Orlando Magic News for March 29th: Injuries to Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus, the Bench's Resilience, J.J. Redick's Big Night, and More

  • Magic list Vince Carter day-to-day – Orlando Magic BasketBlog

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has this update on Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus, the Orlando Magic's injured swingmen.

    Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said after Sunday’s game that he didn’t expect Mickael Pietrus or Vince Carter to be out too long with injuries.

    The Magic’s next game is Thursday in Dallas, and Carter might be able to return from a sprained right toe he sustained in Sunday’s win against Denver. The team said that x-rays revealed no serious damage.

  • Role Players

    Magic television play-by-play man David Steele points out how power forwards Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass, as well as point guard Anthony Johnson, have delivered for the Magic when called upon at various points this season. "It is possible for a team to have too much talent," Steele writes, "and that could be the situation in Orlando, but it’s not because all 12 players are willing to accept and execute their responsibilities when opportunity knocks."

  • YouTube - Redick's Performance Against the Denver Nuggets

    Eddy breaks down how J.J. Redick picked apart the Nuggets' defense yesterday.

  • The Magic have started their campaign to have Dwight Howard voted the winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award, in a release entitled, "That's Dwight with a capital 'D'." The release notes Howard's commanding lead in rebounding and blocked shots, a subject coach Stan Van Gundy touched upon in his post-game press conference after Orlando's defeat of Minnesota last Friday:

    Dwight Howard currently leads the NBA in both rebounding (13.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.74 blkpg.). Howard has a total of 986 rebounds, 135 more rebounds than second-ranked Zach Randolph, and 203 blocked shots, 39 more than second-placed Andrew Bogut. Howard also leads the league in field goal percentage (.607 fgpct.).

    You can read the full text of the release after the jump.

  • Dwight Howard currently leads the NBA in both rebounding (13.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.74 blkpg.). Howard has a total of 986 rebounds, 135 more rebounds than second-ranked Zach Randolph, and 203 blocked shots, 39 more than second-placed Andrew Bogut. Howard also leads the league in field goal percentage (.607 fgpct.).

  • Dwight Howard is attempting to become the first player in NBA history to lead the league in both rebounding and blocked shots more than once. Last season Howard led the league in both categories, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to turn the trick (1973-74 was the first season where blocks were kept as an official statistic). The select list to lead the league in both rebounds and blocked shots in a single season includes: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers, 1975-76), Bill Walton (Portland, 1976-77), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston, 1989-90), Ben Wallace (Detroit, 2001-02), Dwight Howard (Orlando, 2008-09).

  • Since joining the Magic in 2004-05, Dwight Howard has recorded three or more blocked shots in a game 157 times. Orlando is 108-49 (.688 win pct.) in those outings, including 26-9 this season. Howard is averaging more than three blocked shots a game over the last 37 contests. He surpassed Shaquille O’Neal as the franchise’s all-time leader in blocked shots back on Nov. 6.

  • On Feb 24 at Houston, Dwight Howard tallied 30 points and 15 rebounds, while going a perfect 11-for-11 from the floor. He became the first NBA player to record 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds, while not missing a field goal attempt (min. 10 attempts) since Wilt Chamberlain recorded 34 points, 27 rebounds and went 14-for-14 from the floor on Mar. 11, 1969 vs. Detroit.

  • Dwight Howard leads the NBA in double-doubles with 58. On Jan. 12 at Sacramento, Howard tallied 30 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Howard has now turned that trick twice, joining five other players (David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone) to do it in more than one game since 1991-92.

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