Just watched the Hawks-Magic game from last night this morning.
Orlando’s big man rotation is a train wreck without Ryan Anderson. Any type of foul trouble to Dwight Howard and this team’s defense will fall apart in a heartbeat. No rim protection.
It’ll be interesting to see if they find a trade that allows to acquire a backup center. They badly need one. Likely with JJ Redick heading the other way.
Hedo Turkoglu isn’t getting enough touches to be the impact player he was two years ago for the Magic. He is more of a 13-14ppg and 3-4apg threat (roughly the player he was in Toronto) rather than the 17/5 guy he used to be here in Orlando. He misses those second units where he could play alongside Anthony Johnson and have the offense run through his hands for 5-6 minutes in each half. He just can’t get those same opportunities with Nelson and Arenas sharing the point.
Jason Richardson is a lateral move from Vince Carter. They missed Rashard Lewis’ three point threat as a stretch four and Gilbert Arenas looks every bit the inefficient scorer he has been over the past 12 months. Just doesn’t have the athleticism / quickness he used to have. Doesn’t get to the rim as well as he used to.
So first returns on the trade look, as you’d expect, fairly poor.
The Hawks caused Orlando a lot of problems by going big on the wings with Josh Smith at the three and Marvin Williams / Joe Johnson at the two.
It would have been even fiercer if they could put Jamal Crawford in at the point to stop Bibby getting posted up throughout the game on switches on the other end of the floor.
Anyway, it looks like the Hawks have a found a winning strategy against Orlando. They could give them one heck a tough playoff series this year.