Detroit Pistons are wearing down the ...

Detroit Pistons are wearing down the Orlando Magic in NBA playoffs

There are 69 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 12, 2008, titled Detroit Pistons are wearing down the Orlando Magic in NBA playoffs. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The catch phrase in boxing is that styles make great fights. That's not necessarily true, aesthetically, in basketball - unless you're the Detroit Pistons .

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Magic Sux

Leavenworth, KS

#1 May 12, 2008
LOL!
The Fury

United States

#2 May 12, 2008
HA. Yeah right Dooling. Hamilton showed you how a veteran can easily get under your skin. Nice choke job at the line Jameer. Are you sure you're not related to Nick Anderson? I can't believe these "pros" can't make foul shots. I promise you there at least 20 guys at the local gym that make like 30-40 in a row and these "pros" that play BASKETBALL for a living can't make ONE!? Pathetic.
Benny Blanco

Winter Park, FL

#3 May 12, 2008
"We're going to make some adjustments and we're going to go there and win this game," point guard Jameer Nelson said confidently. Tell Nelson to start the adjustments by not dribbling the ball on his shoes....that will help some. Hedo should look to pass when 3 defenders are on his mug while penetrating. Howard should do the same and stop forcing his erratic shot. SVG should play the point guard that can control the game better and pass the ball to howard and play Gortat more, sometimes with Howard to get more rebounds. Dooling should stop making idiot mistakes with the game on the line. Lewis should shoot more if his hand is hot.
Andy

Kissimmee, FL

#4 May 12, 2008
Wow! Benny you should be coach, too bad none of the Magic staff read this stuff, they could use it!
Steve B

Gainesville, FL

#5 May 12, 2008
The NBA instituted rules to stop the grabbing and hand checking several years ago. The Pistons are allowed to get away with it still.
Hedo was fouled by Maxiel on the last play of game 4 and Joey Crawford was silent.
I have watched few games this year and I will watch fewer next year.
The NBA is a rancid league and needs fresh management and new ideas.
Joe Comment

United States

#6 May 12, 2008
Brian - You really need to start paying attention to the games. Detroit has done nothing to wear the Magic down. The Magic have been their own worst enemy. Lets face the facts - Detroit cannot stop the Magic when they are making shots. The Magic have killed themselves with turning the ball over and missing free throws. If the Magic could change those 2 stats the series would be 3-1 in favor of the Magic. Detroit is one of the better teams in the league with a ton of playoff experience but have done nothing special to win the games they have won so far. Unfortunately, the Magic let them off the hook.
Orlando Magic Fan

Lake Mary, FL

#7 May 12, 2008
Van Gundy doesn't want to be fined for criticizing officials, but he's clearly frustrated that the Pistons' rugged reputation earns them some leeway.

Howard was held to just eight points, and Van Gundy noted, "They were very physical with him, and how the game is called is a huge thing

Of course it cant be the coachs fault. Come on Stan, you sound like your brother. Same whinning you did when Detroit beat the Heat you were coaching. Ever think it was the way you coach....or choke in the big games. And Howard, leave the Superman stuff to Superman. Just play basketball. Ever see Jordan come out with gimmicks.
Andy

Kissimmee, FL

#8 May 12, 2008
Wow, the writing and commentary here is so much better than the Sentinel sports staff. Amazing!
Orlando Magic Fan

Lake Mary, FL

#9 May 12, 2008
Steve B....

Thats good. Lets blame Detroit for playing a good defensive game and blame the refs too. How about blaming the Superman who couldnt fly, or Mr. Big Mouth for guaranting he next victory. These guys need to stop playing into the hype and play baseketball. We in Orlando have waited years for a team. We gave them a new place to play and this is what we get. A bunch of whinning overrated players who cannot blame themself or their coach for bad play. its always the refs fault or the other teams fault. Go cash your million dollar paychecks boys, guess we can or will have to wait til next year, or the year after, or after or after.....
Real Sports Town Fan

Troy, MI

#10 May 12, 2008
Somebody better grab Jameer before he makes more predictions. In sports, thats taboo.
CollegeParker

Kissimmee, FL

#11 May 12, 2008
Joe Comment wrote:
Brian - You really need to start paying attention to the games. Detroit has done nothing to wear the Magic down. The Magic have been their own worst enemy. Lets face the facts - Detroit cannot stop the Magic when they are making shots. The Magic have killed themselves with turning the ball over and missing free throws. If the Magic could change those 2 stats the series would be 3-1 in favor of the Magic. Detroit is one of the better teams in the league with a ton of playoff experience but have done nothing special to win the games they have won so far. Unfortunately, the Magic let them off the hook.
Like I said yesterday ... You're not going to win a Championship if you can't make your free throws! I believe the Magic are under 70% in this series. If they would up it to an average of a so so 75%, they would be up in this series 3-1. Also given their poor perfomance at the line, it affords the Pistons more leeway with the officials. Its been said time and time again, refs will put you on the line if you make your free throws ... Detroit is and the Magic aren't. If they did, they would get more calls and in turn losen up the hard hitting and physicality Detroit likes to play.
Lakers Rule

Lake Mary, FL

#12 May 12, 2008
Thought it would be us and the green and white.....after that defensive display of excellent by the Pistons, cant see the old men of the green and white getting pass them. Boston and Cleveland will kick each other right out. Det/Bos/Clev/Chic all physical teams. come playoff time, you guys in O town cannot complete with these teams. You guys are too much into the hype. Ever see Shaq or Kobe in a superman outfit or claim to be a superman. No, they let their play speak for itself. Go Superman Howard, go, fly into the off season. LOL.....you guys are funny. Looks like us and the Pistons......once agin
Jeff

United States

#13 May 12, 2008
The crazy thing is if Hedo makes that final shot, we beat Detroit at their "physical" game. I don't buy the fact that Orlando can't win this type of game. They are still young and are making huge strides. This is a very good Detroit team and we have been toe to toe with them sans Game 1.

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Tampa, FL

#14 May 12, 2008
The Fury wrote:
HA. Yeah right Dooling. Hamilton showed you how a veteran can easily get under your skin. Nice choke job at the line Jameer. Are you sure you're not related to Nick Anderson? I can't believe these "pros" can't make foul shots. I promise you there at least 20 guys at the local gym that make like 30-40 in a row and these "pros" that play BASKETBALL for a living can't make ONE!? Pathetic.
Hey, what's your beef?

They're too busy practicing their dunks and crossover moves, adjusting their arm "stockings" and getting tattoos to waste time working on their free throws.
HockeytownUSA

Lake Mary, FL

#15 May 12, 2008
As a retiree from Detroit, thanks to cable i can still follow my Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Wings. The Magic are my adopted team and I go to about 20 plus games a year. Root for them every game except of course when they play the Pistons. Dont hate of them The Magic have a great team and still may pull this off. We did it to them in 03 and it can be done. I agree with the Fan who says there is to much hype by them. This superman thing was funny at the all star game, but not in regular play. Jameers guarantee....as you know, we in Detroit have someone who makes thoses all the time. Sheeh drives us crazy with them. I look at it as a guy who believes in himself and his team. Maybe its what the team needs to get them jumpstarted. Dont blame the refs or the coach. Stan cant control them once they are on the floor. he makes the plays but cant be there when the ball is released to late or to soon. Give them a break, they will be okay. I still believe the Magic can beat the Pistons. i seen it done a few years ago, and know it can be done. Nonetheless, its been a very good series.
CollegeParker

Kissimmee, FL

#16 May 12, 2008
DapperDave wrote:
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Hey, what's your beef?
They're too busy practicing their dunks and crossover moves, adjusting their arm "stockings" and getting tattoos to waste time working on their free throws.
Maybe the tatts and arm stockings are affecting their free throws ... but those don't seem to be affecting Detroits capability of making them. If the Magic make a sub-par average of 75% from the line ... they would be up 3-1 and probably win this series.
Real Sports Town Fan

Troy, MI

#17 May 12, 2008
1)Your team doesn't know how to win playoff basketball, this is what Detroit does. Ever heard the saying" Pressure busts pipes."? 2)Your "SUPERSTAR" is afraid to shoot in the clutch, can somebody tell me why Mugshot Turkgolu has the ball in crunch time??!! We're not complaining though, keep up the bad work Van Gundy!! 3) And Magic fans, always remember....teams that live by the three pointer, die by the three pointer, Just ask Phoenix,Golden State, etc.. So, get those fishing lures ready. We'll be ready to roll your dead corpses into
Lake Michigan after Game 5 Tuesday night. You mght have bitten off more than you can chew Jameer!! Tell your $120 million dollar forward to earn his money and DEMAND the last shot like everybody else who's raking in that kinda change! It's been fun though. P.S. You better pray Chauncey doesn't play Tuesday, if it even matters in THIS series.
brighthouseless

Miami, FL

#18 May 12, 2008
It's been a fun year but it's almost over. Stan needs to look real hard at the way he's coached this series. We have guys on the bench that helped the magic win all year, yet they sit during the playoffs? I'm not saying that the bench could win games for us but SVG could mix up the offense just a little bit. Look how the Pistons are not afraid to use their bench and its worked for them. We could've and should've won game 4 and Stan needs to really figure out his team and what works with the guys he has?
Real Sports Town Fan

Troy, MI

#19 May 12, 2008
Want some cheese with all this wine??!!! You guys try to pull out every excuse in the book!! "GOO GOO, GAA GAA, Mommy, the Pistons are too physical and they grind it out in the playoffs." This is what we in Detroit call.. sucker stroking. lol We won one in Orlando without Chauncey, that says alot in itself. You'll notice that all the championship contenders can play grind it out ball, great defensive teams anyway. Stay tuned in June!!
Boston Rocks

Lake Mary, FL

#20 May 12, 2008
Way to go Magic....LOL Remember if you beat the piston....boston wears green superman.

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