The most common criticism about this Magic team is the lack of a go-to scorer at the end of games.
It’s true – their money guy was Jameer Nelson, now putting all of the weight on Hedo Turkoglu’s shaky shoulders. But not having one go-to guy is not necessarily a horrible thing. Let’s take a look at what the Magic plan to do in a last-second shot situation.
Down one with 10 seconds to go, the Magic will do this more often than not: Hedo Turkoglu and Dwight Howard will run a pick-and-roll at the top of the key. Rashard Lewis will be in the right corner, and Rafer Alston will be in the left corner. Courtney Lee will be on the left wing. After going to his right off the screen, Turkoglu will drive down the right side of the paint and either throw up a runner off the backboard or kick it out to Lewis waiting in the corner. Lee will rotate over and Lewis will have the option shooting a 3, hitting Howard in the paint or swinging it to Lee for a 3.
Down one with 10 seconds to go, the Celtics will do this more often than not: Paul Pierce will be isolated at the top of the key. He’ll penetrate and either challenge the help defense at the rim or take a mid-range fadeaway jump shot.
Down one with 10 seconds to go, the Cavaliers will do this more often than not: Give the ball to LeBron James and let him create a shot for himself. Which set do you think is most effective? *I answered a few questions this morning for Depressed Fan, a 76ers blog, and this topic came up. Go over there to check out the entire interview.