Asked if playing in front of his "home crowd" put a bounce in his step, the oft-injured Nelson said, "Being healthy puts a bounce in your step." [...]
Nelson has said that he is finally feeling totally healthy since returning in late December from arthroscopic knee surgery. He has been driving into the lane, where he can be effective drawing defenses and passing.
Magic notes: Power forward Ryan Anderson can't wait for playoffs to arrive
After last night, Ryan Anderson is ready for the playoffs.
Magic PF Ryan Anderson can't wait for the playoffs to arrive. It will be a new experience for the second-year player out of the University of California. "I hear it gives everybody new energy," he said. Acquired along with Vince Carter from New Jersey last summer, Anderson escaped basketball purgatory with the Nets, the league's worst team.
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Denton: Magic-76ers Postgame Analysis
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com analyzes the Magic's win.
Finally fully healthy from the knee injury that set him back earlier this season, Nelson is looking more and more like the player who carried the Magic last season and made his first all-star team.
He has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games and he’s had at least 10 assists in two of those games. Nelson is aggressively attacking the paint and once there he’s either scoring or dishing to teammates for open shots.
``He just looks like he’s back to where he was early last year in terms of having his quickness and his shot,’’ Van Gundy said of his point guard. ``When he first came back, really until a week or two before the all-star break his shots were short and he was a half-step slow. Everything has come together. His leg is better and his conditioning is better now that he’s been at it for a while. You need your legs to play effectively and your quickness to get by people and he’s just playing great.’’
Jordan blasts Sixers after lopsided loss
Kate Fagan of The Philadelphia Enquirer comments that the Philadelphia 76ers are in a state of disarray. At the moment, things don't look good in the City of Brotherly Love.
After tonight's 126-105 loss to the Orlando Magic, the apparent disconnect between the 76ers and coach Eddie Jordan appeared wider than the gaps in their defenseless defense.
Only minutes after his team allowed Orlando to shoot 15 three-pointers on 65.2 percent accuracy from beyond the arc, Jordan said his team was devoid of leadership.
Jordan said his team was sulking, lacking fight, and displaying a defeatist attitude.
"We try to address it," Jordan said of the coaching staff. "We try to get them with some more spirit and some more positive energy. And it's just hard when you don't have that sort of internal leadership."
Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps
Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk recaps Orlando's victory.
Behind the Box Score, where the Knicks don't care - Ball Don't Lie
UPDATE 1 (from Ben): Kelly Dwyer says Nelson is the NBA's "most important non-star. He's bullish on the Magic's title chances with Nelson playing as well as he did last night.
When he's average, to me, the Magic don't quite approach the level of the league's top teams. When he's on? When he's playing All-Star level ball? The Magic are a championship favorite. Not contender, favorite. I've that much faith for a Magic team with two starters dropping respective 20 and 10s.
Sixers lose to Magic, Jrue scores career-high, EJ trashes his team - Liberty Ballers
UPDATE 2 (from Ben): jsams' recap at Liberty Ballers features not a photo of the game, but rather his Fire Eddie Jordan t-shirt design.
Sixers Lose Game, Iverson, Dignity and Maybe Brand (Depressed Fan)
UPDATE 3 (from Ben): Brian from Depressed Fan, an aptly named Sixers blog, is "thoroughly disgusted with this franchise from the last guy on the bench to the owner" after last night's performance.