Nelson: "I'm just as good as those guys."
Old 04-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I'll give Jameer credit for taking Ford and Jose to town yesterday, but I can't help but laugh a bit when he considers himself just as good as both of them.

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The Orlando Magic's first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors had yet to start and Jameer Nelson was already on the defensive.

Defense, of course, has so often been a sticking point for the Magic's barely 6-foot point guard.

"Of course I take that stuff personally,'' Nelson said of his critics, "because I know I can guard [Toronto point guards T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon] and I'm just as good as those guys. I'm not upset or anything like that because everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I know what I can do and what I'm going to do in this series.''

Openly questioned in the days leading up to the series opener for his shoddy play during the regular season against Toronto's tandem of guards, Nelson responded the only way he knew how.

The tough kid from the mean streets of Chester, Pa., came out swinging.

Nelson had the game of his life Sunday, scoring 24 points and handing out seven assists as the Magic defeated Toronto 114-100 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.

It was the most points Nelson has scored since Nov. 9 in a defeat of the New York Knicks. And it was his first 20-point game since Jan. 4.

Making matters even sweeter for Nelson was that he played a big role in Ford's missing 8 of 9 shots and Calderon's misfiring on 8 of 11 tries. The two guards who had battered Orlando in the regular season combined for just 14 points as Toronto hit just 37.6 percent of its shots.

"It kind of frustrates me, but I take all of the challenges,'' Nelson said of the pre-series questions he faced. "From my understanding, we won two of the three games [against Toronto in the regular season], so obviously I did my job good enough. I don't have to score 35 to 40 points to look good. My job is to run the team. The big fellas get the stats.''

Orlando won 52 regular-season games and the Southeast Division crown -- franchise bests in the past 12 years -- but it was mostly a year of turmoil and transition for Nelson.

He has had to deal with the mysterious death of his father, Floyd "Pete"' Nelson, who drowned last summer in the Delaware River near Philadelphia. Nelson suffered two more concussions this season following nasty hits to the head, his second and third concussions in the past 17 months. He has also had to make the transition from being a scoring point guard to one who thinks pass-first with franchise center Dwight Howard and star forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis needing the ball.

"In our locker room, we all know how important Jameer is to this team,'' Magic reserve point guard Keyon Dooling said. "He's the floor general and he's done a great job of facilitating to our three scorers. You've got to satisfy Dwight, Hedo and Rashard. He's done a great job of changing his game and facilitating for us."

Nelson attacked Ford and Calderon off the dribble from the start Sunday, repeatedly getting in the lane to break down the Toronto defense. That allowed the Magic to hit their first seven shots and 12-of-14 to open the game. Nelson's penetration also helped Orlando tie NBA playoff records for 3-pointers in a quarter (nine) and a half (11).

For the game, Nelson made 7 of 13 shots, two 3-pointers and all eight of his free throws. The effort was especially gratifying for Nelson after getting so badly outplayed in the first round of the playoffs last season against Detroit All-Star Chauncey Billups.

"Everybody knows that we got swept last year by Detroit,'' Nelson said, "so our thing was to come out aggressive with a lot of intensity and get our first playoff win."
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Someone should remind Nelson that even the sun shines on a dog's ass on some days.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i'll text him that right now. i was just thinking that. i've seen him meltdown more than shine
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If Jose's team mates shot as well as Nelson's we would know who is better?
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, it's his time to talk shit now because in case you wearn't looking, he TORCHED our team last night...youknow, the team that publicly said they WANTED him and his inferior partners.

The Raptors are fucking rookies.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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But really should he be talking anything? The dude had ONE good game. It's like that guy on the court, who all of a sudden, after playing all day all of a sudden hits his shots and then thinks he's the greatest player on the court. But the next, well, 10 months does nothing.

Really, give me the years TJ (well could have had if healthy) and Jose and their games ahead of Jameer.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok.

you got um, and you're down 0-1

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Old 04-21-2008, 08:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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he's an idiot, the only reason we're talking here is because he hit those 2 3 pointers in the first quarter, without that (and some late free throws in the 4th quarter), he would have had a 15 and 7 kind of game, with a 40% FG, nothing to get excited. It's like Bargnani saying he's better than Nowizkti after one of his (very rare) 25/7/7 games (except Bargnani never says that).
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Until Jose and/or TJ has a winning "playoff" game, this guy has the bragging rights.

So let's hope Raptors can win the series.
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Do we really have a leg to stand on on this Forderon vs Nelson debate? I mean really..
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Do we really have a leg to stand on on this Forderon vs Nelson debate? I mean really..
Nope, not when it counts anyway.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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thats what I'm saying.

nothing means shit right now except 114-100

Toronto wanted Orlando.

They got um.

I find it funny everyone forgot that Orlando led the Nba in 3 point FG's, guess thier One trick pony has a side kick or 4 huh.
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