Cohen: Evaluating Potential Playoff Matchups


By Josh Cohen
January 14, 2011

It’s never too early to start evaluating matchups that the Orlando Magic may have to contend with come playoff time.

While rosters may certainly change by the trade deadline and other factors such as injuries may alter lineups by the start of the postseason, it’s intriguing to begin analyzing potential playoff series’.

Since most NBA observers believe there are only six or seven teams that have a realistic chance of capturing the NBA championship this season, I decided to lay out position-by-position matchups between the Magic and the other “elite” teams in the NBA.

After reviewing the lineups (which are the projected lineups each team is expected to have by the start of the playoffs), vote on what you think the outcome would be should Orlando play that opponent in a seven-game playoff series.

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MAGIC VS. CELTICS

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
CELTICS
Rajon Rondo

Ray Allen

Shaquille O'Neal

Kevin Garnett

Paul Pierce

Kendrick Perkins

Glen Davis


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MAGIC VS. BULLS

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
BULLS
Derrick Rose

Keith Bogans

Joakim Noah

Carlos Boozer

Luol Deng

Taj Gibson

Kyle Korver


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MAGIC VS. HEAT

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
HEAT
Carlos Arroyo

Dwyane Wade

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Chris Bosh

LeBron James

James Jones

Joel Anthony


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MAGIC VS. HAWKS

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
HAWKS
Mike Bibby

Joe Johnson

Al Horford

Josh Smith

Marvin Williams

Jamal Crawford

Zaza Pachulia


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MAGIC VS. SPURS

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
SPURS
Tony Parker

Manu Ginobili

DeJuan Blair

Tim Duncan

Richard Jefferson

Matt Bonner

George Hill


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MAGIC VS. MAVERICKS

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
MAVERICKS
Jason Kidd

Jason Terry

Tyson Chandler

Dirk Nowitzki

DeShawn Stevenson

Brendan Haywood

Shawn Marion


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MAGIC VS. LAKERS

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
LAKERS
Derek Fisher

Kobe Bryant

Andrew Bynum

Pau Gasol

Ron Artest

Lamar Odom

Steve Blake


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MAGIC VS. THUNDER

TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
THUNDER
Russell Westbrook

Thabo Sefolosha

Nenad Krstic

Jeff Green

Kevin Durant

James Harden

Nick Collison


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