Diagnosing Orlando’s Problems

11.01.08 9 years ago 23 Comments
Dwight HowardDwight isn’t the problem

The Orlando Magic shouldn’t be 0-2. They’ve got the best rebounder in the League playing on the block and a number of shooters with range. Plus, it’s not like they’ve gone against the best teams in the League thus far – they haven’t touched 90 points against Atlanta and Memphis. So what’s the problem?

It’s not Dwight. It’s not Stan Van Gundy‘s loose temper. Stan flew off the handle a bit last night, losing himself in front of a microphone talking about how Jameer Nelson “couldn’t hit a bleeping shot.” Jameer went 4-12 from the field, an ugly performance, but even that wasn’t the biggest problem.

The issue is that the Magic aren’t sharing the ball at all. Against Atlanta, they put up a League-worst 10 assists. They turned the ball over 15 times that game. And then last night, it was more of the same. 16 assists, 17 TO’s.

This team should rack up assists with Dwight down low and Rashard/Hedo spotting up for triples. But Jameer only has 6 assists TOTAL thus far. Anthony Johnson has four. Mickael Pietrus has three.

So tonight’s game against Sacramento, the team struggling the absolute most, should be the perfect chance to get the ball moving and try to notch more assists than TO’s.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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