Magic defeat Jazz, end 3-game losing streak

Dwight Howard had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic ended a three-game losing streak with a 101-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Full Story
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Chas Jacksonville Fl

United States

#1 Mar 14, 2007
For maybe the first time this season I did not see Jameer and others "yucking it up" on the bench in this game.....maybe they are taking their job a little seriously now that they are nearly out of the playoff race!!
Jim

United States

#2 Mar 14, 2007
They won the game but in a strange way it feels like a loss with the way they closed it out.
Andy Quintana

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#3 Mar 14, 2007
Good win for the Magic!!!

On the other hand; Can anyone explain to me why Carlos Arroyo did not play?

Well, I believe that Arroyo has problems with his attitude and/or tends to argue with the coaching staff, or some people does not want him to succeed in this league. When Carlos was playing for the Utah Jazz, everything was going well in his career, but since the Puerto Rico National Team defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympics, Arroyo has had problems with all the coaches for which he has played: Jerry Sloan, Larry Brown and Brian Hill. What bothers me is the fact that he has enough talent to be an starter PG in this team and other teams of the NBA.
Andy Quintana

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#4 Mar 14, 2007
Jim wrote:
They won the game but in a strange way it feels like a loss with the way they closed it out.
I agree.

Too many turnovers in the final minutes.

But a win is a win.
Jim

United States

#5 Mar 14, 2007
31 points and 15 rebounds for Howard..plus he played with more fire and emotion. He was a lot more aggressive on both ends of the floor. He has to bring it like this every night.
Guys were playing defense like it mattered tonight. A little disappointing the way they closed it out though. They have to play a complete 48 minutes with the same intensity and focus.
Almax

Cayey, Puerto Rico

#6 Mar 14, 2007
Great game!!!.
A perfect example of what is wrong with the Magic.
The game was won by doing exactly what Coach Hill has been preventing this team from doing since his arrival.
• The game starts with the usual unit running the same offensive patterns and the Magic are loosing.
• Dooling entered the game he starts to push the tempo by running fast breaks and penetrations, the Magic catch up and take a small lead.
• Jameer enters the game late in the 2nd, the team goes back to their normal offensive pattern, the team becomes sluggish and the Jazz make a comeback.
• In the 3rd Jammer starts with the regulars and the same sluggish offense keep the Jazz close.
• Mid 3rd Dooling re-enters the game and picks up the pace again the magic open a 20 points lead with mainly bench players in the court.
• With 5 minutes left and a 20 point lead, Jameer enters the game and again tries to run the Magic standard offense, 3 minutes later the lead is cut to 4 point.
• The Jazz offense cools off and the Magic regain control and save the game.

I don’t know if that was the game plan or Dooling just went out and did it.
If Dooling just went out and did it in violation of the coach’s instructions why didn’t you bench him Coach?.
If that was the game plan? Why didn’t you start or finish the game with Doorling allowing the Jazz to make a run in a game so desperately needed by the Magic?
The way this game was won open many questions as to the capabilities of this organization from top to bottom.
Either way one thing was established: The problem IS NOT THE PLAYERS IS THE GAMEPLAN!!!!!!!!
Jim

United States

#7 Mar 14, 2007
What do yall think about the 8 man rotation used tonight ? What about Redick getting more playing time ? Could the Magic possibly play better without wasting time dumping it in down low to Darko and watching him either turn it over or throw up wild shots ? Aren't they better suited to run a little bit more ?
Almax

Cayey, Puerto Rico

#8 Mar 14, 2007
Andy Quintana wrote:
Good win for the Magic!!!
On the other hand; Can anyone explain to me why Carlos Arroyo did not play?
Well, I believe that Arroyo has problems with his attitude and/or tends to argue with the coaching staff, or some people does not want him to succeed in this league. When Carlos was playing for the Utah Jazz, everything was going well in his career, but since the Puerto Rico National Team defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympics, Arroyo has had problems with all the coaches for which he has played: Jerry Sloan, Larry Brown and Brian Hill. What bothers me is the fact that he has enough talent to be an starter PG in this team and other teams of the NBA.
Bill Walton made this comment during the transmission of the fisrt Magic game on TNT.
There is an intense dislike if not outright hate for some international players in the highest circles of USA basketball This comment was made while they were discusing Arroyo an his expected role with the Magic.
Arroyo is a Marked Man and no matter what he does his contributions will be repressed and his foults exagerated.
The script has been written he is over rated a ball hog, dribbles to much, unreliable problematic and that is why he has been in 5 teams in 5years.
There is nothing he can do about it.
Just look what they have done and continue to do, to Kobe Bryant? if they can do that to him imagine what kind of pressures they can put on Arroyo or to anyone who may feel incline to give him a real chance.

That is why he is being recomended to take his mony and move to the Euroleague.
Resin

United States

#9 Mar 14, 2007
Andy... I think maybe replacing Arroyo with Dooling might have had something to do with them winning? Nah!
matt

United States

#10 Mar 14, 2007
Where was Darko? Why is he not starting?
Jim

United States

#11 Mar 14, 2007
Dooling was a major factor tonight. He brought much needed energy to the lineup and his defensive work was very good.
Just a fan

Danville, VA

#12 Mar 14, 2007
Dooling coming off the bench at point could be a good thing...Carlos/Jameer are the same kind of playing...Dooling gives the Magic a different look at point guard when the bench players come in

Also I think the by just having JJ out there more often throughout the game opened things up more for Dwight...did anybody else notice that???
Matt

Scottsmoor, FL

#13 Mar 14, 2007
Alright Jim enough with your comments. The magic just played a great running game. I think this is the only way this team is gonna be effective. Brian Hill has realized that his old slow half court offense is not set for such a talented run and gun team! Go magic... we're in the no 8 spot!!!
Season Ticket Holder

Deland, FL

#14 Mar 14, 2007
Although their play was ugly and downright scary in the final four minutes, overall it was an exciting and enjoyable game.

I was pleasantly surprised by the play of Redick and Ariza. Perhaps Hill should shake up the roster more often!
C_O_ Jones

United States

#15 Mar 14, 2007
The Magic need to release Pat Garrity, Keith Bogans and Grant Hill. They re-sign Hill for Vet Min.
Jim

West Monroe, LA

#16 Mar 14, 2007
For the lower case matt..Darko was out with a bad back tonight. For the Upper Case Matt...I agree that the Magic should run more. When they get out and run they don't have to stand around and watch Nelson dribble the shot clock down and then make ridiculous turnovers.
But they still have to pick and choose when to run and when to slow it down and still play consistent defense.
Jim

West Monroe, LA

#18 Mar 14, 2007
I think the Bianchi article lit a fire under them too. Now let's see if they can keep it up.
C_O_ Jones

United States

#19 Mar 14, 2007
Matt,

Darko has back spasms and did not dress.

Tony Battie looked not really ready to play, however as a true professional contributed when needed. He knows his role.

Carlos Arroyo needs to play more minutes while Jameer needs to play less. They are about the same player, Arroyo has more poise and experience.

Almax is right, there is a HATE in USA Basketball towards some international players and Carlos (technically a US citizen by birth) holds the highest brunt of all. It was him that lit up the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Greece. However, Carlos needs to toughen up and play ball.
C_O_ Jones

United States

#20 Mar 14, 2007
Untouchables are: D Howard, D Milicik, and Trevor Ariza. All others are disposable in my opinion.
C_O_ Jones

United States

#21 Mar 14, 2007
The Magic need to continue to play the fast pace game. Whoever brings the ball needs to push it down the court. This is a young team - no time to think, just act.

The team also need to penetrate when the ball is not going in. The best way to get on a good roll is by shooting free-throws. Don't beleive me; ask Amare Stoudemire. His free-throw percentage went to almost 80%. The key was when he was injured last year, all he could do was shoot free-throws, so that's all he did.

The Magic lead the NBA in missed lay ups and dunks: why? missed lay ups - are you for real?

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