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May 29

Second Look: Boston Celtics 96, Orlando Magic 84

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  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “In the end, it was the beginning of the games that doomed the Orlando Magic and derailed their championship chase. […] The Celtics built upon early leads in three of their four victories, a tell-tale Game 3 rout that put the Magic in a still inescapable 0-3 hole. Playing catch-up all series, the Magic had come back in the Eastern Conference finals with two victories against the 2008 champions. But they couldn’t come back after falling behind by 21 points in the first half against the Celtics, who thoroughly outplayed them on both ends to nix any dream of a Game 7 in Orlando on Sunday.”
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “The climb toward history brought them to here – so tauntingly close to the spectacular summit. They could reach out and almost touch the historic mountain top. They could see the glistening majesty of the Everest-like peak. Oops. Then they stepped onto the wrong rock, lost their grip, the terrain beneath their feet gave way and they tumbled perilously to earth. Look out below. Boston 96, Orlando 84.”
  • George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The winner would be the one that got in the best punch. There was one fundamental flaw with that: Games are won by the team that gets the ball in the basket. And that’s why the Boston Celtics are your 2010 Eastern Conference champions. It was their energy and effort that rocked Orlando hard in the first half, stretching a lead extending to as many as 21 before coasting home, 96-84, in front of a noisy sea of green Friday night.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “If you’re searching for a specific moment when the tide started to turn against the Orlando Magic and in favor of the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, look no further than Jameer Nelson‘s offensive foul with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter. It was Nelson’s second personal foul of the game, and coach Stan Van Gundy had no other choice but take his starting point guard and his offensive sparkplug out of the game. The Magic never recovered. There are a multitude of reasons why the Celtics routed the Magic 96-84 on Friday, ending the Magic’s season, but there’s little doubt that Boston won the battle of the point guards.”
  • John Denton of “In an Eastern Conference Finals already full of so many wild swings, this was the swing that the Orlando Magic never really saw coming – an early knockout punch. Orlando’s bid at making history by rallying out of a 0-3 hole met an early ruin Friday night when the Boston Celtics started quickly to build a big early lead, made one big shot after another and finally put the Magic out of their misery. Boston’s 96-84 defeat of the Magic in Game 6 kept Orlando from sending the series back to Amway Arena one more time for a deciding Game 7. As it turns out, the final Magic game ever played at Amway Arena will be Wednesday’s 113-92 Magic win that seemed to propel Orlando back into the series.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Point guard Rajon Rondo set Boston on a good course early, accounting for 19 of the Celtics’ 30 first-period points via a score or an assist. Orlando only managed 19 points itself in the period. In their wins, the Celtics forced the Magic to play from behind, and Orlando never recovered, though it came close in Game 2. Rondo’s drives and aggressiveness in transition fueled the Celtics’ hot start, and the Magic fanned the flames by failing to get back defensively.”