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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: The Redick-ulous Ray Allen matchup

    May 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    One is arguably the best jump shooter in the NBA, one of the best pure shooters in history, and one of the top five guys you want with the ball in his hand and an open look with the clock ready to expire. He’s an NBA champion, a roundball legend, and a primary component for…

  4. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: The lineups and how they lineup

    May 15, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    So there’s a million lines of context to the Conference Finals. And we can and will discuss the intricacies of each one-on-one matchup. But what are some of the more distinct, specific elements of each team’s lineups? We decided to take a look. First, how did things shake out in the four regular season meetings…

  5. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: The Rasheed Wallace Russian Roulette

    May 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    So here’s one. Rasheed Wallace is in his 14th consecutive playoff run. He’s made the playoffs every single year after his rookie season. That’s incredible. For  a guy routinely criticized for not wanting it badly enough, to make the playoffs every single year is kind of a big deal. But what he did in the…

  6. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: Stan Van Gundy believes giving valor to the victor

    May 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ours is not a very positive society, in terms of the media, in case you haven’t noticed. So when the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics, the turn from all over, including from this blog, revolved around the failure of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and James’ legacy. As a side note, oh,…

  7. Vince Carter says he can relate to LeBron James. Maybe the words LeBron least wanted to hear.

    May 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    LeBron has taken a mountain of, um, well, fertilizer for his performance in Game 5. Vince Carter feels for him, as he told the Orlando Sentinel. And when Vince Carter feels for you… “It’s a tough situation to be in when you want to be, when you are the best player in the league. Which…

  8. 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…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Hawks: Orlando has been obscenely dominant

    May 11, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    The second round series between Orlando and Atlanta wasn’t expected to be terribly competitive, but the Hawks managed to surprise us all by…well, being even less competitive than expected. Not only could they not get a single victory in the series, but due to effort and execution issues from just about every Hawk, they were…

  10. 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.  

  11. NBA Playoffs Hawks Magic Game 3: So, Mike Woodson's probably done

    May 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The story’s the same, be it from Chris Sheridan or Tim Povtak. Yesterday was likely a must-win for Mike Woodson to keep his job. Yeah, 50 wins, playoffs the last three years, significant progress, down the tubes. Because after yesterday’s embarrassing 30 point loss to the Magic, that’ll pretty much be a wrap on Woodson…

  12. 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…

  13. NBA Playoffs Hawks Magic Game 3: This is Joe Johnson's defining moment

    May 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson has always been better than people have thought he was and never as good as he thought he was. Today is likely to be a significant moment of examination in his career. Johnson will opt-out this summer and join the greatest free agency class ever, and will likely end up as the best…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. NBA All-Star Game coming to Orlando in 2012

    May 4, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA groupies, NBA players and their posses and Mickey Mouse — finally all in one place. Bring the entire family. The new Amway Center in Orlando — set to open this fall — will host the NBA All-Star Game and weekend in 2012. This largely falls in line with the NBA’s effort to give teams…

  17. Dwight Howard gets $35,000 fine for calling out referees

    Apr 28, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    We told you this was coming. It was obvious. It was just a matter of when. Today. The league announced a $35,000 fine for Dwight Howard for criticizing the referees on his blog. What did he write that was (apparently) worth $35,000? “Ya’ll know that that series against Charlotte drove me crazy. I mean, it…

  18. Dwight Howard enjoys paying fines, complains about refs

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard apparently has too much money, what with all those endorsements and all. Time to make a donation. So, he criticized the referees Tuesday on his blog. The quotes from the Orlando Sentinel. “Ya’ll know that that series against Charlotte drove me crazy. I mean, it was almost comical at times how I was…

  19. Dwight Howard's new nickname: "foul on you"

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard has really stepped up his game in the playoffs. Well, one part of his game. He tends to foul a lot during the regular season (3.5 per game), but during the playoffs he has been on fire. So much so that his teammates have nicknamed him “foul on you” Howard told the Associated…

  20. Dwight Howard dumps long-time agent

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard has pulled a LeBron James. He has dumped Aaron Goodwin as his agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. Goodwin was Howard’s agent when he came out of high school and was the top pick overall by the Magic. Howard’s next move is unclear, although sources say he planned to lean more toward…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Nelson carries Magic to 3-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The Charlotte Bobcats did everything right on Saturday afternoon. They frustrated Dwight Howard on both ends of the floor, baiting him into silly fouls and rendering him ineffective on the offensive end for most of the time he was in. They held the Magic to 9-30 shooting from beyond the arc. They turned defense into…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Saturday is the last stand

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    8 teams play today, 4 in Game 3′ss, and 4 in Game 4′s. But for the underdog in each of these contests, this will be their last stand in the hopes of a competitive series. If these teams want to force a Game 7, forget about the elimination game, whenever it comes. Today is their…

  23. Stan Van Gundy doesn't understand how the media votes (neither to we)

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    When the Defensive Player of the Year voting was released yesterday, the NBA’s twitter pundits — of which we are a proud member — started picking apart the ballots. Like questioning the sanity of the person who voted for David Lee as the third best defensive player in the league, and wondering if that person…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Vince Carter's shot selection not the problem in Game 1 against Charlotte

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    There are players in this league for whom there is some sort of general consensus. LeBron James is the MVP, Tim Duncan is awesome (but not as awesome as he used to be), Tracy McGrady is not very good. We may not agree on the specifics of those general classifications, but I would say that…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Bobcats lost game one, but won matchup against Dwight Howard

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard had a rough game against the Charlotte Bobcats to kick-start Orlando’s playoff run, even if his defense met his own unusually high standards. Howard finished with just five points and seven rebounds to go along with his nine blocks, in a performance that seems easily attributable to the Bobcats’ stellar team defense. Charlotte…

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