Monday, November 19, 2007

Photo by: Phelan M. Ebenhack

The Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics 104-102, to give the Magic a 9-2 record and the Celtics a 8-1 record. I thought the Magic played better throughout 48 minutes and deserved to grind out a win. The Celtics were inconsistent and turnover prone, which foiled a 4th quarter comeback attempt that momentarily gave them the lead.

The Magic took way too many three pointers, and although adding a three point specialist in Rashard Lewis, they didn't take smart three's. Two players in particular took too many three's that weren't always open or in rhythm. The aforementioned Lewis only made a third of his outside shots or 2-6 from beyond the arc. Keith Bogans made a fourth of his shots or 2-8. A combined 4-14 is not sufficient for important games against a team atop the East conference that you need to prove you are tough against.

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 6 rebounds, while shooting 10-20 from the free throw line. Dwight had a stretch where he couldn't make free throws down the stretch and that really concerned me because teams will use that to their advantage and hack when he gets to a certain spot down low. Also, while he was being played very physically by Brian Scalabrine and Kendrick Perkins down low, he got a little frustrated and shoved Scalabrine a bit, which resulted in a technical foul. I want Dwight to act mature like he has already showed us in the early years of his career. He is a good kid, and he needs to keep that demeanor on and off the court. Hedo Turkoglu made the big three pointers in high point of this game and finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Early on in the season, Hedo has showed he is confident and ready for a career year this season. He sees how much better his team is and worked hard to get into shape and stay in top shape throughout the off-season.