Denton: Magic-Hornets Postgame Analysis
By John Denton
February 11, 2011
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Howard tried deflecting the talk away from him not getting the ball, saying: ``I don’t think that’s the reason why we lost the game. There are a lot of things that we could have done better that we didn’t do to win the game. We didn’t take care of the ball well in the fourth quarter. Down the stretch we made mistakes and we didn’t capitalize on our defense late in the game. So there are a lot of things that we didn’t do right to win the game.’’
Arenas, who had 11 points in almost 19 minutes, said the Magic didn’t feed the ball into their big man nearly enough.
``There were some easy passes that we could have made,’’ Arenas said. ``I know when I was in (Van Gundy) was telling me to go and keep attacking the basket and (Howard) will get it off the glass. Other than that, we just couldn’t find the shots that we needed.’’
WHAT WENT WRONG
Turkoglu made seven of 10 shots and had 14 points, but he had a bad turnover with 22 seconds left when the Magic were within three points of the lead. Jason Richardson (three of nine), Ryan Anderson (two of eight) and Nelson (three of 11) had dismal shooting nights.
``We couldn’t stop their guys on the perimeter and we got so badly outplayed on the perimeter,’’ Van Gundy said. ``All we did down the stretch was turn the ball over. We didn’t deserve to win because we don’t play at a level good enough to win.’’
Six New Orleans’ players had at least six points in the first half as the Magic struggled to get stops. Not only did Paul gash the Magic for 12 points, but he also set up several others with five assists. And lightly regarded guards Jarrett Jack and Green both scored 13 first-half points and made the Magic pay for having to double-team power forward West on the post.
But Williams kept going to the tactic when Howard struggled from the free throw line. He missed his first five tries and made only four of 10 free throws in the first half.
``Maybe putting Dwight on the line a bit in the first half may have messed him up some,’’ Williams said of Howard, who made just four of 12 free throws for the game.``
Sure enough, the referees reviewed the play and determined that the shot left Paul’s hands after the shot clock had expired. The Hornets lost the two points, dropping them from 19 to 17 points at the time.
Replays also confirmed a call with 31 seconds to play that a ball went out of bounds on the Hornets, giving the Magic possession.
Kudos to the NBA for continuing to expand the replay rules to give the referees a better chance of looking at slow-motion replays to get the call right.
He did have an assist as well, giving him four on the season now.