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#1 Posted on 11.3.04 1107.16
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I'm wondering if they should just blow up the team ("blow up WHAT?", I know) and ship McGrady to Memphis or LA (sorry, Frosty) or Philly.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ nba/recap?gameId=240310019

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ORLANDO (AP) -- Tracy McGrady had a record-setting night that felt strangely empty.

McGrady scored a team-record 62 points, becoming just the third NBA player in the past dozen years to score that many, in the Orlando Magic's 108-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

"I really didn't enjoy it, but I should have," McGrady said. "Usually when I have a big game like this, the crowd is going crazy and I like getting into it with them, but I didn't feel it tonight.


"I couldn't get into it because of the record we have, the fact we're not going nowhere after the regular season -- it's just frustrating."

McGrady broke Shaquille O'Neal's team record of 53 points set against Minnesota in 1994. It was the league's first 60-point game since O'Neal had 61 for the Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers on Mar. 6, 2000.

In the past 12 years, only David Robinson (71 vs. the Clippers on April 24, 1994) and Michael Jordan (63 vs. Orlando on Jan. 16, 1993) have scored as least 62 points in a game.

McGrady shot 20-for-37 from the field, including 5-for-14 from 3-point range, and made 17 of 26 free throws in 46 minutes. He also had 10 rebounds and five assists.

"This might be a good place for us to start building momentum for next season," Magic coach Johnny Davis said. "That was a great individual performance by an amazing basketball player, and the icing on the cake is that we won the game."

McGrady showed little emotion while scoring 55 of his points over the final three quarters -- most on jump shots from the 18- to 20-foot range.

"We could have stopped him by fouling him real hard, but you don't want to play dirty basketball," said Washington guard Gilbert Arenas, who fell one short of his career-high with 40 points. "You just got to let him play and once he gets it rolling, he's really hard to stop.

"He put on one hell of a show," said Magic teammate Keith Bogans. "I was just sitting there watching in amazement. I've never seen a guy take over a game like that."

McGrady's previous career-high was 52 points against Chicago on Feb. 21, 2003. He scored 51 earlier this season against Denver.

The Magic, who have won only 19 games this season, swept the four-game season series.

McGrady scored 17 of the Magic's first 19 points in the second quarter, the last coming on a 3-pointer that put Orlando ahead 34-22 with 7:21 left before halftime. The Magic pushed that lead to as many as 15 before Arenas started scoring.

Arenas had nine of Washington's last 11 points in the quarter, including a steal and layup that cut the deficit to 46-40 with 45 seconds left in the half. Arenas finished with 22 in the half.

McGrady and Arenas resumed their shooting duel to start the second half, with McGrady scoring 16 points in the first seven minutes and Arenas countering with 11.

McGrady ended up with 24 points in the quarter, one off the team-record 25 he scored in the second quarter against Denver last season.

Arenas led the Wizards with 40 points, while Etan Thomas added 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Wizards lost their fourth straight game.

"When it's all said and done, this will just be one of 82 games in the book," McGrady said. "Just close the book and that's it. There's nothing to be said except get ready for next season."

Game notes
McGrady outscored the Wizards 24-23 in the first 18 minutes of the game. ... Wizards G Juan Dixon, who scored 61 points in his previous three games, suffered a sprained ankle 10 seconds into the game and played only 12 minutes. He didn't score. ... The Magic shot only 25 percent (6-of-24) and the Wizards 27 percent (6-of-22) in the first period. Washington had only three assists in the first half when it scored 40 points. The Magic were outrebounded 51-47, the sixth straight game they were beaten on the boards.

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#2 Posted on 11.3.04 1150.21
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Somebody (Aldridge? Kornheiser? Some ESPN head) had an interesting sounding idea regarding a potential trade of T-Mac. Make them take on Grant Hill's contract if they want McGrady so badly. If they could sucker someone into this, this would put them basically in the same position they were in before they signed both guys to contracts to begin with.
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#3 Posted on 11.3.04 1159.25
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    Originally posted by AP article
    In the past 12 years, only David Robinson (71 vs. the Clippers on April 24, 1994) and Michael Jordan (63 vs. Orlando on Jan. 16, 1993) have scored as least 62 points in a game.


I remember the details of Robinson's performance quite well (even though I was only 14). It was the last game of the season, and he and Shaq(?) were literally neck-and-neck for the scoring title, so the Spurs decide to feed Robinson the ball at every opportunity and pad his scoring stats so he could end up with the title. And IIRC, the Clips were starting their jobbers that game as well.
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#4 Posted on 11.3.04 1804.50
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    Originally posted by Broncolanche
    It was the last game of the season, and he and Shaq(?) were literally neck-and-neck for the scoring title, so the Spurs decide to feed Robinson the ball at every opportunity and pad his scoring stats so he could end up with the title.


Yeah, that was it. I remember absolutely HATING that. I was disgusted that they would or could do that. I was an idealistic young lad. Once.
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#5 Posted on 11.3.04 2053.59
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    Originally posted by Whitebacon
    Somebody (Aldridge? Kornheiser? Some ESPN head) had an interesting sounding idea regarding a potential trade of T-Mac. Make them take on Grant Hill's contract if they want McGrady so badly. If they could sucker someone into this, this would put them basically in the same position they were in before they signed both guys to contracts to begin with.


I just don't think that you any team will be able to take both contracts. Unless you can get LA to give up both Shaq and Kobe. The NBA with the cap makes it very hard to trade superstars
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#6 Posted on 11.3.04 2159.35
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Simple solution to the Grant Hill contract situation:

Leave Grant Hill unprotected in the expansion draft, and bribe the Bobcats into taking him by dangling a second-round draft pick and cash in their faces.

Charlotte could draft him and waive him, taking him off the salary caps of both the Bobcats and the Magic. The Bobcats would still have to pay Hill, but he wouldn't be under contract to them and wouldn't count against the Bobcats' cap.

Speaking of which... another solution to the problem with the Magic (in addition to the above Hill scenario) could simply be to wait for next year. The Magic will be in the Southeast Division next year-- with the Hawks, Heat, Wizards and Bobcats. Who wouldn't want to be in that division? Hell... any one of those five teams could conceivably win the Southeast Division title next year. I can't imagine any of those teams getting a particularly good record without improving their team, but the division title would get them into the playoffs, at least.
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#7 Posted on 12.3.04 1435.23
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So, Tmac is upset because the crowd isnt into it? Well, if he had put up HALF those numbers at the start of the season, they would be in the hunt, and the fans would have been going bananas for him.


Send him to LA. The Clippers need another guy who cant contribute when needed.
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#8 Posted on 12.3.04 1616.11
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Send him to LA. The Clippers need another guy who cant contribute when needed.
I'm glad you clarified which team in L.A. you were talking about. I would at least want McGrady to learn to *PRETEND* to play some D before he came to the Lakers.

Besides, we're doing just fine in the "guys who cant contribute when needed" catagory, thankyouverymuch.

*cough*DEVEAN GEORGE*cough*
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#9 Posted on 13.3.04 0856.50
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Actually, I heard I think from ESPN that if Hill doesn't play this season, and decides to retire in the offseason, that his contract can come off the books.

Which is why Orlando convinced him to not play 10 games this season.
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#10 Posted on 13.3.04 0939.59
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    The Magic will be in the Southeast Division next year-- with the Hawks, Heat, Wizards and Bobcats. Who wouldn't want to be in that division? Hell... any one of those five teams could conceivably win the Southeast Division title next year. I can't imagine any of those teams getting a particularly good record without improving their team, but the division title would get them into the playoffs, at least.


Any of those teams could win that division with a sub-500 record. You think the east is bad now? New Orleans, which is one of only 5 east teams with a winning record at this time, is going to the western conference next year.
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