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Real Orlando Magic finally show up in Game 5 against the Philad...

There are 50 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 28, 2009, titled Real Orlando Magic finally show up in Game 5 against the Philad.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

After more than a month of scouring the landscape and searching every nook and cranny maybe just maybe we finally located the Orlando Magic Tuesday.

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fan

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#1 Apr 28, 2009
Yes! I could feel it all night that we were going to win. I had confidence from my couch that they had everything under control. They did look like the guys we all know and love. Great job, Magic. Let's win it all in Thurday night!!
Nozar

Gainesville, FL

#2 Apr 28, 2009
Dang. I saw the replay on Sports Center. Dwight's definitely going to get suspended.
NBA FAN

Austin, TX

#3 Apr 28, 2009
this is a shame if Howard is suspended... he doesn't have a history of this sort of stuff. he is a classy beast and in the heat of the battle, these things happen.

It's the NBA Playoffs - where crybabies happen!

GO MAGIC!
UCFqbBRO

Orlando, FL

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Dwight will get suspended.
Rondo will not.

The NBA does not want the magic to succeed.
David "Greedy"' Stern will not yield any profit from the magic reaching the finals, unlike a would be Kobe-LeBron championship.

Its all about the money...
Sean Reaves

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Apr 29, 2009
Dwight or No Dwight.. After we lost game 3, I said Orlando will win 3 straight games.. That is what we are going to do.

Should Dwight get suspended? Yes. But if the NBA refs started doin their job and called the OBVIOUS foul on Dalembert this wouldn't have been a problem. It has been like this all series. Either Philly is putting two hands into Dwights back and completely trying to push him and no foul will be called, or they will hook his arm and him down from gettin the rebound, and this is the team that is crying for calls? It isn't Dwight Howard's fault that hes dropping 20-20 because Theo Ratliff has weak legs.
Van Gundys Mustache

Orlando, FL

#6 Apr 29, 2009
If he gets suspended for game 6 lets just not show for it in Philly, wait back here and whip them with Dwight in game 7!
Newshound

Orlando, FL

#7 Apr 29, 2009
Bianchi must have written this one in the car, while driving. A poorly done column that went with (very) cheap quips instead of thoughtfulness, insight or wit. The awkward and ill-conceived paragraph below is just one illustration. The lack of editors is showing...

Quite frankly, it was good to see the Magic finally mixing it up with Philly. The 76ers, the team from the historic City of Brotherly Love, have been imposing their will on Orlando throughout this series. It's about time the Magic lit these guys up like Ben Franklin's kite. It's about time they cracked Philly's defense like the Liberty Bell. And it's about time they turned the 76ers into a weeping Betsy Ross in Nikes.
Magic Fan

United States

#8 Apr 29, 2009
While I watched the play last night, I knew instantly that this would lead to trouble for Dwight. But I hope the league also looks at how Dalembert kept wrapping his arms up behind dwight's back constantly and even on that play. Where was the foul there? If they had called that we might not even be discussing this. I agree with the above poster - Rondo wont get suspended even though he caused an obvious injury to Miller but Dwight will get suspended. It's all about the money and the "fixing" of who they want in the finals.
Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#9 Apr 29, 2009
Interesting commentary from Mike.
The only thing missing is any semblence of an understanding of the game of basketball.
This is just a fanboy rant I could hear at any bar or from any sports show caller.
So explain again why this guy has a job as a sportswriter?
Aron

Sanford, FL

#10 Apr 29, 2009
Exactly. That Philly coach just needs to STFU and take his medicine.
Aron

Sanford, FL

#11 Apr 29, 2009
Magic Fan wrote:
While I watched the play last night, I knew instantly that this would lead to trouble for Dwight. But I hope the league also looks at how Dalembert kept wrapping his arms up behind dwight's back constantly and even on that play. Where was the foul there? If they had called that we might not even be discussing this. I agree with the above poster - Rondo wont get suspended even though he caused an obvious injury to Miller but Dwight will get suspended. It's all about the money and the "fixing" of who they want in the finals.
I agree with you and those others that said the finals are fixed. You can tell by the way the games are dictated by the officials. I have been on the officials are yearlong for the no calls on Dwight. I'm surprised he didn't blow up sooner, but I'm glad he did. He needs to back those other players off whether itÂ’s with an elbow and some sweet chin music or with a real hard push.
Rocko

Lakeland, FL

#13 Apr 29, 2009
The officiating was ridiculous last night. It was so inconsistent and I was beginning to wonder what games the refs were watching. I think they were staring at the dancers behind the rims. Hate to see Dwight have to resort to throwing elbows just to keep guys off him. Oh, and where is that SI writer now? Didn't see much smiling on Dwight's face, but saw a ton of intensity and "badness" in his demeanor last night.
chuck

Lebanon, PA

#14 Apr 29, 2009
This is a professional sportswriter ? Sounds more like a sixth
grader penning for his class newspaper.
Aron

Sanford, FL

#15 Apr 29, 2009
Rocko wrote:
The officiating was ridiculous last night. It was so inconsistent and I was beginning to wonder what games the refs were watching. I think they were staring at the dancers behind the rims. Hate to see Dwight have to resort to throwing elbows just to keep guys off him. Oh, and where is that SI writer now? Didn't see much smiling on Dwight's face, but saw a ton of intensity and "badness" in his demeanor last night.
Every time Joey Crawford and his team ref the games, there are ALWAYS a boat load of fouls called. He and his crew blllllllllllllloooow.
PhillySteve

United States

#16 Apr 29, 2009
What a crappy homer article. Howard commits roughly 14 fouls per game. He is a great player , but be a great player WITHIN the rules. As for guys in suits deciding the series; don't throw elbows at the back of your opponent's heads and you won't get suspended. Who does Van Gundy look more like: an out of shape Ron Jeremy or the WWF's Paul Bearer. He is the ultimate crybaby.
Marcus King

Atlanta, GA

#17 Apr 29, 2009
You are a funny columnist. I think it says more about your crappy team that it can't beat the Sixers who you feel is so inferior. I can't wait till your sad team plays the Celtics, doesnt get the calls and that little bitch Hedo cries like the woman he is.
jtripp

Harleysville, PA

#18 Apr 29, 2009
I hate this stuff about how it would be a shame if he gets suspended. It's a RULE!!!! You can't land an obvious elbow to another player's head. He should and WILL be suspended. The only farce is that he should've gotten ejected immediately for doing it...and wasn't.
meh

Orlando, FL

#20 Apr 29, 2009
Wasn't Van Gundy whining and moaning about the three-second rule. Wasn't Van Gundy whining and moaning about elbows.

The calls went both ways, good and bad. If anything, that was the first game in which the refs paid attention to half the stuff that happens off-the-ball. I just wish they'd pay attention to what happens under the basket. The Sixers have been hacking and grabbing all series and getting off scot-free. They've got no leg tostand on when they whine about not getting the calls they want.

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#21 Apr 29, 2009
NBA FAN wrote:
this is a shame if Howard is suspended... he doesn't have a history of this sort of stuff. he is a classy beast and in the heat of the battle, these things happen.
It's the NBA Playoffs - where crybabies happen!
GO MAGIC!
YES, its a shame but in all honesty it was very much needed.
HOWARD will need to show couple more elbows like. He just needs to be smart about it so that it does look deliberate.
That elbow went a long way in this series.
Rocko

Lakeland, FL

#22 Apr 29, 2009
Oh, here come the Philly fans! Whaaaaa! Ratliff and Dalambert are so innocent. According to the facial expressions on both of their faces, they've never fouled Dwight in this entire series. Has anyone even watched the elbows, grabbing, pushes in the back, and other assorted jabs that Dwight takes on EVERY off and def possession? Oh, by the way, even with all of that he STILL pulls down 24/24!

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