ripped away

There are 20 comments on the May 11, 2008, Orlando Sentinel story titled ripped away. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Detroit Pistons still made the big shot even without their guy nicknamed "Big Shot," robbing the Orlando Magic of their big chance.

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Reality Check

United States

#1 May 11, 2008
Rashard Lewis still thinks the Magic are the better team? Isn't there a drug policy in the NBA? Maybe Lewis needs to get tested. I guess if being down 3-1 makes you the better team I must be the crazy one.
Truth is

Melbourne, FL

#3 May 11, 2008
Does this REALLY surprise anyone????

These guys can't even sell out the seats during a home play off game!!

Cancel the new facility and let them move!!!!
Keepin it real

Ocala, FL

#4 May 11, 2008
Bianchi said if Billups wasn't playing the Magic would win in six. Has this guy ever watched the NBA before. Pistons are the most balanced team in the league.

And as for Rashard Lewis' comment. "we're the better team". No Rashard the better team doesn't lose a best of seven series.....In five games.

Since: May 08

Orlando, FL

#6 May 11, 2008
Rashard Lewis sounds exactly like Chauncey Billups. Pistons fans have been hearing that from the team for the last 3 years.

Also, this is 2 times in the last 3 games that Hedo has been retarded at the end of the game. Maybe it's time to take the ball out of his hands on the final play?
Brad

United States

#7 May 11, 2008
Truth is wrote:
Does this REALLY surprise anyone????
These guys can't even sell out the seats during a home play off game!!
Cancel the new facility and let them move!!!!
Mr. Truth I think you should face the fact that the lack of sellouts have nothing to do with the team and everything to do with this city. Lets face the facts ORLANDO is not a sports town. You havw 50 plus team and one first team all NBA player on the floor that alone should sell tickets ,but not in this city.

Instead of saying stuff like that why dont you support a team that is building something special and is much better then they were last year.
Brad

United States

#8 May 11, 2008
Keep in mind the Magic are not my team ..However

I find it interesting the lack of comments on the ref's.

Being a huge basketball fan for 30 plus and having been at that game I honestly can say the Magic either needed to blow out the Pistons or lose , the refs were never going to give them a break (or a good call)

When was the last time you saw a collgee game that made you think "wow the ref's had such a huge impact on that game"

Last nights game was embarassing to watch if you love the sport of basketball. The NBA and David Stern should be embarrassed by ref'n in these playoffs , never in any sport have I ever seen three people impact the flow of a game like in the NBA.

Mark Cuban keep complaining please, because the NBA needs a facelift
Gramps

Saint Petersburg, FL

#10 May 11, 2008
We had our opportunities to win this game. HOWEVER, with Dwight Howard "not showing up" and Joey Crawford "calling fouls", our hopes were diminished drastically. I realize the Magic have to earn their respect but "this is ridiculous" --the Pistons have learned well, how to "flop" and also how to "complain to the refs" without any consequences. WE ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION -- GO MAGIC !!!
josh

Clayton, MI

#11 May 11, 2008
they dont care about winning another championship anymore. ever since they lost to my spurs in 05' they havent cared. losing ben wallace has been a huge loss for em' and even he hasnt been the same since leaving the palace. they dont play defense like they used to or anything. they have the best starting five in the league by far.

GO BULLS and SPURS!!!
Kong

Saint Petersburg, FL

#12 May 11, 2008
Since DAY ONE, the Magic have been My Team. Hell, I'm a "Homer".....no apologies.

We had a chance to take it, but it didnt happen. Dwight was off, our shots didnt fall, we didnt get the 'bounds, and yesterday, the better team won. It's a LONG shot, but here's hopeing we can STILL get through Detroit and keep the post-season alive.

IF, however Detroit wins (and no mistake, it looks likely), the Magic are still "My Boys".
Keepin it real

Ocala, FL

#13 May 11, 2008
First off I'll say that I am a Pistons fan, but I do like Dwight Howard. I think Orlando has a good team for the future. You guys just need a point guard. Jameer Nelson is not the answer no matter how many of you homers want to get his back. My biggest fear over the free agency period was orlando would make a play for jason kidd. This off seaseon you definitely need to rebuild your back court.
jim

Tallahassee, FL

#14 May 11, 2008
the magic season is over they need to rebuild the team for next year try to get a real power forward and real point guard to many turnover ball hog. rashard lewis to much money .dwight need to learn to pass the ball stop forcing shot
LMAO

AOL

#15 May 11, 2008
"They shoot horse's dont they?"

Let's get this over with so the players can have a nice summer off and Otis & SVG can ponder how to screwup next year.

If he is lucky JJ will know by July if the Magic fools will trade him...right now that's the only thing that's important about this team.

They have NO real money to improve and as far as it looks now they will still be between a #10 & #15 ranked team next year.

Have a great summer!

:)
CollegeParker

Christmas, FL

#16 May 11, 2008
You guys are losers ... ban wagon fans!!! The fact is this ... these guys would have won the game if they made 75% of their free throws. Detroit made over 85% of theirs during this series and I believe the Magic are around 70%... not to mention below 70% in this last game. If you are going to win a Championship, you have to make you free-throws!!!
CollegeParker

Christmas, FL

#17 May 11, 2008
Plain and simple ... if the Magic made 75% of their free-throws, they would be up 3-1 ... thats right 3-1!!!
Sane Thirty Year Fan

United States

#18 May 11, 2008
So youre saying the Magic got ripped alone?
How about the Joey Crawford call on Rasheed from near half court when Sheed poked the ball away from Howard while he had it over his head?
Detroit got called for just as many ticky-tack fouls.
TragicFan

Winter Garden, FL

#19 May 11, 2008
CollegeParker wrote:
Plain and simple ... if the Magic made 75% of their free-throws, they would be up 3-1 ... thats right 3-1!!!
If Turk had not blown two game winners...

If SVG was 50 lbs less...

If we still have Shaq...

We don't, thus we are down 1-3 and we (as always) suck.
MarkZ

Denver, CO

#20 May 11, 2008
Truth is wrote:
Does this REALLY surprise anyone????
These guys can't even sell out the seats during a home play off game!!
Cancel the new facility and let them move!!!!
You're an idiot. The fact that you may observe a few empty seat on your television set does not mean those seats aren't sold. We live in era where 'computerized buyers' horde tickets, then opt to sell them on stubhub etc for profit. Compared to the face value of the ticket, the profit margin at times is borderline ridiculous(IMO) so they're often stuck with the ticket. Get a grip. The attendance according to nba.com is 17519, which is on par with the arena. Besides specifically what is your beef?
Bob Loblaw

Orlando, FL

#21 May 11, 2008
We cant win with Dwight being a nonfactor. The fact that we had a chance to win is surprising. Hes the superstar, 8 points is not good enough. Hopefully, he will learn from this and we will pick up a couple good pieces this offseason and beat them next year. Were on the right track, and Detroit and Boston's windows are closing.
Ichy

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#22 May 11, 2008
Incredible coaching Mr. SVG. Last quarter and you play Dooling and Jameer together against Rip and he makes 10 points. Where was Evans and Bogans.
Gary

United States

#23 May 11, 2008
Let's add Dooley to the list. In three of the five playoff games, Dooley has had a foul at crunch time that severely diminished the chances of the Magic winning. It almost looked like he had some money on the other team to win!

On the refs, you can almost say that in every game, unless it's a blowout, the refs control the win or loss. Example last night, take a look at the drive of Turk at the end and notice how Prince banged him with his body to actually change his path to the basket. Call a foul? The Pistons could have shot Turk with a 45 and there would have been no foul.

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