The Orlando Magic are struggling… big-time.
Last night they lost to the 76ers 74-69; Orlando’s losing streak is now at 4 games. Dwight Howard was 6-17 from the field, 5-13 from the free-throw line in the game.
This morning I heard Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy from his press conference after the game from last night.
“I wish I had your guys jobs right now. You get to coach after the fact. There’s been so many games where you’ve asked, ‘why’d ya stop going to Dwight’? You know, he wasn’t getting the ball enough. So now he gets the ball and goes 5 straight shots and he goes one-for-five and now you’re goin’, ‘you’re going to him too much’.”
The easiest thing in sports is to second-guess, everyone is undefeated.
People are quick to point out the problems with your team or the moves you didn’t make or should have made. But when you win, or do very well, you rarely hear it.
Viv Bernstein of the NY Times on UConn’s women’s squad with a win on the road in Durham over Duke.
“We think we are the best defensive team in the country,” Coach Geno Auriemma said after the Huskies held the Blue Devils to their lowest output and worst shooting performance of the season. “Kids buy into that. They are not an easy team to defend. I think they are harder to defend this year than they were last year. The effort was unbelievable tonight, for sure.”
Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader on John Calipari and what he expects from the refs in terms of physical play.
“We don’t want it to be a rough-house, win-in-the-weight room game. That’s not how we play.”
Rick Carpiniello of Lower Hudson Journal News on Iona’s Tim Cluess and his 5 year extension. Watch the Gaels in the NCAA tournament.
“I think you’d have to believe that when you’re coming off a 25-win season and having another very good season in your first two years,” Cluess said Monday. “You have to realize that you bent that curve a little bit and got to a higher level a little bit quicker than most people would have expected.”
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports with his ‘Forde Minutes’ around college basketball. Good stuff to help you get caught up…
Let’s get one thing straight; ESPN Sportscenter is in love with Blake Griffin and his dunks. I think he is an amazing athlete; but they are missing the boat in Bristol. Griffin has worked hard on his overall game including his footwork on the catch. There’s a reason why kids lack fundamentals; they watch Sportscenter and think it’s all about the dunk.
Trevor Booker plays for the Washington Wizards.
Quote of the Day: “There’s an awful lot of teams that don’t hold Connecticut to 61 points. There’s an awful lot of teams that don’t play Notre Dame or Connecticut or go to Kentucky. So we do. We get the fire. We want to be in the fire. We might have got burned a little bit today, but at the same time I thought we did some very good things.” -Joanne McCallie, Women’s coach, Duke University
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