Video Analysis: A fun fourth quarter between familiar foes | Magic Basketball

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Jan 21

Video Analysis: A fun fourth quarter between familiar foes

On Monday, the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics engaged in another one of their memorable battles. In recent years, whenever the Magic and Celtics go toe-to-toe with each other, fans are — more often than not — treated to a great game.

Head coach Stan Van Gundy and Doc Rivers are two of the better coaches in the NBA — master tacticians with their respective teams. Plus, the different personalities and star power make things interesting on and off the court.

General manager Otis Smith has gotten a lot of flack recently, saying that Boston acts tough but isn’t really tough. And Glen Davis made heads turned when he said that Dwight Howard was a finesse player. Needless to say, these are two franchises with people that aren’t afraid to speak their mind. But rather delve deeper in psychological warfare, it makes more sense to revisit an epic fourth quarter that saw two Eastern Conference heavyweights trade haymakers with each other. This time around, Orlando lost the battle but it was surely entertaining to watch.

For the last five minutes of the game, the Magic and Celtics traded jabs, uppercuts, you name it, before Paul Pierce put things to rest with a go-ahead jumper with 38 seconds left in the game. Despite that, one of the encouraging things that Orlando can take away from the loss is the crunch-time abilities of Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. Richardson, especially, has not been afraid to take — and make — big shots for the Magic since he arrived in late December. For whatever reason, Richardson becomes laser-focused during the clutch. Same with Turkoglu.

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4 comments
Samc32771
Samc32771

ok sorry thanks for the clearity.....in that case I agree with all but liljam jam I baliev people are just attacking cuase he is the easiest target in my opinion he has played great all mostly offensivly, yes but his D is not half bad either considering his short stater...no pun intended

Samc32771
Samc32771

who's D was terrible J Rich who held Pauly too if I am correct 1 FG attempt or Jam Jams who kept Rondo to a sub par game?? think people please....In actuality Big Baby killed us and whos responsability was he? I am just sayin know your facts first

TimJ
TimJ

Sorry, I didn't construct that sentence very well. I meant J-Rich's inability to run around 4th quarter screens to prevent Ray Allen from making one 3-pointer after another. Redick is the best at that. Then Richardson let Paul Pierce draw him into a foul and didn't make sure he missed the shot either. I know he's mostly played in the Western Conference, but come on: that's what Paul Pierce does. Prepare for it.

I wasn't talking about defense during the rest of the game, just the 4th quarter crunch time lineup against the Celtics. Jason Richardson's 3 pointers are nice, but I hope he's not guarding Ray or Paul without a LOT of work on his defensive game.

TimJ
TimJ

Congratulations to the Celtics. They won their first 4th quarter against the Magic since last year's regular season.

I sure hope we don't see Jason Richardson making clutch shots against the Celtics anymore, unless they put him in for Jameer. His defense was terrible.