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  1. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: The Magic have faith

    May 25, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Just take it one game at a time? Ha. The Orlando Magic are not playing your sports cliche game, they think they can come back and win this thing. Isn’t that cute? Here is what players and coaches were saying after the game. And by the way, Doc Rivers tie looks like that win or…

  2. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 4: Magic fight off the icy cold hands of Celtics to stay alive

    May 24, 2010, 11:48 PM EDT

    You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you? Actually, for a second there? We all probably did. The Orlando Magic staved off elimination Monday night with a gutsy 96-92 overtime win in Boston, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to Orlando for Game 5. It was the first time all…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: Is there any hope for Orlando? Who can be their Dave Roberts?

    May 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    One beloved Boston sports team — the Boston Bruins — just lost a series where they were ahead 3-0. The Philadelphia Flyers came back and spanked them. So there it is Orlando, your ray of hope. It’s not much of one, it’s not even the same sport, but your team hasn’t given anybody much reason…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 3: Ray Allen can dunk, too

    May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    The Celtics did pretty much whatever they wanted in Game 3. For example, Ray Allen decides to drive for a power dunk rather than drain the three. It was that kind of game. As for the Magic, the question on this play is the one you could ask all game: Where was the help? The…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics Game 3: This one is on the Magic players

    May 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic got punched in the mouth. They fell to the ground. And they didn’t even try to get back up. Let’s not take anything away from the Celtics, they came out hungry, they came out wanting to end it. And they did. Well, sure, they still have to play one more game, but…

  6. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Celtics somehow manage to outdo themselves

    May 22, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    There is no point in playing Game 4. None. If there was any way, I think the Magic would actually be okay with a mercy rule and just calling it a three game sweep. Because they clearly have no interest in trying at all. It’s a struggle to find a hook to explain this game.…

  7. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Where losing momentum is about the only Celtics concern

    May 22, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    NBA coaches tend to operate like a lazy politician — they use fear. Scare the team by showing them their mistakes and the consequences, press the buttons on their fear of failure (or threaten their playing time), motivate them to work and focus to avoid that. Doc Rivers has to find another way — there’s…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Dwight Howard does too have post moves

    May 20, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard is a brute in the low post with no moves, he just gets by on his sheer force and athleticism, right? He can’t adjust because of that, which is why the Celtics can stop him, right? Wrong. Nobody is suggesting Howard has all the post moves of Pau Gasol, but he does have…

  9. Dwight Howard not suspended for foul on Pierce. That's fair.

    May 19, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard gave a good playoff foul to Paul Pierce in the second quarter of last night’s game. A hard foul that caught Pierce’s head. He got a “flagrant one” for that — meaning Pierce got his free throws and the Celtics got the ball out of bounds. But that will be the extent of…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2: The Celtics are feeling pretty good right now

    May 19, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    The Celtics have been here before. And they sound like it. There isn’t a lot of excitement or “wow, can’t believe we won that one” going on here. They are veterans, they are professionals and they are moving forward. The Magic are saying the right things, too. Not that it’s going to help.  

  11. Boston Celtics place foot to the throat, take 2-0 lead over Magic in Orlando

    May 18, 2010, 11:36 PM EDT

    Getcha brooms ready. Paul Pierce said last year while the Lakers were rolling the Magic in the Finals that the Celtics were Rottweilers and the Magic were poodles. So far the Celtics have bit the Magic in the throat and in Game 2 they shook the life out of them. But don’t misunderstand, the Magic…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2, halftime: Celtics 53, Magic 51

    May 18, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    The Magic were much more aggressive getting Dwight Howard open. The Celtics matched that, being more aggressive attacking the rim. The result was an offensive half from two defensive teams that ended with the Celtics up two, 53-51 at the break. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 22 as he could not seem to miss,…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Celtics Game 2: Orlando can't just be different, they have to be better

    May 18, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    The Magic made a ridiculous comeback to make the finale of Game of the Eastern Conference Finals more competitive than the bulk of the game, but Orlando still dropped home court advantage and played anything but an impressive game. A Magic team that had been completely untouchable in the playoffs prior to this series now…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 1: The last word

    May 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    It’s time for the last word on Game 1 between Boston and we are giving it to the players and coaches. Well, this isn’t the last word from us, who are we kidding? There will be some more breakdowns and analysis later. But these guys should get their say.  

  15. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 1: Where the Magic couldn't score inside or out

    May 16, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Magics fans couldn’t help but ask: Who were those guys? What happened to the Magic that steamrolled an Atlanta team (who finished with a better record than Boston)? They recognize the guys from the fourth quarter comeback, but that was not enough. Now the Magic are in a 1-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals.…

  16. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: Everything coming up Celtic Green

    May 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    If they keep playing like this, who’s going to stop the Boston Celtics? Certainly not the Orlando Magic, who walked into Game 1 against the Celtics as heavy favorites, having swept their first two series of the playoffs only to get blownout for thrre quarters, make a furious comeback that came up short, and eventually…

  17. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1 Halftime: Celtic defense smothering all light from universe

    May 16, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    The Celtics lead 41-32 at the half of Game 1 behind a defensive performance that was stunning. If you’re going to write a book on playing championship level defense, you want to start by looking at what the Celtics did for a long stretch from the opening tip until about the seven minute mark of…

  18. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics have a Magic reason to close out

    May 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics believe they’re the best team in basketball. That doesn’t really make them any different than any of the other teams left in the playoffs, save the Phoenix Suns (The Phoenix Suns: our NBA Playoffs Mickey and Mallory). But one thing they do know in the back of their heads is that a…

  19. Stan Van Gundy, Magic players talk sweep

    May 11, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    It looked easy, but Stan Van Gundy said it wasn’t as easy as it looked, sweeping the Atlanta Hawks. Although, I think he was just being polite.  

  20. NBA Playoffs, Magic Hawks Game 3: Magic dominate Hawks, remain undefeated

    May 8, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Well, so much for Atlanta turning into a completely different team on their home floor. The Hawks were 19-22 on the road this season and 34-7 at home, so it wasn’t completely unreasonable to expect them to be more competitive on Saturday than they were in the first two games of the series. Unfortunately for…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Magic Hawks Game 2: Magic overpower Hawks in second half to take 2-0 lead

    May 7, 2010, 2:12 AM EDT

    Surprisingly enough, the Atlanta Hawks were competitive for much of game two. They were able to move the ball while limiting mistakes, actually managed to get to the rim and the line with some consistency, and scored almost 100 points against the Magic’s defense. They made six of their 11 three-point attempts. They shot 97% on their…

  22. Kevin Durant joins the big time, named to All-NBA First Team

    May 6, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    This season at a Clippers/Thunder game, my media row seat was next to two advanced scouts checking out the Thunder for upcoming games for their teams. Three times during the game, Kevin Durant did something that had these scouts — jaded guys who have seen more basketball than you and I ever will — look…

  23. As per usual, strange things are afoot in the voting for the All-Defensive teams

    May 5, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Award voting will never be a perfect process, if only because there are so many different perspectives involved. That said, selections to the All-Defense first and second teams provide particularly unique challenges, as voters are not only asked to weigh certain contributions (scoring, playmaking, etc.) against others (defense, leadership, etc.) as they are in MVP…

  24. NBA All-Defense Team filled with playoff participants. Coincidence?

    May 5, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Defense wins championships. Or, at least you gets you into the playoffs. That’s the one easy takeaway from the announcement of the NBA All-Defensive teams. There are no shocks on here, everyone belongs, which is what you get when the coaches vote and not media members paid by teams who have their own agendas. Of…

  25. Orlando's rout of the Hawks summed up in 14 seconds

    May 5, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    This little video pretty well says it all. Josh Smith starts driving the lane for what is normally a monster dunk, but Dwight Howard is there so he goes with the floater. Howard skies and gets away with goaltending (that ball was on its way down). While Josh Smith is flapping his arms and moaning…

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