Magic v Pacers, Game 1: Word Around the Web – Plus Duhon Travel Dance Video
Heart and Hustle 2.0 was in full effect last night as the Orlando Magic defeated the Indiana Pacers 81-77. Any win without Dwight Howard in the lineup should be considered an upset, but that point is certainly magnified when you are playing in a hostile environment on the road against what most consider, a “superior” opponent.
Let’s take a spin around the internetz to see what the world is saying about the win.
Andrew Melnick of HowardtheDunk.com gives credit to the “fantastic” Magic defense:
“You can’t say enough about the Orlando defense. They’ve been absolutely awful since Dwight Howard went down, but they couldn’t have played much better Saturday night. The Pacers were just 30-of-87 (34.5%) from the field and posted an effective field goal percentage of 36.8%. The Pacers did a decent job of getting to the free throw line, but went just 13-of-22 from the stripe. The Pacers missed some shots they should easily hit and will most likely shoot better from the line then they did Saturday, but Orlando’s defense deserves a ton of credit. Fantastic performance.”
Philip Rossman-Reich of OrlandoMagicDaily.com points out that the Pacers were mostly in control:
“The very end is what is going to stick out. The Pacers played the better game until the final four minutes. They clearly had advantages in a lot of different places, but they could never pull away from the scrappy and hard-working Magic.”
“Orlando’s starting unit of Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, and Davis played 24 minutes together Saturday, according to NBA.com’s stats tool. No other Magic lineup logged more than five minutes together. Contrast that approach with Frank Vogel’s: the Pacers’ head coach called on his starting unit to play only 19 minutes together, due in large part to his decision to play Darren Collisonin George Hill’s stead for all but ten seconds of the fourth quarter.
That choice proved disastrous. Collison shot just 1-of-3 from the field in the fourth, and though he did dish three assists to no turnovers, the offense collapsed without Hill in the game, scoring just 69 points per 100 possessions.”
Nathan of Indy Cornrows discusses the mental weakness that was shown by the Pacers:
“The concerning lack of mental toughness towards the end of quarters certainly carried over throughout the game as every positive push the Pacers had was met with a spirited and hungry Orlando team that seemed more than fed up with being completely disowned against a team that hadn’t so much as a won a playoff series. The understandable frustration definitely came full tilt for the Orlando Magic, and Indiana was left without an answer when it counted.”
Jared Wade of Eight Points, Nine Seconds puts the blame on Danny Granger:
“Offensively the Pacers did almost nothing well tonight and this was most apparent at the end of the game. When it came time to win, the Pacers did everything a team can do to lose. Its captain was the worst offender, and you would be hard pressed to find a worse performance by Danny Granger in any other game of his career if you account for context.”
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has quotes from Quentin Richardson and Ryan Anderson that sum up the game perfectly:
“Quentin Richardson brought his teammates together during a break and repeated the mantra: “We all we got! We all we got! We all we got!”
“We’ve been through so much this year as a group and we fought through so much negativity,” Anderson said afterward. “Ultimately, we’ve had to have each others’ backs, and this group right here really has. It’s fun playing knowing guys on the bench are really cheering you on.””
You know what REALLY sums up proof that the bench guys are cheering on the starters? THE DUHON TRAVEL DANCE!