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May 13

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “Magic coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t usually watch games live on television where he has to navigate through commercials and free throws and other stoppages. He will watch tonight’s Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland since if Boston wins, the [Orlando] Magic will have to prepare to face the Celtics on Sunday. After the first round, the Magic started preparation for Milwaukee early. Had the Bucks won Game 6, the Magic would have only had one day to prepare for them. With an extra day to prepare this time, they won’t start watching film for any specific team until they have an opponent.”
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  • Josh Cohen of wonders if the Magic have a chance to be one of the greatest teams in NBA history, when it’s all said and done.
  • John Denton of “They have foes by the, um, throat because they have four all-star starters and arguably the NBA’s deepest, most talented bench. In many ways, Orlando GM Otis Smith has compiled a Noah’s Arc roster in that the Magic have two of everything – two centers in [Dwight] Howard and Marcin Gortat; two point guards in [Jameer] Nelson and veteran Jason Williams; two shooting guards in [Vince] Carter and J.J. Redick; two ace defenders in [Mickael] Pietrus and [Matt] Barnes and plenty of power forward help behind [Rashard] Lewis in Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass. And whereas having that kind of depth could cause problems with shots and points on other teams, it’s not an issue in Orlando because there is one common goal: To win a championship. “We have a goal and everybody understands that. We check ourselves at the door and we’re a close team,” Carter said. The Magic went back to work on Thursday after having two days off following the sweep of the Hawks, one that proved to be the most lopsided four-game sweep in playoff history (101 points). Orlando’s players had Tuesday and Wednesday off, but got back on the court on Thursday with some scrimmaging and conditioning work.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post explains why Orlando’s transition defense has been stout and takes the time to educate the public on Vince Carter.
  • Sekou Smith’s Hang Time Blog warns the Magic of having too much rest.
  • The Boston Celtics have a chance to close out the Cleveland Cavaliers in tonight’s game and according to Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk, they better finish the job: “The Magic are playing the best basketball of any team coming into the Conference Finals, regardless of how the Boston-Cleveland series finishes. But the Celtics definitely have the ability to overcome that play with their defense and versatility. They will, however, need to have time to develop a gameplan, and to get their bodies and minds right. Because if there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that the Magic will be ready. Boston must close out Cleveland tonight.”
  • Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference attempts to find out which position should be built around by teams for playoff success.
  • Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse states that Orlando is hanging loose right now.

  • Carter empathizes with LeBron James’ situation.

  • Dan Patrick conducts an interview with Dwight Howard. Check it out.

  • Jason Williams — trick-shot extraordinaire.