The Orlando Magic can continue to build momentum in what's been a strange season this evening with a victory over the New Jersey Nets, whom they'll face at Prudential Center. A snowstorm stranded the team bus on the way to the game, said forward Quentin Richardson via Twitter, but they managed to hire another bus to get them there.
New Jersey's had a disappointing season, even relative to expectations after last year's 12-win campaign. Devin Harris was meant to return to All-Star form; Brook Lopez was on the cusp of stardom; and the additions of Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar, and Derrick Favors were to put the Nets at least in playoff contention. Turns out Harris has played more "good" than great," Lopez has regressed sharply (44.9 percent shooting from a back-to-basket seven-footer!), and the newcomers simply aren't panning out.
If Orlando defends like it's capable of doing, New Jersey's meager offense--which lacks a healthy three-point shooter to spread the floor for Lopez and Harris, ostensibly the team's core players--should find open shots few and far between. Keeping Favors and Kris Humphries off the offensive glass will go even further in limiting the Nets' offense.
|2010/2011 NBA Season|
|18-12 (7-7 road) |
|9-21 (6-8 home) |
|December 27th, 2010|
|Jameer Nelson||PG||Devin Harris|
|Jason Richardson||SG||Stephen Graham|
|Hedo Turkoglu||SF||Travis Outlaw|
|Brandon Bass||PF||Kris Humphries|
|Dwight Howard||C||Brook Lopez|
|November 5th: Magic 105, Nets 90|
|November 13th: Magic 91, Nets 90|
|2010/11 Advanced Stats|
|91.5 (T-18th)||Pace||89.6 (28th)|
|105.7 (16th)||ORtg||102.0 (26th)|
|101.6 (T-4th)||DRtg||107.1 (17th)|