The Mavs will try their best to regroup against the Orlando Magic tonight, which will put a merciful end to a brutal Eastern road trip. They face the Orlando Magic, the third straight opponent that is leading a division. The last time the Mavs played the Magic, they won a tight contest 111-108. It was their third straight against Orlando.
The Magic have won four straight and have won seven of their last eight. The first win of their current four-game streak was against the Boston Celtics, who, in case you hadn't heard, are quite good. They are averaging 108 points in that streak, which is 41 points more than the Mavs scored yesterday afternoon (just saying).
It's hard to believe that Hedo Turkoglu deserves to be an All Star, but he surely does. He was snubbed, but that's no surprise. Even though the Magic have been near the top of the East all year, Turkoglu just isn't the kind of player you'd expect to voted onto an All-Star team. His numbers are great though, and he's been the Magic's best player behind Dwight Howard. His season averages are impressive, but he's been out of site over his last five games averaging 24.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5 assists and shooting 54 percent. Believe it or not, those numbers top Dwight Howard in overall production.
Jameer Nelson has been up-and-down and injured all year, which has left Carlos Arroyo to pick up the slack when Nelson is playing badly or sitting in street clothes. Arroyo is a capable backup, but has never been a go-to guy in his career. With a powerful big man like Dwight Howard, perimeter threats like Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Keith Bogans, a capable point man is of the utmost importance. The Magic have Nelson locked up until 2013, so they better hope he's going to pan out as the point guard they want him to be. Otherwise, they could be in the market for a capable distributor again...and be saddled with a long cumbersome contract.
Random useless fact
Adonal Foyle didn't start playing organized basketball until he was 16. It's also debatable whether or not he's been playing organized ball for the last five years.
They have played very well during the regular season and will make the playoffs, but can they overcome inexperience in the playoffs?