Magic collapse down the stretch, fall to Celtics

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Magic's memorable season now comes down to a survival test. The Magic find themselves on the brink of elimination after losing 92-88 to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Tuesday night at TD Banknorth Garden.

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big vern

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May 12, 2009
 
the magic have led big in four out of the five games so far, and only two wins to show for. the magic can't close a game to save their a s s. the magic may win game six at home but they are not winning game seven, they don't have the killer instinct to beat a team down when they have them down...
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#2
May 12, 2009
 
This is what happen when you dont hav a go to player,Otis, good job assembling the team, but cant win a championship without a go to guy. We just blew the game.
Chris

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#3
May 12, 2009
 
This is the worst officiating game so far between these 2 teams. First Allen's 3 was a 2 and the refs didnt even review it even though SVG requested it. That was an airball that hit the top of the net. It didnt hit the rim. That was a jump ball. Over the back foul on Glen Davis wasnt called. Magic will win game 6 but I am getting tired of these refs.
STAN VAN GUMBY

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#4
May 12, 2009
 
OKAY. ALL TOGETHER, LET'S SING THE MAGIC THEME SONG !

(ahem)

ACK ! ACK ACK, ACK ACK, ACK ACK !
ACK, ACK ACK ACK ACK ACK ACK .....
Magical

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#5
May 12, 2009
 
We have a magical way of blowing leads.
hans

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#6
May 12, 2009
 
Absolutely pitiful!!! So many blown chance to put the game away! R. Lewis played like crap at the end. That Rondo shot hit nothing but the bottom of the net...it wasn't even close to hitting the damn rim! Get some f'ing glasses refs!!!!
MainManMagicFan

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#7
May 12, 2009
 
The Magic are UNBELIEVABLY soft. It's torture watching them in the playoffs because you just know that they're gonna do something stupid down the stretch. I find myself cheering them on and saying 3 more quarters! Halfway there! 1 more quarter! You feel no comfort with a lead while watching them. I'm losing all faith in this team and this cast of "men" that blow leads like little boys with no heart and will. Unbelievably pathetic Magic.
Fan since the beginning

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#8
May 12, 2009
 
I'm done being a Magic fan.
Size Matters

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#10
May 12, 2009
 
I remember hearing the stories of how the NBA was rigged and now I truly believe it. I used to be a fan back in the 80s-90s, not anymore. So many inconsistent calls, I can't watch this anymore. Can't wait for the NFL and College Football to start up again.
David Lee

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#11
May 12, 2009
 
Bull crap......I can't believe this. If we can't win with a 14 pt with under 6 min to go than in no way can we win the series. Pathetic loss, but we looked good for the other 42 minutes. Here is where Jameer is really missed. I wish I could say we can still win the series, but at this rate I doubt it. Win or go home Thursday. I just can't believe we are in this position.
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#12
May 12, 2009
 
No heart & completely gutless. Magic take absolutely horrible shots and play inept defense. Van Gundy's coaching needs to be called into question, big time. Pitiful performance.
kenny

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May 12, 2009
 
Chris wrote:
This is the worst officiating game so far between these 2 teams. First Allen's 3 was a 2 and the refs didnt even review it even though SVG requested it. That was an airball that hit the top of the net. It didnt hit the rim. That was a jump ball. Over the back foul on Glen Davis wasnt called. Magic will win game 6 but I am getting tired of these refs.
that wasnt a jump ball, it was bad strategy to go for the miss, it would have been a 1 point game if howard makes the 3rd freethrow, and the allen 3 was a 3.
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May 12, 2009
 
Chris wrote:
This is the worst officiating game so far between these 2 teams. First Allen's 3 was a 2 and the refs didnt even review it even though SVG requested it. That was an airball that hit the top of the net. It didnt hit the rim. That was a jump ball. Over the back foul on Glen Davis wasnt called. Magic will win game 6 but I am getting tired of these refs.
ABSOLUTE RIGTH!!!!
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#15
May 12, 2009
 
I don't think the missed calls on the 4th-quarter airball and Ray Allen's 3 that was a 2 cost the Magic the game, but they sure didn't help. There is no reason the Magic should have been in the situation they were in at the end of the game, but those two plays had a major impact on the way the game was played down the homestretch.
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#16
May 12, 2009
 
Once again we see that Dwight Howard is not mature enough to be a leader of this team, let alone take them to their first championship. Ten shots from the most athletic and biggest guy on the floor is not going to cut it. Plus I always see him playing around before these playoff games, shooting halfcourt shots and goofing around with fans and what not. When it comes time to deliver, down the stretch I don't ever see him take the reigns of leadership of this team. Lebron James is only 1 year older than Dwight, but you have absolutely no doubt when he is playing in a pressure situation, he knows how to lead and get the job done. There were a lot of bad calls that went the Celtics way, but we never should have lost this game. I put the blame on the lack of court leadership. Someone needs to step up or this thing is over Thursday.
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#17
May 12, 2009
 
can't blame the refs for everything if the magic had the killer instinct that it takes to win they would not be in this situation they have led big in most of these games, can't fall apart at the end. boston will get killed by the cavs anyway....
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#18
May 12, 2009
 
Poor calls all across but they effected the Magic the greatest.
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#19
May 12, 2009
 
Stan Van Gundy and his coaching staff are the stupidest people on the face of the Earth. Why can everybody but them see that Dwight Howard should be getting the ball in the low post instead of setting picks for the bricklayers that the Magic call shooters? Why can't the front office figure out that Turkoglu and Lewis are the same player and there can only be one small forward per team? IDIOTS!!!!

Since: May 09

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#20
May 12, 2009
 
Well no surprise here. Remember what I said about the Magic not being a mentally tough enough team to beat the Boston Celtics ?

Remember what I said about the inconsistent defense ?

Remember what I said about the ill advised 3 point shots ?

Remember what I said how the team tends to grow frustrated when these shots don't fall and then to have lapses on defense ?

And remember what I said about the Magic being eliminated by the Celtics ?
Just Me

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#21
May 12, 2009
 
The Magic were doing just fine until the bogus calls against them at the end. I'm done with the NBA.

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