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Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

Posted on: April 19, 2009 9:31 pm

I had my suspicions about the Magic all along. They're a little soft, aren't they? Not sure about them under pressure, either. Not tough enough to beat the Cavs or Celtics in the playoffs, I wrote

I stand by those comments. But the Sixers? I didn't think Orlando had that kind of choke job up its sleeve in Game 1 of a harmless first-round series against a team with an interim coach, interim point guard, interim power forward, and very interim playoff hopes.

The Sixers? Blowing an 18-point lead against the Sixers? Wow.

Maybe Shaq was right. Maybe Stan Van Gundy is the master of panic. He was sweating and hyperventilating so much Sunday night -- at least every time they showed him on TV -- that it's hard to imagine his team drawing any confidence from that.

The Sixers? What do they care? Nobody expected them to do anything in this series -- least of all me, who predicted Orlando would be the only team to sweep in the first round. So much for that. I was right about one thing, though. Andre Iguodala is going to be a problem for Orlando.

I gagged when Iguodala missed those two free throws down the stretch, but when he crossed over and stepped back on Hedo Turkoglu for the game-winning 22-footer, it looked like a move that was perfected years ago in Philadelphia by another guy with the initials A.I. Interesting choice by Van Gundy to go with Turkoglu -- on a bum ankle -- against Iguodala, the Sixers' only scoring threat with enough game-changing ability to worry the Magic. His size and length makes sense, but I wonder if the combination of the ankle and chasing Iguodala contributed to Turkoglu's 2-for-8, six-point performance on the offensive end.

There's nothing to panic about for the Magic. The trend in this year's playoffs seems to be heavy underdogs winning Game 1 on the road. The Sixers have pulled off Game 1 stunners before, only to lose the series. (See their 90-86 victory at Detroit in Game 1 last year, which ultimately resulted in a 4-2 series loss.)

The real test of a playoff team is how it responds after taking one on the chin. The Magic could respond like Mighty Mouse or Minnie Mouse. Based on their body of work to this point in the season, those scenarios are equally likely.





Category: NBA

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 4:52 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

I'm honestly not sure that Philly can keep up that kind of offense. They didn't miss ANYTHING in the 4th. Not sure that they could keep that up. I also think the Magic overlooked Philly a little bit, especially once they got up by 18. But, I don't think it was the players who had a ho-hum attitude, I think it was the coach. SVG had all the starters on the bench to start the 4th. He should have staggered the subs a little better so that at least 1-2 starters were on the floor at all times. Redick should not be allowed on the floor again for the entire postseason, he defense is just too awful. Hedo wasn't much better. But, the 76ers had no answer for Dwight and couldn't really do much with Courtney Lee either.

I think the Magic will be fine for the series. Instead of taking so many 3s, they should let Courtney and Rafer slash to the basket more. When Courtney was doing all that cutting to the basket, Dwight was able to grab the few shots that Courtney missed 
;and put them back. The 3-point rebounds aren't as easy for Dwight to get to. Let's see more Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston driving to the hoop, fewer desperation 3s from Hedo, let Dwight keep doing what he does, get some better defense from Lewis and Pietrus, and I think the Magic take the series in 6.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2009 7:09 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic


I was totaly imbarrassed by the Magic, They have this "Don'y worry "YAWN" We will wait till the fourth quarter and win it" Atitude

And it bit them in the but,

They need to have another "Team only " Meeting

Look what they did to the cav's

I'll bet anyone that the Coach said, If you beat the Cavs, You can have off until the Playoffs.

They Played that first game like wussys. The bench really messed up... Johnson, don't get me started on him, he looks like a humpback whale, Tyrone Lue is so much better, he has proven that he makes more points than Johnson. Better Defense.

The Magic had absoloutly NO D what so ever in the late game. 

Hey Alston this is why all the ESPN Guys said what they did, because the Magic HAVE no Balls ..(to throw throught the hoops) 

You guys need to get your heads out of your Ass........sets and Play some Real Basketball. So you Can really be a Contender. Not this wussie basketball like you play....

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2009 6:58 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2009 6:26 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

If anyone has been watching the NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls, yea the Chicago Bulls BEAT the CHAMPION BOSTON CELTICS! So why is everyone so surprised that the Sixer's beat the Magic??  Like really?  Philly is one of the top transition teams in the whole league, they cause so many turnovers, they have an outstanding back court and athletic big men.  When playing their game, the Sixer's can beat absolutely anyone, even the oh so mighty Magic.  If you haven't noticed Orlando is known for CHOKING! Lost against the Bobcats, got KILLED against Oklahoma City??? What Ok City? Yea exactly...So don't trash the Sixer's!


Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2009 5:29 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

Hold on here. Don't label them as soft too quickly.. Maybe this was a wake up call.. we will know after about game 3. 

They did look soft though and live by the 3, die by the 3 oh and if Howard's eye scratch is serious, the 2 AND 3 seeds are in big trouble due to unhealthy big men.

I agree with the soft analysis but hey lets see if this builds character or if they fold. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2009 2:11 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

I could not agree more BucFan, Courtney Lee needs the ball more and Hedo needs to stop with his awful shot selection. I'm tired of hearing this "point foward" stuff. He's a guy that had one good year and now is back to where he always has been. That year last year gave him so much confidence and now he tries to do to much. The Magic's game plan should be simple, give the ball to Dwight Howard down low since no one can guard him! Let Lee and Alston drive into the lane and stop taking so many stupid three pointers. 

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2009 1:39 pm
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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2009 12:56 pm

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

Who is this Berger guy? Why is he talking like the Sixers are trash? What's this talk about the Magic being soft?

The Sixers can play with anybody on any day. Their problem is they aren't consistant enough. Iguodala had a great game yesterday and played how he should every game. The problem is, he's likely to come into the next game and be a almost a non-factor. The Sixers have a lot of talent on that team, however, outside of Thaddeus Young the rest of the team just doesn't keep up their play on a regular basis. They just go on hot and cold tears.

I don't even want to address that "Magic are Soft" nonsense. That's just a ridiculous comment.

I guess if you don't have Lebron James, Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant on your team you get stuck with the no name, no sense, know nothing writers.


Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2009 11:25 am

Minnie Mouse could take the Magic

shouldve been 58 and 18...THE MAGIC ARE DUMB NOT SOFT!!!any one that won't take advantage of howard being on their team is DUMB!!!!!!!!DIE BY THE 3!!!ORLANDO WILL SHOOT THEIR WAY RIGHT  OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS!!!!

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2009 10:22 am
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