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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Reactions on the Magic/Celtics series so far from the internet

Henry Abbott of espn.com writes that Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Game 3 for his flagrant foul on Paul Pierce.

John Hollinger of espn.con writes that the Celtics are proving you can turn it on and off.

On the same thread, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago writes about the Magic's critical miscues in the final minute of Game 2.

CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyel, who was very critical of Dwight Howard in Game 1, praises Howard for his Game 2 performance, but criticizes the other Magic players.

David Whitley of fanhouse.com writes about how the Celtics are doing the little things that get you the win, while the Magic are not.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports writes that the Magic are in very deep trouble.

On the other hand, Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie from Yahoo! Sports writes how the Celtics have executed their game plan to perfection, but not to be surprised if the Magic win Games 3 and 4 in Boston.


  • At 4:50 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Great read from Kelly Dwyer; he's right, the Magic have to bring their A game instead of their B+ game if they hope to get back in this series.

    In Game 1, Nelson and Carter were the two best Magic players by far, and in Game 2, Howard and Redick were their two best players by far. Boston is executing their game plan to perfection, so the Magic will need very good performances from more than just two players in a game.

    Yes, Rondo outplayed Nelson badly in Game 2. Nelson needs to pick up his play considerably, no question. I thought that with a healthy Nelson at PG, that would make the difference in the Magic going all the way to the NBA Title, but Rondo was great on offense and defense in Game 2.

    Someone (I think Tom from Akron) posted on the previous game thread that he thinks the Magic were a better team with Turkoglu than with Vince Carter. Turk did a lot last year, no question, but there is no guarantee the Magic would be better off with him if he was still on the team this season. There's still time for VC to redeem himself from his critical missed FTs in Game 2 and his 33% FG shooting.

  • At 12:49 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Wojnarowski is clearly biased. David Whitley? Wasn't he writing for Sentinel before? Kelly Dwyer is the only one who gets my respect. I laugh at people who refer to history; as in history repeats itself! These are the most idiotic kinds. All of a sudden all amateur number crunchers are statisticians. The problem is statistics is all about 'probabilities' and nothing more. Professional statisticians look at variables case-by-case and try to determine the probability of something happening not based on history. In the match-up between Magic and BOS a potential null hypothesis is: Magic is not good enough to beat BOS no matter how many times they play. Now that is a case, which one goes in and throws the variables in a statistical software, and even at that noting is proven. We can only - I am guessing based on variables - reject the null hypothesis, and nothing more, which means Magic can win some games against BOS.

    Now if we go into details, which I tried to offer some in my posts, we can come up with some inferences, pointing in one way or another, but that is not scientific. many variables on any given night determine the outcome of that night, and nobody - or no software for that matter - is good enough to make predictions. Hell, nobody in his right mind would have given BOS any position other than an underdog.

    So my advice to those individuals with crystal balls is: LET'S WAIT AND SEE.

  • At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dallas fan here

    What a shocker so far. Boston has been impressive, but Orlando should not give up.

    I like it when Gortat and Dwight are on the floor at the same time and want to see more of that. Redick surprised me - impressive. Boston's bigs have been in foul trouble, work that a bit more. More drives resulting in midrange jumpers and less 3s (ok, I say that about every team). Hang in there.

  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    All posts with personal attacks and other nonsense have been and will continue to be deleted.

  • At 3:48 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dallas fan.

    I understand what you're saying about the Magic needing to take more mid-range jumpers, but the three pointer is such a large part of their game so you gotta figure they will keep on trying to shoot them.

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