Can someone explain to me how a player can catch the ball, come down, bring the ball to his knees and still manage to get a shot off in 1.0 seconds? Remember Howard's dunk over the Spurs - 1.2 seconds that shot took. If the NBA does not review the last play of Game 2 - the game is fixed. You can clearly watch the reply and see that Lebron catches the ball and brings the ball down to his knees before the clock even starts. If you watch in slow motion - you should be able to rattle off about 40 some odd frames before the ball even leaves his hands. Hopefully someone in the Magic organization is bringing this to the attention of the NBA. While it might not change the outcome of the game - this is definitely something that needs to be addressed. This and the non-technical foul that Williams deserved for throwing the basketball at Howard in the first half.
For all the mouthing off that Shaq did leading up to last night's game against the Magic, he still hasn't learned anything from his 17 years in the NBA. Just keep your mouth shut. He complains about flopping, so he flops. He complains about double-teaming a 37 year old, so the Suns triple-team Howard. Instead of passing the torch to "The Big Show" as I like to call Howard, "The Big Flop" tries to hold on to his last minutes of fame. Van Gundy summed everything up in the post game news conference, ""...very disappointed cause he knows what it's like. Lets stand up and play like men, and I think our guy did that tonight.''
The Magic did their best Boston Celtic impersonation and handled the Lakers down the stretch. It's been a long time since I felt confident in the Magic playing against LA. After the earlier meeting between the two teams, I felt as if there was no way we could lose this game. In all honesty, I'm way more concerned about Boston than any other team. I feel like if we can get to and past them in the Eastern playoffs, the Magic can beat anyone in a 7 game series in the West. I thought the Magic did a decent job throughout the game, although there were times when I was wondering if it was going to happen tonight.
The Magic won their seventh game on the road this season by beating the New Orleans Hornets last night. The Magic now stand at 10-2, the first team in the NBA to reach 10 victories this season. Dwight Howard was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week while averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu is playing the way he is capable of playing and I think this makes a big difference in the team. Hedo is a versatile player who can open the floor for other players. And Rashard Lewis, well, his fourth quarter threes are just plain Rasharded.
The Magic blew a 20 point lead late in the fourth, but managed to hang on to beat the Boston Celtics. With the Indiana loss and a Magic win, the Magic are now guaranteed a playoff spot. Hopefully, the team will get their act together and make something of it.
Magic lose to the Toronto Raptors tonight. That's three games in the last week the Magic have blown. And that's enough for me. I'm done. Until management does something to improve this team, I'm done. No more season tickets. No more merchandise. No more games on TV. I would rather sit through reruns of American Idol, Season Two than watch another pathetic effort on the part of the Magic. For all of you FireBrianHill.org goobers out there, this game was solely on the shoulders of the players. Blame the coach all you want, but the coach can't control the turnovers, missed free throws and lack of effort on the floor. I figure I will start putting effort back into the team when the team starts putting forth some effort into playing. I'll be back when this team decides to show up for more than one game at a time.
The Magic win two games in a row for the first time since February 2nd as they beat the New York Knicks, 94-89. Dwight Howard came up with two huge blocks in the last minute and Jameer Nelson tied the game and put the Magic ahead for good on back-to-back three pointers. Aside from the turnovers in the second half, I thought the coaching was very good. You won't hear that very often from me, but tonight that was the difference. With the win, the Magic are a half game aheaed of New Jersey in 7th place. Also, the Magic are now two and a half games ahead of the Knicks and 1 game ahead of Indiana. And though probably out of reach for the Magic, the team is only five and a half games back from Toronto, Washington and Miami. So, as bad as things have been the last 3 months, the Magic are certainly capable of putting a run together.
I'm simply at a loss of words. The Magic were happy to being playing Charlotte. This was a must win game to keep playoff hopes alive. The result? The Magic are now a full game behind the New York Knicks. Sad times in Orlando as the Magic lose 119-108 to the Bobcats. Hedo Turkoglu and Grant Hill were about the only two guys playing basketball tonight. Turkoglu finished with 23 points and 6 rebounds. The high-scorer for the night was Dwight Howard with 26 points. Howard also had 11 rebounds on the night but he left 9 points on the free throw line. When you lose by 11, those 9 points become critical. The most interesting stat of the night, the Bobcats had 39 assists and only 27 rebounds. 39 assists on 42 field goals. Unbelievable. Sorry fans, I'm just out of words and thoroughly disgusted tonight.