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May 27

Second Look: Orlando Magic 113, Boston Celtics 92

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  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Ever since laying a giant egg and having their hearts questioned after a Game 6 debacle, the [Orlando] Magic have played like a team that reached the NBA Finals last season and won 59 games this season. Like in Game 4, the Magic relied on cornerstones [Dwight] Howard and point guard Jameer Nelson while shooting guard Vince Carter (eight points on 3-of-10 shooting) struggled again. Howard finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, following up his monster 32-point, 16-rebound effort in Game 4. Nelson added 24 points and five assists, nailing four 3-pointers.”
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic, left for dead and wearing everything but a toe tag after the horrendous 94-71 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, gave the Boston Celtics a Beantown beatdown Wednesday night at the Am and moved another step closer to becoming the first team in league history to ever rally back from a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series. In the annals of the NBA, 93 teams have fallen behind 3-0, and 93 teams have ultimately gone down. But even naturally pessimistic Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, the Eeyore of the NBA, can feel the winds of change blowing in this series.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando started its long-distance assault early. After turnovers on each of their first three offensive possessions, the Magic attempted 3-pointers on their next three possessions. Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis sank one apiece off passes from Nelson. Nelson’s quickness and ability to penetrate into the lane, particularly off picks set on Rajon Rondo, opened up space for Orlando’s outside shooters. As Celtics players collapsed on the diminutive point guard, at least one Magic player on the perimeter found some space. All the Magic needed to do was swing the ball around until they located the open man.”
  • Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel: “Center Kendrick Perkins picked up two technical fouls on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic, getting himself ejected from the game. But worse than that, Perkins now faces a one-game suspension because he has seven technicals in the playoffs. Meanwhile, top backup Glen Davis took an elbow to the head from Dwight Howard late in the third quarter and sustained a concussion. He did not return to the game, and his availability is in question. Rasheed Wallace also tweaked his back, and Marquis Daniels sustained a concussion, setting up quite an unpleasant scenario for Rivers to contemplate.”
  • George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “They want to share the passion and the pride with a man who knows what it’s like to build a dynasty. Now he is trying to build one with a bunch of young guys, some 60-odd years younger than the date stamped on his birth certificate. At 84, Rich DeVos is the patriarch of the Orlando Magic franchise might be tempted to ask for some divine intervention for the Magic, trying to stay alive in the chase for an NBA title.”
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “An Orlando Magic team that vowed it was never out of these Eastern Conference Finals – even when it fell into a daunting 0-3 hole – proved that to be true once again Wednesday and will now ride a wave of momentum back to Boston. The suddenly surging Magic pulled back within 3-2 in the series and forced a Game 6 in Boston by throttling the Celtics 113-92 behind two more spectacular performances from co-captains Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. As blue, black and silver streamers fell from the rafters and the Amway Arena crowd throbbed with raw emotion, public address announcer Paul Porter informed the crowd about a potential Game 7 on Sunday. That, of course, was dripping with the implication that the Magic will now go to Boston and win in Game 6 to force a deciding Game 7.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “The way the Magic played tonight and in Game 4 certainly makes one wonder where the heck they were in the first three games. Nelson’s the sparkplug, as he has to be. It’s as though a lightbulb flashed on above his noggin, as he’s clearly figured out how to attack Boston’s defense. Though Nelson is traditionally a halfcourt-oriented, pick-and-roll point guard, he has shifted into a different mode in this series, and is instead pushing the tempo aggressively whenever possible. On two occasions tonight, for example, he grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled the length of the court, and converted a layup attempt in heavy traffic as the Celtics’ defense kept scrambling. He isn’t content to walk the ball up and run a halfcourt set. No, he’s getting the ball and making things happen with it, usually by dribbling into the paint for either a kickout or a shot attempt. He’s not turning the corner on the pick-and-roll and picking up his dribble, looking for the open man. No, his dribble is live, his improvisation skills high, and his swag phenomenal. He has Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo on his heels. If he keeps playing this way, Orlando will be in great shape come Friday night.”
  • Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: “So we haven’t seen everything there is to see in Celtics playoff history. Last night was not only Boston’s second consecutive loss in the Eastern Conference finals, extending the series to at least six games, it was one of the strangest and most emotional postseason games in the franchise’s storied history. The Celtics not only were buried, 113-92, at Amway Arena by the suddenly rejuvenated Magic, but they watched as two players left with concussions, and another because of technical fouls. And now the Green have to respond or risk the fate of their hockey counterparts, those Bruins, who won the first three games against the Flyers and then dropped Game 4 in overtime and Game 5 by blowout. Hmmm.”
  • Gary Dzen of The Boston Globe: “The latest came with 7:30 left in the third quarter in last night’s loss to the Magic in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Pierce took a hard foul from Magic center Dwight Howard and remained on the floor for almost a minute, clutching his left shoulder. As Pierce writhed, the Amway Arena crowd peppered him with boos. One glance around the arena revealed scattered signs questioning the toughness of the Celtics in general — and of Pierce in particular. […] Pierce’s reputation hasn’t been quite as clean since Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Lakers. Pierce went down with a knee injury in that game and was famously taken off the court in a wheelchair. Pierce’s return to the game a short time later — and his subsequent performance as Finals MVP — led many to question the severity of the injury and caused some to label Pierce a drama queen.”
  • Jarrod N. Rudolph of The Boston Globe: “Energy and effort were the biggest questions surrounding the Magic entering Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals last night. After dropping the first three games of the series — two at Amway Arena — the Magic played Game 4 with the furious effort that made them a heavy favorite entering the series. Last night they seemed to play even harder. On the strength of their 113-92 victory, the Magic pulled within two games of completing what would be the greatest comeback in NBA history, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to advance to the Finals. They know they still have a lot of work to do, but they’ve proved, at the very least, that if they lose the series it’s not going to be because of a lackluster effort.”
  • Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald: “The C’s lost two important members of their Dwight Howard defense in last night’s 113-92 Game 5 loss at Amway Arena to the Magic, who have climbed back to within 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals after dropping the first three games. Kendrick Perkins was lost in the second quarter following his sixth and seventh technical fouls of the postseason, then Glen Davis departed with a concussion at the end of the third after taking a Howard elbow to the mouth and losing a tooth. The theme continued when Marquis Daniels left with a concussion early in the fourth, which was followed by an Orlando run-off against a downsized Celtics team that seemed to take their cue from Davis and Daniels.”
  • Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald: “The NBA will render a decision this morning on whether one, both or neither of Kendrick Perkins technical fouls from last night will be rescinded. As it stood when the Celtics left the arena following the 113-92 Game 5 loss to Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals, their starting center had seven techs for the postseason – the magic number for an automatic one-game suspension. Should the ban stand, it would keep him out of tomorrow night’s now critical Game 6 at the Garden.”
  • Ron Borges of the Boston Herald: “They didn’t move the ball on offense. They didn’t move their feet on defense. The one thing they did move was their mouths, which got them three technical fouls and Kendrick Perkins banished to the locker room before halftime with his sixth and seventh techs of the playoffs. The Celtics did more talking than Nancy Pelosi and produced just as few results. Worst of all, a team that prides itself on its defense didn’t get out on Orlando’s 3-point shooters and hence were buried by them, losing 113-“
2 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Billy (slickw143)

Not surprised. It was the right decision to overturn the tech.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Perk's second tech was rescinded by the league. Good thing too, didn't want to hear any more whining.