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Monday, February 20, 2006

9 Lives

These next nine games for the magic,are pretty much gonna sum up the season,its like having nine lives left in the season,we'll know after those nine whether we're still living and breathing within the playoff race,b/c out of the next nine games,only two are at home. Up first,back-to-back's on the road against playoff bound Cleveland and New Jersey,then two winnable home games. After those four,the magic go on a five game west coast trip,if the magic come back from that trip with a losing record (1-4,2-3 or the worst 0-5),then we can all forget the playoffs and start wondering which pick we'll have in the draft. Bottom line is the magic have to start making up some games,one or two here and there every so often,and they dont have to get everything back all in one night,just play consistent basketball and dont worry about who's in front of you in the standings. Being only 6 or 7 games back means,the magic dont even have to be perfect,just try and stay away from the losing streaks,if you lose a tough one,get right back going and win the next one. I dont wanna see any lackluster performances from the magic,getting down by ten or fifteen points and have to come back at the end,the magic have to play like they're backs are against the wall,max effort from start to finish is what it's gonna take over these next nine lives,oops i mean games!


  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You're right on when it comes to the next 9 games, Big Figure. Even though 7 of those games are on the road, and the Magic will be underdogs in all those games, the only game I can't see them winning is at Phoenix. All the other games are games the Magic will have a shot at winning, if they play well and to their potential. If they can somehow finish with a 7-2 record these next 9 games (I'm not holding my breath though), that would be great and give everyone hope for an exciting playoff run.

    On Jan. 3rd, the Magic began a brutal stretch of 22 road games out of 33 games overall. So far, their record is a dismal 7-17. Regardless of whether we win or lose from here on out, it's really important for the Magic to show they can be competitive, and that hopefully the new players and a deeper bench will help Coach Hill develop a reliable starting lineup and bench rotation.

  • At 10:35 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    As rigid as Brian Hill is, I don't anticipate him making substantial changes. The starting line up most probably would not change with the exception of SM position whenever Grant is ready to assume his place. Until new players get used to the system, they would not get many sub minutes, neither. I expect Darko and Arroyo to appear together on the court since they have some familiarity to each others game.

  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I agree,hopefully coach will use arroyo,keyon & grant as the second team,giving deshawn,hedo & steve,the ability to stay fresh for the fourth quarter,depth wise we should be fine,dwight and tony at your forwards,with darko playing those second team big man minutes and not pat with either tony or dwight on the floor depending on foul trouble,like detroit you only need about three solid big-men,and i think we finally gott'em!

  • At 12:47 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    After watching lebron in the all-star game,i think its gonna be tough to beat him in his own building no matter what the magic do or dont do,i guess that means we're down to eight lives right off the bat! Oh and be on the look out,if steve is not in the starting line-up in these next two games then we know he's on the move,for some reason the magic like to wait until game time to tell you about trades,like with cuttino & cato!

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I think LeBron is at his worst when he pushes too much, and at his best when he is relaxed. With Hughes being out, they are not too deep of the team. If we limit LeBron to 25-30 points and contain Ilgascus, we have a chance.

  • At 3:59 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    matt, the eternal optimist..lol. I agree it would be great to hold Lebron to only 25-30 points, that would speak volumes for our defense. However, it seems like we do a pretty good job limiting most teams star player, it's the bench scrubs that always seem to kill us. The nobody guy who is seldom played that comes in and lights us up for career numbers. Thats what worries me.


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