Saturday, April 28, 2007

Pistons 97, Magic 93 (Game 4)

- Pistons did just enough to win. They let the Magic stick around in the 4th, make them feel good about themselves, then sort of realized they wanted a week of rest than rather playing another meaningless game. Detroit spread the wealth for the 4th game in a row--the starting 5 all finished in double figures. Orlando's young bigs kept the the Magic around in the 4th quarter. Both Darko & Dwight were physical presences in the painted area, and they were impressive vs. one of the tougher frontlines in the NBA. Dwight just simply powered his way to 29 & 17, but still had issues at the free throw line (9/17).

- Orlando has to be pleased with the way Darko performed vs. his old squad. Once again Darko scored double figures today (14) & added 5 off. rebs. He was very assertive all series & showcased his varied post game. Darko scored in double figures in every game and averaged 12 ppg on 59% for the series. The Magic are going to have to make a tough call on re-signing him.

-Orlando's 1st order of business this off-season is trying to find some scoring. They desparately need to find a dynamic scorer on the perimeter to play off of Dwight. In the draft or free agency, they need to go after the best scoring wing player available. This team's defense was actually pretty solid, and their rebounding is well taken care of with Dwight around. But need to focus on cutting down their turnovers & improving their foul shooting for next season; both areas would be helped by Dwight improving in these areas. Tough call on Darko. Not sure what I would do. His price is likely to be heftier after this recent playoff performance. And the Magic are possibly going to need the money to lure a big-time wing player to fill their scoring void. Also, can Darko co-exist with Dwight long-term? Darko can go high-post a lot, but Darko is actually more polished than Dwight right now on the block. Do they re-sign Grant? Only if he comes cheap, and is willing to take a reduced role or be a reserve. Lots of options to mull over for the Magic front office this summer, but they should be in pretty good shape for another playoff berth as long as Dwight keeps developing his skill set.


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