Tuesday, December 23, 2008

POSTGAME: MAGIC - 12/22/08

Randolph has one of his best games
and hopes to continue to gain Nelson's trust

MVW: Anthony Randolph

The Good
Anthony Randolph: 26 min, 4-8 fg, 3-4 ft, 12 reb, 3 bs, 11 pts
Andris Biedirns: 25 min, 9 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl
Jamaal Crawford: 32 min, 3-6 3pt, 18 pts
Anthony Morrow: 28 min, 5-10 fg, 1-1 3pt, 4 reb, 13 pts
Marco Belinelli: 30 min, 4-4 ft, 6 reb, 12 pts

The Bad
Jamaal Crawford: 32 min, 7-21 fg, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 to
C.J. Watson: 11 min, 1-7 fg, 0 ast, 4 pts
Andris Biedrins: 24 min, 2-9 fg, 1-6 ft, 3 to, 5 pts

The Ugly
Rob Kurz: 19 min, 0-6 fg, 0-2 3pt, -26 +/-, 4 pf, 3 to, 2 pts

Best and Worst +/-
Ronny Turiaf: -9
Marcus Williams: -9
DeMarcus Nelson: -9
Rob Kurz: -26

Team Statistics
Warriors : Magic
pts - 113 : 81
fg - 29-91 (.319) : 41-85 (.482)
ft - 18-28 (.643) : 15-24 (.625)
3pt - 5-14 (.357) : 16-31 (.516)
reb - 52 : 55
oreb - 18 : 11
ast - 16 : 23
to - 16 : 13
stl - 10 : 10
bs - 5 : 5
fastbreaks - 16 : 13
points in the paint - 30 : 38

Popcorn Machine's GameFlow

Belinelli has an 'off' night but manages to pull down 6 rebounds

  1. starting 5: Crawford/Belinelli/Azubuike/Wright/Biedrins
  2. bench standing for a long time, don't sit until Warriors score first points
  3. Biedrins missing some close range shots off cuts to the rim
  4. Wright gets burned on defense and is quickly replaced by Kurz; Kurz gets bullied by Howard twice and gets to remain in the game; the double-standard continues for Don Nelson
  5. Belinelli playing heavy minutes; fits in new system that emphasizes ball movement, constant player movement, drive and kick
  6. Randolph playing like he's instructed to not shoot right when he touches the ball; passed up some wide open jumpers and is looking for teammates
  7. Randolph steals rebound from Howard and scores; very aggressive on the glass - perhaps the Warriors best rebounder
  8. missed open jumpers killing Warriors
  9. Howard is getting Hall of Fame treatment with the referees
  10. Randolph with sweet recovery and block on Orlando guard
  11. Belinelli unselfish in passing up 3 for an even better 3 from Crawford
  12. Biedrins continues to struggle, 1-7 fg, all shots at the rim; rushing and perhaps bothered by Howard's shot-blocking pressence
  13. Belinelli helping on the boards; pushes the ball up the court
  14. Wright gets back into the game at 2:16 mark of 2nd Q
  15. Courtney Lee loves to play against the Warriors
  16. Morrow with a tip in at the buzzer; Warriors down by only 8! at the half
  17. Orlando hot from beyond the 3 point arch, 7-13 3pt
  18. Warriors out-rebounding Magic 31 to 25, 11 2nd chance points
  19. Crawford cuts the lead to 6 with opening bucket for the 2nd half
  20. weaving on offense benefits Belinelli tremendously, loves to come off screens
  21. Crawford drains 3 off of Azubuike offensive rebound, cuts lead to 4
  22. Nelson looks like one of the best PG's in the NBA, so confident with his perimeter shot now; swishes in a 3 over the out-stretched arms of Wright
  23. all Warriors converge on Howard once he gets the ball in the paint
  24. Biedrins 0-4 from freethrow line; makes layup; 1-2 ft next trip at line
  25. Magic continue to strike from 3; lead back up to 10
  26. Randolph and Turiaf relieve Wright and Biedrins
  27. Morrow shooting well
  28. Magic shooting 13-21 from 3; lead 81 to 63; Jameer Nelson is continuing to play like an All-star
  29. Watson terrible on the break; seems to always look for his own shot rather than dumping it for an easier shot; selfish
  30. GSW 66 ORL 87
  31. Kurz/Randolph/Azubuike/Morrow/Watson start 4th
  32. fast break at 9:18 is prime example of Watson's selfish play, should have dumped it to the trailer but instead forces a shot contested by 2 defenders and gets blocked; prompts Nelson to put in Marcus Williams and DeMarcus Nelson
  33. Gortat has an amazing profile; that nose is huge!
  34. Marcus Williams and Belinelli should play together; love Williams' passing, ability to direct the team, and anticipate what's going to happen - needs to regain shooting confidence
  35. Williams/Belinelli/Jackson/Randolph/Biedrins should be a nice 5
  36. Randolph blocks Redick's 3 pt attempt, gets 2-hand jam at other end
  37. DeMarcus Nelson should have been cut instead of Hendrix; Warriors are loaded with guards; DeMarcus nothing special, but at least Hendrix gives them a big man with great rebounding instincts and another fouler vs. dominant bigs
  38. hopefully, Marcus Williams wins a little more playing time with his solid stint; would like to see him instead of Watson for a while; see what he could do and see if he could pump up his trade value
  39. Randolph played great, Wright redeemed himself after a rough start, Belinelli was ok, Morrow played well; overall a productive loss for the young guns that will build confidence and keep up their morale
  40. Magic's hot shooting was just too much for the Warriors; played decent defense, but couldn't do much to cool off Magic
  41. GSW 81 ORL 113; lose by 32
  42. Warriors in sole possession of 5th worst record in the league; Rubio/Griffin/Harden/Holiday/Jennings/Clark

Crawford has a poor shooting night but
seems to regaining his touch from downtown

Postgame Quotes

Jamal Crawford
On Tonight's Game:
"We had a tough time knocking down shots. I think we all got shots that we are normally used to making. It was just tough on us to knock them down. We pretty much all struggled from the field. Having Dwight Howard out there, you know that there is not going to be too many easy layups. He is going to adjust shots and block shots. They know where to push you because he is right there. It is a nice job on their part as well.”

“We had some really good shots. They were just short or they didn’t go. They are shots that normally go.”

On The Tough Start:

“I am just trying to play my part, but it is a team game. Guys are all trying to step up. As one of the older guys on the team, I am just trying to hold it down until we get some of the other guys back. Monta, Steve, and Corey are out, so when we get our whole team back we will see what we have. It is tough, but the young guys keep it refreshing. They keep you energized. They are out there and working hard. We have to continue to try and get some wins so they can see the rewards from their hard work.”

Related Articles
Warriors offense goes flat - Marcus Thompson II
Reset - Adam Lauridsen
Randolph is raw, no doubt, but Nelson has tried to coach him like finished product - Matt Steinmetz
Game No. 29, live: Warriors (8-20) at Magic (21-6) - Geoff Lepper
Nelson helps Magic rout Warriors - Associated Press
Nelson stars as Magic rout Warriors - Orlando Sentinel
Nelson powers Magic over Warriors - The Sports Network
Offense is offensive: Warriors shoot 31.9% from field in blowout loss at Orlando - Janny Hu

Warriors-Magic 81-113 I Nelson 22pts,7ast vs Crawford 18pts,2stl

Next Game

Miami Heat
Tuesday, Dec. 23 - 4:30 pm
American Airlines Arena
Radio: KNBR 680

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