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Celts-Magic IV

Posted on: March 24, 2009 8:49 pm
 

All I can guarantee about Celtics-Magic IV Wednesday night is that there will be a lot of complaining.

Before. During. After. Would you like some whine with that second seed?

Nobody whines for respect from the officials like the Celtics and Magic. OK, and the Cavs. OK, and the Lakers. Anyway, nobody in the playoff picture in either conference has a bigger inferiority complex than Orlando. Last we saw these teams together, the Magic nearly blew a 22-point third-quarter lead with Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo wearing suits. (Nice ones, but suits.) Afterward, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy -- admit it, you can't get enough of him, can you? -- proceeded to complain about how the Magic are regarded nationally as an also-ran .500 team. Gee, after that performance, I wonder why?

Not satisfied with taking out one Eastern hub of the Revolutionary War this month, Van Gundy took aim at New York Monday night. The Knicks planned this nice, respectable little shin-dig for their legends, and Van Gundy used the opportunity to complain about how the Knicks never made any effort to hire Patrick Ewing. I'm sure Van Gundy's motivations are pure (wink-wink), but maybe it's something as simple as this: He's tired of his 7-foot freak of nature, Dwight Howard, who is coached by Ewing, getting pushed around by the likes of Leon Powe.

Anyway, Boston and Orlando in the middle of the NCAA's Sweet 16 is about as good as it gets in late March in the NBA. The Celtics finally are at almost-full strength. (Tune in to the pregame interviews, and Doc Rivers will fill you in on all the physical misfortune the poor Celtics have endured. By the time tipoff arrives, you'll be stuffing money in an envelope and sending it to the big bank building/Garden on Causeway Street. Just a dollar a day can keep the starting five in the whirlpool through the conference semifinals.)

The Magic are beginning what will be a fascinating mission to clear hurdles that sent them home prematurely the past two years. They're too soft. All they do is shoot threes. No killer instinct. You know the drill.

They're catching the Celtics at a time when Boston has taken more lumps than it's used to lately. Now the defending champs are looking to inflict some. The Magic, to their credit, are actually stating their preference for a first-round opponent: Their nemesis, the Pistons, who have swept them and cut them down 4-1 in the past two postseasons. This is one thing I greatly admire about Orlando. They recognize the natural progression that great teams before them have followed. You have to beat the team that's knocked you out before.

"Hopefully we play Detroit again," Howard said Monday night after Orlando beat the Knicks. "That'd be good for us because I think we have to get over that hump. Those guys have beaten us two years in a row and they left a bad taste in our mouth. Hopefully, this year it’ll be different Every year, I don’t know what it is about the Pistons, but they seem to have our number and we need to get over that hump mentally. There’s teams around the league that give us problems, and they’re one of those teams. In order to grow out of it, we have to mentally step up to the challenge and beat those guys."

Well, as things stand now, if Orlando can pass the Celtics for the second seed, they'd get their wish and face the Pistons in the first round. But there's a lot more at stake than that. Not the least of which is to see which team does more complaining, lobbying, and whining. I'm picking the Magic in that department, but don't count out the champs.

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 8:23 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

  His opinion of k.g. changed cuz k.g. changed.  Garnett in minnesota kept his mouth shut, k.g. in boston thinks he runs the team.  Newsflash kevin, w.o pierce allen and rondo, your just a jump shooting power foward with one move.  The baseline spin and fade.  He's tenacious i'll give him that, but when someone gets physical with him he starts throwing cheap shots.  If you don't believe me watch the portland boston game in ptown about 2 months ago. 




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:37 pm
 

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Bigbat hit in on the head, maybe you just weren't watching Kevin Garnett on the Timberwolves.  He was the most aggressive player on the court then as he is now.  Of course, now you don't like him because he plays for the Celtics, which makes no sense as they are not an unlikeable team unless you are living in LA or New York.

Basically, you never watched the guy play, always knew he shut his mouth in the media about his franchise sucking and went out and played hard like a professional.  What has changed?  Nothing, he does the same thing now with regards to the media and goes out and plays hard, but cusses and screams and that makes you either angry for some reason?  I don't understand how someones opinion of a player could change in one season after he's been in the league for 13.

 




Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:10 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

KG is the same now as always. He was just never on as good of a team so you only saw him play a few games per year. His intensity is what fuels the Celtics. Sorry they cant all be Tim Duncan.

 

 




Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:28 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

Orlando didn't provide much of a challenge the first two games and they won during the Celtics' injury slide (same can be said of the Pistons as well).  While the Celtics are almost back to full health it will be interesting to see if Powe's absence affects the game in the post since Garnett will be playing limited minutes again tonight.     




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:35 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

This article was about as dumb as it gets. Nobody is whining or complaining. Maybe SVG doesn't know how to shut his mouth, but it has nothing to do with whining to get attention for his team. Even SVG knows the Celtics throttled the Magic in all of their games and that Kendrick Perkins holds Dwight Howard to just 40% shooting. Orlando knows it is a real challenge for them to win, because they don't have an answer for Paul Pierce. Now, if the Magic can drain a ton of 3's, then they have a shot, but that's about it. 

 

 



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Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:21 pm
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Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 3:34 pm
 

KG in a suit?

The last time Boston played Orlando KG was in Boston rehabing.  He was not in Orlando.  KG does not like suits.  This is part of why he does not sit on the bench when he does not suit up for a game.  So if KG had been in Orlando for the last matchup, KG would have been in the locker room wearing a really nice sweater/sweater vest. (sorry if that sounds geeky)

Get your facts straight.




Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

The officiating is very bad in the NBA. I would rank it the worst among the major sports. There is a lot of inconsistancy with calls and they let the games get out of control. In basketball its the only sport where teams can score with no defense. It has too much impact on the game. Yes there is bad officiating in all sports. There are penalties. The one thing that it doesnt do is take a player out of the game. In football an offensive lineman can have 3 holding penalties but remain in the game. A CB can have 2 P.I. penalties but still stay in the game to cover the other team's best receiver. In NBA a player gets 3 fouls in the first half or they get 5 with 2 minutes left they cant play the same agressive defense. All players complain and all coaches complain. I live in San Antonio and Tim Duncan cries more then any other player I have ever seen. I do give the Spurs credit because when the game is over they do handle there loses the right way. If coaches and players just keep there mouth shut after the game this is not an issue.  




Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 2:54 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

agreed Berger should stop doing anything related to sports. 

 

 




Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 12:22 pm
 

Celts-Magic IV

Who cares if these coaches are complaining.  If you were a coach in the NBA and your team was fighting for playoff position and every game mattered then you would argue with refs when the call made was suspect.  Rivers, Van Gundy, Mike Brown, and Phil Jackson all complain every game and get in the refs ears to get calls later in the game.  Its called coaching your team and sticking up for what you believe in.  The race for the #1 seed has been intense this season so every game matters, therefore more whining from coaches and players.  No big deal.



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