I like the up tempo offense. We should have been doing this all year (as previously noted) and probably part of last year. I would like them to add in a little more defensive pressure on opposing teams when they bring the ball up the court. The few times the Magic have done this, good things have happened.
Big 'Z' played well tonight even though his numbers are not what I expected. With his energy and toughness, Z proved that playing hard is rewarded. Give this kid a few more minutes over the next few games and he will easily outpace Steven Hunter. Speaking of Hunter, tell me how a 7 footer can consistenly miss a 2 foot putback off of an offensive rebound. Shameful. Drew Gooden played with a lot more energy tonight and the results are there. If he can step it up one more notch and stop shooting jumpers - we will win the next game. He made two bonehead plays at the end of the game - one on a jumpshot and another on a drive. Both plays, Tracy McGrady was open and should have touched the ball.
Rod Strickland is playing very well considering his short amount of time with the team. Once he gets settled into our offense and gets a few games under his belt, I think he will help solidify our shaking point guard situation. Tyronn Lue is a good backup point guard and I expect him to be that by the end of the season.
Even though his shot was off, I think that if McGrady would have had a little more intensity - the Magic could have pulled this off. They played well against Toronto because of his energy and they could have used that in this game.
Next game - we need more consistent energy, better ball control and bench Hunter. Hell J.D, humor me for one game and start Andrew DeClercq or Z.