The Orlando Magic expect great things from Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. But the Magic don't expect — or want — Howard and Nelson to score 78 percent of their team's points in a single game, as they did in their 103-93 Game 1 playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Orlando needs other players to step on offense, simple as that. General Manager Otis Smith didn't acquire small forward Hedo Turkoglu to go 2-for-9 from the field or shooting guard Jason Richardson to go 2-for-8, as they did in the postseason opener. "We have to move the ball," Smith said Sunday. "We have to make shots. "They turned the game into a one-on-one game on both ends of the floor, so we have to do a bit better job of creating opportunities and making shots. And, quite frankly, Turk has to take shots. He has be a more aggressive scorer than a more aggressive passer, and he didn't do that." To be fair to Turkoglu, no one else besides Howard and Nelson did much either. Howard and Nelson combined for 73 points, while everyone else on the Magic roster only had 20. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the eighth time in NBA playoff history that two players combined to score at least 75 percent of their team's points. Only one of those teams won the game. The Hawks continued to guard Howard one-on-one, and while Howard scored a Magic playoff-record 46 points, the tactic allowed Atlanta to defend the 3-point line and avoid risky defensive rotations.
Magic need offense from others besides Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson
Orlando Sentinel | Apr 18