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Posts tagged ‘Superman’
Posted: April 18th, 2010

Dwight Howard is a lock to win a second consecutive defensive player of the year award.

(2) Orlando Magic (59-23) vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats (44-38)

Series schedule: Game 1 – Today at Orlando 5:30 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 2 – Wednesday at Orlando 7 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 3 – Saturday at Charlotte 2 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 4 –Monday 4/26 at Charlotte TBD; Game 5 – Wednesday 4/28 *at Orlando TBD; Game 6 – Friday 4/30 *at Charlotte TBD; Game 7 – Sunday 5/2 TBD. *If necessary.

Series keys: For Orlando: Use bench (Orlando will need reserves later in the postseason). 2. Establish defensive energy (Howard sets tone with shot blocks and rebounding). 3. Handle Action Jackson (Stephen Jackson had 28 points in Charlotte’s lone win against Orlando. For Charlotte: 1. Guard the 3-pointer (Orlando lead the NBA in 3-pointers made with 841 in the regular season). 2. Foul Superman (Dwight Howard shoots a higher percentage from the field – 61.2 percent – than the line – 59.2 percent. 3. Follow the leader (Veteran coach Larry Brown has the knowledge to make this series interesting). 

Series outcome: Magic will win the series in six games, but Charlotte won’t go down easily.

Series stories:

1. Dwight Howard on Hack-a-Dwight: “It’s not a bad strategy” – Orlando Sentinel
2. Magic-Bobcats offer friendly, fiery playoff twist – USA Today
3. Can Michael really let Larry leave Charlotte? – ESPN

Posted in: NBA
Posted: October 27th, 2009

Cavs 44, Celtics 44.

Great game.

Cavs made 5 of its first 6 shots and lead 13-2, but now the game is tied and Boston actually lead by three points.  Here are some things I’ve noticed off the court.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 14th, 2009
Celtics Magic Basketball

Kendrick Perkins and the Boston Celtics tugged at Superman's cape, but Dwight Howard had a 20-20 (points and rebounds) to lead Orlando to a Game 6 home win Thursday.

The Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets forced one.

On Friday night, Orlando did so by squeaking  past the Boston Celtics, 83-75, in Game 6 while the Rockets beat up on the Los Angeles Lakers again, 95-80.

The question is who will win Game 7 Sunday between the Magic and Celtics in Boston and the Lakers and Rockets in Los Angeles.

I say both home teams will pull it out.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 13th, 2009
Magic Celtics Basketball

Stephon Marbury looked like the Marbury of old in helping Boston win Game 5 Tuesday.

The defending world champions aren’t folding.

Not at all.

In a pivotal Game 5 Tuesday night in Boston, the Celtics came back from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Orlando Magic, 92-88, to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics are just winning these games on sheer guts.

Paul Pierce looks gassed most of the time. Ray Allen isn’t shooting consistently and their bench has been suspect, but the Celtics are finding ways to win.

On Tuesday night, they got a big game from Stephon Marbury, who scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter.

To put it bluntly, Doc Rivers is giving Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy a coaching lesson.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: April 21st, 2009

The league leader in rebounding and blocks, Orlando's Dwight Howard won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Superman won this time.

LeBron James finished second to Dwight Howard for the NBA’s defensive player of the year award. When asked about it, Cleveland coach Mike Brown gave one of those looks to say, ugh, my guy should have won it.

“Obviously you wish he would have finished first,” Brown said. “It would have been extremely exciting, especially for that award, but I’m so proud of him. It just shown the strides he’s taken in a short amount of time since he’s been in this league.”

Before tonight’s Game 2 against Detroit, James said he’s just happy to finish that high in the voting, but don’t be fooled. This guy wanted that award maybe more than the MVP trophy he’ll receive in the coming weeks.

James made it a goal in the off season to become the best defensive player in the league. Having that experience of barking out the defensive calls the national team in the 2008 Summers Olympics gave him the confidence to lead a team defensively, Brown said.

James has become known for running down offensive players  and swatting their shots into the stands. To him, it signifies he doesn’t give up on a play. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: March 26th, 2009

I hear ya’ll talking and yapping.

LeBron. D-Wade. Superman (Dwight Howard). They’re high risers.

Before them, Jordan, ‘Nique (Dominique Wilkins) and Clyde the Glide soared through the sky.

BUT before them, Dr. J. owned the NBA stratosphere.

He put the D in dunking, the R in originality and the J in just too good to be true.  So take a ride with me back in time and check out how Julius Erving did his thing.

By the way, just look past the short shorts. I heard the ladies liked them like that back in the day.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix

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