Orlando Magic blast Charlotte Bobcats, get set for NBA Playoffs

J .J. Redick grabbed the microphone to thank Orlando Magic fans before tip-off of the regular-season finale on Wednesday night. Full Story
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Hmm

Cape Canaveral, FL

#1 Apr 15, 2009
Magic in 5. And let's hope Chicago pulls an upset! lol
Magic Fan Mark

Clermont, FL

#2 Apr 15, 2009
That was nice finishing the season with a victory.

It's over now and Magic fans this has been an incredible year. I hope all of you take a moment and just be grateful. 4th best record in the NBA this year.

I'm like a kid at Christmas thinking about when the playoff start. I have this feeling that the rest of the league will finally pay attention to our team and realize how good they are.
Magic to the Finals

Orlando, FL

#3 Apr 15, 2009
"After losing three consecutive games and five of their last eight, the Magic regrouped by routing the Charlotte Bobcats 98-73 to finish the regular season with 58 wins."
Typo, its 59 wins.
JunkYardDog

Tallahassee, FL

#4 Apr 15, 2009
Good win, hopefully they're back on track and just in time.
Magic Fan Mark

Clermont, FL

#5 Apr 15, 2009
I also want to take this last regular season game blog and thank Coach Van Gundy. I think Stan did a wonderful job in only his second season with the Magic. He has coached us to two 50+ game seasons (52 and 59).

I know there are times I second guess him and wish he would change a few things. But I still have to give Coach his props. He really has pushed this team at the right times this season and helped us to get to where we are.

Good job Coach!!!
Yas

Dallas, TX

#6 Apr 15, 2009
Bring on the 76ers!!!!!
nanningbob

Nanning, China

#7 Apr 15, 2009
59 wins, Philly waiting for us. Funny all the Bulls fans bragging at our site the last two days. Egg on you.

Finally the real season begins. Its been over a decade since we have had a legitimate NBA championship team. Its been a long time. I feel sorry for the negative Magic bashers who will be so negative that they wont enjoy this but I certainly will. Enjoy it while you can, even Boston had to wait 20 years to get back to this point and Cleveland, finally they have a genuine chance.

It was nice seeing Pietrus looking healthy and having a good game. I think he will be a key for us in how deep we go.
The Ultimate Nullifier

Gotha, FL

#8 Apr 15, 2009
Magic sweep Sixers, bring on the Celtics.
nanningbob

Nanning, China

#9 Apr 15, 2009
Oh if you get a chance say good bye to Jerry Greene. He is retiring and you can leave a good bye post. Truly a unique writer who always had a different angle than any other sports writer I have ever known. I will miss him in his pink bunny suit. What a hoot he was. I wish him well.
Zach

Ocoee, FL

#10 Apr 15, 2009
East first round picks:

Cavs in 6
Miami in 7
Orlando in 5
Chicago in 6

D Wade is going to be a whole new beast come playoff time, so that is why I have the Heat beating Atlanta in a tough and exciting series. The Bulls have been playing good lately and have a very young and energetic team, while as good as Boston is, they are getting older. I think if Chicago can keep a fast tempo, they can be the upset team in the first round (wishful thinking, but you never know). Cavs in 6 because Detroit, though not the same team they have been, still are dangerous. Finally Orlando in 5, mostly because we've had Philadelphia's number for a while and I'm sure they will win at least one game at home.
I Called This Win Folks

Winter Springs, FL

#11 Apr 15, 2009
First of all, I called this win folks. Now having said that I think the Magic MUST win the first two games of this series in Orlando. If they allow Philadelphia to win one of the first two then it will probably be tied at two games a piece after four games. At that point it will be a best of 3 series. I think the Magic will win this series in 6 or 7 games.

I am basing this on the health of Turkoglu and Lewis. Both of these players had great games against the Sixers this year. If they are struggling with health issues then Philly could make this a competitive series that could eventually go the distance.
nanningbob

Nanning, China

#12 Apr 15, 2009
OK time for analysis:

Cleveland versus Detroit. If AI had accepted the role as 6th man Detroit would have been the most dangerous team in the playoffs. Without him, time for Detroit to go down. Cleveland 4-1.

Boston vs. Chicago. Dang this one is tough. Chicago since the trade has been real good. They are a surprise. Boston maybe 100% by this weekend. If not this could go 7 games. If Boston is healthy they win in 5.

Miami over Atlanta in 6. I like Miami the last several weeks. They are starting to jell as a team.

Orlando vs Philly. This is the best matchup for us of the 8 teams. We could sweep them but I say 4-1 Magic.
Jon

Orlando, FL

#13 Apr 15, 2009
Philly has been struggling, but weve barely beat them in all 3 games. Still, I didnt care who it was between those 2. Hopefully, Detroit will play the cavs like they play us and knock them out.
I Called This Win Folks

Winter Springs, FL

#14 Apr 15, 2009
Folks please don't overlook Philadelphia. When the playoffs start it is a whole new season. What happened during the regular season is virtually meaningless now.

The average margin of victory in the 3 Magic wins against Philadelphia this year was only 6 points.

All the games were close. Also Howard has struggled a little against the Sixers. He seems to get into foul trouble against them.
Jon

Orlando, FL

#15 Apr 15, 2009
I Called This Win Folks wrote:
First of all, I called this win folks. Now having said that I think the Magic MUST win the first two games of this series in Orlando. If they allow Philadelphia to win one of the first two then it will probably be tied at two games a piece after four games. At that point it will be a best of 3 series. I think the Magic will win this series in 6 or 7 games.
I am basing this on the health of Turkoglu and Lewis. Both of these players had great games against the Sixers this year. If they are struggling with health issues then Philly could make this a competitive series that could eventually go the distance.
Im not sure about Turk, but I know Lewis will be ready to go, at least for game 1. Tendinitis just needs rest to heal, and luckily he has gotten that time. Turk's injury is a bit more tricky, but if its a mild sprain than he should be ready to go.
I Called This Win Folks

Winter Springs, FL

#16 Apr 15, 2009
The health of the Magic will be crucial in the first round..especially Rashard Lewis. If Turk and Rashard are not completely healthy then Philly could run them ragged. They are an athletic team who played the Magic tough this year.

Turk averaged 18 ppg against them and Lewis averaged 21 ppg. These guys are vital to the Magic attack.

Even with all the Magic key players healthy Philly still played the Magic tough this season.

So if Turk and Lewis struggle this series could very well go the distance.

One thing I can say for sure based on what I saw this season in this matchup...Philly will not be swept, and probably will not lose in 5 either. I think this series is going 6 games at minimum.
Zach

Ocoee, FL

#17 Apr 15, 2009
I Called This Win Folks wrote:
Folks please don't overlook Philadelphia. When the playoffs start it is a whole new season. What happened during the regular season is virtually meaningless now.
The average margin of victory in the 3 Magic wins against Philadelphia this year was only 6 points.
All the games were close. Also Howard has struggled a little against the Sixers. He seems to get into foul trouble against them.
So if what happened during the regular season is irrelevant.....why are you bringing up margin of victory and how close the games were?.....just saying.
I Called This Win Folks

Winter Springs, FL

#18 Apr 15, 2009
Jon wrote:
Philly has been struggling, but weve barely beat them in all 3 games. Still, I didnt care who it was between those 2. Hopefully, Detroit will play the cavs like they play us and knock them out.
Jon I agree with you. I really didn't care about the first round opponent...anyone but DETROIT!!

Chicago has been one of the hottest teams in the league recently. Salmons is playing some good ball and seems to have sparked that team.

And even though Philly has struggled recently they have played the Magic close in all 3 games this year.

With Chicago Howard would have eaten them up like a cheap dinner at Denny's.

Now with Philly Rashard and Turk usually light it up. As long as Dwight stays out of foul trouble the Magic should be fine.
I Called This Win Folks

Winter Springs, FL

#19 Apr 15, 2009
Zach wrote:
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So if what happened during the regular season is irrelevant.....why are you bringing up margin of victory and how close the games were?.....just saying.
No that's a good point Zach. And you are correct. I am just saying in terms of matchups and injuries the Magic must not overlook Philly..same thing with us Magic fans.
I Called This Win Folks

Winter Springs, FL

#20 Apr 15, 2009
If the Magic win the first 2 at home then this series is probably over in 5. If they split the first 2 at home then it will probably go 6 or 7 games.

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