Magic at Atlanta Hawks Game 3: Magic’s 3-point threats thwarted

Ryan Anderson had some telling comments the other day regarding Orlando’s shooting struggles in Games 1 and 2. As reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel Anderson said:

“They know how to guard us,” Anderson said. “They have a great game plan coming into these games. They’re trying to eliminate aspects of our offense that we’re really used to going through. We’re not getting as many open shots. We’re not getting as many 3s. So we just need to continue to work on the glass.”

It sounds like the Magic has made a focused effort to get offensive rebounds because they realize they need all of of the possessions they can get. Atlanta, using the Dwight Defense, has managed to eliminate what’s normally the second-most efficient part of Orlando’s offense.

The Magic have launched 45 3-point attempts in the two games and made just 11. For the season they averaged 25.6 attempts and 9.4 makes overall and 21 attempts and 4.8 makes against the Hawks, both lows vs. any opponent.

I fired up the Synergy Sports Technology machine to look at each of Orlando’s 45 3-point attempts in the series to see where the needle points on the “missing open shots vs. not getting many open shots” scale.

The verdict: The Magic haven’t gotten many clean looks but they got more in Game 2 than Game 1. By my subjective count, in Game 1 Orlando players got nine good looks on 3-point attempts (with two of those in garbage time) and made three. In Game 2 they got 13 clean looks on 3-point attempts and made four (J.J. actually closed out pretty strong on that that J-Rich dagger). Those totals don’t count two long heaves at the buzzer by the Magic.

How did the Magic get those clean looks? A breakdown:

Game 1

  • Turkoglu missed after Josh failed to get around a screen.
  • Anderson missed on a secondary fast break.
  • Turkoglu missed after Etan switched off to hm.
  • Arenas made a 3 after Jamal doubled Dwight (that’s the one).
  • J-Rich missed as Jamal watched.
  • Jameer made a 3 after Jamal spun around a screen.
  • Jameer made a 3 as Jamal closed weakly.
  • Jameer missed in garbage time 3 after Dwight crumpled Hinrich with a screen.
  • Turkoglu missed a 3 that the Hawks pretty much let him shoot in garbage time.

Game 2

  • Turkoglu missed a transition 3 set up by Jameer.
  • Jameer missed a spot-up 3 after Jamal closed weakly in a scramble after an off offensive rebound.
  • J-Rich made a quick-release 3 after a weak close-out by J.J.
  • J-Rich missed a spot-up 3 off a Dwight post up after Hinrch and Smoove appeared to mix up the coverage.
  • Redick missed a spot-up 3 after a weak close out by Smoove.
  • Bass missed a 3 on a secondary break.
  • Turkoglu missed a 3 off a Dwight screen after both Josh and Zaza went with Dwight.
  • Redick missed a long 3 as Jamal watched.
  • Turkoglu made a 3 as Joe made a half-hearted effort to get over a screen.
  • Anderson made a spot-up 3 on secondary break after Zaza made a good effort on a close out but got there late.
  • Anderson missed a spot-up 3 after a scramble caused by Jameer’s dribble penetration against Jamal.
  • Anderson made a 3 after Marvin bit on a pass fake.
  • Anderson missed a spot-up 3 after Al and J.J. switched and J.J. was late on the close.

Five thoughts after looking at those plays:

1. The Magic recognize that Jamal isn’t fighting over screens, providing much resistance against dribble penetration or keeping track of his man when they rebound misses. They are looking to exploit all of those weaknesses to set up 3-point shots.

2. All of the other Atlanta perimeter players have been generally sound in their efforts to limit 3s.

3. Hinrich’s awareness and ability to cover a lot of ground really helps Atlanta’s cause–there were a handful of 3-point attempts where he helped off his man and still was able to recover and challenge kick-out 3s.

3. Stan Van Gundy’s quip that “I don’t really have a strategy for getting guys to shoot the ball well” applied more in Game 2 than Game 1 and is relevant to Turkoglu most of all. Closer to the truth is that Van Gundy doesn’t really have a strategy to get guys clean looks against the Dwight Defense.

4. Atlanta’s length bothers Orlando’s shooters so late close-outs or even the threat of them tend to make the Magic rush their 3-point attempts.

5. The Magic have gotten exactly one clean look off a 3-pointer from a Dwight post-up.

Notes

  • L.D. on Dwight the Ironman: “He’s a specimen. He’s got the potential to play at that level for 48 minutes. I hope he doesn’t. “
  • L.D. on J.J.: “I expect him to be a little bit more aggressive. His decision-making was not as good in Game 2.”
  • L.D. on the remarkable Twin effect vs. Orlando: “He’s a solid defender. He knows how to play his position. He knows how to defend the post. Defending Dwight is not an easy job.”
  • Twin drew a couple charges in Games 1 and 2 against guys other than Dwight. That seemed a bit risky to me since a foul for Twin against anyone else seems like a waste. L.D., though, said he likes it: “That’s how he plays. He’s about winning basketball. He doesn’t care who the player is he is going to step up and make the play. I wish we could get more play like that out of everybody. That’s just who he is.”
  • Twin on Van Gundy and Dwight’s reaction to his comments about getting physical with Dwight: “I know this is not their first playoff series. This is not the first time they’ve heard someone say they need to be physical guarding Dwight Howard.”
  • Pape Sy’s cousin, Almamy Soumah, is in town from France. He’s a journalist for the French Web site basketsession.com. He’s also 6-foot-6 and a cool dude.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks basketball

502 comments Add your comment

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
6:11 pm

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
6:13 pm

It’s only a matter of time before they start making them 3’s.

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
6:14 pm

Also,

“GIVE TEAGUE A CHANCE!”
“FIRE LD”

Marcus

April 22nd, 2011
6:24 pm

Let’s do this.

Marcus

April 22nd, 2011
6:25 pm

Teague needs playoff basketball, yo!

lewis

April 22nd, 2011
6:29 pm

leon

April 22nd, 2011
6:41 pm

I hope we get to round two.

The Game Has Changed

April 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm

@Tremaine-I thimk even if we win the conference finals and play a game 7 in the finals you will still be crying fire Drew. so shameful

Najeh Davenpoop

April 22nd, 2011
6:54 pm

MC you have really taken your reporting game to the next level for these playoffs. Let’s hope the Hawks do the same. GO HAWKS LETS GET IT!

The Game Has Changed

April 22nd, 2011
6:57 pm

It really bothers me that so many people move to Atlanta for a better life but spend every moment of the day trying to find ways to put our city down. Maybe we dont pour all of our devotion into going to Hawks games but we still are supportive. I enjoy watching the game at sports bars more than being at the game. Thats just me. But I ask those who are calling for Drews head to give the man a chance. At least let him finish a playoff round. And as far as Teague he is not the answer. He cant shoot, he cant post, he cant rebound, and he has limited court vision. Speed is not enough

Sautee

April 22nd, 2011
7:04 pm

Game Has Changed,

Why does Tremaine not get to have an opinion here? Your opposition to others who disagree with your viewpoint can be viewed as equally shameful.

Booo!

April 22nd, 2011
7:05 pm

Free The Teague!

Jamal play some D!!!!

Booo!

April 22nd, 2011
7:08 pm

Smh @ Teague Haters WHATEVER!

Free The Teague!

James on Pharr Rd

April 22nd, 2011
7:13 pm

MC reporting

Way to go on the reporting MC-It feels like we have ears in the locker room more than ever. Please feel free to give me credit after tonight’s game-JJ goes for a career playoff high” 40″ points in dedication to all the AJC fan-bloggers. I hope we win though!!!!

The Game Has Changed

April 22nd, 2011
7:14 pm

@Sautee-He needs to be more realistic thats all im saying

Worldwide Clyde

April 22nd, 2011
7:23 pm

The Game has Changed Woody said Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Rondo couldn’t shoot also.

decriz

April 22nd, 2011
7:39 pm

i still can’t get over us choosing teague over maynor. atlanta made a bad pick between the 2. lucky for oklahoma eventually. deliberately making a move to go after him. now who’s going after teague?

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:02 pm

LETS GET IT!!!!!!

BE SPECIAL…

Rev in Tampa

April 22nd, 2011
8:03 pm

MC > LD

Great analysis!

Rev in Tampa

April 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

decriz,

had we chosen maynor over Teague all he would be doing is riding the pine. These Hawks coaches don’t believe in young players.

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

The Game Has Changed

April 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm
@Tremaine-I thimk even if we win the conference finals and play a game 7 in the finals you will still be crying fire Drew. so shameful

I cry fire Drew because I know us making it to the conference finals will never happen.

FIRE DREW!

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

Is “The Game Has Changed” Dominique Wilkins?

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
8:09 pm

MC I’m riding with you tonight over Bradley because you been here most of the season.

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

Al Horford sighting.

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:16 pm

good start by Horford.. And I dont get the Maynor love

Brad

April 22nd, 2011
8:17 pm

Tuned in…listening to Nique and Bob tonight. I love how they rip into Howard

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:19 pm

Kirk has to pkay smarter defense. Jamal at the point now

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
8:20 pm

Kirks done for the half.

glw

April 22nd, 2011
8:21 pm

So does Hinrich sit the rest of the 1st half?

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:27 pm

Joe is off to a nice start

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:27 pm

hmm.. making Jason defend the pick and roll.. Al gonna have to step in and help of Bass..

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:29 pm

I hope Twin is alright

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:29 pm

#2 overall..

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:30 pm

makes the worse decisions..

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

Sautee

April 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

Actually bigdave, Billy Knight made the worst one. ;-)

drmaryb (*_-)

April 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

ZaZa is 3 inches taller than Dwight.
We would be crazy to let him go, you can’t coach size like that.
He’s only 26 years old, he is a keeper and will only get better with PT and his price tag is very reasonable!

I love me some ZaZa!
I hope Collins is OK, I love him too!

Let’s Go! Keep Al fired up, he’s playing hard!
Joe is moving quick tonight. Tell Josh to take it to the hole!

Dwight Howard

April 22nd, 2011
8:33 pm

I like to move it move it

I like to move my screens

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:33 pm

wow is that Teague coming in

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

YEAH AL!!! hell yea!

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

young Al in the building!!!!

Rev in Tampa

April 22nd, 2011
8:35 pm

Jamal with a whiff on the 3 by JJ reddick

Nique's Revenge

April 22nd, 2011
8:35 pm

maaaahvelous

tremaine

April 22nd, 2011
8:36 pm

TEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samuel

April 22nd, 2011
8:36 pm

Al should take Anderson like that every time.

cp

April 22nd, 2011
8:36 pm

gotta hit that Teague

bigdave

April 22nd, 2011
8:38 pm

LD’s not going to like the 2 wide open 3’s we gave up while Teague was guarding point..

superiorblogman

April 22nd, 2011
8:39 pm

Jon Barry is horrible he is making me want to turn to Nique and Bob. Teague looks like he has not played in over a week. Might as well not play him at this point. You totally stole his swag LD.

Sautee

April 22nd, 2011
8:40 pm

“LD’s not going to like the 2 wide open 3’s we gave up while Teague was guarding point..”

I’m not too crazy about it myself.