Magic still the underdogs going up against Cavs?

There are 19 comments on the May 18, 2009, Orlando Sentinel story 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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Jeff

Orlando, FL

#23 May 19, 2009
Mo will score more than 12 points but I doubt Lebron will average 35 per game. Wallace will be lucky to score at all in this series. He has to be the worst offensive player in the league. Wally can light it up from time to time but I dont see him scoring more than 15 in any one game in this series. West and Ilgauskus will be X factors. Depends on how we guard them. West can knock down 3s and drive. He seems to lack size however and I dont see him being able to finish in the paint vs our bigs so he'll need to be stroking from the outside. Ilgauskus can hit the open shot and I think we may need to use Gortat alongside Dwight in this series if he becomes a problem. With Dwight guarding Verejao and Gortat guarding Z. I really like our chances. Thats all im going to say. Lebron is crazy good though so we will have to play focused or he can beat us by himself. Just look at what he did to detroit in 07.
Gotta love the Magic

Geneva, FL

#24 May 19, 2009
This series will all come down to which Orlando team shows up. As Chris Weber said after the Boston defeat, the "Magic are the best team in the NBA"...but they need to come out confident and stay focused for the entire game. Should be an excellent series, but I think Orlando has grown enormously in these past two series and should win it in 6.
kenny

Auburn, WA

#25 May 19, 2009
Manny San Miguel wrote:
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?
dude, ur a guy that doesnt know much...he would be the magics 6th man...he would be the magics 2nd best rebounder and 2nd best defender!
Str8 from Cleveland

Hilliard, OH

#26 May 19, 2009
"Over-rated"..... "Over-rated".... "Over-rated"
My Cavs will knock your Magic team off the high horse. They'll be sitting at home like the Atlanta Pigeons; in their robes w/ a bowl of popcorn Witnessing a Cleveland Championship! Cavs in 6
Krazi3

Winter Garden, FL

#27 May 19, 2009
What I think most analyst seem to forget is the fact that Cleveland just doesn't match up well with us. It's just like the Magic and Pistons, the Pistons are terrible EXCEPT when playing the Magic. They are physical and shot/make alot of jumpers. The Magic just don't match up with the Pistons well. Cleveland DOES NOT match up well with the Magic, The magic play defense, Dwight clogs the lane and sends a high percentage of shots back to sender, and we shot/make alot of threes, so they will definately have problems. Not saying they can't adjust or pull it out, but it will be VERY difficult for them. With that said it comes down to a couple of factors...
1. The magic defense- Our defense is among the best in the league, it is right next to Clevelands in almost every metric used, either right above or right below them. So, why is it that every analyst seems to believe that Cleveland will walk this series in 5 games or less.
2. Shooting- which ever TEAM shoots better, will be the victor. I emphasize team because....
3. Lebron James- the man can take over a game, he's incredible. The problem is which Lebron we see. If he decides he can win it with jumpshots like he has against the Magic before, the Magic will lock this series up. If Lebron constantly goes to the rim, the magic will be in trouble, BIG TROUBLE.
Zack

Chicago, IL

#28 May 19, 2009
no way
Radu

Bucharest, Romania

#29 May 19, 2009
If I would be SVG I would instruct my guys to switch quickly to Ilgauskas if Lebron had just beat me of the dribble. James knows Dwight it's in the middle in the regular season he was transformed into a jump shooter agains Orlando but he also knows Ilgauskas can step back and shoot from middle distance, therefore will look to drive and dish if he can't get in the lane to finish. So the guy guarding Lebron has to rotate very quickly to Ilgauskas. If we can do that, Cavs will have a lot of trouble scoring. Something tells me we will fare a lot better than against boston, that series was a godsend to Orlando, they learned so much from it.
beantownCHAMPS

Newark, OH

#30 May 19, 2009
Radu wrote:
Something tells me we will fare a lot better than against boston, that series was a godsend to Orlando, they learned so much from it.
And you learned???? That you needed 7 games to beat an aging Celtic team with undersized post players?? If Garnett and Powe play in that series the C's and Cavs would be playing game #3 by now.
magicpenny

Orlando, FL

#31 May 19, 2009
hey beantownchamps u dumbass, the magic have not had the service of their all star point guard, so keep that in mind, when u make your dumbass assumptions.
nanningbob

Dublin, Ireland

#32 May 19, 2009
beantownCHAMPS wrote:
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And you learned???? That you needed 7 games to beat an aging Celtic team with undersized post players?? If Garnett and Powe play in that series the C's and Cavs would be playing game #3 by now.
LOL guy. We had a winning record against you guys last year and again this year. So where do you go with your argument now. Healthy, injured, etc. etc. we beat you and soundly in the games we won and you had a couple of miracle comebacks to win a couple of games. Our record stands at 8-6 over the last two years and of our 6 losses four of them have happened when we didnt have Jameer. So you have a better chance of beating us when we are injured, not when we are healthy. Again KG has not been a factor in our games. His strength is interior defense and rebounding, with Lewis he has to go outside and guard the 3 point line. That negates his strength, so he has not been the factor you guys try to make him out to be. Lewis negates KG's strengths.

Cleveland has the same problem with their defense. Their PF has to go cover Lewis and that opens up their defense and we crack it pretty good. Here are the facts.
Here are the scores of the last 12 games, Orlando is 9-3 against Cleveland and has won 3 of the last 4 on their home court. Orlando has scored over 100 pts. 6 times and Cleveland only once. We have scored less than 90 points only twice and we won one of those games. Cleveland has scored less than 90 points 8 times. Yes Cleveland is good enough to beat us once out every 5 games. Not bad. We own Cleveland and the world doesn’t know it. On our home court this year we had 25 and 40 points leads. We destroyed them. On their home court Lebron had to have his best game and we played a poor game for them to win by 4. Well Cleveland knows we have their number.
nanningbob

Dublin, Ireland

#33 May 19, 2009
5 of our 9 wins have been double digit wins. Clevelands biggest win has been 7 points. Only 2 of Orlandos wins are by less than 5 points. We destroy these guys. The games are not even that close. At least when we play Boston, the games are close.
Sasha

AOL

#34 May 19, 2009
I Pick the Cavs in 5 ;) Only Cause I would Like to see them seal the deal at Home LOL

Go Cavs!!!!!!!!!!
Sasha From Cleveland

AOL

#35 May 19, 2009
I will Take The Cavs in 5, Will settle for 6 if necessary, Only Because I want them to win at home, but we will take it either way.

GO CAVS!!!!!!!!!!
Manny San Miguel

United States

#36 May 20, 2009
RadU:
You’re SO right about the Boston series; we screwed up, we learned, screwed up some more, learned... WE GREW UP! We are NOW ready to take the next step; to fight, tooth and nails for our FIRST championship!

To all those Cleveland fans visiting here for the first time, WELCOME!

It’s invigorating to TASTE the raw energy flowing from the fans in this series, BOTH Cleveland’s and Orlando’s! It’s excitement of the first kind.

Best wishes!
Manny San Miguel

United States

#37 May 20, 2009
On James penetration drives…

Here’s what Dwight will do with LeBron James. The VERY FIRST TIME LBJ TRIES to drive into the lane, Dwight will do this, and it will be done in a clean, crisp manner; a planned, purposeful fault of great strategic value.

One time only, the first time.

Dwight will GO FOR THE BALL, but hit James arm and hand with such force and momentum that LeBron will stay on the floor for 2 minutes; a full body block sending ripples of pain from head to toes.

Take two shots.

We don’t care; the message is clear: Don’t mess with Superman… your kryptonite is NOT strong enough. Every time you try to drive inside to Dwight, your body will SUFFER… numbing, debilitating pain that WILL zap energy and endurance for the remainder of the game. Just ask Nelson, Batie, or Courtney Lee. And THOSE were UNINTENTIONAL!
Gotta love the Magic

Geneva, FL

#38 May 21, 2009
We need a huge red Superman cape up on one of the high rises downtown...remember when they had Horace Grants goggles? That would be great to drive downtown and see that and also to wave a welcome to the Cavs;)
Sasha From Cleveland

AOL

#39 May 23, 2009
Manny San Miguel wrote:
RadU:
You’re SO right about the Boston series; we screwed up, we learned, screwed up some more, learned... WE GREW UP! We are NOW ready to take the next step; to fight, tooth and nails for our FIRST championship!
To all those Cleveland fans visiting here for the first time, WELCOME!
It’s invigorating to TASTE the raw energy flowing from the fans in this series, BOTH Cleveland’s and Orlando’s! It’s excitement of the first kind.
Best wishes!
Thanks for the welcome Miguel ;) Yes I Think both teams Fans are Excited and anyway you go this is an exciting Series and I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

You Have One Tough Team and Hopefully we will win and Take it to the Finals!!!

Best Wishes To You as well.
Manny San Miguel

United States

#40 May 23, 2009
Thanks, Sasha!

It's good to read nice comments from fans everywhere.

Cleveland is a strong team, with a true Superstar; something Howard as not yet attained. LeBron WILL win his share of NBA championships, it's true!

And it's a shame that Cleveland and Orlando are on a similar collision course. However, objectively, even though this series is tied at one game a piece, it is also TRUE that Orlando is the better TEAM. We have taken THE BEST that Cleveland has thrown at us and TWICE OVERCOME whatever they throw... in their own HOME!

Can't wait to start game three... IN ORLANDO! Good to hear form you!
Sasha From Cleveland

AOL

#41 May 26, 2009
Great Game for the Magic, Heartbreaking Loss for my Cavs.
Congrats to the Magic on a Great Game.
Unlike some of the Magic fans on here People in Cleveland can lose and still be sportsmanlike and Not Whine and Complain.
See You All In The Q.

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