Magic slam Bobcats

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

There was a time when Dwight Howard and Emeka Okafor ---- the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2004 NBA Draft --- were considered to be rivals for years to come.
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MagicJED

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#42
Nov 24, 2007
 
Actually only 4 of the first 18 are on Sun Sports.

And people stop whining about not seeing the Magic in other states. At least you can get League Pass to see them. Most of us in Central Florida cannot even see the games! Even if we buy League Pass!

DirecTV isn't that great of an option when you have the Cable, Phone, and Internet with Brighthouse. DSL is nowhere near as good. And Digital Phone is far better than regular service. Brighthouse is also cheaper. DirecTV charges $79.99 for the same package as Brighthouse charges $54.99 for. Plus you get some HD with BH. With DTV, you add $9.95 to your cost to get any. For the bundles, BH is $133 and DTV is almost $200. Now if DirecTV can offer a price around $130, and improve phone/internet then it'd blow away BH.
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#43
Nov 24, 2007
 
Why criticize Van Gundy? Um... there IS a reason why they are 11-3 right now so Brian Schmitz needs to chill out with his usual and annoying sarcasm.
Ryan Newman

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#44
Nov 24, 2007
 
Well if you wanted defense you should have kept Trevor Ariza
instead Otis Smith got two more shooters and lost a great defender, a great rebounder, and a fan favorite.
Don't bash Van Gundy his motto is play the game from start to finish and give 100% the whole game.
rico4ever

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#45
Nov 24, 2007
 
I'm a big fan of Arroyo and Lewis, but they really disappointed with their play at the end of the fourth quarter when the Bobcats cut a big lead to 12 with two minutes left. Carlos and Rashard were just heaving shots up trying to cash in on garbage time, instead of playing hard, smart basketball. Lewis is too content to stand around the three-point line. He needs to slash to the bucket more. Also, for the monney you're getting, learn to box out on defense.
marko

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#46
Nov 24, 2007
 
as dwight is playing like a super star now...we need lewis to step up more consistancy...and turk...and nelson.....and the bench guys ...what can i say..they must play with some heart....time for the fans to ride these hi paid players..we demand heart and hustle night in and night out in orlando...ask for a trade if you don't wanna be here..because this team is jumping on dwights back and winning a few championships before its all said and done..and dwight needs a great supporting cast..
marko

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#47
Nov 24, 2007
 
fsn channel is greedy..we can't see every magic game...sunshine is showing some games..but fsn is blocking us out..this is not right...hello brighthouse and mr.devos...let us see all games..
marko

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#48
Nov 24, 2007
 
i support van gundy..why did otis trade ariza?a great defender???and add more outside shooters..we are already loaded at shooter positions...this was a horrible trade..we needed more beef to bang in low post..keep dwight fresh...otis sold out...
marko

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#50
Nov 24, 2007
 
companys like brighthouse have to backdown off citizens..the economy is very weak..gas is high,jobs are low...they have made a lot of money off locals when the economy was good,now they should get cheaper when economy is horrible........show the magic games on regular basic television brighthouse..fsn is not watchable,and i already pay for cable..this is not right..i might move to satelight if they don't fix this real soon..
marko

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#51
Nov 24, 2007
 
to many guys not slashing the lanes/driving it to the bucket..to many standing outside of three point line..i know we need to spread the floor..but we need somebody that slashes strong to the bucket...at least ariza would go strong...
marko

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#52
Nov 24, 2007
 
we can not forget to play tuff defense or no championship..i know we can score now..but defense is still needed magic players...
marko

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#53
Nov 24, 2007
 
this young talented team is playing off dwight howards great play...we need all to step up more..we as fans watch and see who has heart and hustle..this team needs to learn to totally put a team away.they keep letting teams back into it,it's crazy to play so hard to gain a nice big lead,then throw it all away...dwight needs to have an attitude to guys who don't keep hustling till the game is ''totally over''......get em dwight,your the leader..
Jerry Blitzen

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#54
Nov 24, 2007
 
Hey Brian, cool your heels about Van Gundy!!! He's the first legitimate coach this franchise has ever had!!! And he's right, if the Magic don't improve they will fall into the same miserable mess they were in under Hill a year ago. There's no room for complacency. If you want to be a champ, then play like a champ. If you're satisfied with anything less than all out effort and play like a chump then be ready for a repeat of last year. Come on Brian, wake up to reality and stop babying the Magic. Let them get a kick in the butt when they need it. You act like Van Gundy was oput of line chewing out his players. Brian you're one big GaGa idiot!!!
Chris

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#55
Nov 24, 2007
 
How many times do you see a team miss the playoffs by one game or miss home court advantage by one game? You see it every year!!!

SVG is right to jump all over these guys. There should be one goal and one goal only for every regular season...to be the #1 seed going into the playoffs and have home court advantage throughout! The only way you do that is by playing at 100% effort for four quarters 82 times a year!
Magic Season Ticketholder

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#56
Nov 24, 2007
 
John wrote:
TOO BAD I DIDNT SEE IT. When does Bright House realize Magic t.v ratings are decreasing since the start of that "pay per view" channel.
Buy tickets, you cheapskate! You can't afford my great lower bowl tix, but they have some $10 seats up in the bleachers next to the underprivileged kids!
Magic Season Ticketholder

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#57
Nov 24, 2007
 
WTG, Stan. I had my doubts about you at first, but you're doing a great job! The defense is getting better and I see an awesome year ahead of us! Keep up the good work!
Disappointed

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#58
Nov 25, 2007
 
I see a ton of posts from people outside of Florida saying they can't watch the games. To that all I have to say is "NBA League Pass Rocks". I've gotten to watch more Magic games than my Dad in Orlando. BTW Orlando I may not live there but Brighthouse has got to be the greedest SOB cable company on the planet. I feel your pain and wish horrible deaths to all of the executives of that company, and when I move back to Florida I'll probably never use their cable because of what they are doing to you guys.

As far as how the season is going this is the only game I missed. I got to watch the Miami game last night as well. This team does rely on jump shots I will say. At first it worried me. But if you guys see the shots these guys are taking you wouldn't worry. They always pass the ball to the open shooter if not sending it down low to Dwight. They are making a ton of shots because they are wide open. Should that change in a game they go to Dwight for a while and then teams collapse in the paint where Turk/Nelson/Dooling start slashing to the basket to get fouls. So far only a few teams have seen us not hitting those shots, thus forcing those guys to drive. But it has worked well against most of the teams.

The only real weakness I have seen with this team this year is defense. They seem to be less inclined to play it when they are up by 10 which is when you really need to clamp down IMO. Hopefully this team learns how to keep their foot on the other team's throat when they have them beat. So far we haven't lost a game in which we dominated for 3 quarters but if they keep up with the late game break downs they might.

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