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May 02

Sunday’s Magic Word

  • John Denton of “The Orlando Magic will be facing yet another Southeast Division rival in the playoffs after the Atlanta Hawks emerged from their first-round series on Sunday. The second-seeded Magic will face the third-seeded Hawks in second-round play beginning Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Amway Arena. The Hawks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 95-74 on Sunday in a Game 7 for the right to face Orlando. The Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0 in the first round for the first four-game sweep in franchise history. By virtue of that sweep and Atlanta being pushed to seven games by the Bucks, the Magic will have had eight days off by Tuesday, while the Hawks will be forced to board a plane to Orlando on Monday afternoon.”
  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel notes that there are still tickets available for Games 1 and 2.
  • Dwight Howard finished fourth in the MVP voting: “Looks like the Magic’s campaign to get Howard some MVP consideration worked on a few voters at least. Out of 123 possible votes, 122 from the media and one from a collective fan vote, Howard was in the top five of 111 ballots. He received three first-place votes, 27 second-place, 30 third-place, 29 fourth-place and 22 fifth-place votes for a total of 478 points. James won the award in a landslide for the second consecutive year. He received 116 first-place votes, five second-place votes and two third-place votes for 1,205 points.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie questions the Atlanta Hawks: “The biggest question, beyond Atlanta’s consistent inconsistent, remains only partially answered. Will Mike Woodson realize that he has admirable depth on his team? Depth not named “Maurice Evans,” mind you, because Mike loves him some Mo Evans. Beyond Crawford, Atlanta’s bench usually doesn’t get much time to make an impact. But starting in Game 6, Zaza Pachulia came off the bench to make Ersan Ilyasova’s (the Game 5 hero) life a living hell on the glass. Joe Smith can still play, Jeff Teague could at least help in defending in transition or getting teams into sets when Mike Bibby isn’t hitting, and Mario West should be more than a bit player when Marvin Williams isn’t helping.”
  • UPDATE: Mickael Pietrus sprained his left ankle during practice and it is unsure if he’ll be able to play on Tuesday.