Orlando Magic notebook: Golden State’s C.J. Watson plays in Amway Arena for first time since last summer’s trade talk
Josh Robbins notes that C.J. Watson made his first appearance in Amway Arena since this past summer when general manager Otis Smith tried, but failed, to acquire him as a free agent.
Wednesday offered Golden State Warriors PG C.J. Watson his first opportunity to play at Amway Arena since the Orlando Magic tried to acquire him in a sign-and-trade deal last summer.
The Warriors declined the Magic's offer for the 25-year-old Watson, who was a restricted free agent at the time.
Watson eventually accepted Golden State's $1 million qualifying offer for the 2009-10 season instead of a more lucrative multi-year deal with the Warriors. That decision will enable Watson to become a restricted free agent again once this season ends.
"I just let it end up in God's hands," Watson said. "I'm here with the Warriors, so there's really no reason to talk about last summer or anything like that."
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Stan Van Gundy was jovial after Magic win over Golden State
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Denton: Magic-Warriors Postgame Analysis
We're talking about injuries, man.
The Warriors have been so beset by injuries this season that they once again dressed just eight players Wednesday night. Golden State lost starting forward Brandon [sic] Wright in training camp, and things just proceeded to get worse.
The Warriors entered Wednesday having lost 345 player games due to injury. The Warriors have dressed nine of fewer players 28 times now this season. They lead the league in time missed because of injury and have already shattered the mark set last season by the Washington Wizards.
Golden State was without Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette, Andris Biedrins, Raja Bell, Anthony Randolph, Vladimir Radmanovic and Wright on Wednesday night.
Anthony Morrow gets his 3-point stroke back, but Golden State Warriors fall to Orlando Magic
Marcus Thompson II of the Oakland Tribune chronicles the play of Anthony Morrow.
Other than the fact that it came to an end, there wasn't much positive to take from the Warriors' 117-90 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Not even the team's new mantra about playing together, working hard, yada, yada, was enough to smooth the edges of the unadulterated shellacking Golden State received from the Magic. Orlando, which got 28 points and 12 rebounds from center Dwight Howard, never trailed and led by as much as 30 points.
But if you're reaching for something, there was this: Warriors guard Anthony Morrow started knocking down 3-pointers again.
Silver lining in ugly defeat
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle also talks about Morrow, who has been one of the brighter spots on the Golden State Warriors this year.
Three Thoughts after Magic's 117-90 Win over Warriors
Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily shows how dominant the Orlando Magic were against the Warriors in last night's game.
No Warriors player had a positive plus-minus rating. Not only that, none of them had a plus-minus rating greater than -10. C.J. Watson had a -11 rating this evening, tops for his team.
Plus-minus rating can be a fishy stat sometimes, but taken collectively as a team this shows Orlando simply had this game from start to finish. There were no holes in the way the Magic played. Golden State's eight guys played the whole game and not one combination of them could slow Orlando down tonight.
Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps
Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk recaps the Magic's win.
Best shot in this one happened before the game even started -- during warm ups Dwight Howard hit a left-handed jumper while sitting down in the front row next to general manager Otis Smith. Golden State hung around for 18 minutes, until Vince Carter and the rest of the Magic got serious. Orlando tightened up their defense, took away the transition shots (and threes). Not that this game was ever, ever in doubt. Favorite play of the night came in the third quarter, when Howard made the steal then led the break himself (and got the assist).