Orlando Magic beat Phoenix Suns 111-99

There are 155 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 3, 2009, titled Orlando Magic beat Phoenix Suns 111-99. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

In the battle of the Supermen and a war of words, Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal played to a draw, but Howard had the last say.

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Austin

Gainesville, FL

#1 Mar 3, 2009
What a game!
First of all, about Shaq's comments:
"I got four (title rings). Your man got none."
Yes, Shaq. Because if the Magic had D-Wade or Kobe, or even Paul Pierce, or even Durant, since he's young like Kobe & Wade were when they were with Shaq, they wouldn't have a great shot at 4 rings in the next 10 years or so.
And in the end.... THE POLISH HAMMER steals the show!
Shaq: 19 pts, 11 boards in 35 min.
Dwight: 21 & 6 in 32 minutes.
Gortat: 8 & 8 in just 18 minutes. 4-5 from the floor too, so very efficient.
The Polish Hammer tops both Supermen!
turdstorm

United States

#2 Mar 3, 2009
ha who knew gortat would outplay both shaq and dwight in the first half... dwight showed up in the second half finally with 17pts 6rebs. overall it was a good game, aside from taht 12 second stretch where the magic turned it over 4 times. turk and lewis were huge. they've been playing well at the same time together lately, which is rare.
Jon

Orlando, FL

#3 Mar 3, 2009
He had more than 6 rebounds. Awesome game. Now Shaq can shut his fat mouth, and get his fat ass out of here. I think this talk from shaq might help to toughen him up. He didnt back down from him at all and seemed ticked off by shaq runnin his mouth.
turdstorm

United States

#4 Mar 3, 2009
austin, you shorted dwight 2 rebs! he had 8... first half went to shaq cause of dwight's foul trouble, second half went to dwight.
Lou to the Rescue

Clermont, FL

#5 Mar 3, 2009
Good win for the Magic. I don't care that Amare was out and the Suns had a fire-sale before the trade deadline. The Suns have given the Magic trouble in recent years and I feel better knowing that the Magic can beat them. I still wish the turnover total will decrease but at least the Magic were able to make up for it this time. The back-to-back Boston and Detroit games will be huge in the character building of this team. But for right now, I'll enjoy the win and believe in Magic.
turdstorm

United States

#6 Mar 3, 2009
Lou to the Rescue wrote:
Good win for the Magic. I don't care that Amare was out and the Suns had a fire-sale before the trade deadline. The Suns have given the Magic trouble in recent years and I feel better knowing that the Magic can beat them. I still wish the turnover total will decrease but at least the Magic were able to make up for it this time. The back-to-back Boston and Detroit games will be huge in the character building of this team. But for right now, I'll enjoy the win and believe in Magic.
I thought it was huge that the magic forced nash to turn it over 7 times and held him to only 8 assists. Orlando is the first team to hold the suns to under 100pts since they went back to run n gun high scoring style gameplay under gentry.

“Orlando Magic........... ......”

Since: Jul 07

Magic land

#7 Mar 3, 2009
First and foremost :
GREAT WIN MAGIC !!!!!!!!!!
A real fun game to watch and actually all our guys played well.
And YES JIM THEIR WAS DEFENCE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.
I must admit I also enjoyed when D.H. put Shag in his A S S.

Please Jim don't tell us that the turnovers where to many and it will not get it done folks.
Just enjoy the victory
nanningbob

Washington, DC

#8 Mar 3, 2009
OK love the strong 4th quarters and I like seeing the defense begin to jell. Holding Phoenix under a 100 points and having 24 TO shows solid defensive play. Detroit and Boston coming up and we should get a much better read on this group. I like what I see but we have about 6 weeks to get it oiled for the playoffs. We are now 5-2 with Rafer so looking good. :)
Dwight Howard

United States

#9 Mar 3, 2009
Shaq, tell me how my *** taste.
doh

United States

#10 Mar 3, 2009
Shaq has a new nickname...The Big Flopper
Lou to the Rescue

Clermont, FL

#11 Mar 3, 2009
Roberthenry wrote:
First and foremost :
GREAT WIN MAGIC !!!!!!!!!!
A real fun game to watch and actually all our guys played well.
And YES JIM THEIR WAS DEFENCE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.
I must admit I also enjoyed when D.H. put Shag in his A S S.
Please Jim don't tell us that the turnovers where to many and it will not get it done folks.
Just enjoy the victory
Yeah, I loved seeing Dwight use his athleticism to make Shaq fall flat on his a s s and get an easy dunk. Only surrendering 18 points in the 4th quarter against Phoenix is quite impressive too.
Jim

United States

#12 Mar 3, 2009
I am sorry folks, but 24 turnovers is simply not gonna get it done. And they were horrific turnovers. Totally inexcuseable.

I did however like the energy and intensity level tonight. The defense was very good also.

Howard showed me a lot tonight. If he could bring it like this every night, and the refs allow him to play without calling him for these tic-tac fouls, then he will demolish the opposition.
Jon

Orlando, FL

#13 Mar 3, 2009
Dwight Howard wrote:
Shaq, tell me how my *** taste.
LMAO, ya that ought to shut him up.
turdstorm

United States

#14 Mar 3, 2009
doh wrote:
Shaq has a new nickname...The Big Flopper
the big floor mopper
Aron

Orlando, FL

#15 Mar 3, 2009
What a great game. I was only able to watch the last 6 minutes of the game live, but I did get to watch the play by play on the internet for the first 3 quarters.

It looked like Dwight was in foul trouble most of the game, but stepped it up come the second half. Pretty even numbers from Dwight and Shaq so that match up was a push.

I'm sooo glad our other 2 big guys stepped it up tonight. If they didn't perform the way they did, I think we may have lost. Rashard has finally figured it out that if he doesn't have a big game or a decent game, we won't go far in the playoffs/rest of the season. He said it after the game and during the post game interview; “we have to try and catch BOS/CLE and keep winning.” Hedo has definitely been playing better now that he has had his baby and now that he has Rafer to share the load with. I think we'll see him around a consistent 20 points a game the rest of the way. Hopefully he will carry that into the playoffs.

Nice to see Rafer playing well too. It seems it's just as we all expected. Once he got some practice time and time to learn the system he has/is going to keep performing well despite his shooting woes.

And how about that ROOKIE!!! He may not show up on the stat sheet, but the little things this guy does gives us the upper hand a lot of times. I can’t wait to see how he progresses into next season.

Again I didn't get to see the whole game live, but I guess I ended up seeing the best part.

“Orlando Magic........... ......”

Since: Jul 07

Magic land

#16 Mar 3, 2009
ON THE GOSSIP END

Swift's agent, Andy Miller, said Tuesday that Swift "is going to be a Phoenix Sun at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later"

What's to prevent a licensed playoff team, you might be wondering, from claiming Drew Gooden or Joe Smith (bought out by the Kings and Thunder, respectively) off waivers, and thus prevent Team X & Y from signing them and gaining a championship edge?

Nothing.

However, a team must own sufficient cap room to do it, and 29 of 30 NBA clubs currently exceed the cap; 15-43 Memphis is $3.7M under it at $55M.

A common misconception needs to be cleared up:

1. When a buy-out takes place, the player actually doesn't reduce his salary. He agrees to reduce salary protection (guarantee), in exchange for being released. Stephon Marbury, for example, was due $20,840,625. He agreed to a confirmed $2.2M haircut. His salary remained the same but the guarantee was reduced to $18.6M and change, meaning the Knicks sliced their luxury tax by $4.4M.

2. If a team claims a contract on waivers, it gets the original contract, not a reduced contract.

FYI: Gooden's expiring salary is $7,151,183; the Kings saved $1.8M for liberating him. Smith's expiring salary is $4.795M; the Thunder saved his remaining guarantee.

Bottom line: No team has the money (or the inclination) to pick up either player off waivers; they become free agents within 48 hours.
FROM NYP by Peter V.
Lou to the Rescue

Clermont, FL

#17 Mar 3, 2009
Jon wrote:
<quoted text>
LMAO, ya that ought to shut him up.
And I wonder how it must feel for him to get out rebounded by Rashard Lewis.

“Orlando Magic........... ......”

Since: Jul 07

Magic land

#18 Mar 3, 2009
MORE GOSSIP:
BACK TO PLAIN DEALER CAVALIERS NEWS
CAVALIERS INSIDER
Cleveland Cavaliers look forward to probable addition of Joe Smith
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Brian Windhorst
Plain Dealer Reporter
Miami- Trying to be politically correct and not to get ahead of themselves, the Cavaliers showed some restraint and talked in generalities and possibilities when it comes to the impending arrival of Joe Smith this week.

They, however, could not hide their enthusiasm or affection for Smith, who was put on waivers by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday after completing a buyout agreement Sunday night.

"He's one of the best teammates I've ever had and I'd love to have him back," LeBron James said. "We know what type of guy he is - he's a true professional. Teams always want him."
Jon

Orlando, FL

#19 Mar 3, 2009
Roberthenry wrote:
ON THE GOSSIP END
Swift's agent, Andy Miller, said Tuesday that Swift "is going to be a Phoenix Sun at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later"
What's to prevent a licensed playoff team, you might be wondering, from claiming Drew Gooden or Joe Smith (bought out by the Kings and Thunder, respectively) off waivers, and thus prevent Team X & Y from signing them and gaining a championship edge?
Nothing.
However, a team must own sufficient cap room to do it, and 29 of 30 NBA clubs currently exceed the cap; 15-43 Memphis is $3.7M under it at $55M.
A common misconception needs to be cleared up:
1. When a buy-out takes place, the player actually doesn't reduce his salary. He agrees to reduce salary protection (guarantee), in exchange for being released. Stephon Marbury, for example, was due $20,840,625. He agreed to a confirmed $2.2M haircut. His salary remained the same but the guarantee was reduced to $18.6M and change, meaning the Knicks sliced their luxury tax by $4.4M.
2. If a team claims a contract on waivers, it gets the original contract, not a reduced contract.
FYI: Gooden's expiring salary is $7,151,183; the Kings saved $1.8M for liberating him. Smith's expiring salary is $4.795M; the Thunder saved his remaining guarantee.
Bottom line: No team has the money (or the inclination) to pick up either player off waivers; they become free agents within 48 hours.
FROM NYP by Peter V.
Thanks for the insight, but weve seen what Drew Gooden can do and its not much.
Jim

United States

#20 Mar 3, 2009
Once again the guards for the Magic were lit up like Christmas trees. This is not gonna get it done.

Harris and Carter are probably licking their chops right now in anticipation of the game this Friday night.

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