Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani once said he could walk out into the middle of Times Square and start handing out $100 bills. A third of the people would say he was not handing out enough money. Another third would say he was handing out too much money. Another third would say they didn't like the way he was handing out the money. Welcome to a new feature on orlandomagic.com – GLASS HALF-FULL. A local sports writer once told me that his job was to watch the battle from the mountain top, ride down, and bayonet the wounded. We live in a world of cynics. But not here, at GLASS HALF-FULL. I will do my best to answer your questions going forward.
What can you expect? Rainbows and gum drops. No scraped knees and rubbing alcohol, here. I will give you the flip side. I will give you Cotton Candy, not the dentist's office. It's not Fast Food. It's Good Food Fast. Being negative takes up a lot of energy. Being nice is easy. Will there be some spin? Sure, but I prefer the word "Influence". By nature, I am an optimist. Sure, former draft pick Jerryl Sasser couldn't shoot, but you should have seen him defend in practice. And, he had a never-wavering confidence about him. You say, "What's the deal with Fran Vazquez staying in Spain to play? I say, he's still an asset to the Magic and that's part of the process of drafting international players. Hopefully, that gives you a look into the Magic-blue colored world I can tend to drift into. My takes will be credible though, just the other side of the coin.
Posted by Glass Half Full, Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 12:30 PM
1) The Magic have certainly played a highly competitive brand of basketball and are seemingly in every game despite the injury bug. The Magic are the first team since the 1977-78 Rockets to have seven consecutive losses, five of which came by four points or less.
NBA, Teams to Lose 7 Straight Games, 5+ Coming by 4 Pts or Fewer
1958-59 Syracuse Nationals
1962-63 Chicago Zephyrs
1976-77 Phoenix Suns
1977-78 Houston Rockets
2012-13 Orlando Magic
2) Jameer Nelson, who needs 10 assists to break Scott Skiles' Magic franchise record of 2776, continues to be one of the most valuable point guards in the league.
NBA Point Guards, Highest +/- Per Game – Since 2008-09
(minimum 200 games)
Tony Parker +5.1
Derek Fisher +4.8
Jameer Nelson +4.5 (1179/263)
Chris Paul +3.9
Rajon Rondo +3.7
3) One of his post players, meanwhile, has been the league's best rebounder over the last three weeks.
NBA, Most Rebounds Per Game – Since December 14
(minimum 6 games)
Nikola Vucevic, Orl 13.8 [13.82] (152/11)
Kevin Love, Min 13.8 [13.75]
Dwight Howard, LAL 12.3
J.J. Hickson, Por 12.2
Tyson Chandler, NY 11.7 (117/10)
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