No Point in Orlando's Game 2 Loss
No Rafer Alston. No Jameer Nelson. Not even Anthony Johnson.
Instead, Hedo Turkoglu had the job of bringing the ball upcourt and initiating the offense, something he didn't do a whole lot of during the regular season and postseason. But that's the move Van Gundy made midway through the fourth quarter of what turned into a 101-96 overtime loss in Game 2.
And to hear him tell it, that was only one unconventional thing he did on Sunday night.
"I will say this: I'm not sure I've got another lineup to throw out there that you haven't seen now," Van Gundy said. "Unless I'm going to play like Dwight (Howard), Marcin (Gortat), Tony (Battie), Rashard (Lewis) and Hedo. I don't have another one right now.
"We played with no point guard, we played conventionally, we had Rashard at the three, we played Hedo at the one, two and three. We played Rashard at the three and four. We played big, we played with no point guard. What do they say, just keep throwing stuff at the wall and hope something sticks."
Van Gundy said that what prompted his point guard-less offense was a simple matter of trying to find some scoring. Alston went 1-for-8 from the field and Nelson finished just 1-for-3.
"I thought Rafer was playing well, but they're just leaving him on every post-up, and we couldn't get the ball in the basket," Van Gundy said. "So we're just searching for someone to make a shot. That was the only thing. We were just trying to see if we could get somebody out there who would make shots off the double-team and pick-and-rolls."
When asked how he thought the Magic played when they played without a point guard, he responded: "You can decide how effective it was."
The answer: More effective than Orlando had been, but still not effective enough.
Previously on FanHouse:
Van Gundy Needs to Clean Up Point Guard Mess