The Atlanta Hawks completed their season sweep of the Orlando Magic by blowing them out 109-81. After the first couple of minutes, the game was never really competitive.
The Hawks had six players in double figures led by Jannero Pargo’s 17. Glen Davis had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Magic. There are several words that can be used to sum up Orlando’s defensive performance, but awful, horrible and terrible stick out to me. Afterwards, Head Coach Stan Van Gundy was very upset.
“There is nothing that we did well defensively in that game,” said Van Gundy.
Outside of a rebounding edge, which Van Gundy went on to mention, he’s right. The Hawks shot 50.6% from the field, made 14 three-pointers, missed just one field goal and posted an effective field goal percentage of 59.5%.
Van Gundy thought the starters didn’t set the tone early on.
“I was really upset, especially with our starters,” Van Gundy explained. “They just didn’t bring anything to that game.”
Defensively, not only were the Magic easily beaten by the Hawks one-on-one, but after missed shots, they didn’t even get back on defense.
“We didn’t run back,” Van Gundy said. “We didn’t get matched up.
Jannero Pargo, who led a balanced Hawks attack, scored 17 points off of the bench and made his first five three-point attempts. Five other Hawks – Joe Johnson (16), Josh Smith (16), Marvin Williams (16) Tracy McGrady (11) and Jerry Stackhouse (11) scored in double figures. Each of those six players shot at least 50.0% from the field. Only Glen Davis (16 points on 8-of-13 shooting) and Von Wafer (16 points on 6-of-11 shooting) shot over 50.0% for the Magic.
However, you can’t just blame the defense. The offense was bad, too. Orlando shot just 38.8% from the field, made six three-pointers and just nine free throws. They also turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 13 Atlanta points.
“We just didn’t do anything right tonight,” Jason Richardson said. “No excuses.”
Next Up: The Magic will be in Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers Sunday evening.
Final Thought: Another embarrassing loss for the Magic this season.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)
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