- As Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinels tells it, “Eight teams in NBA history have recovered from 3-1 deficits.” Will the Orlando Magic become the ninth team?
- What can the Magic do to beat the Indiana Pacers on the road in Game 5 to extend their first round playoff series at least one more game? Robbins breaks it down.
- It’s been reported that the Charlotte Bobcats plan to interview assistant coach Patrick Ewing for their vacant head coaching position. The Bobcats just completed the worst regular season in NBA history, finishing with the lowest regular season winning percentage of all-time (.106). On the bright side, Charlotte is in line to win the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery and get a chance at selecting Anthony Davis with the first overall pick.
- The Pacers have a chance to finish off Orlando in Game 5 and complete the “gentleman’s sweep.”
- Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: “Orlando has done more with less than any other team in the playoffs. The Magic have fought, and defended, and hustled, and hit shots, and pushed Indiana. But they don’t have Dwight Howard. This will forever be the year of what-ifs for the franchise, one way or another, and Tuesday is one more chance for them to stand up and show what they’re made of.”
- Ewing’s friendship with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan may pay dividends as he tries to secure his first head coaching position in the NBA. But Ewing isn’t alone on Charlotte’s wish list.
- Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk expects Indiana to beat the Magic and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals: “Orlando plays hard, Stan Van Gundy knows how to coach. But in the end Indy has Roy Hibbert, David West and Danny Granger and talent wins out in this league. The Pacers will close this out.”
- After crunching the numbers, Neil Paine of ESPN Insider concludes that Orlando has a 32 percent chance of winning Game 5 and staving off elimination in the first round of the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
- If the Magic want any chance of coming back in their series against the Pacers, Ryan Anderson must step up according to Zach Lowe of The Point Forward: “[T]he Magic need Anderson to make this matchup something close to a wash. He’s just 10-of-31 from the floor so far, and the secondary skills he brings — offensive rebounds, two-point shots, the occasional free throws — have vanished in this series.”
If the Magic have any chance of advancing they have to do things totally different from how they have in the past few games. Especially Ryan but I don't see that happening. The way we'll win this game is by frustrating the Pacers thus making them swing and miss. That's our only chance. Luckily, the Pacers have shown that this is a possible outcome. So if the Magic play really great tonight and have that heart and grit that has typified this series they will have a chance.