Van Gundy blames himself for not making key adjustments quickly enough. Von Wafer missed a foul shot that would have tied the game late in the extra period. And although J.J. Redick swished a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the end of overtime, he released the ball just a fraction of a second after the final buzzer.
“Our guys made a great, great, great effort and played extremely hard and played very well defensively,” Van Gundy said. “And had I done a couple of things differently, we might have walked out with a win.”
J.J. Redick was no goat tonight. His brief lapse to try and free up for a shot as time expired might have been a necessity or out of fatigue. But the end of the game really belonged to Redick. The Magic trailed by four with 90 seconds to play and Redick scored the final six points of the quarter to force overtime. He received a nice pass from Jameer Nelson while cutting along the baseline to draw a foul. After a big Magic stop defensively, he took the ball to the rim and scored to tie the game.
Eddy Rivera gave the Spurs a C+ and said he’d have given the Magic the same grade. Seems fair.
Want to see why Glen “Big Baby” Davis got a technical. You probably don’t, but watch it here anyway.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green took turns guarding Jameer Nelson for the majority of the game and the results were great. Nelson was 2-16 from the field and was a non-factor. I’m sure some of that has to do with exhaustion, but still. It also allowed Tony Parker to save his strength, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this more often.
The first half looked like a game featuring two tired teams, as the Magic were playing their third game on the last night of a back-to-back-to-back series and the Spurs were playing a back-to-back as well. The Magic shot 30% from the field and took a 40-37 lead into halftime.
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Topics: Chris Duhon, Dejuan Blair, Dwight Howard, Glen Davis, Greg Popovich, Hedo Turkoglu, J.j. Redick, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Kawhi Leonard, Larry Hughes, Manu Ginobili, Matt Bonner, Orlando Magic, Otis Smith, Quentin Richardson, Richard Jefferson, Ryan Anderson, San Antonio Spurs, Stan Van Gundy, Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Von Wafer