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May 28

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: ” ‘Ridiculous.’ That’s the word Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy used to describe a Boston Herald column in which Ron Borges labeled Dwight Howard as ‘a cheap-shot artist’ and advocated that the Boston Celtics attempt to impose ‘frontier justice’ on Howard in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight.”
  • George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “It’s going to get chippy tonight. Very chippy. Expect plenty of steel-cage antics all around. But they only way the Celtics hold serve is that they somehow rattle Howard or get him into foul trouble. How this game is officiated might be the most critical factor tonight. But to insinuate that Dwight suddenly turned from Superman to Darth Vader is ludicrous. Hello? He is a big guy playing a physical game. Just ask his teammates. Remember that mask Courtney Lee wore last season? That was from a shot he took from Howard. […] Howard has been ripped a whole lot for his happy-go-lucky disposition. Now he is getting ripped because he is the dirtiest player in the game, quite the confusing juxtaposition for anybody into pop psychology.”
  • Adonal Foyle provides his thoughts before Game 6: “In spite of everything we’ve been through in the last five games, the focus remains the same. We must keep up the intensity and understand that the situation has been the same ever since Game 4 – all Boston needs to do is win one more. We’re now at Game 6 and Boston still needs to win one more. Nothing has changed. We still want to make it back to the NBA Finals, we’re still the defending Eastern Conference champions and we are still hungry for a world title. And it all starts with going out and getting this win and bringing the series back to Orlando for one last time. If we come out with the same urgency, the same passion and the same fire, I think we can do it.”
  • Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse wonders if the Boston Celtics have ran out of gas.
  • Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus takes a look at where the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals stand between the Orlando Magic and the Celtics: “This is now a new series and the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of the veteran Celtics. I know that’s the easy storyline and one thing we pride ourselves at doing in all the various incarnations of Prospectus is not regurgitating the obvious and the easy. I’m sorry, but I can’t think of any other way to frame Game 6. The Celtics, who have been running a race against age and injury for two seasons now, are battered. Their three-game lead has shrunk to one. And the Celtics enter tonight’s game knowing that if they can’t hold serve at The Garden, they’ll have to try to steal a Game 7 before a revved up crowd in Orlando. On Monday, it was difficult to envision the Magic summoning the will to stave off elimination, with the 3-0 deficit and the Celtics enjoying the home floor edge. Perhaps if Paul Pierce could have found a look at the end of regulation that night, we’d be talking about how the Celtics were resting and healing, while the Lakers and Suns were duking it out in the West. But Pierce didn’t get a shot off and it’s been all Magic ever since. Now, our perception of the series has flipped. It feels like Boston’s last stand. If the Celtics don’t close out the series at home tonight, it’s really difficult to see them them winning in Orlando on Sunday. That, my friends, is pressure.”
  • Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated states that the spotlight will be on the big men for Orlando and Boston in Game 6.
  • Rob Mahoney of ProBasketball praises Brandon Bass.
  • J.J. Redick has impressed in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
  • conducts a roundtable discussion to preview tonight’s game between the Magic and the Celtics. A must-read.