Gilbert Arenas may be on his way down to the JV squad. No one other than Dwight Howard can figure out how to score. The team has averaged 17 turnovers per game.
A lot of things are up in the air for the Magic going into Game 3 tonight, and this bodes well for the Hawks. Atlanta isn’t exactly free from its own worries–a surprisingly poor home record, how to contain Dwight, Al Horford’s knee and J-Smoove’s elbow– but Stan Van Gundy and co. are the ones in the spotlight this time.
For starters, Stan has yet to figure out his point guard situation. Gilbert Arenas, traded to the Magic from the Wizards in December, is quickly becoming the biggest front office blunder by the Magic, or maybe any NBA team this season. Orlando’s highest paid player ($17.7M in 2010/2011) averaged a measly 8 PPG in 49 regular season games with the Magic and has as many turnovers as assists in the first two playoff games (four). As of Thursday, Van Gundy was still undecided about his point guard situation for tonight’s game:
“I don’t know what we’re doing. I haven’t decided exactly what we’re doing. I know Jameer’s going to play a lot of minutes. I know we’re going to use J.J., I know we’re going to use Q and I know we’re going to use Ryan. As far as what we do at the backup point, I’m not totally sure.” ~Stan Van Gundy
And, the fans at Philips Arena will be sure to try and do their part in distracting Atlanta native Dwight Howard, who has not been shy about expressing his disgust with losing to his hometown team. Fans are being encouraged to wear white in a “Dwight-Out” in hopes of shaking up the Orlando star’s game.
“I guess they make it a point, since I’m the hometown guy, to try to bug me the whole game. I’m just going to not think about it and just focus on us.” ~Dwight Howard
Although they came in as the overwhelming underdogs, the Hawks appear to have the upper hand coming into tonight’s game against the Magic. Coverage starting at 8 PM EST on ESPN2.