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May 15

Saturday’s Magic Word

  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “Matt Barnes missed practice on Saturday with spasms in his lower left back, but expects to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Barnes will arrive at Amway Arena early on Sunday to get treatment on the injury. The rest of Orlando’s active roster practiced. The [Orlando] Magic will play the Celtics at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, their first game since Monday’s Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks. […] Barnes said he will have two or three more treatments today.”
  • Dwight Howard thinks the Orlando Magic should win the series against the Boston Celtics. Sign of overconfidence? Not if you ask Howard.
  • Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com picks the Celtics to beat the Magic in 7 games.
  • Sean Deveney of The Baseline has the C’s in 6.
  • Kendrick Perkins sat out practice today with a sore knee but will play in Game 1.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “On Friday, the Magic worked primarily on swinging the ball from side to side to keep Boston’s defense on the move. The Magic also want to try and get all-star center Dwight Howard more looks than just traditional post-ups because Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett have traditionally guarded him well. Howard averaged just 12.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting – numbers well below his season averages – this season against the Celtics. His low point of the season came on Christmas Day when Howard was held to just five points and afterward both he and [Stan] Van Gundy agreed that he didn’t see the ball nearly enough. Howard got better against the Celtics as the season progressed by using his smarts and speed against Perkins. ‘He does play me tough. The big thing playing against him is that in past years I’ve tried to get in a big wrestling match with him,’ Howard said of his battles with Perkins. ‘But I think if I want to play to my advantage I have to use my quickness and my finesse to get around him instead of trying to overpower him.‘ ”
  • I’ve long held the opinion, and I re-affirmed my position on this topic with Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post in my Q/A with him yesterday, that Howard needs to beat Perkins with his athleticism and speed, not his strength. For Magic fans, it should be encouraging to see that Howard realizes that.
  • Benjamin Hoffman of Off the Dribble lists a few surprising players that have a chance at winning their first championship.
  • Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk comments on head coach Stan Van Gundy: “Ours is not a very positive society, in terms of the media, in case you haven’t noticed. So when the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics, the turn from all over, including from this blog, revolved around the failure of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and James’ legacy. As a side note, oh, yeah, the Boston Celtics managed to dismantle the team with the best record in the league, get all of their weapons going and win in convincing fashion. But Stan Van Gundy thinks that to gloss over what the Celtics did to crucify James and the Cavs is a flawed design. […] Van Gundy’s point is a strong one.”
  • We’re talking about legacy?
  • Happy fifth birthday to TrueHoop!
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com provides 10 statistical nuggets regarding Orlando and Boston.

  • UPDATE: A look at the matchup between Jameer Nelson and Rajon Rondo.
2 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Billy (slickw143)

Yes, he's the one.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Is Deveney the same guy who picked the Wizards to be better than the Magic this year?