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Orlando Magic vs. Celtics

  • jrg
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Originally posted by VaBeachNiner:
Originally posted by jrg:
Dino, VA..you guys ready for the




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Oh yeah...forgot to post that...again
Originally posted by jrg:
Orlando has now won 14 straight and 27 of 30.

You guys better nit choke. What really sucks is that neither Lebron or Howard show as much heart as Kobe, which is the only reason why I think either one may lose to LA and has me also leaning towards wanting Boston and it's experience that just can't be rattled along with Garnett's emotion.
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See if you can wrap your heads around this one: Orlando has outscored opponents by a whopping 421 points over its past 30 games. To put this in perspective, the Lakers, Suns and Celtics -- who will potentially be the other three teams left standing when the conference finals start next week -- didn't outscore the opposition by 421 points over the entirety of the 82-game regular season, much less in the final 30 games of it.

That's an average of 14 points per game, which simply isn't done over long stretches -- nobody else in the NBA had an average margin even half that size during the regular season.

This isn't run-of-the-mill good, people. This is blow-your-doors-off, hide-the-women-and-children level domination. They're so good that Stan Van Gundy is in danger of running out of things to worry about.
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lol @ joe johnson's shirt. money goin down the drain...

[ Edited by Dino on May 11, 2010 at 08:41:39 ]
  • jrg
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ATLANTA -- We interrupt the brewing Kobe versus LeBron storyline potentially awaiting us in the conference finals to bring you this important bulletin: The Orlando Magic are putting together one of the most dominant late-season runs in history, and perhaps it's time we started paying attention. Monday's 98-84 win over Atlanta in Game 4 didn't just put the finishing touches on a laughably one-sided four-game sweep, or keep the Magic's playoff record a perfect 8-0 against two overmatched teams.

No, this goes much deeper. Orlando is on a torrid hot streak and nobody seems to have noticed.

Want to guess the Magic's record in their 30 games since March 1?

Would you believe 27-3?

Yes, 27-3. That's not a typo. That's their mark in a slate in which 18 of the 30 opponents were playoff teams. And before you dismiss the most recent opposition so easily, remember that the Hawks team they handled so easily won more games than Boston, San Antonio and Portland and as many as Denver and Utah. In fact the Hawks beat all of those teams at least once, as well as the Lakers and Suns, and swept Boston 4-0.

So the Magic have beat a lot of good teams. Actually, that's an understatement. They aren't just beating people -- they're killing them. Twenty of the 27 wins have been by double figures, and many were one-sided beatdowns -- such as the wins by 43 and 30 over Atlanta in Games 1 and 3. Monday's win, by a mere 14, barely moved the needle on their average victory margin.

See if you can wrap your heads around this one: Orlando has outscored opponents by a whopping 421 points over its past 30 games. To put this in perspective, the Lakers, Suns and Celtics -- who could be the other three teams left standing when the conference finals start next week -- didn't outscore the opposition by 421 points over the entirety of the 82-game regular season, much less in the final 30 games of it.

That's an average of 14 points per game, which simply isn't done over long stretches -- nobody else in the NBA had an average margin even half that size during the regular season.

This isn't run-of-the-mill good, people. This is blow-your-doors-off, hide-the-women-and-children level domination. The Magic are so good that Stan Van Gundy is in danger of running out of things to worry about.

"There were times where we didn't rebound as well as we could," he said after a moment of reflection, "but I thought every time we had a problem and pointed it out our guys made the correction."

So, why aren't we talking about the Magic again? For starters, they're not making themselves a very interesting topic because they're winning so easily. Neither the Atlanta nor the Charlotte series enjoyed much TV discussion, because there wasn't anything worth discussing besides "When does this end?"

Additionally, they're not a big market. Plus, their best player is a dominating defender but doesn't have the most refined offensive game, so they don't have the type of marketable star like Kobe or LeBron that would suck in casual fans.

What they do have, however, is the best team in basketball. There can be no serious doubt about this right now, not with the LeBrons struggling to get past Boston, and not with the Lakers, however recovered they seem, having lost more times in their past 20 games than Orlando has in its past 40.

Once again, the catalyst was point guard Jameer Nelson, who has quietly been one of the league's best players in this postseason. He had five buckets and five assists as the Magic ended the first quarter with an 11-point lead, and then helped put them in total cruise control from there, finishing with 16 points and nine assists.

Much-maligned Vince Carter also had a strong game in the closeout special, scoring a game-high 22 points. While his credentials as a go-to guy have been questioned, it's a completely different -- and scary -- story when he's the third or fourth option spotting up on the weak side. Monday he made 4 of his 7 3-point attempts.

"We just shot the ball extremely well," said Van Gundy, whose team made 16 3-pointers "It would have been very tough for anybody to beat us the way we shot the ball."

The Magic now get six days to rest -- or perhaps eight -- while they await the winner of the Cleveland-Boston series. They aren't taking anything for granted, though -- not when the Cavaliers were in the midst of a similar run last season before Orlando knocked them out in the conference finals.

"The one thing about playoff basketball," said Van Gundy, "is you have to get beyond the last series. It has no meaning on the series coming up."

Nonetheless, the Magic have to like their position heading into the conference finals. They're healthy, they're rested, and they're on a roll like few teams in history have ever been on.

"I don't think you ever expect that [dominance]," said Van Gundy. "The thing that we've been the best at, is our guys bring it every night. So if we're better than you, we're going to win, we're not going to let up and get beat by a team we shouldn't lose to. Every round that gets harder, because you're not necessarily better. But our team has been good with that."

If so, it's a scary proposition for Cleveland, Boston and whoever comes out of the West. Because the preponderance of evidence suggests the Magic are better than anybody right now.
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  • jrg
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Great article isn't it?

The Magic circle-jerk going on in here is outstanding.
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Originally posted by StOnEy333:
The Magic circle-jerk going on in here is outstanding.

Go back to your Laker thread!
Originally posted by jrg:
Great article isn't it?


Love it. SVG has this team focused and hungry.
  • jrg
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Originally posted by VaBeachNiner:
Originally posted by jrg:
Great article isn't it?


Love it. SVG has this team focused and hungry.

Originally posted by jrg:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
The Magic circle-jerk going on in here is outstanding.

Go back to your Laker thread!

Actually, I think I'll stay awhile.
  • jrg
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Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by jrg:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
The Magic circle-jerk going on in here is outstanding.

Go back to your Laker thread!

Actually, I think I'll stay awhile.

Then quit your b***hin'

GOOOO MAGIC!

I'm on the Magic wagon now. Sorry I doubted you guys.
Don't get too happy, I'm out as soon as you guys lose or win the title.
Originally posted by jrg:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by jrg:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
The Magic circle-jerk going on in here is outstanding.

Go back to your Laker thread!

Actually, I think I'll stay awhile.

Then quit your b***hin'

GOOOO MAGIC!








[ Edited by StOnEy333 on May 11, 2010 at 21:04:16 ]