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Inept Magic deserved to lose Game 4

Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:37 am
Edited on: June 12, 2009 11:43 am

I don't know what's worse, failing to show up like the Magic did in Game 1, or playing downright dumb like they did last night in Game 4.

I vote Game 4. I was disappointed after Game 1, but Game 4 left me angry. From the coach on down, everybody is to blame. A total team loss if there ever was one.

The Magic probably should have won that game easily, but with turnovers, missed free throws, bad defense and horrible coaching they threw the game away, and probably the series.

I think one of the big keys to the game being overlooked was that the Lakers trailed only by 12 at the half. With Odom, Gasol and Bynum all in foul trouble and out of the game, the Magic should have dominated a Lakers lineup featuring the likes of Mbenga, Powell and some other scrubs.

But turnovers and silly fouls by the Magic kept the Lakers firmly entrenched in the game and had me a little worried heading into the second half.

And sure enough, in the second half, the Lakers began to hit shots. And missed free throws by the Magic began to add up. It was sickening.

But the ineptitude didn't end there. Coach Stan Van Gundy curiously decided that Jameer Nelson would be the closer at point guard during this game.

Alston wasn't having nearly the game he did in Game 3, but he wasn't awful. Nelson, on the other hand, aside from a couple of nice assists to Howard, really did nothing of note. In fact, I thought the Magic got back into the game in spite of him.

After Game 1, I said I was fine if Nelson took backup Anthony Johnson's minutes in this series. But twice in this series, Van Gundy has given Nelson starters minutes and he hasn't been worthy of those minutes. Our Gregg Doyel wrote a column after Game 3 that said Nelson should shut to it down for the good of the Magic. I'm in agreement that I probably don't want to see Nelson on the floor anymore in this series, but I don't put it on Nelson, I put it on Van Gundy to make that call.

And for the love of ____ Dwight, quit bringing the ball down to your waist when you catch the ball! Keep it up high so Kobe and Fisher, et al, can't get in there and swipe at the ball. How many times does he need to turn the ball over before he realizes that! Why haven't the coaches been working with him on this?


It stinks (to put it mildly) that there are two games before Game 5 because this one will stick in my craw until then.

So is the series over?

As perturbed as I am right now, the reality of the situation is that Games 2, 3 and 4 could have swung either way. So it's not as if the Lakers are dominating this thing. I don't think it's totally off-base to think the Magic could win three in a row.

Is it likely? Probably not, but as a Magic fan, until the Lakers have a 4 in the series win column, I'm going to believe the title is still winnable.

But they've got to play smarter.


Category: NBA

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:24 pm

Inept Magic deserved to lose Game 4

I think the disgust is just about universal among Magic fans. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Every missed free throw and turnover was agonizing.

I kept thinking, Van Gundy is just trying to give Alston a nice long rest to make sure he is really fresh for the finish. But nope, every time there was a stoppage in play for a Magic free throw (usually missed), I kept seeing Nelson pop into the screenshot, still on the court.

Brutal, simply brutal.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:16 pm

Inept Magic deserved to lose Game 4

Brian I am so disgusted with last night game.

Here are a few things I asked myself last night during the game.

1. Why is Alston sitting on the bench after a great game 3?

2. Why are the Magic not taking it to the hole more and getting more foul against LA?

3. Are we really only up by 12 when half of LA starters missed almost the entire second quarter?

4. Why is Alston still sitting on the bench?

5. Does Howard know how to get an Offensive Rebound?

6. Can we get a defensive stop please?

7. Why is Nelson still in the game, that air ball proves this comeback was a mistake?

8. Did they really just let LA outscore them by 16 points that quarter?

9. Can someone smack Van Gundy and tell him Alston has 11 points and is on the bench while Nelson is in the game with just two?

10. Have we really missed 15 free throws?

11. I thought Nick Anderson retired?

12. Why is no one fouling the Lakers?

13. Did Nelson really let Fisher take that shot?

14. Did Howard really just knock the ball down court to an opened Gasol?

That just a few of the questions I asked myself watching that debacle the Magic called a basketball game.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:57 am

Inept Magic deserved to lose Game 4


Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:50 am

Inept Magic deserved to lose Game 4

It's over. No way the Magic win three in a row and two in L.A.

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