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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Game 1 Wednesday night preview

The Magic will open play in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1996 tonight at Cleveland against NBA MVP LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

J.J. Redick will be replaced in the Magic's starting lineup by Courtney Lee.

The Cavaliers are 9 point favorites.

For the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports, click here

For more information about the Magic/Cavaliers series, check out Third Quarter Collapse throughout the series.

4 Comments:

  • At 5:26 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Very daunting challenge the Magic face here in the series against Cleveland, but they can do it.

    It's very important to split the first two games in Cleveland, because if the Cavaliers win the first two, I don't foresee the Magic winning 4 out of the last 5 to take the series.

    Hopefully, we see the total team effort from the Magic that we saw in Games 6 and 7 against Boston.

     
  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The key for us is everybody being aggressive. We're gonna take shots from everywhere so basically we have to live or die with what got us here. Cleveland is a healthier version of boston being that they want to play lockdown defense within a possession game,the magic must run and keep the pressure on even if shots arent falling. In the three games the magic and cleveland played this year the magic should have won all three,i like the magic in this match-up because i dont think cleveland will be able to match our scoring output if our guys are aggressive. Basic gameplan is simple,play our game because they cant match-up.

     
  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Three keys. (1)Turnovers. Cleveland is a defensive ball-club everything they do revolves around defense and getting transition buckets as well as easy buckets. If we help them in the scoring column by giving them a ton of turnovers that will balance out the scoring outputs. (2)Long Rebounds. We cant give up second chance shots to them,thats how guys like williams and west who arent big enough to post up get open three's. If we can get the rebounds and run our offense should run smoothly. (3) Poise down the stretch of a close game. We've already given up a lead to cleveland the last time we played there,gotta be tougher down the stretch this time around.

     
  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    If you listen the the lame stream media, they think this series is already over and that the Magic don't even need to bother showing up. The talking heads have already given this series the the Cav's. Tony Cornhole even predicted a sweep.

    This just goes to show how much they paid attention to the Magic this year. If you didn't have Kobe or Lebron on your team, you were ignored and written off as a nobody.

    Like Mike said, the Magic face a daunting challenge, but not impossible. I think the Magic learned a few lessons in their first 2 rounds. I don't think they will take anything for granted. Ig we can play the defense we are capable of playing, hit a good percentage of our shots, and not give up a lead, the Magic can take this series and shut the talking heads up...

     

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