Stan Van Gundy told the media the Magic are “not going anywhere during playoff time” if the Magic don’t reduce their turnovers.
Turnovers have been a clear problem for the Magic and Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post commented on the problem.
Turnovers, and the fluidity of his team’s offense in general, have worried Van Gundy since training camp. The midseason acquisitions of Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas were meant in part to boost the Magic’s passing and playmaking, which in theory would mean reduced turnovers. On a season-long level, it’s worked, as the Magic have trimmed their turnover rate by one percentage point since the deals. But in their last nine games, in which they own a 5-4 record, the Magic have committed 150 turnovers in just 824 possessions, which equals a turnover rate of 18.2, astronomical by NBA standards. For perspective, consider they could have two full games’ worth of possessions, commit no turnovers, and still be in rough shape as far as turnover rate is concerned.
You can read that story here.
Phillip Rossman-Reich calls Van Gundy a “master of deflection.” You can find out why here.
Hedo Turkoglu’s increased aggressiveness is a plus for the Magic.
Coach Stan Van Gundy and center Dwight Howard want Turkoglu to continue to look for his own shot.
“He just has to be aggressive every night,” Howard said. “It can’t just be once in a while. We want him to attack. We put the ball in his hands for a reason. He just has to have confidence in himself and his game and make a good shot for himself or for other people.”
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has that story here.
Robbins also reports the Magic say they are “passing their chemistry experiment.”
Former Magic forward Rashard Lewis may miss the remainder of the season because of his knee problems.
Zach McCann offers up an Orlando Magic fan guide for the NCAA tournament here.
Congratulations to HtD writer Brian Serra. His own blog, Magic Basketball Online, turned one yesterday.
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