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Monday, May 24, 2010

Game 4 ECF Preview

8:30 PM ESPN

The Magic have been getting roasted in the national media for their Game 3 performance, this column by Mike Freeman of cbssports.com being an example.

John Hollinger of espn.com details how the Celtics have been able to frustrate the Magic, and the outstanding play of Boston's Rajon Rondo.

Here is the complete Game 4 preview from Yahoo! Sports.

The Celtics are 7 point favorites at -350 odds to win Game 4.


  • At 5:17 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Do or die time for the Magic!

    I'm ready to go to Orlando Tuesday and attend Game 5 Wednesday, which I already have an excellent seat for, but I'll wind up postponing my trip if the Magic lose Monday night.

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Hope you get your vacation mike! As it will also mean the magic are still playing. SVG in my opinion hasnt done everything he can do for this team to be successful against the celtics. Rashard should play more three against this team and we should play RA and BB alot more. If we stay with the same line-ups and rotations,series over!!! SVG needs to wake up and try some new things!!! Putting rashard at the three and posting up PP would take a toll on PP and get rashard going on the block. VC posting up ray allen would help too. We need to go at our strengths on the offensive end instead of trying to shoot the ball from deep.

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Big Figure:

    I full heartedly agree with your suggestions. Rashard has not produced at PF position not against BOS this year or LA last year, and that would be a subject for me going back to advocating my old argument for that position after the season is over.

    When I have any time to read about Magic I go to Orlando Pinstriped Post. Ben Q Rock is doing a wonderful job in researching and using all analytical tools available to him. They have a poll going on asking whether or not people think Magic's season should end tonight? I was shocked that majority of people have answered in the positive. That result may be skewed a bit due to the fact that non-Magic fans may frequent that very informative and well-organized blog. But assuming that Magic fans are in majority, that result makes me sick to my stomach. I may understand people's disgust on how Magic played last time out, but to wish that your team be swept and eliminated is worse than pulling the plug on the grandma. With this kind of fans, should anybody be surprised at the heartless performance of the team?

    Granted that the coach has some share in motivating players to do their best, which coach Van Gundy courageously accepted the responsibility for. While I accept the motivational element of a coaching job, I don't buy into it more than its worth, especially at this level. If players cannot motivate themselves at ECF when they are down 0-2, and have said all along that they are shooting for a championship, what are they good for? We might as well just keep Dwight and J.J. as building blocks and start the team over. Let's hope that they at least fight tooth and nail for it tonight.

  • At 4:49 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Matt... I also enjoy BQR's work on Orlando Pinstriped Post. Since you're a professional statistician, I know you enjoy reading his analysis and the various in-depth and advanced statistics he presents.

    I'm cautiously optimistic about tonight. Like Big Figure said, Coach Van Gundy should be trying some new things to get the team going.

  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    At least we know the Magic will put up a much better effort tonight; they can't possibly do any worse than they did in Game 3.


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