Magic vs Hawks: What Didn't Work
(Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
(Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
Editor-in-Chief, Magic Illustrated
Posted Mar 11, 2008
Charlie Bernstein

The Magic were very sharp in Monday's 123-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Still there are a few things that didn't go so well for the team in white.

What Didn't Work

1. Defense- Following a fast offensive start for Orlando, their defensive intensity was down for most of the game. Atlanta shot 51.1% from the field (46-90), and missed quite a few easy, open shots.

2. Perimeter defense- Atlanta, who isn't a great outside shooting team hit on 11 of 17 three-point attempts for 64.7%.

3. Defense on Atlanta point guards- The duo of Mike Bibby and Salim Stoudamire combined for 39 points on 14-22 shooting from the field. They also combined for 6 assists.

4. Free throw shooting- Orlando's inconsistency from the free throw line reared its ugly head yet again as the team shot just 18-28 from the line for 64.3%.

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