Magic fall behind early, lose to Pistons

Magic fall behind early, lose to Pistons

There are 126 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 25, 2008, titled Magic fall behind early, lose to Pistons. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Richard Hamilton scored 32 points and Rasheed Wallace had 13 of his 15 in the first quarter, helping the Detroit Pistons build a big lead that allowed them to coast in a 101-93 win over the Orlando Magic on ...

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Jim

Palm Bay, FL

#1 Jan 25, 2008
Earlier tonight I said that the first 5 minutes would ultimately decide the outcome of this game. I said if the Magic came out lethargic and with no energy then it would be a long night. The last thing they needed to do I said was to get behind like 10 or 15 points early.
Well my assessment was right on the money. Absolutely no intensity whatsoever early in the game, or for the first half. Detroit just came out with more fire and the Magic went back into their old ways of folding up camp when the opponent does this.
We can all come in here pointing fingers and coming up with all these meaningless stats, but at the end of the day the thing that gets it done is what you bring to the table.
It is all about fighting hard for what you want. If you play hard for 48 minutes and fight with everything you have then when all is said and done, on most nights, you will be able to wipe your a** with any stat sheets., because they wont mean a thing.
Jimmy

United States

#2 Jan 25, 2008
Man, It sure is a great that Van Gundy played those better defensive guards tonight. They only gave up 53 points and managed to score 33 themselves. Now that's what I call a great strategy. Get out scored at the guard position every night a sit teh only consistent scoring guard on the team for defensive reason's. Nice Job Van Gundy, You are doing us proud.
Help

Warner Robins, GA

#3 Jan 25, 2008
Is JJ Redick that terrible that he can't get no PT? The guy is a sharp shooter and all he gets it bench time. What is the story?
fire otis smith

Orange Park, FL

#4 Jan 25, 2008
118 milion dollars for 10 pt lewis what a joke.maybe 40 million.paid way to much for average.way to strap the magic till 2014.remember dwight howard is jon weisbrod pick not otis smiths. see you then
Sixx

United States

#5 Jan 25, 2008
If the Magic are going to continue playing no defense then they had better be hitting their shots, controlling the boards on both ends, and not turning the ball over.

Here are some of those worthless stats:

Ok, they only had 9 turnovers. That's the good news.

Rebounds ended up 49:31 in The Pistons favor. Not good.

Detroit got off 11 more fg attempts than Orlando while shooting a higher percentage. Not good.

Howard, Lewis, and Turk all played too many minutes imo also, but that's what happens when you can't play 'D' or rebound.

This was an atrocious effort and if I have to hear them say "We just have to play harder." again I think I am going to puke. I just don't think they have it in them to do any better than last years team.
Help

Warner Robins, GA

#6 Jan 25, 2008
Gosh how right you are otis smith! What a joke spending all that money on a Rasuck Lewis. The Magic again spend all that money on 1 player and get 18 points per game if we are lucky. I am sure that they are near the salary cap just like the Grant Hill days.
Jim

Palm Bay, FL

#7 Jan 25, 2008
Sixx wrote:
If the Magic are going to continue playing no defense then they had better be hitting their shots, controlling the boards on both ends, and not turning the ball over.
Here are some of those worthless stats:
Ok, they only had 9 turnovers. That's the good news.
Rebounds ended up 49:31 in The Pistons favor. Not good.
Detroit got off 11 more fg attempts than Orlando while shooting a higher percentage. Not good.
Howard, Lewis, and Turk all played too many minutes imo also, but that's what happens when you can't play 'D' or rebound.
This was an atrocious effort and if I have to hear them say "We just have to play harder." again I think I am going to puke. I just don't think they have it in them to do any better than last years team.
Do you think this kind of lackluster effort will get it done against the Celtics on Sunday ? K.G., Allen, and Pierce must be foaming at the mouth for this one.
estaban

United States

#8 Jan 25, 2008
Van Gundy is terrible. Does he have a strategy?? How can you keep Reddick on teh bench and watch the guards ahead of him give up that many points?

Wake up dude. Play Reddick..
Funny

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#9 Jan 25, 2008
I see it a little bit different. The reality is that we all know Pitons are among 3 best NBA teams and many players were red hot today. Wallace and Hamilton hit basically everything, even well defended in many instances. Orlando fell behind by 25 and fought back to lose by 8. If you take in consideration that Lewis was off today 3-16 and the team 64% in FT (25-39)we could win this game. One point to consider is that Wallace and Billups received technical fouls when Orlando was getting close demonstrating that they had no confidence in the end
Bwahahah

Okeechobee, FL

#10 Jan 25, 2008
39 Point First Quarter.

SVG summed it up - Pistons won in the first quarter and took the rest of the night off.

Anyone that thinks "oh we only lost by 8 points" did not watch the game to see how much we really stink.
Bud says

AOL

#11 Jan 25, 2008
That was like The Varsity playing the Freshman. The Pistons showed just how good they are and the Magic showed they are not ready for primetime.
That they came back some, so what, the Pistons just piddled with them in the 2nd half. The game was never in doubt after the 1st quarter. Good luck at Boston.
Another thing, I have said over & over that the guards the the Magic have are NOT defensive wiz's. I shall not say JJ can help this club because no one will let him, and I give up on SVG even allowing him playing time, so my pleafrom now on is...
PLEASE TRADE JJ!
Get Real

AOL

#12 Jan 25, 2008
Sixx wrote:
If the Magic are going to continue playing no defense then they had better be hitting their shots, controlling the boards on both ends, and not turning the ball over.
Here are some of those worthless stats:
Ok, they only had 9 turnovers. That's the good news.
Rebounds ended up 49:31 in The Pistons favor. Not good.
Detroit got off 11 more fg attempts than Orlando while shooting a higher percentage. Not good.
Howard, Lewis, and Turk all played too many minutes imo also, but that's what happens when you can't play 'D' or rebound.
This was an atrocious effort and if I have to hear them say "We just have to play harder." again I think I am going to puke. I just don't think they have it in them to do any better than last years team.
Great assessment. They always get outrebounded on the offensive boards because of their damn 3 point shooters. They take shots from far out with no one near the basket to rebound. When they fall fine, when they don't it's pathetic. Same old story: nobody bruises their fragile bodies shooting threes; And nobody on the team looks like they ever see a weight room except for Dwight. These guys are soft physically, mentally and at the gut level. Also Van Gundy insists Reddick can't play defense so he sits. Well who in the heck can play defense on this team?
Mr bandwagon

Titusville, FL

#13 Jan 25, 2008
I told you !!!!!!!

Since: Jun 07

Nanning, China

#15 Jan 25, 2008
Pistons hit 77% of their shots in the 1st quarter but we ended up losing by 8. We missed 14 FTs so the game could have been closer. Some of you guys argue out of both sides of your mouth. If the Magic build a big lead and the other team makes it close the Magic are a lousy team. If another team takes a big lead on the Magic but they close the lead, its the Magic who are a lousy team. Which way is it gonna be?? Only 6 teams have more wins than the Magic and no one has won more road games. YEAH GO Magic!!! I am glad none of you have Otis's job because you would really screw up this team with your awful analysis of the game. The Pistons were hot, we were not. NEXT!!
Luis

Leesburg, FL

#16 Jan 25, 2008
Lets faced, we have a bad game in too many facets.... RL could not score to save his life, I expect better game from Cook... it did not happend, Dooling was out for a period of time (light injure)... Howard FT% stinks... and to tell you the true... Detroit have a great game... they made too many shots, easy, difficult, jump shots, layups, almost anything! tuff to beat that team when they are playing like they did.
Jim

Palm Bay, FL

#17 Jan 25, 2008
Detroit is the better team. Detroit is a championship contender. A serious championship contender. They played like it tonight.
The Magic on the other hand, is a middle of the road team at best, who will make the playoffs, but due to their lack of return fire to the other teams intensity level, they are merely pretenders.
Tonight this was really evident when Detroit came out of the gate with energy and passion while the Magic submitted to them and took a beating.
The final score gave no indication of just how much of an *** whoopin' this really was. Detroit merely put it into cruise control the rest of the way. And sure enough when they put Billups and Wallace back into the game late they cleaned up whatever mess the reserves made for them. But the game was over in the first quarter. End of story. Anyone else who believes differently is either smoking a funny cigarette or is just plain stupid.
Larry

El Paso, TX

#18 Jan 25, 2008
Stan Van Gundy, you said on the day you were hired that you will fit your system to the style of play and strengths of each Magic player. You lied! We need Rashard back to his natural position as SF so we can put a real bouncer on the PF spot who can rebound and bulldoze his way to the paint. Rashard is too fragile to do that.
Jim

Palm Bay, FL

#19 Jan 25, 2008
Tonight was like watching fathers play their sons in the back yard. When the fathers played hard their sons merely caved in to the pressure and basically gave up for all intent and purposes.
And if the Magic think this game was intense wait until the playoffs start. That is a whole other animal completely.
I just don't see this team with it's core of players having that kind of fire that it takes to advance in the playoffs.
Whenever their opponent plays hard it seems like they never have an answer for it.
We'll see against Boston on Sunday. We all know they will be playing hard in that one.
Jim

Palm Bay, FL

#20 Jan 25, 2008
P.S.

Boston will really be fired up after almost losing at home to the Timberwolves tonight.
Jackson

Henderson, NV

#21 Jan 25, 2008
Funny wrote:
I see it a little bit different. The reality is that we all know Pitons are among 3 best NBA teams and many players were red hot today. Wallace and Hamilton hit basically everything, even well defended in many instances. Orlando fell behind by 25 and fought back to lose by 8. If you take in consideration that Lewis was off today 3-16 and the team 64% in FT (25-39)we could win this game. One point to consider is that Wallace and Billups received technical fouls when Orlando was getting close demonstrating that they had no confidence in the end
Finally someone who looking at the bigger picture, the Pistons are most likely going to win the championship this year, they have a start studded team deepest bench in the league, Orlando is playing ok and is doing better than last year, you guys act like the Magic were in contention for the championship. If SVG played reddick we would have probably lost by 30, hes a good shooter but thats it, how hard is it for that to marinate into your brain, he is not athletic, has absolutely no defense. Magic will advance to the 2nd round and that alone is good enouch it shows alittle bit of progress from last year, and it would be something to build on, do you guys forget theat we are playing a SF in a PF spot, stop hating encourage and support.
This site is unbearable when the win all the naysayers dissapear, they lose to a solid team all the haters come out,
Peace in the middle east.
LEts go Magic!!

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