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Magic pull rodent out of hat

Posted on: May 12, 2009 11:04 pm
I've seen enough of the Orlando Magic to last me a lifetime.

I don't want to hear about Ray Allen's 3-pointer that should've been a 2-pointer in the second quarter. I don't want to hear about the ball that didn't touch the rim that was ruled to have touched the rim.

This wasn't about inches or centimeters or bad breaks or bad calls.

This was about one team having the desire to stay alive in the playoffs and another team possessing nothing but a violent allergic reaction to that.

Possession after possession down the stretch, the Magic did the opposite of what you're supposed to do. The Celtics did exactly what you'd expect them to do. They did the right thing. They made the winning play. They didn't throw the ball wildly off the side of the backboard -- as a skittish Hedo Turkoglu did -- or toss it desperately in the general direction of the rim -- as a schizophrenic Rafer Alston did. They got the ball to Ray Allen, who'd shot the ball like Ray Barrone all series, off a screen in a clutch spot. And bang, of course, he knocked it down. They got a tap-out offensive rebound to keep a crucial possession alive. They inbounded the ball to Allen, a 95 percent foul shooter -- as opposed to Orlando, which inbounded the ball to Dwight Howard, a 55 percent foul shooter. And then they panicked and ordered Howard to miss the second free throw. Why? Because that's what the Magic do. They panic and vomit in their own mouths.

Anyway, that wasn't even the point. As the TNT crew correctly pointed out, it was the first time Howard had touched the ball in ages. How delicious is that? How apropos? How perfect? The Magic have the most unstoppable low-post force in the game, and they're so weak, so cowardly, so insignificant that they're reduced to having that unstoppable force standing 15 feet from the rim and deliberately chucking a ball off the backboard in the final seconds.

The Magic, my friends, get what they deserve.

I don't know if the Celtics close this out Thursday night or not. In my mind, it doesn't matter. Can anyone in their right mind imagine a team with so little heart winning a Game 7 in Boston?  

I will leave you with this. A man with whom I have not always gotten along, Stephon Marbury, gave the Celtics several quality, effective, borderline clutch and spectacular minutes in this game. I have nothing whatsoever against Stephon Marbury and wish to congratulate him. If only the Magic had a point guard that good.

Category: NBA
Tags: Celtics, Magic

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2009 10:09 pm

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Hey Berger!  Nice prediction.  I'd say don't give up your day job, but apparently sitting in front of a laptop writing asinine comments and making idiotic statements apparently IS your day job.

Do us Magic fans a favor and pick Cleveland to sweep in the next round.  That will assure Orlando a trip to the finals.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2009 4:29 pm

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Your response is well deserved and point taken but we also have an all-star sitting on the bench as well and the magic still haven't figured that the lewis vs big baby/scalibrinie is so one sided that i don't understand why they don't go to him more..  i'm a die-hard celtics fan and when i see him with the ball i know its no good..  they are all complaining about howard not having the ball but honestly he only gets his points on offensive misses or ally opps.. his post up play is really not that good..   lewis is the whole key to the series and i have to thank van gundy for not letting him go one on one more often

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2009 2:14 pm

Magic pull rodent out of hat

"And then they panicked and ordered Howard to miss the second free throw. Why? Because that's what the Magic do. They panic and vomit in their own mouths."

Um, I'm pretty sure this is exactly what Shaq said about 1 month ago when he and Van Gundy were going at each other after the Suns/Magic.  He said Van Gundy has no balls, and folds under pressure......  Seems like he knew what he was talking about!

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 10:54 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

The Magic will never win a title under this coach. I dislike Shaq intensely, but I have to give him credit because he was the first to point out that Gundy was prone to panic at the end of games and we certainly have seen it enough times during these playoffs. This guy has no killer instinct. He should take a page from the coaching greats who are always looking for that "dagger through the heart" moment in every 4<sup>th</sup&g
t; quarter. Coach Van Gundy instead looks to not lose by running out the clock. I was as pissed off last night as I can ever remember being while watching a sporting event. I love the Magic but they do not deserve to win this series. And for all of you people that accuse Howard of disappearing at the end of games, please remember that he is a center and needs to be fed the ball to be effective.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 10:06 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Dusty,  the only reason I mention Jameer is Berger's last statement saying that the Magic don't have a PG as good as Marbury.  While in this series that may be true, the Magic do have a better PG on the roster. 

BTW, the Celtics would not have swept the Magic with KG in the line up.  The Magic are a very talented team, but tend not to take the ball to the rim as much as they should.  I don't understand why in the last six or seven minutes, they don't post Rashard Lewis up down low.  He has proven time and time again in this series that Boston has no one to guard him.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 9:24 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Only a person who either has never played basketball on a competive level, or someone who doesn't know basketball would say that Dwight Howard is a NO SHOW. As the center you are reliant on the Point Guard to get that ball into him, or the others if they can make good passes.

This is a jump shot team which means they are dead if the shots aren't falling. They need balance and it is created by driving the ball and passing to Dwight.

This is a one BIG man team and he is battling both of Bostons monsters alone. Whoever is being guarded by Big Baby has to drive to the basket and attempt to dunk the ball..He will foul them, or they will score. 

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2009 8:05 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Dwight Howard not showing up.  He is a Center.  He has to be facilitated by his team.  He does not handle the ball or any of those things.  He grabbed 17 boards, and I do believe that he could have done more on the defensive end, but you see it all the time a frustrated player not going as hard on the defensive end because he is not getting his shots.  Then his frustration was evident in the post-game interview.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2009 7:29 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

The Magic keep finding different ways to lose in the 2009 playoffs. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo were all struggling for the Boston Celtics and the team had to rely on Stephon Marbury and Glen Davis to lead the way. Where was Dwight Howard at the end of the game? Dwight was right to call out Stan Van Gundy for his ineptitude at the end of games.

Howard plays the best defense in the NBA, leads the league in blocks and rebounds, and you can't give the dunking machine the ball? Why did the team take out Rafer Alston who was having an excellent game v. his fellow NYC native Marbury up to that point? 

So far they've lost on last second shots by Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. They've lost games they've led by 18. They've mainly lost because a reliance on three pointers. The team should at least follow Charles Barkley's advice and let the shot clock run down before hoisting up long-range, contested shots.  

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2009 6:46 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Berger, this article was GREAT and 100 percent correct.

Whitecave, it is simply stupid to say a single word about Jameer Nelson when the series probably would not have seen a fifth game if KG were playing.  The series would be even different if the Celtics had Leon Powe.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 6:23 am

Magic pull rodent out of hat

Redicks quote says it all:

"We were kind of just playing stall-ball and you can't do that," shooting guard said. "Stan talked about us just wanting to run the clock out instead of going and taking it."

Van Gundy should be let go after they loose game 7, if they get that far. The man has no clue as to how to challenge for a championship. This should be spread out offense and take the ball in for a dunk every time. Go for the dunk to make sure you are fouled or you score. Howard needs to post up for 2 seconds and move, hard and fast away. Then he needs to post again, by doing that the middle will open up and the others can drive to the basket.

They get the leads by taking it to the basket, they loose the lead by stalling and shooting jumpshots....JJ Redick will only hit one shot per game the rest of the way...DO NOT START REDICK !! Go with anyone but Redick...

Stop being afraid Stan !! Be a man....When you are up by 10, you want to double that lead...Keep doing what got you the lead until they STOP you....

This is the single WORSE coaching job that I've seen in 30 yrs......

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