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PG Struggles Ultimately Doom Magic in OT Loss to Spurs – Word Around the Web

2012 January 19
by Brian Serra

The Orlando Magic gave an effort that was worthy of praise from head coach Stan Van Gundy but struggled to score and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in overtime versus the San Antonio Spurs, 85-83.

The Magic were again involved in another sloppy, difficult game to watch. With the Magic missing Hedo Turkoglu (back spasms) and Jason Richardson(bruised knee) and the Magic playing their third game in three days and the Spurs playing for the fourth time in five days, the low scoring foul-plagued game came as no surprise.

The Magic were able to force overtime after six late points from J.J. Redick. J.J. got the ball again with time running out and a chance to win the game but his made 3-pointer was waved off it was clearly shown that time had expired.

Despite a monster effort from Dwight Howard (24 points and 25 rebounds) the team could not overcome a horrendous shooting night from most of the team. Prime example: Jameer Nelson’s 2-16 shooting performance.

Let’s take a stroll around the web to see what others are saying about last night’s Magic loss:

Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk discussed how Stan Van Gundy took the loss hard and blamed himself

After the game, Van Gundy took all of the blame.

“Our guys made a great effort, played extremely hard, played very well defensively,” Van Gundy told reporters. “Had I done a couple of things differently, we might have walked out with a win.”

Van Gundy said he wished he went back to Howard down low rather than going with the high pick-and-roll down the stretch. He also was upset he didn’t tell the club to me more aggressive with Tony Parker’s pick-and-rolls earlier in the game. He went to call Orlando’s effort “tremendous.”

You can also watch post game video from Dwight Howard and video from Redick, Larry Hughes and Stan from Howard the Dunk.

Philip Rossman-Reich from Orlando Magic Daily commented on how the best offense on the night seemed to be just lobbing the ball up towards the rim and hoping that Dwight Howard would pull in the rebounds –

The team was just never in a flow offensively. Shots were short and the legs were not there — or maybe they were being saved defensively. Orlando tried to force feed Dwight Howard and that worked well enough. He had 24 points and 25 rebounds including nine offensive rebounds. The Magic made a living on the offensive glass and that made up for some of the bad shots.

Orlando grabbed 18 offensive rebounds. A lot of times, as Matt Guokas pointed out numerous times, the best offense was throwing it off the glass and letting Dwight Howard clean up. He did a lot of that.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel discussed the struggles of the point guard position on the night –

But, in the end, here’s what the game really came down to: The Magic lost the point-guard matchup and lost it badly. The Spurs’ Tony Parker bedeviled the Magic late, scoring 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense was great, and then Parker got going,” Redick said. “That pretty much was the difference, I think, in the game. It was him.”

Orlando’s point guards fared much worse. Starter Jameer Nelson scored only four points on 2-of-16 shooting. And although he had five assists and just one turnover, he simply could not match Parker. Backup Chris Duhon did not score a point in almost 15 minutes, and he was on the floor 10 of Parker’s fourth-quarter points.

Buck Harvey of MySanAntonio.com told the story of how Tim Duncan overcame sickness to put up 17 and 10 -

Tim Duncan ordered light Tuesday night. He had a Caesar salad.

And that made you sick?

“Bad eggs, bad dressing,” Duncan sighed. “Something bad.”

So Duncan was up most of the night in his Orlando hotel room. “In and out,” he said, when it was mostly out, and he missed the team meeting Wednesday morning.

Gregg Popovich didn’t want him to play against the Magic, and Duncan’s response was to the point.

“He told me to go fish,” Popovich said.

Duncan had worked too hard during the lockout to miss nights such as these. Popovich wasn’t going to keep Duncan from Dwight Howard, nor was a Caesar salad.

Duncan may have been sick, but he played just enough defense to keep the Spurs from having to double team most of the night. It was a tough loss for the previously streaking Magic, but they were lucky to just be in the game considering the way they shot the ball.

The team will come back out on Friday night against another elite, and healthier, team in the LA Lakers and will try to start a new win streak. Game time is set for 8PM Friday.

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