Magic vs Nuggets: What Didn't Work
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(Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
Editor-in-Chief, MagicIllustrated
Posted Feb 14, 2008
Charlie Bernstein


Orlando was reminiscent to the team that started off the season 16-4 on Wednesday night as they dominated the glass and out-willed a very solid Denver team that was playing it's second game in as many nights in a 109-98 victory. Although the Magic's effort was very good, it was far from perfect. We are now going to look at what didn't go right for Orlando.

1. Turnovers. The Magic played sloppy for much of the first half, as they finished with 18 turnovers that lead to 17 Denver points. Not all TO's are horrible, but the Magic committed many that were unforced as they were trying to force feed Dwight Howard the ball.

2. Maurice Evans ejection. It's never a good thing to have a starter ejected, and despite the Magic going on a run immediately after Evans' forced absence, he needs to maintain more composure on the court if an official makes a questionable call.

3. Free throw shooting. Orlando didn't go to the line very often, just 23 times, and hit only 15 of them for 65.2%. Denver went to the line 10 more times and hit 10 more free throws.

4. Defense on Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets superstar was great on Wednesday night as he scored 32 points in a losing effort. Anthony hit some tough shots, but he also made quite a few that were wide open.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of MagicIllustrated.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.


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