What up, what up everybody? Hope you guys’ week is going well. Ours is pretty good here with the Magic. We’re playing well right now and we’re in A-T-L right now getting ready for a big game tonight.
The Hawks are in our division and we can just about lock things up if we can get a victory tonight. We’ve played really well against them the last couple of years because we have such a big advantage inside with Dwight. If they double him, we hit threes. If they don’t, he’s liable to get 40 on them in a heartbeat.
I’ve kinda gotten my groove back these last three games against San Antonio, Miami and Philly. I went through a little rough stretch there where I wasn’t getting the ball much but I’ve tried to mix things up and be more aggressive of late. Rather than sitting back and waiting I’m out there aggressively seeking out shots. I’m driving more, I’m getting to the foul line a little more and I’m posting up harder. And of course, my 3-ball is still there plenty in games.
It’s easy sometimes to kind of get lost in our offense because we have so many weapons. Naturally, we’re gonna look for Dwight Howard first inside because he’s so dominant. And Vince Carter is an all-star and can really create shots. And we have great depth too, so we have a lot of guys who can score points.
I just feel like our rhythm is so much better right now. We’re moving it better now instead of forcing up tough shots. We make that extra pass it makes it a better rhythm shot for all of us.
With my shot, I can usually tell a couple of hours before the game whether it’s going to be a good night or not. If your legs are feeling good, then it’s going to be a good night because you have to get the legs into the jump shots, especially those long 3-pointers. My legs help me get that good arc on my shot.
Not sure how many people know this, but I usually get to the arena by about 4:30 for a 7 o’clock game. I learned a lot of the off-the-court things from Ray Allen about how to get yourself prepared for a full season when we were together all those years in Seattle. It was a lot of little things with him like getting to the gym early, getting up lots of shots, taking care of his body and getting rest. It was small things, but I learned so much from Ray.
After I get up shots, I like to go off by myself and get quiet before the game. I’ll get some Southern rap going in the headphones and just sit down and get mentally ready for the game. I hate rushing around and trying to hurry up and get dressed before the game. So I get there early, get my shots up and take my time in the locker room.
That’s helped me be successful. Different people like to do things different ways, but that strategy has helped me through the years. I’ll do the same thing tonight in A-T-L and hopefully we can get another big win. We’re really gelling good right now and we want to go into the playoffs in a couple of weeks on fire.
Well, I’m outta here. GO MAGIC!!!