Since there have not been any Magic games for awhile, combined with the fact that there is nothing that interests me on TV , I played the Magic vs Rockets game from Friday. I noticed a play that I am not sure was talked about at all. It happened at the 1:29 mark of the second quarter. Even watching it normally you might not see how impressive this play was. Now, I don't know if there is video online of the entire game, and I am not computer savvy anyways and would have no idea of how to load it anyways. Now here is how the play went
First Turk has ball on left wing, if you are a Magic player facing the rim. At the 21 second mark on the shot clock he begins. He cuts and heads to the middle of the court driving to the lane. He arrives at his destination at the 19 second mark. While he is getting there he throws a pass to the right wing of the 3 point line. Keep in mind that his eyes are still looking towards the rim. Three defenders collapse on him.While a fourth and fifth defender are looking at him. Now at the same time JJ raises his hands to show that he is open and his defender is looking at Turk. J.J. leaves the corner at the 19 second mark and heads for the wing of the three point line. Before J.J. even takes his second step Turk already has the ball leaving his hands and already in the air. Now, J.J. turns his second step into a jump so that he can catch the ball, see the rim and have his feet planted. his defender is a good 3' away from him. J.J. grabs the ball, shoots immediately and drains the three. All this happens in a manner of about 3-5 seconds. I replayed it in slow motion a lot of times and in normal speed various times as well.
I don't know if anyone will care, but when you break down how the Magic are playing you can just how defenses just do not know what to defend at this moment. Turk, with his 6'10" frame, sees the court perfectly and is making great decisions with the ball. This also shows that Turk seemingly has already recaptured his synergy with the Magic players he played with before. Little plays this may go unnoticed, but it impressed the Hell out of me. This is your OPP Sports science play of the week.