Hedo saves Magic with last-second three

There are 20 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 26, 2009, titled Hedo saves Magic with last-second three. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Welcome back to the playoffs, Orlando. Everything has changed now that the Magic beat the buzzer.

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Brian-Marc

Sanford, FL

#1 Apr 26, 2009
Yessir! Hedo puttin the Magic on his back, and repping Orlando on his chest!
megahead

Bradenton, FL

#2 Apr 26, 2009
Magic Must do a sign in trade for TURK to UTAH for carlos Boozer OR, let turk go in FA and take reshard Wallace. Why cause those will be the best AVAILABLE options.(magic could always just play battie instead of lewis) I would say trade lewis, but no one is gonna touch that bumb. Im out, good win magic. PS the UCF knights are awful, go USF bulls!
say what

San Antonio, TX

#3 Apr 26, 2009
turk i gotta hand it to ya i call you out and you did it bro good job btw just cuz you hit the game winner that shows us u got it back now just come out in game 5 with that same intensity and get it done gj guys
Magic Fan Mark

Clermont, FL

#4 Apr 26, 2009
I guess all of the "lynch Hedo!" crowd won't show up tonight.:)

Nice game. I would say that the Magic are about 75% back right now. Game 5 should be interesting.

Jim, you were wrong again as usual.:(
murat

Ankara, Turkey

#5 Apr 26, 2009
i didn't love the performance of turk,he didn't become a factor on offence.zero asisst,that tells a lot..but he hit the meaningful shot which will bring the confidence he needs for next games.go turk
JarJar Binks

United States

#6 Apr 26, 2009
Sweet win tonight guys!!! Hedo must of read all the comments from here the past two days lol, it's on now!
JunkYardDog

Tallahassee, FL

#7 Apr 26, 2009
Not a win that exactly instills confidence. Turk played better than game 3, even before the game-winner, but that's not saying much. Don't let the game-winning shot overshadow his poor play. Hopefully he'll turn it around after tonight. But I'm still skeptical. It was a horrible shot to take at the end of the game, and the same kind of contested 3 that has been costing the Magic. And once again the Magic couldn't pull away from an inferior team, even after being up 10 pts.
Gator

Dover, NJ

#8 Apr 26, 2009
Good game & nice 3, Hedo! Go Magic!
Magic2782

Orlando, FL

#9 Apr 26, 2009
I like what I see. :)
Rebound Tenderness

West Roxbury, MA

#10 Apr 26, 2009
Great job, Hedo. About time Hedo showed up. This is the Hedo we saw all season and hopefully he's back for the rest of the playoffs. (Note that the differential was still -6 with Hedo on the court this game according to ESPN.) The big difference I noticed this game was that the Magic had more defensive intensity and denied open looks. They couldn't get defensive rebounds, however; that's what made this game closer than it should have been. If the Magic continue on their upward trajectory and reach 75% of what they're capable of, this series will be over. If they play at the same level, I will suffer a myocardial infarction at the age of 31.
Ban Jim Forever

Gaffney, SC

#11 Apr 26, 2009
The Magic have played awful all series long, but it's now a 3 game series and the Magic have home court advantage. The Sixers' brilliant strategy of playing Dwight straight up, and thus limiting the damage from 3 pointers, should have been obvious to any team that watched the Celtics play us. It is dispiriting that Dwight has not demolished Samuel Dalembert in head-to-head competition. He should be getting the ball every time down the floor.

It's also troubling to note that the Magic shot 47% while the Sixers shot 39%, yet we barely won. Part of the reason is that the Sixers shot better than we did from the 3 point line!

I hope the layoff gets Hedo some time to rest that gimpy ankle. I expect that the makeup of this team won't change much next year, because Hedo is unlikely to test the free-agent waters in this economy. I don't know how many teams will offer him more than 7 million a year, which is what he can make if he stays.

I still think the Magic need a traditional PF, and since Rashard isn't going anywhere, Hedo is the likely fall guy. However, it will be difficult to get either of Utah's PFs: we don't have enough loot to tempt Boozer, and the Jazz will definitely keep Millsap if they lose Boozer. Other teams (Detroit) can offer Millsap more than we can.

So the makeup of the team will likely be unchanged next year. Hopefully, Jameer will be healthy for the whole year and will pick up where he left off.
Matthew Abaddon

Orlando, FL

#12 Apr 26, 2009
we still look bad, a win is a win though
Jon

Orlando, FL

#13 Apr 26, 2009
Big win. Youve got to give Philly some credit. They are playing great d and are shooting it better than they have all year. They were last in 3 point % during the season, now they are on fire. Hopefully, this will take some wind out of their sails and they will cool off. Hedo and Lewis finally showed up!
Brian

Safety Harbor, FL

#14 Apr 26, 2009
THANK YOU HEDO!!
<3333333333333

Clutch.
Benny

Orlando, FL

#15 Apr 26, 2009
That Turkish bomb at the end sweetened what otherwise would have been a sour game again. Another lead squandered with 4 minutes left to go in the 4th. When will they ever learn to stop this Sixers repeated late game comebacks? When Magic?
JudasPriest

Schenectady, NY

#16 Apr 26, 2009
Magic Fan Mark wrote:
I guess all of the "lynch Hedo!" crowd won't show up tonight.:)
Nice game. I would say that the Magic are about 75% back right now. Game 5 should be interesting.
Jim, you were wrong again as usual.:(
Good post! I think SVG's acknowledgement of not paying attention to offensive rebounds during the press conference is something he should work on for the next game. That'll make it easier for us to get a cushion in the last period.

Even though I was one of the guys who finally gave up on Hedo in the last blog, I still love you bro! Plz plz be a lot more aggressive, as soon as you have one-on-one, try dribbling out and around the guy - dont wait for a few seconds that gives another defender time to double you. Use all you are equipped, all that talent, dont shrink away from what you can do. You made me proud tonight as another TURK! Thank you.
Ban Jim Forever

Gaffney, SC

#17 Apr 26, 2009
For fellow Jim haters, please don't expect him to admit that he is wrong; he will classify tonight's win as "counts as a loss" or something equally stupid. Jim is a troll and all he cares about is whether or not he gets attention. He certainly doesn't care about the Magic. The only response to his posts should be to "Report Abuse". I am also emailing the Sentinel to try to ban him.
NancyK

Mount Dora, FL

#18 Apr 26, 2009
Awesome game. I can breathe again.

While Philly put a lot of heart into these first four games, they played way over their head and are running out of steam. The Magic are definitely the better team and I think tonight's game will give them the momentum to close out the series in the next two games.
Mike

Daytona Beach, FL

#19 Apr 26, 2009
"It is dispiriting that Dwight has not demolished Samuel Dalembert in head-to-head competition. He should be getting the ball every time down the floor."

Disspiriting? What series are you watching. DH is not breaking any records but he is having a very solid performance. DH is averaging 26 points shooting 77%, 13 or 14 rebs and 3 blocks...He hit 2 very clutch free throws in the last game and we missed the final shot. he's having a very good series...it just comes down to our shooters making shots...and that we did tonight for the most part.

Since: Oct 08

Clermont, FL

#20 Apr 26, 2009
I hate the fact that all these games are nail biters, but this is shaping up to be a classic playoff series.

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