Miami Heat give the Orlando Magic 2nd...

Miami Heat give the Orlando Magic 2nd loss in a row

There are 76 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 24, 2009, titled Miami Heat give the Orlando Magic 2nd loss in a row. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

It has been so long since the Orlando Magic lost two consecutive games that pin-pointing the date seemingly requires time-travel. The losses certainly don't call for panic or players' only meetings, but they ...

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Observer

Daytona Beach, FL

#42 Jan 25, 2009
derek wrote:
Yea, too bad the Magic players are all young and will get more experienced as all the others get older- Boston, Detroit, Cavs frontcourt. All while a majority of the teams will make total remakes to medium and small changes in 2010 while the Magic will do nothing except get better and better by 2012 (their core contract end year) as many of them will backfire or just take more than 1 season to start clicking on title-level. And Im thinking Finals this year. Cant wait for Cavs - Magic game, gonna be real fun to watch.
How many years does a player have to be in the NBA not to be considered young? Do you really consider Turk, Lewis, Howard and Nelson to all be young?
nanningbob

United States

#43 Jan 25, 2009
TicoG wrote:
Upcoming games: Indiana-loss,
Cleveland-loss,
Toronto-loss,
Dallas-loose (I mean the bandwagon wheels will come loose).
Is making a fo.......... naw it isnt worth responding too.
bocaG

Delray Beach, FL

#44 Jan 25, 2009
This Jim guy has no life. Really...
magicact07

Lake Wales, FL

#45 Jan 25, 2009
Good God, You lose a couple games and the pessimistic doomsdayests come out in full swing. Apparently, we need to make trades, we are too young, defenses have figured us out, Stan is closeminded and being out-coached and then, of course, you have Jim saying "I called this one folks." People, get a grip! It's a long 82 game regular season. Every team is going to have its ups and downs. Didn't the mighty Celtics recently lose 4 in a row?? As much as I hate agreeing with Jim, I have to in the fact that it was easy to see a bump in the road coming with that long layoff. It has obviously affected the Magic in a negative way. But like great teams do, they will bounce back, find their energy level and defensive aggressiveness and start winning again. So "folks", pop a lithium, chill out and enjoy the ride to the playoffs!
The Living Tribunal

Miami, FL

#46 Jan 25, 2009
My goodness, the Magic are 33-10. Why is everyone up in arms? They'll be fine. They're not the 72-10 Bulls so what's the big deal? The only real problem I see with this Magic team is a lack of toughness. If Dwight weren't so busy crying to the refs, looking at his hand, blowing on the basketball, playing jokes on the cameraman, talking to the fans and flirting with his Olympic teammates, he may grab a few more rebounds and block a few more shots. The trade deadline is approaching, and I know if it ain't broke don't fix it, but will that really cut it in the playoffs? The Magic need a bruiser down-low to give a few hard fouls and teach Dwight to be a real low-post force.
Alex

Palm Bay, FL

#49 Jan 25, 2009
D-Wade owns. No disrespect to Howard...but while Wade takes over games, Howard is more concerned with bickering with officials. That's why Wade has a ring and Dwight doesn't. Howard needs to be a more active leader if he wants to be mentioned with the true elites (Bryant, Wade, James, Duncan...)
shine

United States

#50 Jan 25, 2009
This team needs to develop some toughness.
JOSE PEREZ

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#51 Jan 25, 2009
Jim and TicoG. Since you you can predict the future, please recommend me a good stock to buy in this coming week.
Gramps

United States

#52 Jan 25, 2009
NBA Elite players do not need to waste their time bickering with the officials as they get the calls. Dwight will never be in that group as long as he plays soft, with a smile on his face and bickering with the officials. Maturity should help his cause. GO MAGIC !!!
The Living Tribunal

Miami, FL

#53 Jan 25, 2009
JOSE PEREZ wrote:
Jim and TicoG. Since you you can predict the future, please recommend me a good stock to buy in this coming week.
Here's a tip, leave Puerto Rico.
Glen

Clearwater, FL

#54 Jan 25, 2009
Trade Cook, Bogans, & Foyle for a MEAN, BAD-ASS BIG that will teach these nice guys some "real" manners on the court. This team need a big time image overhaul. They are too squeaky clean and play like the WNBA. ROFL. LMAO.
Jim

West Monroe, LA

#55 Jan 25, 2009
Folks I called the Magic 3 game losing streak...which it will be after the loss to Indiana on Tuesday night.

I also called for the Celtics 14 game winnig streak after they had only won 3 in a row. Now their winning streak stands at 8 after they get done crushing Dallas today. They are on their way to that 14 game winning streak folks

The Magic have NO chance of winning the East. So let's go ahead and put that one to bed. Cleveland I believe will win the number 2 spot as well.

The best the Magic can do is win the 3rd spot again.

But folks that will NOT be easy to do. I still believe Atlanta will challenge them for the division title as I have said all along.

In fact the Magic could drop to number 5. They were 33-8 at the halfway mark. I am predicting that they will have a record of 23-18 in the second half and finish at 56-26. Boston will win 64 or 65 games. Cleveland will win 61 or 62.
Jim

West Monroe, LA

#56 Jan 25, 2009
Dwight should bottle up some of that anger and frustration geared toward the refs and unleash it on the opponents.
lorenzo

Astor, FL

#57 Jan 25, 2009
Alex wrote:
D-Wade owns. No disrespect to Howard...but while Wade takes over games, Howard is more concerned with bickering with officials. That's why Wade has a ring and Dwight doesn't. Howard needs to be a more active leader if he wants to be mentioned with the true elites (Bryant, Wade, James, Duncan...)
Wade beat Dallas by himself in the finals to win the championship...but without SHAQ he wouldnt have made it that far=)
Gary

Apopka, FL

#58 Jan 25, 2009
nba refs soxs wrote:
This has got to be the worst officiated game I have ever seen.
Complain via email and you will get a boilerplate response. But I still maintain that when the ref who was dismissed for gambling on games he was involved in a couple of years ago, no one noticed that his calls were biased because that is the way it is every night with every referee. What does that tell you?

Either the refereeing is so bad that if someone is purposely making bad calls, there is no noticeable difference OR all refs are on the take.
kenny

Auburn, WA

#59 Jan 25, 2009
dwight howard is a sub-par offensive player, with freakish athletic ability. while he is a great shot blocker i dont really see him devolping a dependable low post game any time in the near future. if the magic could package a player like the turkey, gortat, and a pick for a player like boozer, then all the magics problems would be solved and a ring would be waiting for the magic to claim. but i dont see that happening considering the magic have a good record and are really set for a couple years down the road.
Gary

Apopka, FL

#60 Jan 25, 2009
Luke wrote:
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Spurs have quality players especially Tim Duncan who is a smart go-to guy in the post. Howard is neither smart nor a go-to guy. He is, in my honest opinion, an overrated post player and is still VERY, VERY raw, which is why this team's inside-out game never had any success in the past and even now. The Spurs had championship rings because Timmy is not Howard. How's that for an analysis.
I agree about Howard. How many times have you seen Howard make that off the glass shot like Duncan in the past 10 games? I remember he has made it once and he has taken the shot many times. I would think he would be able to hit that shot 10 times out of 10 times a few times in practice before heaving it up during a game. If he does hit it 10 times out of ten times during practice, and he really isn't covered that well during game, he misses the shot consistently then, this boy has serious psychological problems.
Aron

Eddyville, KY

#61 Jan 25, 2009
I didn't get a chance to watch the game as I was at the Monster Jam, but from the reading and looking at the box score it seems something was a miss. It looks like it was the bench again. Very spotty numbers, but someone made a great analogy earlier in this thread. SVG hasn't been using his bench enough in my opinion. I fear with how hard he is playing the guys that we are going to run out of juice come playoff time. He needs to let some of the bench playerís play a bit more.

Overall, I'm not worried about the loss. Through the first half of the season I would never have guess we would be 33-10, so I'm pretty grateful for that.

As far as a PG... We all knew that AJ isn't the answer; he is just someone we got at a decent price to play back up minutes. He will be gone next year. Hopefully we can find one in the draft next year or make a trade for one. Well all know this team is about 1 or 2 players from being more respected and feared. Whether thatís a PG and/or another bruiser PF/C I don't know. To throw another name out there as far as a bruiser PF is concerned: Kenyon Martin. Although he is overpriced, we need someone with his mentality/intensity on this team.
Gary

Apopka, FL

#62 Jan 25, 2009
TicoG wrote:
Upcoming games: Indiana-loss,
Cleveland-loss,
Toronto-loss,
Dallas-loose (I mean the bandwagon wheels will come loose).
Are you sure the Dallas prediction doesn't stand for a loss? But you were putting the word "loose" in for all the bright ones that continually spell "lose" as "loose" in the forum?? That way they could understand it better.
TicoG

Clearwater, FL

#63 Jan 25, 2009
Gary wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you sure the Dallas prediction doesn't stand for a loss? But you were putting the word "loose" in for all the bright ones that continually spell "lose" as "loose" in the forum?? That way they could understand it better.
I intentionally spelled it "loose" 'cause that's when all the bandwagon wheels start coming off.

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