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Magic frustration bursting at the seams

Mar 25, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

magic_Hawks_game.jpgThere was plenty of frustration to go around in the Magic locker room Wednesday night. Josh Smith will do that to you — especially when he is throwing down game winning dunks. The Hawks and their seemingly endless supply of great athletes will do that to you

Stan Van Gundy was frustrated nobody bothered to put a body on Smith in the game-winning rebound and dunk, and SVG was more than willing to talk about it according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Van Gundy just didn’t throw Rashard Lewis under the bus after the Magic’s 86-84 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night. He left him there and let the wheels make an imprint on his backside…

“Unfortunately, we forgot to box out on the weak side, and Josh was able to make a great play. We became spectators and didn’t block out,” he said.

But the more interesting thing was the Magic players’ frustration with Van Gundy.

“He obviously doesn’t trust me down the stretch,” Barnes huffed.

Rashard Lewis — who was frustrated he didn’t get more looks from beyond the arc after going for 0-4 — was muttering about Van Gundy’s offense.

It’s dangerous to read too much into what is said in a locker room after a tough loss, emotions are high and everyone from coaches on down are saying things they tend to regret. But this could be something more — maybe a sign of strain on the seams of the Magic. The team is going to see a lot more pressure starting in about three weeks. They may well face this same Atlanta team in the second round.

Will the seams hold when there is real strain? They did last year, but this year may be different.

  1. Sguy2130 - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    The players don’t listen to SVG (aka Ron Jeremy’s lost twin bro) so he has resorted to calling out players in the media.

  2. legkick - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    why should anyone trust Matt Barnes? he sucks.

  3. Blaze1914 - Mar 25, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    The Magic without D Howard are just another “live by the 3, die by the 3” team. If the Cavs, Hawks , or Celts want to control the Magic in a series, attack the paint and Dwight in the first quarter. 2 quick fouls and he will be on the bench for most of the duration of the 1st half. Unless somebody feels that Gordat demands a double team (lol) they should be alright. A lengthy and quick defender on Vince and he will keep lauching jump shots. J. Nelson overhandles too much and Rashad Lewis wont show up kinda like hes been doing for most of the season. Sorry I dont see the Magic in the Finals, MAYBE the Conference F. but not the Main Event

  4. bobdevo - Mar 26, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    attack the paint and Dwight in the first quarter.
    There are indeed two justifications for Shaq’s presence in Cleveland. To do just this in the Magic series, and to do same against Gasol/Bynum against the Lakers.
    Interestingly, the return of Z, imminent return of Shaq, and the 4 other quality Cleveland bigs: Jamison, Varejao, Hickson and Powe, give the Cavs 36 fouls to lay on Dwight if need be.
    Cav’s motto should be: No Dunks for Dwight! Put him on the foul line.

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