Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com reveals the specifics of the trade that brought Ryan Anderson and Vince Carter to Orlando.
On the night Vince Carter made his return to the Meadowlands, the following little-known fact was revealed:
"They wouldn't have done the trade if Courtney Lee wasn't in it, and we wouldn't have done the trade if Ryan Anderson wasn't in it."
Those were the words of Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, who revealed that nifty nugget of knowledge to ESPN.com prior to Orlando's 95-85 victory over the New Jersey Nets at the Meadowlands on Friday night. Carter scored 16 points in 15 first-half minutes before spraining his ankle and sitting out the rest of the game, and Anderson also scored 16 in support of Dwight Howard's 20-point, 22-rebound performance.
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com shares his post-game analysis of the Magic's win over the Nets yesterday.
The Magic fought through it because superstar center Dwight Howard was head and shoulders the best player on the floor. Howard finished with 20 points, 22 rebounds and four blocked shots. It was the 24th 20-point, 20-rebound game of Howard’s six-year career.
Zach McCann of Orlando Magic Daily points out what the victory over the New Jersey Nets meant for the Orlando Magic, as a team.
It’s not a win the Magic will look back on — surely, it’s one of those wins where you forget about it on the plane ride home — but it’s the type of win an elite team is supposed to win. It was ugly, but it gives you confidence knowing the Magic can take care of a team when they didn’t shoot well and were missing two key starters.
Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching breaks down the video from last night and points out the good and bad for New Jersey (and indirectly, Orlando).
UPDATE (from Ben:) SLAM ONLINE | Game Notes: Magic at NetsRuss Bengston and Jake Appleman of SLAM covered the MagicNets game last night, and filed this funny, insightful, nuanced report. The following is among many worthwhile observations they make.
And oh yeah, speaking of Anderson, before the game a certain national writer tells me that "when all is said and done, that trade will be remembered as the deal where the Nets gave up Ryan Anderson." He’s not joking.