Monday, December 15, 2008

POSTGAME: MAGIC - 12/15/08

Jackson's shooting slump continues, but still rewarded heavy minutes

MVW: Marco Belinelli

The Good
Marco Belinelli: 31 min, 8-14 fg, 4 reb, 6 ast, 19 pts
Andris Biedrins: 31 min, 10-12 fg, 9 reb, 2 blk, 23 pts
Jamaal Crawford: 37 min, 6 ast, 16 pts
Kelenna Azubuike: 37 min, 10 reb
Stephen Jackson: 39 min, 6-6 ft, 7 reb, 3 ast

The Bad
Stephen Jackson: 39 min, 3-14 fg, 0-3 3pt, 4 to
Jamaal Crawford: 37 min, 6-17 fg, 1-6 3pt, -16 +/-, 2 to
Brandan Wright: 12 min
Anthony Randolph: 2 min

The Ugly
Kelenna Azubuike: 37 min, 2-14 fg, 6 pts

Team Statistics
Warriors : Magic
pts - 98 : 119
fg - 38-91 (.418) : 45-94 (.479)
ft - 17-23 (.739) : 9-13 (.692)
3pt - 5-18 (.278) : 10-20 (.500)
reb - 48 : 51
oreb - 16 : 14
ast - 19 : 26
to - 15 : 13
stl - 7 : 9
bs - 3 : 5
fastbreaks - 18 : 15
points in the paint - 44 : 44

Popcorn Machine's GameFlow

Nelson benches the young bigs....again

  1. no Dwight Howard
  2. starting 5: Watson/Crawford/Azubuike/Jackson/Biedrins
  3. too many turnovers; trying to force it inside since Howard is out; Gortat doing well to defend the paint - looking like he belongs
  4. Warriors offense flat
  5. Belinelli hits first shot after being subbed in to jump-start the offense
  6. Turiaf in to combat Battie's rebounding
  7. Jackson continues to struggle from the field; slump continues - hand injury should be rested
  8. Belinelli with a 3; Jackson should consider passing the ball to him, Azubuike, or Watson - all of whom have been shooting far better
  9. Morrow in; desperately needs to get his confidence back
  10. Belinelli with 2 swishes; playing PG; beautiful passing; trying to get others involved
  11. Turiaf doing better on the glass
  12. Jackson with nice offensive board and quick flip back in
  13. alley-oop play, Jackson to Biedrins
  14. Gortat out-playing Biedrins; 8 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk vs. 8 pts, 3 reb, 1 blk
  15. Jackson keeps chucking to the tune of 1-11 fg in the 1st half
  16. Morrow hasn't taken a shot; has 2 reb, 2 pf
  17. GSW 40, ORL 46 at the half; 30.6% fg,
  18. leaders at the half: Biedrins 10 pts, Azubuike 8 reb, Jackson 2 ast
  19. Jackson finally hits a jumper; draws 3rd foul for Gortat
  20. Azubuike getting better at dishing on drives
  21. Watson ties game at 53 w/ 2 free throws
  22. Crawford's mid-range shot falling; fantastic cross over and pull up moves to shake his man
  23. Jameer Nelson heats up from long range; latest average player to benefit from playing the Warriors
  24. Belinelli is a far better PG than Watson; better court vision, passing, finishing, unselfishness
  25. Belinelli continues to finish at the rim at a high percentage, huge improvement from last year
  26. Jackson has the audacity to take a contested 3 with plenty of time on the clock; Nelson should give him extended rest
  27. Battie crashing the offensive board; Randolph, Wright, Kurz? Small ball isn't working, why not try to go big
  28. Belinelli needs to always go under the high screen; seems to always stubble after his man and swiping for ball from behind; need to have 2 shot blockers with Belinelli guarding against a capable penentrator
  29. GSW 67 ORL 77, end of 3rd Q
  30. Wright starts 3rd, immediately drains a 12 footer
  31. don't like Morrow body language; timid, unsure
  32. Belinelli with awesome long distance ally-oop to Biedrins; tough and-1 a few minutes later
  33. would like to have seen Williams/Belinelli/Randolph/Wright/Biedrins; Jackson, Crawford, Azubike combine for 11-44 fg
  34. Randolph in and hits a long 2; rebounds strong, needs to look to pass more
  35. Morrow gets some garbage points; I'm starting to lose hope for Morrow to be a big piece of the Warriors future
  36. could have used Randolph a lot sooner to limit 2nd and 3rd chance points
  37. Biedrins should have dominated in this game; played well, but couldn't muster a double-double; hard to do when your the lone big man battling for rebounds much of the game
  38. props to Belinelli for continuing his stellar play; he's played like I thought he would after seeing him last summer, now he has to do it on a consistent basis; he plays basketball the right way - unselfish, versatile, aggressive, confident
  39. only 3 blocks for the entire team; not many minutes given to the bigs other than Biedrins
  40. The Warriors are going to lose a lot of the bandwagon 'We Believe', fans, but they are doing the rightt thing in resting the injured and playing the young guys in waves (Tank Mode); if the Warriors can get a top 3 pick, this would all be worth it (Griffin, Harden, Rubio - if he comes out), too bad this is a very shallow draft with no real franchise changers, except perhaps Rubio who looks less and less likely to declare for the draft
  41. it seems as though Nellie is picking and choosing when to play the bigs, insuring that neither Randolph or Wright get a permanent spot in the rotation for whatever reason

Crawford continues to struggle from 3 point range

Postgame Quotes

Don Nelson
On Stephen Jackson's Injured Hand:
“I think it’s obvious (it’s affecting him). But it’s up to him if he thinks he can still play. He does other things well on the court, tonight he had seven rebounds and passed well. Scoring is not the only thing he possesses.”

On The Small Lineup:
“It was a small lineup game tonight the way I figured. We couldn’t matchup with their bigs so we had to go small and we struggled to score the ball. They made more shots, but it was a matchup we had to do.”

On The Defense:
“It was so hard for us to handle their screen and roll and with their three point shot it takes away from our weak side help. But Jameer (Nelson) has developed in to quite a player”

Stephen Jackson
On Playing Hurt:
“That’s what matters to me, my teammates. Nobody made a big deal of my toe when I played in the playoffs, so I’m not going to make this a big deal about my hand. It happened, but I’m going to keep rolling.”

On The Young Guys:
“We have a bunch of young guys and they just want to play basketball and hopefully we can switch it up and win some games. They are staying positive for the most part and the guys that have been around here are helping them. But it’s definitely frustrating to them and this is something new to them, so they’ll have to find a way to deal with it.”

Marco Belinelli vs Magic (2008, Dec. 15)

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