Denton: Magic-Grizzlies Postgame Analysis
By John Denton
January 31, 2011
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Arenas took the smaller Conley down into the post where he scored seven points in the fourth quarter and wisely dished off for a couple of more baskets for the Magic. With Arenas playing well, Van Gundy allowed him to close the game instead of going back to starter Jameer Nelson down the stretch.
``I just thought (Arenas) was making good plays. We were getting his post-up down on Conley and he was scoring and making plays to open people,’’ Van Gundy said. ``We made a lot of good plays and we got two absolutely wide-open shots. Ryan had a wide-open three in the corner (from an Arenas pass) that wasn’t close. And Turk had a wide-open three up top (also from Arenas) to take the lead. And Ryan got an offensive rebound and got stripped. So we had plenty of opportunities. And Gil had two free throws to tie it. I can’t get upset about guys missing shots. We made the plays to give ourselves opportunities, but we didn’t get the ball into the basket.’’
But Howard had seven turnovers, the last one on a questionable moving screen call with 1:07 to play. And Howard was whistled for his 13th technical foul of the season with 5.5 seconds to go by referee Scott Foster when he argued about a no-call when Gasol collared him under the rim on the Magic’s next-to-last possession.
Howard had gone six games without a technical foul, but he now sits three Ts away from being suspended for a game by the NBA and being hit with a $5,000 fine.
Fumed Van Gundy: ``I know he wasn’t demonstrative at all. I know that how many ever people in the building had no idea that anything was going on. Nothing we could do about it.’’
WHAT WENT WRONG
Memphis seemingly scored at will against the Magic’s sluggish defense, making 11 of 19 shots in the third period. By the Grizzlies had 66 points they were incredibly shooting 66 percent.
Bass drilled a nice fade-away jumper, but when he landed his left foot came down on the top of Zach Randolph’s foot, causing his ankle to grotesquely roll over.
Bass was helped off the court by two teammates and needed a wheelchair to get to the X-ray room. X-rays proved negative, but Bass could be out of action for several days with the injury. That should mean more playing time for veteran power forward Malik Allen, who is just back from ankle and knee injuries himself.
Bass had 13 points and three rebounds at the time of his injury. Making the situation even more frustrating for the Magic was the fact that Van Gundy tried to get Anderson into the game for Bass just before the injury, but referees deemed the substitute not at the table.
``They said he wasn’t far enough up at the table. And then Brandon went down,’’ Van Gundy said. ``Obviously we’re hoping it won’t be too long (that Bass is out). We’re not loaded with a number of big guys, so that would be a tough loss.’’
Redick had a large icepack strapped to his shoulder Sunday night and arrived at the Fed Ex Forum early Monday to give it a go. However, the pain in the shoulder proved to be too severe and Redick wan not available for the game.
The Magic will have Tuesday off and practice Wednesday before hosting the rival Miami Heat on Thursday night at Amway Center.
So far this season, in the second night of those scenarios the Magic are 1-3 in away/away scenarios, 1-1 in away/home setups and 6-1 in home/away.
Anderson, who had 10 points on Monday, made only one of his seven tries from beyond the arc.