May 25, 2010

Magic Celtics Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — wwinston @ 6:34 am

The Magic still have a pulse.  Honestly with better lineup decisions, this series would surely be 2-2. We have pointed out throughout the series that the Magic have been much better when Redick replaces Barnes against Pierce, Rondo and Ray Allen.(PRA) For the series as a whole, for example Carter, Lewis and Redick in is +21 points in 34 minutes against PRA and Carter Lewis and Barnes is -45 points in 55 minutes against PRA. It is clear that Redick’s deadeye shooting negates the great Celtic defensive rotations.  Last night was no exception. With Redick in and Barnes out Magic were +10 against PRA while with Barnes in and Redick out Celtics were -10 points. This has been obvious from the end of Game 1 but the Magic have just not acted on it. The media blames Carter and Lewis for the Magic problems, but when they are in with Redick they do fine.

    The other Magic problem is that with Jason Williams in the Magic are -18 points in 41 minutes. So the Magic need to look at how to make Williams more effective. In 15 minutes that Williams plays with Redick and Lewis in Magic are +1 points, so try and have these guys in when Nelson is rested.

   With sensible  lineup decisions (start Redick and have Barnes come off the bench!) the Magic can certainly win game 5, maybe game 6 and who knows?

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