Heard an interesting stat this morning: through the season and the playoffs thus far, when the Magic hit over 30% from 3-point range they are 60 – 15; when they don’t, they are 7 – 13. Shoot at least fair from deep, win 80% of your games; shoot poorly, lose 65% of your games. So for all this talk about defense and turnovers and Hedo’s game and Dwight’s touches and Rafer’s shot selection, etc, etc, it all comes down to this when Orlando takes the floor against Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The team that led the league in 3-point shots made and attempted (Orlando), and (I believe) was in the top 2 or 3 in field goal percentage from beyond the arc at almost 39%, just has to be mediocre from long range and they have a good shot in this series. And we all saw what hitting a few early did for their confidence in Game 7 in Boston.
Now let’s see them execute the game plan to determine if the trend continues.