Magic still the underdogs going up ag...

Magic still the underdogs going up against Cavs?

There are 39 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 18, 2009, titled Magic still the underdogs going up against Cavs?. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

To no one's surprise, the Magic head into another series with a disadvantage in big-game experience.

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Magic Fan Mark

Deland, FL

#1 May 18, 2009
Sounds like a pretty fair assessment of the matchup.

I'm really looking forward to this series. I hope it's clean and nobody gets ejected or anything silly.

Let the battle begin!!!
Manny San Miguel

United States

#2 May 18, 2009
What do you guys think the matchups are going to be?

Turk on LeBron James is a HOT potato! The good is that Howard SHOULD have a field day in the paint! And Lewis can guard the European big shooter they have (can't remember the name).

And of course, Lee can seal up Williams, with help from MP. Turk, however WILL need lots of HELP with King James!

I think the rest of the guys can mop up Delante and their remaining crew with relative ease.

What do you think?

“The Mystery Shopper”

Since: Jan 09

Undisclosed Location

#3 May 18, 2009
Anyone going up against LeBron is in an underdog position...
Lisa

San Antonio, TX

#4 May 19, 2009
Even the King can't win a game by himself. As long as they can shut down everyone else and make shots, the Magic have a great chance. Either way, it should be a great series.
Dave

Denver, CO

#5 May 19, 2009
Go ahead, Cavs. Double up on Dwight. Leave the Magic shooters open at your peril. You'll be playing right into our hands.
Dave

Denver, CO

#6 May 19, 2009
Manny San Miguel wrote:
What do you guys think the matchups are going to be?
Turk on LeBron James is a HOT potato! The good is that Howard SHOULD have a field day in the paint! And Lewis can guard the European big shooter they have (can't remember the name).
And of course, Lee can seal up Williams, with help from MP. Turk, however WILL need lots of HELP with King James!
I think the rest of the guys can mop up Delante and their remaining crew with relative ease.
What do you think?
I wouldn't double-up on James. Let Turk play him straight up. I don't care if James scores 50 a game. Shut down everyone else, and who cares how many points James scores? And if I were the Cavs, I would do the same. Let Z play Dwight straight up and cover Turk and Lewis like blankets. If you look at the Magic's season, usually the higher Dwight scores, the game was either very close or a loss.
Joe

Kissimmee, FL

#7 May 19, 2009
Manny San Miguel wrote:
What do you guys think the matchups are going to be?
Turk on LeBron James is a HOT potato! The good is that Howard SHOULD have a field day in the paint! And Lewis can guard the European big shooter they have (can't remember the name).
And of course, Lee can seal up Williams, with help from MP. Turk, however WILL need lots of HELP with King James!
I think the rest of the guys can mop up Delante and their remaining crew with relative ease.
What do you think?
Hedo will start on LBJ, but Pietrus comes in with about 5 min left in the first and you may even see CLee guard him at some point. It will be a team effort and the Magic will try to give him different looks thru the game. The Magic also have good matchups everywhere else.
Joe Comment

Eustis, FL

#8 May 19, 2009
You heard from me 1st. Petrius will earn his money and guard Labron. Petrius is very athletic and can stay with him. And when Labron goes to the basket Dwight will be waiting. Labron will still score but the Magic will keep him from beating them alone.

When the Magic are on offense Labron may cover Turk. I don't see that slowing Turk down from what he does. Turk will get more assists and still hit his open shots. All other Cavs players will get single coverage and will be in bad matchups. I see this as the Magic's series to lose. They should win with ease and if they don't it's because they don't play smart.
Cav fan Dave

Tampa, FL

#9 May 19, 2009
Here's some perspective from our side:
1. If Zydrunas Ilgauskas is hitting the outside shot (you'll know early), that will draw Howard out of the paint and free up the inside for LeBron and Delonte West driving to the basket.
2. Cavs and Magic have both been very good 3 point shooting teams. Delonte West, Mo Williams and Wally Szerbiak can all carry a team for a quarter if they're shooting well. Lebron facilitates and usually finds the open man. Whoever is making their 3's will have a huge advantage.
3. The Refs. If the Refs let them play - advantage Cavs. They'll be able to run Varejao, Joe Smith, and Ben Wallace at Howard all night without ticky-tack fouls being called.
4. Delonte's D. The Cavs best perimeter defender will end up guarding Turkoglu, I think. Lebron will be on Lewis. Delonte is quick enough to bother Turk on the outside and force him to pass -- despite giving up 4-5 inches.

I think it goes 6 or 7, and of course I'm picking the Cavs. I'm glad you thrashed Boston.
Jeff

Winter Garden, FL

#10 May 19, 2009
Yeah we're big underdogs in this one. Not sure why with the way the games went in the regular season. Orlando blew them out twice at home and the game in cleveland was close. I know this is the playoffs and it doesnt matter, but be that as it may, we are still 5.5 to 1 dogs in this series. So if youre really confident in Orlandos chances you can make a bet of 100 bucks and win 550 if we take the series. I really like our chances here. We have 4 players we can throw at Lebron at any given time. Also we can play a lineup with all 4 of them on the floor at the same time if we have Turk playing the point.

GO MAGIC!!

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#11 May 19, 2009
Manny San Miguel wrote:
What do you guys think the matchups are going to be?
Turk on LeBron James is a HOT potato! The good is that Howard SHOULD have a field day in the paint! And Lewis can guard the European big shooter they have (can't remember the name).
And of course, Lee can seal up Williams, with help from MP. Turk, however WILL need lots of HELP with King James!
I think the rest of the guys can mop up Delante and their remaining crew with relative ease.
What do you think?
That is actually a pretty good plan but its easier said that done....
Lebron is playing at a different energy level....
Even though Turk/lee/peitrus will be on LBJ, HOWARD will have to let him know VERY EARLY that he cannot just penetrate through....
THat is the most important factor.
Once LBJ knows HOWARDS presence, then its going to be our game.
Also, DELONTE is a one of those guys that MAGIC like to forget make them HALL of FAMERS for that game....
We need to be careful on those.

All in All, MAGIC has gone through a HUGE learning curve against Boston so that will help a lot.
Only thing I'm worried about is being overconfident going into this.
Should be Awesome!
Dirtysouthjay

Orlando, FL

#13 May 19, 2009
Manny San Miguel wrote:
What do you guys think the matchups are going to be?
Turk on LeBron James is a HOT potato! The good is that Howard SHOULD have a field day in the paint! And Lewis can guard the European big shooter they have (can't remember the name).
And of course, Lee can seal up Williams, with help from MP. Turk, however WILL need lots of HELP with King James!
I think the rest of the guys can mop up Delante and their remaining crew with relative ease.
What do you think?
Okay Lewis will not be guarding the european big shooter (are you thinking of Sasah Pavlovic? he doesnt start) If you are thinking lewis can cover Ilgauskas, no way Z is 7 ft 3. You guys are vastly underating clevelands D. Cleveland is no old lethargic Boston or crappy Philly that magic had problems with.
Go Jags

Melbourne, FL

#14 May 19, 2009
Dirtysouthjay wrote:
<quoted text> Okay Lewis will not be guarding the european big shooter (are you thinking of Sasah Pavlovic? he doesnt start) If you are thinking lewis can cover Ilgauskas, no way Z is 7 ft 3. You guys are vastly underating clevelands D. Cleveland is no old lethargic Boston or crappy Philly that magic had problems with.
Yeah, Moron...and the Magic aren't the fossil Detroit Pistons or highly overrated Hawks. Get a clue...Magic in 6.
Van Gundys Mustache

Orlando, FL

#15 May 19, 2009
It is nice that we are the underdogs. This works to our advantage. Once again I will shave myself off if we win Wednesday night!
David Maradiaga

Cocoa, FL

#16 May 19, 2009
Orlando in 6

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#17 May 19, 2009
Dirtysouthjay wrote:
<quoted text> Okay Lewis will not be guarding the european big shooter (are you thinking of Sasah Pavlovic? he doesnt start) If you are thinking lewis can cover Ilgauskas, no way Z is 7 ft 3. You guys are vastly underating clevelands D. Cleveland is no old lethargic Boston or crappy Philly that magic had problems with.
On the same note, Atlanta/Detroit had nothing close to HOWARD in the middle or the "D" like the MAGIC has been putting up lately.
You are way off.
We have way more talented starters and better bench the Cavs does, but then again Lebron is also Huge.
We'll see....
magicpenny

Kissimmee, FL

#18 May 19, 2009
Dwight will have a huge series against the Cavs. Unlike the Celtics who had huge heavy guys defending him and pushed him out of the paint, both Perkins and Big Baby were around 280 pounds, the Cavs only have tall skinny guys to throw at Dwight. Its the reason Mikki Moore wasnt used more in the Celtic series, he was tall but only weighs like 220. The Cavs have the brazilian guys goes around 240, and while Z has height, he doesnt have the strength to push Dwight around, and Wallace is pretty much washed out, he is slow and short, so look for Dwight to have a huge series, that should offset Lebron.

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#19 May 19, 2009
magicpenny wrote:
Dwight will have a huge series against the Cavs. Unlike the Celtics who had huge heavy guys defending him and pushed him out of the paint, both Perkins and Big Baby were around 280 pounds, the Cavs only have tall skinny guys to throw at Dwight. Its the reason Mikki Moore wasnt used more in the Celtic series, he was tall but only weighs like 220. The Cavs have the brazilian guys goes around 240, and while Z has height, he doesnt have the strength to push Dwight around, and Wallace is pretty much washed out, he is slow and short, so look for Dwight to have a huge series, that should offset Lebron.
He Better!!! If NOT, we are toast!!
kenny

Auburn, WA

#21 May 19, 2009
O-MAGIC wrote:
<quoted text>
On the same note, Atlanta/Detroit had nothing close to HOWARD in the middle or the "D" like the MAGIC has been putting up lately.
You are way off.
We have way more talented starters and better bench the Cavs does, but then again Lebron is also Huge.
We'll see....
mo williams is better than rafer
c lee and delonte are a wash
lebron is the bestplayer in the world
lewis is better than andy OFFENSIVELY
and dwight is better than big z

the benches are even if not in the cavs favor!
Manny San Miguel

United States

#22 May 19, 2009
Wally Szerbiak... THAT's the name I was looking for; Lewis will take care of him, sometimes floating to cover Z. And never mind the 5-inch height advantage (7'3" vs 6'10"), Lewis is fast, jumps a mile and is YOUNG! I agree on the assesment on Wallace, plus the Brazilian guy is way overrated; he couldn't make it even in the Magics BENCH... was released!

As for Williams, he IS a true All-Star, BUT in these playoffs, he has NEVER seen such disciplined, focused defensive specialists like Courtney Lee, or MP, BOTH with a DEADLY shooting touch of their own. And for Delante, we will take turns with Redick (who CONTAINED a much more faster and deadly shooter, Ray Allen) and Alston.

I agree; the first game is CRUCIAL!

This is the wayI envision the scoring from the principals:

MAGICS:
Dwight-25 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 takeaways, 3 turnovers
Turk-15 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 turnovers
Lewis-20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover
Lee-12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 take aways, 1 turnover
Alston-10 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 2 turnovers
MP-10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers
Redick-8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 take
aways, 2 turnovers
Gortat-6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers

CAVALIERS:
LeBron James-35 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4 assists, 4 turnovers, 4 take aways
Mo Williams-12 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers
Wally Szerbiak-4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers
West-14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 turnovers
Varejao-8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 turnovers
Z. Ilgauskas-12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 turnovers
Wallace-4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Rest of Bench-6 points

Given all the defensive AND offensive capabilities and execution, specially in their games together and the Playoffs, this is the score (plus or minus 4):
Magic: 106
Cavaliers: 95

I know... I know; just GRILL ME, OK?

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