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May 24

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Once again, Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins says his team is “locked-in” and focused heading into a playoff game against the Orlando Magic. [...] Perkins made similar comments in the hours before Game 3, and we all know how that contest turned out. The first quarter ended with Boston ahead 27-12, and Orlando never mounted a serious rally.”
  • Dwight Howard believes he and his teammates have given the Boston Celtics too much respect in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated takes a look at what the Orlando Magic need to do in Game 4 to avoid a sweep.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Orlando needs somebody to be their Dave Roberts. Someone other than Dwight Howard, who the Celtics will let have a big game as long as his teammates stay cold (see Game 2 for example). Someone on Orlando needs to step up and start hitting the shots the team has been missing, someone needs to make some defensive plays, someone needs to inspire them with effort. The Magic need that one win to plant the seed of hope and give it a little water.”
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com thinks that the Celtics have been the perfect matchup for the Magic: “I blogged about the Magic’s lack of assists after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but it’s a note that bears repeating, especially after Game 3. Orlando was held to just 10 assists on 24 field goals on Saturday, the same number they had in Game 1. The Magic have been held to 10 or fewer assists five times in 93 games this season, and four of those five games have been against the Celtics (Dec. 25, Jan. 28, Game 1 and Game 3). What’s even more fascinating is that the Celtics have held their opponents to 10 assists or fewer just six times this season. So it’s not like it’s something they do to everybody. The Magic just happen to be a very good matchup for them defensively.”
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook examines Boston’s defense in Game 3 against Orlando.
  • Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse: “They came into the Eastern Conference finals riding a 14-game winning streak, fresh from back-to-back sweeps over Charlotte and Atlanta, clearly the hottest, trendiest team in the NBA playoffs. When this best-of-seven series began, the Orlando Magic were brimming with confidence, raising the possibility of winning their first championship without losing a single game. And it all seems so distant now. In seven days — three crushing losses — they have gone from darlings to dogs, from basketball’s best to basketball bums, from toasted to roasted.”
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