Denton: Magic-Warriors Postgame Analysis
By John Denton
January 3, 2011
WHAT WENT RIGHT
The Magic shot 59 percent after halftime, while holding Golden State to 33.3 percent. Orlando made 12 of its 15 3-pointers in the second half and it held a 25-18 edge on the boards after getting hammered in the first half.
``In the first half I was upset with our effort and our energy,’’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. ``I just didn’t think we put much into the game, and that’s why the score was what it was. And in the second half we played very hard with good energy and good ball movement and played great.’’
Here’s how good Turkoglu was at sucking the Golden State in with his drive-and-kick plays: Five of his seven second half assists resulted in 3-pointers for the Magic.
``The system is still the same here and the way that we play here is still the same,’’ Turkoglu said. ``The hardest part for me is that I’m playing with a lot of new guys. I know Dwight, Jameer and J.J. (Redick), but there are a lot of new guys that I have to learn more about and get comfortable with.’’
While some will assuredly deem the shot to simply be a lucky one, you should know that Arenas regularly practices the long heaves in practice. Following Sunday’s workout, Arenas took 20 shots from the just inside the half-court stripe and remarkably made 11 of them, including five in a row at one point.
Arenas’ deep 3-point shot over Monta Ellis gave the Magic a 79-71 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Said Arenas: ``I can’t leave the gym without hitting at least 10 out of 20 on those shots. I can make that shot.’’
WHAT WENT WRONG
Golden State shot 47.8 percent in the first half, many of them coming on layups that allowed the smallish Warriors to hold a 26-16 edge on points in the paint. Golden State also made five first-half 3-pointers, allowing it to lead by as many as 11 points in the first half.
In addition to their defensive woes, the Magic also had troubles handling the ball. Orlando kicked the ball away 10 times in the first two quarters, leading to eight points for the Warriors.
``As I told (the team) after the game, that’s a simple lesson that when we play hard and with energy we have a chance to be very good,’’ Van Gundy said. ``And when we don’t, like every other team in the league, you’re going to play poorly. You’re not going to just walk out there and think that you’re good. Everybody’s too good. Every night you’re up against teams that can beat you, and if we play like we did in the first half we’ll get beat. But in the second half we turned it around.’’
Anderson missed a 3-point shot from the corner short, but wisely followed his shot. He beat Golden State’s Stephen Curry to the rebound along the baseline and when he felt contact, Anderson shot again. The 15-footer found nothing but net and Anderson got the call, putting him in position for a nifty three-point play.
Anderson finished with 13 points and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.