Orlando Magic— Will Their Addiction to the Three Point Shot Doom Them?

May 8th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Orlando Magic have undoubtedly been the most dominant team in the NBA postseason of 2010, and the evidence is found in their unblemished record through six games played.

The Magic swept the Charlotte Bobcats in the opening round, and all indications show they have every intention of attempting the same feat against the Atlanta Hawks, whom the Magic hold a two games to none advantage over.

Orlando has the most imposing physical presence in the playoffs in Dwight Howard, but the Magic's prescription for success has been to fire away from the perimeter and force opponents to double team Howard in the post.

It's an interesting strategy because it goes against the traditional train of thought, which says begin your offense in the post and work the ball out to the perimeter.

Instead, Orlando coach Stan van Gundy prefers to surround Howard with players who are all capable of hitting shots from the perimeter, and Howard becomes the secondary option on offense.

The strategy has worked because the Magic have stayed disciplined in their scheme. Howard never really demands the ball in the post, the Magic are a super ...

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