Magic/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden postponed due to asbestos issue

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

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    Asbestos that fell from the ceiling of Madison Square Garden onto the playing surface area has led to the postponement of the Magic/Knicks game scheduled for tonight, according to the Knicks. Knicks officials say the game has been postponed out of “an abundance of caution” and that the arena will remain closed until the situation…

  11. Marcin Gortat thinks New York City is a “dirty, dirty place.” And it smells bad.

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

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    New York City isn’t for everyone. For one thing, it has way too many Yankee fans in it for my taste. And you have to like the true urban experience. Marcin Gortat and the Magic are in Orlando for a game tonight at MSG against the Knicks. Somehow when people visit NYC they always get…

  12. What is with the Heat’s hand gesture?

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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    Did you see this last night? As the Miami Heat were destroying the Orlando Magic they kept making the hand gesture you see in the picture to each other. What does it mean? Shut your mouth. That’s it, according to Mark Jackson on the ESPN broadcast. “Shut your mouth.” Both a reminder to the team…

  13. Miami is a defensive juggernaut. But will it last?

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

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    Right now, the Miami Heat are the best defensive team in basketball. Yes, we know — you have to be careful about what kind of conclusions you draw from a team three games into a season. Small sample size alert. And it also depends on how you count the numbers — Basketball-Reference has them the…

  14. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where it was like Miami’s dream come true

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

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    What you missed while trying to find the most inappropriate Halloween costume ever for your child…. Heat 96, Magic 70: Before the season Doc Rivers said how good Miami ended up being would depend on how well they defend. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh they would score, but could they defend as…

  15. LeBron James — now with fangs

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:17 PM EST

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    If you were watching closely tonight — like high-def television and basketball obsessed close — you noticed something different about LeBron James tonight in the game against the Magic. He had fangs. His mouthpiece had a Halloween theme, as you can see from this picture tweeted by CNBC’s Darren Rovell. I’d say it’s kind of…

  16. Magic’s Jason Williams suspended one game, will not play against Heat

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

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    With less than a minute to go in last night’s Orlando blowout of Washington — so long after you tuned out and flipped over to The Office — Jason Williams got ejected. Williams got one of those quick technicals for showing displeasure with a call, one that happened with his team up 30 points and…

  17. John Wall, welcome to the NBA

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

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    The first time John Wall came around a high pick in the NBA — just seconds into the opening game against Orlando Thursday — he had plenty of room. Jameer Nelson had gone under the pick. Way under. We’re going to dare you to take that uncontested jumper under. So Wall did — and he…

  18. Dwight Howard goes Willie Mays Hayes, does in-game pushups after miss

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

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    Dwight Howard and free throws do not have a good relationship. He gets fouled a lot, what with his heavy reliance on power moves in the post, but shot 59.4 percent from the charity stripe last season. Which is right about his career average. He went 9 for 19 from the line in the Magic…

  19. Tickets still available for Heat home opener

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

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    We were a little surprised the other day that the Heat did not sell out the building in Philadelphia (although it looked pretty close), but this one is a bit of a shocker: There are still tickets available for the Heat home opener Friday, something first made public by a tweet from Brian Windhorst of…

  20. Game(s) of the night: Where the Jazz don’t look too good, but Orlando does

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 AM EST

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    The first TNT Thursday night of the year, and thank goodness Chuck, Kenny, EJ and C-Webb were in rare form so something tonight was entertaining. Phoenix 110, Jazz 94: Deron Williams said after the game that the new-look Jazz just don’t know the offense. It looked it. The flex offense and motion that are Jerry…

  21. Gilbert Arenas out first two Wizards games. At least.

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

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    Gilbert Arenas’ sprained ankle is not getting better — he was walking around in a protective boot Wednesday — and he will miss the first two Wizards games. At least. That according to a tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Arenas is going to see a doctor to see if anything more serious…

  22. There is basketball outside of South Beach and L.A.: 10 things worth watching

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

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    Yes, the Heat have the three biggest stars we have seen on a team since the 1980s. Yes the Lakers are the two-time defending champs and may have more talent than any team in the league. We get it. You love them. We’ll talk about them plenty this season. But there is so much more…

  23. NBA Cancels Orlando vs. Miami preseason game in Tampa due to wet floor

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:14 PM EST

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    Finally they sell out a sporting event in Tampa Bay… and it’s canceled. The NBA cancelled the preseason game in Tampa between the Heat and Magic, which was schedule for tonight (and was to be shown on ESPN). Officially the NBA says it is because of unsafe playing conditions. Officially — the floor is wet.…

  24. Magic, Heat slip-sliding away on damp court in Tampa before tonight’s game

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:56 PM EST

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    NBA courts get a little wet, what with sweaty men running up and down it, running into each other and falling to the ground. There’s a reason people are out there drying off the courts all game. But when the court is wet even before the game starts? Not good. That’s what is happening today…

  25. Dwight Howard on LeBron’s hater tweets: “All of us get those”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

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    Tuesday LeBron James turned the spotlight on some of the ugly, hateful tweets he gets. The dark underbelly of the connection to the public that twitter and other social media allow. Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel LeBron’s experience on twitter is not unique. “All of us get those kinds of Tweets,” Howard said. “People…

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