Recap: Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 71 | Magic Basketball

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May 23

Recap: Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 71

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The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 94-71 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics were led by a balanced attack, as six players scored in double-figures. Rajon Rondo led the way, as he finished the game with 11 points, 12 assists, three rebounds, and four steals.

Boston is, and has been, the better team in the series.

End of story.

The signature moment in Game 3 came during the second quarter.

The Magic, as they did throughout the evening, committed a turnover after poor offensive execution and as Jason Williams ran to retrieve the basketball in the backcourt as he stood straight up, Rondo dived on the floor, gained control of the ball, and made a layup to increase the lead for the Celtics by 19 points. It was those type of hustle plays that defined Boston’s blowout victory, and left Orlando searching for answers after the game was over.

The Celtics played smarter, harder, and buried the Magic when they had the chance to do so.

7 comments
Jonathan
Jonathan

@Mikeyho

Despite his screw-up in Game 2, Redick is not the one to be pointing the finger at. Our guys didn't show much heart and hustle, but Redick did, and Nelson did. That's about it. Barnes probably would've if his back wasn't hurting him. You could see by how straight he kept it all night that it was an issue. We should learn from Carter's January performance and not overplay injured players.

The team needs to be criticized, for sure, because the number of times I was yelling "put your hands up!" at my TV screen. Dwight, Carter, Lewis, even Gortat didn't play with the intensity of having it all on the line. They settled for jumpers when drives could be made. The shot selection was horrible, and the assist to turnover ratio was miserable.

The Magic need to pick up the intensity (and the pace, quite literally), and they need to get better at shot selection to save us some pride in Game 4. If they don't, it's Lewis and Carter we need to get rid of for some more focus and intensity. If we traded them, could we afford the heart and empowerment of someone like D-Wade, who mentioned he would love to play Dwight?

The Magic are great when they're riding a wave of success, but we deal with failure horribly. That is our biggest weakness and we need to acknowledge it.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Mikeyho

Redick isn't going anywhere.

@jax502

There's not much TO say. The Magic didn't show up to play and the Celtics rightfully embarrassed them, as a result.

@Billy (slickw143)

Yeah, it was disheartening. I didn't expect the Magic to win Game 3, either, but I at least wanted to see the players put up a fight. That disappointed me more than the loss itself, to be honest.

@Adolfo

We'll see if the Magic will show some pride in Game 4.

Adolfo
Adolfo

IT WAS EMBARRASSING…!!! Does anyone know where my team is? The Celtics have been better but c’mon show some spirit, give some fight…!!! I’m pissed, depressed, frustrated… at this point I only expect that our guys show some pride next Monday… I’m heart broken…We have no leadership on the floor.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Very depressing, and yes, that Jason Williams play was the night, and maybe the series in a nutshell. Poor offensive execution and sloppy play leading to an opportunity for a Boston player to glaringly outhustle a Magic player, and in turn, Boston scored on transition. Honestly, I was screaming at the TV at Ale House, wondering how you can a.) get outhustled so badly, and b.) not foul the bejeezus out of Rondo to make *some* kind of statement that we're not lying down. If there was ever a time to re-enact the McHale-Rambis clothesline, that was it. Not saying that with the intention of hurting Rondo, but some kind of tackle to show some kind of fight would have been nice rather than a half-hearted boxout attempt with the hope that the lay-up would be missed.

I would've never imagined the Magic would come out like that in such an important game. I don't think I expected them to win, necessarily, but I certainly didn't expect them to come out like that. They got the fight beaten out of them by Boston. Boston deserves all the credit for that, and the Magic as a team deserve a lot of blame for just laying down midway through the first quarter in game 3.

jax502
jax502

I didn't expect the Magic to come out flat like that for a very important game. I don't know what to say...

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

...and I'm not overly disappointed. It could be a lot worse than this. We had a great season

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

Time to watch the French open. Who are we gonna get to replace Reddick?