Boston Celtics defense gives Orlando ...

Boston Celtics defense gives Orlando Magic a reality check

There are 218 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 22, 2009, titled Boston Celtics defense gives Orlando Magic a reality check. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Orlando Magic all-star center Dwight Howard does this goofy thing when he grabs the ball while under the basket during the other team's free-throw attempts.

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Brian-Marc

Lake Mary, FL

#1 Jan 22, 2009
Okay, 4 days off was too much. They looked rusty and tooooo rested. They'll be ready for Cleveland
Bobller

Orlando, FL

#2 Jan 22, 2009
The Celtics beat us. No excuses. We played just as rugged and fouled just as hard as Boston, but we couldn't hit a shot for too long at a stretch. Was that Boston playing well, or our playing poorly? I'm not sure.

All I can say is that despite his being wrong about almost everything, Jim is going to make upteen posts that are all really about himself, and not the Magic. <sigh> at a jacka-ss.
Bobller

Orlando, FL

#3 Jan 22, 2009
sorry: what a jacka-ss
Gator73082

Rochester, NY

#4 Jan 22, 2009
I have to disagree with the whole theory that Boston played great D. I knew that I would be hearing the whole "Boston played great D" song after this game! Sure they did, but it helps when you have your opponents missing just about everything they throw up. They were throwing up bricks all night long until the last few minutes! They were missing everything that Ive seen them make on any other nights. Had they made their shots, it would help Dwight to be more effective down inside. Dwight being more effective down inside makes it easier for the guys on the outside! Its a 2-way street folks!

THey were just COLD as ice and rusty as a WW2 submarine sitting on the bottom of the sea. They were having a turnover fest due to some ball giveway for charity purpose. It looked like Turk slept wrong during his 5-day layoff afternoon nap!

Having a 5-day layoff does NOT help. I am not making an excuse, but they were really stinking up the joint on national television! How disappointing!
rob

United States

#5 Jan 22, 2009
they might as well have stayed home.
Jaxfann

Jacksonville, FL

#6 Jan 22, 2009
The Magic have done so much this season we can't be too hard on them BUT this game was embarrassing - out coached - out played - out hustled!!!

Howard still needs to grow up - what's with the "blowing on his hand" as he runs down the court after making a couple of out side shots in the first quarter - just like a 10 yr old kid!! He didn't make another shot until the 4th quarter I think.

Let this be a wakeup call for the Cav's game next week.

“Life's a Beach”

Since: Dec 07

Cocoa Beach

#7 Jan 22, 2009
Magic were rusty, but they got beat fair and square by the Celtics.

The Celtics defense was spectacular! They contest every shot and the did not give the Magic ANY easy baskets. The Magic played pretty good defense too, but I'll tell you, they couldn't buy a shot! Credit goes to the Celtics stingy defense, for sure!

Rashard showed up tonight, but nobody else really stepped up there game. Lots of shots clanking off the rims!

Oh well, let's not dwell on it and take it for a learning lesson!

I'm hoping the Magic don't dwell on it either, we need to re-focus and go and get a win down in the Little Haiti, or I mean Miami.
Amazed

Orlando, FL

#8 Jan 22, 2009
Brian-Marc wrote:
Okay, 4 days off was too much. They looked rusty and tooooo rested. They'll be ready for Cleveland
Agreed. Four days off does no one any good in sports. Coach should have worked their butts off for this game.

“Life's a Beach”

Since: Dec 07

Cocoa Beach

#9 Jan 22, 2009
Yeah, the fact that is was on National TV was a big disappointment.
kenny

Auburn, WA

#10 Jan 22, 2009
magic lost boston won thats it
Teach

Winter Park, FL

#11 Jan 22, 2009
Got to go with the "forget Boston's D"... we missing way too many open shots. It was ugly until the last 5 minutes. End of story.
Mike in Tampa

Riverview, FL

#12 Jan 22, 2009
Last week when the Magic came off the wildly successful western conference road trip I told the giddy Magic bloggers who were talking NBA championship trash to not get ahead of themselves.
I mentioned that I lived in Chicago throughout the entire Jordan era and watched the Bulls develop into one of the greatest dynasties of all time. Now for you slow or stupid ones here is what to look for before you start talking Magic championships.

Three key things,#1 being the Magic's ability to run their offense effectively under great duress and defensive pressure,#2 consistent bench contributions in critical situations and #3 the ability to get critical defensive stops.
If you heard VanGundy's comments at half time, "we can't get any looks, all we can do is one on one their defense has totally shut us down then you got your answer to #1. As for #2, Reddick was out there but he is a role player in the mold of John Paxon or Steve Kerr he needs space to maximize his affect and the Magic's offense didn't produce any. Name someone else from the bench that stepped up? And #3 the Celtics made critical shots whenever they needed them and sadly many came from the fat short guy that Dwight Howard was guarding. The biggest difference between the regular season and playoffs is defensive intensity and physical play, it exposes teams weaknesses and the Celtics exposed the Magic's tonight.
Magicfan09

Tampa, FL

#13 Jan 22, 2009
Gotta love the title "Reality Check". The 4 days off was a factor, but we should of came into this game a little bit more prepared. The shooting was bad of course but hey I think as Magic fans we have to be thankful because that was probably the worse I seen all year from this Magic team. It's back down to under the radar guys, right when we were seeking some National attention. However lets just prepare for Miami on Saturday and get back on track.
Black Bolt

Oxford, FL

#14 Jan 22, 2009
I hate the Celtics, but they took care of business tonight. The long lay-off may have hurt, but that's not Boston's problem, they don't make the schedule. Orlando just needs to brush it off and take care of the Heat. As long as Orlando doesn't play the Celtics or Pistons in the playoffs, they'll be good to go. But we all know that's not going happen!
nanningbob

Nanning, China

#15 Jan 22, 2009
It was just a matter of time before we went clunk. Other than the big 4 everyone else was 2 for 15. It is games like these when you need a guy who can come off the bench and score. Sometime, somewhere we need a guy who can be the game scoring leader coming off the bench and right now we dont have one. Tonight would have been a great night for JJ to do his thing, but he didnt along with everyone else. Well, we pick back up the next game.
jimmys

Bainbridge Island, WA

#16 Jan 22, 2009
What i found interesting was the Celtics played with intensity and Orlando looked like they were just going through the motions and didn't want to be out there. Actually the Magic played as alive as the Crowd was tonight. Celtics looked like they wanted this game more. Boston is still the team to beat in the East, but I still feel this Magic team is better then this Celtic team.
Bob Loblaw

Orlando, FL

#17 Jan 22, 2009
Mike in Tampa wrote:
Last week when the Magic came off the wildly successful western conference road trip I told the giddy Magic bloggers who were talking NBA championship trash to not get ahead of themselves.
I mentioned that I lived in Chicago throughout the entire Jordan era and watched the Bulls develop into one of the greatest dynasties of all time. Now for you slow or stupid ones here is what to look for before you start talking Magic championships.
Three key things,#1 being the Magic's ability to run their offense effectively under great duress and defensive pressure,#2 consistent bench contributions in critical situations and #3 the ability to get critical defensive stops.
If you heard VanGundy's comments at half time, "we can't get any looks, all we can do is one on one their defense has totally shut us down then you got your answer to #1. As for #2, Reddick was out there but he is a role player in the mold of John Paxon or Steve Kerr he needs space to maximize his affect and the Magic's offense didn't produce any. Name someone else from the bench that stepped up? And #3 the Celtics made critical shots whenever they needed them and sadly many came from the fat short guy that Dwight Howard was guarding. The biggest difference between the regular season and playoffs is defensive intensity and physical play, it exposes teams weaknesses and the Celtics exposed the Magic's tonight.
Blah bluh, it was one game against a team that you dont want to see after a 5 day break. It was disappointing to miss that many open shots and free throws but the magic played well enough on the defensive end if they could have made half the shots they usually make, it would have been a magic win.
nanningbob

Nanning, China

#18 Jan 22, 2009
Mike in Tampa wrote:
Last week when the Magic came off the wildly successful western conference road trip I told the giddy Magic bloggers who were talking NBA championship trash to not get ahead of themselves.
I mentioned that I lived in Chicago throughout the entire Jordan era and watched the Bulls develop into one of the greatest dynasties of all time. Now for you slow or stupid ones here is what to look for before you start talking Magic championships.
Three key things,#1 being the Magic's ability to run their offense effectively under great duress and defensive pressure,#2 consistent bench contributions in critical situations and #3 the ability to get critical defensive stops.
If you heard VanGundy's comments at half time, "we can't get any looks, all we can do is one on one their defense has totally shut us down then you got your answer to #1. As for #2, Reddick was out there but he is a role player in the mold of John Paxon or Steve Kerr he needs space to maximize his affect and the Magic's offense didn't produce any. Name someone else from the bench that stepped up? And #3 the Celtics made critical shots whenever they needed them and sadly many came from the fat short guy that Dwight Howard was guarding. The biggest difference between the regular season and playoffs is defensive intensity and physical play, it exposes teams weaknesses and the Celtics exposed the Magic's tonight.
Hey moron, that is what they have been doing all year. That is why they have the best road record in the league. One game doesnt change the fact that we have consistantly gotten that all year. The Celtics didnt expose us, we had a bad shooting night. And before you give us all the Chicago Bull garbage again I still remember the Magic beating them when they were Champions and the Magic still couldnt post a winning record. One bad game does not determine a season or a playoff series. If your so stupid to not realize the Magic are very capable of making the finals this year, you have not been watching very closely. Losing one game against a winning team when they just made a run of wins against a bunch of winning teams just not mean one thing you just said. Your comments are just dumb.
Hall Monitor

Zephyrhills, FL

#19 Jan 22, 2009
We shot lousy... can't beat the Celtics shooting lousy. That was the whole game in a nutshell. Three point shots were a disaster.
Hall Monitor

Zephyrhills, FL

#20 Jan 22, 2009
Pressure game... could it be our guys can't drop 3 pointers when the pressure is on?

Play-offs... hmmmmm.....

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