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Orlando Magic News for March 15th: Vince Carter's Improvement, Dwight Howard's Free-Throw Shooting, and More

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  • NBA.com: Magic's Carter finding groove after rough start to 2010

    David Aldridge writes about Vince Carter's rapid improvement after a horrid January this year, and asks coach Stan Van Gundy how he turned his season around.

    "I really can't answer that," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He's really playing well now, very efficiently. He had some injury stuff early, both his legs and his shoulder. I think he feels better. He seems very comfortable playing with everyone else. He's shooting the ball well. Everything's gone well for him. He keeps playing like that, obviously, we're pretty good."

  • 4. Taking Care Of The Rock - Daily Dime - ESPN

    The Elias Sports Bureau passes along this disheartening, albeit probably meaningless, note about Dwight Howard's free-throw shooting.

    Dwight Howard scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but his 3-for-10 foul shooting might have cost the Magic a victory in their 96-89 loss to the Bobcats on Sunday. It was the sixth time this season that Howard's missed free throws accounted for the margin of defeat for Orlando. That ties breaks a tie with Brook Lopez for the league lead in this category-without-a-name.

  • Don't boo, Portland -- be thankful - ProBasketballTalk

    Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk says the Portland Trail Blazers lucked out when Magic free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu jilted them after verbally committing to sign there to instead take the Toronto Raptors' offer.

More after the jump.

  • Defining Dwight Howard’s place in Orlando Magic history
    UPDATE (from Eddy): Austin Burton of Dime Magazine asks the question, "is Dwight Howard already the greatest Orlando Magic player of all-time?"

    Dwight Howard isn’t as brand-new as you think. Though it doesn’t seem like that long ago since he took the stage on NBA Draft night ‘04 with those braces shining on his teeth, and while his persona makes him seem younger than he is, Dwight is a veteran at 24 years old and now in his sixth pro season.

    In other words, it’s not too early to discuss (or at least make realistic projections for) his place in history.
  • Top 15 NBA In-Game Dunkers
    UPDATE 2 (from Eddy): On a lighter note, Howard is listed as the third-best in-game dunker in the NBA.