Tough to see how Magic can rebound

Tough to see how Magic can rebound

There are 55 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 5, 2008, titled Tough to see how Magic can rebound. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

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jjgator

Gainesville, FL

#43 May 6, 2008
Of course the Pistons are going to win if the refs cheat for them like they did last night. Although the Magic lost by more than three, there decisions would have been different near the end of the game and I think they would have held the Pistons off if not for the three Billlups hit AFTER the buzzer. Typical of the NBA to favor a team that will get the Playoffs higher ratings. No way they would have given it to the Magic if the sides were reversed. The Magic got robbed, that's for sure. The writer of this article is a knucklehead as Barkley would say.
Vinny

Tallahassee, FL

#44 May 6, 2008
A typical column by Mike, he never has anything good to say about anything. This is the same sports genus that predicted that Orlando would not make the playoffs. I'm not a Magic fan but I think they have proven with that close loss yesterday that they could take two from the Pistons at home. I'll go out on a limb, the Magic in six.
AAAARRRRGGHH

Lakeland, FL

#45 May 6, 2008
Mitchell UK wrote:
Can't actually disagree with Bianchi too much here. As much as the officiating last night was ridiculously bad, none of the referees caused Hedo to jack up wild shots or run head first into defenders and get offensive fouls. They didn't make Lewis take an off balance layup in the final minute.
I disagree... if the bogus 3-pt shot did not count, it changes teh whole tenor of the game.
First of all... taking 8 minutes to resolve that issue took the momentum right out of the Magic team.
Second, there are situations in the 4th quarter where if the Magic are tied or up by one, instead of down by 2 or 3, they DON'T take some of those crazy desperate shots.
Plus, that call going against the team further reinforces that the refs are against them, no matter what happens. This gives them a psychological disadvantage.

There were things the team could have done to overcome that HORRIBLE call... but in the end, its value counted for a lot more than 3 points.
Luke

Logroņo, Spain

#46 May 6, 2008
Anyway, better forget that episode, and I really hope that the players will do too.

Actually, the comments of staff and players after the game were on this line, and I like that... it would have been simple to complain.

There were other calls that we didn't like, the last two fouls on Jameer for example, when he was carrying the team.
But I'm sure that if you look the game like a Pistons fan, you can say the same with other calls.

Yes, we're learning a very good lesson game after game.
You better be careful if we're able to come back in Detroit with the series tied,'cause our team is good and impredictable.
But I agree with you that Orlando will have a tough time to close game 3 and 4.

I hope we can do that.... it could be a very emotional series if so.
Pistonfan wrote:
I agree the solution should be to go back and replay the inbounds with 5.2 left. However in the larger scheme of things that 3 didn't effect the Pistons, but I can see where a young team might get thrown off center by such an incident. Just another lesson - in the playoffs the team that can focus usually wins - remember Havlachek stole the ball - and that was Isaia Thomas's big lesson that cost us the Title - not jsut 3 points. You learn or you go home simple as that. Let's remember on the timed replay the ball was just leaving his hand when the time would have expired so the play wasn't defended correctly anyway - you will not get that shot off on the Pistons team and we will likely get the chance to see that sometime in this series. The O's are a good team. When they get the 3-ball to fall they are very good. Jitters and free throws will cost you at least one more game in this series. The O's couldn't pay enough for the lessons they are getting so far in this series and I expect a great game next time. Unless I miss my guess the Pistons will make it very uncomfortable for O's fan late in game 3 too. Because you don't know what your guys will do under pressure - we know the Pistons will more times than not execute down the stretch. Frankly I hope your guys do win one - I'd like the stones to wrap it up at home.
Luke

Logroņo, Spain

#47 May 6, 2008
Let me disagree.
What SVG is trying to teach to his players all year long?
That every game count, every quarter, every minute, every possesion is important.

And every possession could change this wonderful game called basketbal, much more then the 3 points.
O-MAGIC wrote:
The CLOCK had nothing to do with the loss!!
Great hard fought game. Our Inexperience at this level spoke loud!
We live and learn. Nothing to cry about. All in all, we did prove that we can HANG IN there with them.

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#48 May 6, 2008
Pistonfan wrote:
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I was most impressed with the improvement of JN getting himself open and knocking down the shot. He was your most improved player I thought. Turkeyloo is killing you. Piston's will be happy to send Howard to the line - can you say Shaq rules/Jordan rules. The Pistons have set the playoff rules for how to play opponents for almost 15 years now. Right now they have the O's number. SVG will need to adjust the game plan again this next go round. Especially defensivley - still not where they need to be and in the playoffs its defense that kicks everything off. When you have a run and gun team its the catalyst - for a control team its where the control of the game starts. Watch the defensive stops and you'll see who's playing better.
Like I said..."Inexperience ".
Talent is already in place....and there is still room for improvement. Orlando is still trying to adjust to 2nd round shock!
They'll come around sooner or later.
This is not a make or break year. We are still growing adn the future looks very bright!!
joe

Freehold, NJ

#49 May 6, 2008
Forrest Trump wrote:
Piston fans know the Magic are close, why do you think their flocking to our boards posting comments. To me it's a sign of respect and they know the Magic are knocking on their door. Now we just gotta take the keys and open the door ourselves. You don't hear Pistons players talkin -ish now do you? They barely won the game and it was based off our inexperience on our part. Sorry Pistons if you're happy about this win that's said, your team faded again and "AT HOME" I might add. Only problem is we faded to, but.........we played so horrible in the end we pretty much handed you guys the victory. And if you don't believe we handed it to you, just look at our shot selections.
people from Orlando should know sports articles from all over the country are posted on a general sports forum on topix.net
Magic Man Shake n Bake

Garrett Park, MD

#50 May 6, 2008
I will say this about the Pistons, they have a much deeper team than the Magic. Having Foyle or Gortat spell Howard is just demoralizing for fans. The Magic really need to focus on picking up a big man to spell Howard in the offseason. I know Battie would be a better option if he were available, but there are problems at all positions. I think the only guy that I really feel comfortable with coming off the bench is Bogans.
kia

Blue Jay, CA

#51 May 6, 2008
i totally agree that was the end of the 3rd qt and they couldnt recover so who fault is that? theirs rite he piston got them in the last qt so boo hoo we sorry but what can we say THEY LOST GET OVER IT!! but i do wish them the best of luck but im forever DDDEEETTTRRROOOIIITTT BBBAAASSSKKKEEETTTBBBAAALLLLLL
kia

Blue Jay, CA

#52 May 6, 2008
look lets just see what happen next game put up or shut up
I Hate the Pistons

San Antonio, TX

#54 May 6, 2008
Pistons blow they are old, the door has closed on them, even if they get past the Magic, the Celtics or Cavs will knock them out.
Sunshine

United States

#55 May 6, 2008
I think everyone is missing an important point. Stuckey said that he saw there were 4 seconds on the clock and that's why he passed the ball to Billups. If the clock was actually running Billups never would have received the ball from Stuckey. Stuckey would have taken the shot himself. So we need realize the clock stopping had an effect on how Detroit also reacted and it caused them to take more time setting up their play. Time we know now they didn't have.
pistonsdynsty

Grand Rapids, MI

#56 May 6, 2008
I Hate the Pistons wrote:
Pistons blow they are old, the door has closed on them, even if they get past the Magic, the Celtics or Cavs will knock them out.
The only thing that is getting old about the Pistons is the fact that they have only 1 NBA title in the past 5 years. It should be closer to 3. And please don't say they are to old for the CELTICS (Allen 32..Garnett 31...Pierce 30)(SHEED 33..Billups 31...Hamilton 30). Do your homework JACK***.
PISTONS IN 5...Thats a GUARANSHEED!!!
Pistonfan

Lake Orion, MI

#57 May 7, 2008
GAME ON FELLAS. Here we are on the brink - Orlando must have ice in their veins if they are to advance - NOW THIS IS THEIR BIGGEST GAME and no distractions for clocks or fouls or whatever can or should be tolerated. You will likely see the Pistons as cool and calculated down the stretch if its a close game that the O's might crumble at the sight of the STONE MONSTER in their building! This is as good as it gets unless its a game 7. Which you shouldn't hold your breath for. The KEYS TO THE GAME for the O's are NO THREES - NO GAME, MISSED FREE THROWS - GO HOME. It's that simple. The Pistons are GREAT at putting the pressure on in tight situations so how you build a lead going down to the 3 minute mark OR IT IS OVER OVER OVER.
edsmart

Orlando, FL

#58 May 8, 2008
I will not complain about the halftime three pointer, What does bother me is when referees impact the outcome of a game, and I have seen many many games and have seen how in the last few years, ref's seem to be out to make a name for themselves, or help a friend or ruin a foe, but they are making bad calls, or not making calls that affect the outcome of a game. Let the outcome be decided by the players. A foul call was missed against Turk in the final seconds, a foul was called unnecessarily against Dooling and the outcome could have been different. In my opinion, I feel that officiating in the NBA is the worst of all pro sports. I hope something is done by the league.

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