Slowing Warriors is tall task for Orlando Magic

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The Orlando Magic have begun to revel in their differences, flaunting an unconventional style for an Eastern Conference team.
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Cartmanesque

Wildwood, FL

#1 Mar 8, 2008
We've had two days rest and preparation time. This is where good coaching pays off. I think SVG will have the Magic ready.

One thing, they're not likely to be able to penetrate the lane, with no one to match up with D-12, so to stop them we need to guard the 3 point shooters, and that should shut them down. They're probably going to play a lot of zone, to protect against Dwight, so if our three point shooters are on, we should beat them easily.

In any case, this shouod be a fun game to watch. GO MAGIC!!!
Chad

Makati, Philippines

#2 Mar 8, 2008
I don't care how fast they play.. If the Magic play the way they've played since the All-Star break then it won't be much of a problem.. Small ball for the Warriors creates a mismatch defensively for them as well against Howard. Superman should dominate this game if the Warriors go small ball to give the Magic the win.. On another note, I hope Battie can play come play-offs.. He should give the Magic a solid presence at the 4 spot.. reliving some pressure off Howard.. GO MAGIC!!
gortat

Summerfield, FL

#4 Mar 8, 2008
just give me more playing time and i will shot down the warriors, me and jj. all we need is more playing time somebody call svg and knock some sense in that dude....do it.
AAAARRRRGGHH

Lakeland, FL

#5 Mar 8, 2008
Warriors will be tired from playing in Miami last night. Magic will be rested. Hopefully the incentive and motivation is there for them to whip Golden State.
KGB

Orlando, FL

#6 Mar 8, 2008
That's pretty darn funny Haywood. You gave me a good chuckle to start the day!
MAGIC FAN

United States

#7 Mar 8, 2008
I am a little surprised at how easily you guys think we will win this game. I think this is going to be a very tough game...although the magic are capable of winning it. If not for the jackson suspension at the beginning of the season, the warriors could be sitting at the top of the western conference, with how tight of race it is over there. But I will be there tonight to cheer the magic on , GO MAGIC
formerly BBB

Orlando, FL

#8 Mar 8, 2008
I dont think it will be an easy win, thats for sure. They beat Miami last night by 30+. Not that Miami is good, but they probably got to rest their starters in the 4th quarter. Should defenately be a fun game to watch.
Wojtek

New Port Richey, FL

#9 Mar 8, 2008
Haywood Jablomie wrote:
Much like Jim, I predict that the Magic will win this game easily; unless they lose, of course. If the Magic score more points, then I predict with 100% certainty that they will walk away with the W; if not, well--what can I say?
You heard it here first.
What can you say?
What exactly are you saying?????
if they score more then they win and you predict that, and if they loose then they loose and you predict thet too?
Wojtek

New Port Richey, FL

#10 Mar 8, 2008
This should be very entertaining game!GO MAGIC!
I'm just concerned that they might play on our guys nerves and force them to loose their head which follows with technical fouls and ejections , watch it guys!!!
Luke

Spain

#11 Mar 8, 2008
You're right!
They are 38-23, a very good record playing in the tougher west.
They also have a winning record on the road.

This will be a strong test, and don't count on fatigue... they have played yesterday, but against Miami, that right now is like a more amusing practice!

:=)

We need to dominate the rebs, shoot well the three and find a way to give a lot of possessions to Howard in offense, and try to defend well their fast backcourt.

GO MAGIC!
MAGIC FAN wrote:
I am a little surprised at how easily you guys think we will win this game. I think this is going to be a very tough game...although the magic are capable of winning it. If not for the jackson suspension at the beginning of the season, the warriors could be sitting at the top of the western conference, with how tight of race it is over there. But I will be there tonight to cheer the magic on , GO MAGIC

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#12 Mar 8, 2008
This won't be an easy game, certainly, but I would always back the Magic on their best day over the Warriors on their best day.

One thing I found interesting in Povtak's article was the following quote:

"Instead, they likely will go small, using a combination of all guards and small forwards, leaving Howard without anyone he can guard."

Two responses to that - Howard's freakish mobility and athleticism mean that whilst most 7 footers would struggle against smaller forwards like Al Harrington or Brandon Wright, he should have little trouble keeping up with them. Secondly, that creates the ultimate mismatch for the Magic in that none of the Warriors frontline has a hope of guarding Dwight in the paint.

One thing that does worry me a little is our perimeter defense. Given that GSW use an onslaught of outside weapons, the Magic point and wing players are going to have to step up defensively.
1WhoCares

Titusville, FL

#13 Mar 8, 2008
Mitchell UK wrote:
This won't be an easy game, certainly, but I would always back the Magic on their best day over the Warriors on their best day.
One thing I found interesting in Povtak's article was the following quote:
"Instead, they likely will go small, using a combination of all guards and small forwards, leaving Howard without anyone he can guard."
Two responses to that - Howard's freakish mobility and athleticism mean that whilst most 7 footers would struggle against smaller forwards like Al Harrington or Brandon Wright, he should have little trouble keeping up with them. Secondly, that creates the ultimate mismatch for the Magic in that none of the Warriors frontline has a hope of guarding Dwight in the paint.
One thing that does worry me a little is our perimeter defense. Given that GSW use an onslaught of outside weapons, the Magic point and wing players are going to have to step up defensively.
Welcome back Mitchell missed your insightful comments...
Monica Clinton

Debary, FL

#14 Mar 8, 2008
Victory cigars if the magic win !!!!
Steve

Deland, FL

#15 Mar 8, 2008
The problem with Howard going against smaller players is the floppers and the offensive fouls that he picks up because the Refs suck at seeing a flop. He needs to use his power wisely, because one flop can send him to the bench for the rest of the quarter.

I would give him the ball a lot this game and let him find the open shooters. He's been getting much better at that as the season's progressed.
Jim

United States

#16 Mar 8, 2008
I hate to do it folks. But I am afraid the Magic are going to lose tonight to the Warriors. Their defense will get carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey. They will have no answer for Baron Davis, who will stroll the lane like a Sunday walk in the park. The Warriors will build a rather large lead in this one which will force the Magic to play catch up. They will make some runs to get somewhat close, but in the end their defense will let them down in this one. Golden State should score between 115 and 120 points easily. They will shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
formerly BBB

Orlando, FL

#17 Mar 8, 2008
Jim wrote:
I hate to do it folks. But I am afraid the Magic are going to lose tonight to the Warriors. Their defense will get carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey. They will have no answer for Baron Davis, who will stroll the lane like a Sunday walk in the park. The Warriors will build a rather large lead in this one which will force the Magic to play catch up. They will make some runs to get somewhat close, but in the end their defense will let them down in this one. Golden State should score between 115 and 120 points easily. They will shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
Thanks for bettering their chances with a loss prediction. I do think Baron Davis will kill us, but their defense is no better than ours, and we have had more rest.
East3 vs West8

AOL

#18 Mar 8, 2008
I have a feeling the Magic guards and forwards wont stop anyone tonight. Dwight may be the only one to play defense tonight.
I love the Warriors style, it's Laker Showtime and fun to watch. If their big 3 are on...Magic lose.
iho7133

San Antonio, TX

#19 Mar 9, 2008
One more time, an ugly game from Orlando Magic. And the reason of this has only one name....... Stan Van Gundy. Stan is waiting to long to make a change. Baron Davis just eat alive Jameer and Douling. This duo wont work, and for some reason Stan do not want to make changes.

“Living the dream!”

Since: Nov 07

Pleasanton, California

#20 Mar 10, 2008
I have to thank Miami for letting our starters rest so much of that game. Without that extra rest we might have faded in the 4th quarter.

Good luck with your new arrivals from the developmental league and good luck in the playoffs!

GO WARRIORS!!!

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