Skip to comments.Magic has shown no heart
Posted on 05/23/2010 1:04:40 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
Im not sure you can find a pulsation right now among Orlandos trio of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis.
With their backs against the proverbial wall, all three came out and laid a gigantic egg.
Thats $50 million that should have just stayed home and watched the Eastern Conference finals on television because they were all bystanders on Saturday night in Bostons 94-71 thrashing in Game 3.
Howard went through the first 11:51 without scoring as the Celtics took a 27-12 lead after the first quarter.
The NBAs most dominant big man finished with a mere seven points in more than 39 minutes on the floor.
Lewis was virtually useless for the third consecutive game in the series, which the Celtics now lead 3-0 with an opportunity to close it out Monday night. Lewis had four points and is averaging five in the series.
In case you havent heard, no team has dug out of a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven NBA series.
Weve got to win one, Carter said.
These teams dont bear much resemblance to the ones that took the floor a year ago in the Eastern Conference semifinals, in which Orlando pounded Boston, 101-82, in Game 7 en route to an appearance in the NBA Finals.
Turkoglu was sensational in the postseason a year ago. He even dished out a dozen assists and was clearly the most valuable player on the court in the decisive seventh game. Lee was critical in giving the Magic an offensive spark off the bench throughout the postseason.
That group seemed to mesh together and thrived as the hunter, sneaking up on its opponents.
Now, they have wilted as the hunted.
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As an Atlantan, I can not understand how the hawks can own the Celtics and be owned by the Magic. I still wish they played hoops like they used to. Do they even call palming any more?
They clearly miss Turkoglu, Lee and Rafer Alston. Playing Nelson last year was a mistake.
Well I don't understand how Orlando can own Atlanta and sweep them like that, and then turn round and be totally clobbered by Celtics. Yesterday's match..what the heck! Orlando didn't even put up a fight.
I watched a bit at a bar. Why don’t players follow up the long three point shots? Saw it happening over and over. No rebounding on offense?
I agree..we took the Magic to five games last year in the NBA Finals and now they are gonna be swept out of the Eastern Conference finals..they have gone down instead of up. I think Hedo, even though for Toronto he has not been a major factor, he was a great fit in Orlando. The team has folded, from start to finish ZERO effort, but they take their cue from Howard, no effort from him, no effort from the team
The so-called “Superman” of sports, Howard. What a choker. You’d think that after tasting bitter defeat from the Lakers would have pushed them to find a new drive gear.
Somewhere “Red” and all the old Celtics who have passed away are smiling but they know it isn’t over until you put the Lakers away!
HAHA well I’m a die hard Laker fan so my hate for the Celtics goes WAY back. I want Phil to get another ring before he retires
Conspiracy NBA theorists will say that Stern was steering for another Celts-Lakers finale, just like the fact that no one actually sees the teams win the draft lottery.
BUT the horrid performance of the Magic negates the fact. I admit that the Celts were running on fumes right before the start of the playoffs and for a bunch of “old, over the hill dudes” they really showed me.
-max (typing on a blackberry in Los Angeles) ;)
I still think Shaquille O’Neal is the Superman of the NBA.
Can’t say I am a diehard Laker fan anymore.. but I hate the Celtics. I miss the Lakers of the 80s. Those were my Lakers. Kobe, good player, but he’s not like Magic, Worthy, Scott, Green, Cooper, Kareem or Rambis. Just something about those guys...
“Superman” couldn’t save leChoke..I mean lebron.
Conspiracy theorists always say that whenever the Lakers meet Celtics in the finals, which has happened 11 times already:
Year Winner Series
1959 Boston Celtics 40
1962 Boston Celtics 43
1963 Boston Celtics 42
1965 Boston Celtics 41
1966 Boston Celtics 43
1968 Boston Celtics 42
1969 Boston Celtics 43
1984 Boston Celtics 43
1985 Los Angeles Lakers 42
1987 Los Angeles Lakers 42
2008 Boston Celtics 42
Nah, Shaq’s a bit old to save anybody at this point in his career. I’m not sure Lebron has the leadership yet to lead a team to the title. I did think with Shaq going to Clev. and providing a veteran leadership presence, they’d at least make it to the Finals. Shaq v. Kobe with Kobe’s Lakers winning it all.
Well yeah there is NO comparison to showtime..those were the days..seeing Magic now kissing the butt of the Celtics is really, well, disappointing. Yesterday after the game on ESPN Magic was all giddy about the Celtics..its freakin Magic Johnson, the icon, and he is kissing the Celtics butts..YUCK
It’s unfortunate that they didn’t live up to the personalities I liked on the court. I’m glad I never had athletes as role models. I have my grandpa for that.
I remember when Bird retired and Magic took off his warm-up jersey to reveal a Celtics shirt.. I almost pooped myself. I do respect the Celtics, afterall a lot of my NBA memories involve them and the Lakers from the 80s. But I don’t think I can talk good about them. I think I’d have laughed if I seen Magic going gaga over the Celtics. I hope he hasn’t went to the darkside though... ;)
A ratings bonanza for sure.
Well, supposedly Lebrawn will be heading to the Bulls because his sick and tired of choking in Cleveland, so he’ll bring his hype there. LBJ is definitely carrying his overated supporting cast and that includes an aging Shaq.
No matter where he goes, I’ll think he’s overhyped until he leads a team to the title. But then the hype will only get worse... so maybe I’ll always think he’s overhyped.
Nothing about pro athletes suprise me. A lot of them are narcissistic to a fault and that’s what drives them to success in athletics.
That ain’t gonna happen! Lakers rule, Celtics drool!!
I was watching some ESPN now and AGAIN he was kissing the Celtics butts. Hey it’s all good, let ESPN and others pick the Celtics to win it all, then we can be the underdogs and win. Same thing happened with the Cavs, Barkley and others picked the Cavs to win and what happened..BAM, knocked out 2nd round..so I say let everyone have their fun, we will have the last laugh(hopefully) my friend’s brother flew to Arizona last night to be at the game so he is contributing to the Arizona economy..so TAKE THAT stupid Dems in LA, we are giving back to Arizona, but we are also gonna beat the Suns :-)
As far as Magic goes, I saw him once at the mall here, he seemed like a nice guy, but I’d tell him straight up to give back his 10 percent ownership if he keeps on butt kissing the hated ones. The only player I like on the Celtics is Rondo..amazing ball player..would love to have him on our side
HELL YEAH GO LAKERS!!!
Same here. I stopped being an avid fan of NBA after the retirements by Karl Malone and John Stockton, the end of the “Golden Age” of NBA, IMHO.
I have been surprised at how easily the Celtics have handled the Prestidigitators so far, but one thing I knew... the Celtics would play with heart. R. Allen, Rondo, Pierce, T. Allen, Garnett, Perkins..they are all about heart.
They struggled through a overly injury plagued season and started to get healthy just a few weeks before the playoffs began. This was a team that before the season started many had predicted would lose less than ten games.
Evidently they will dispense with the Prestidigitators, and then they will be big underdogs to the Lakers...just like they were two years ago. Likely they will lose...anyone wanna bet against them?
I agree, let the pontificators pontificate and hopefully motivate the Lakers. A motivated Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant is a nightmare. Even though I dislike Kobe, I don’t root against him. If he wasn’t a Laker, I would though. Rondo is outstanding. I wonder if Artest could guard him every now and again and rattle him? I am a diehard Dodgers fan, but would almost buy a Dbacks hat, just to show support to the state. I might have to track down some sort of Arizona gear and no, not the jeans. ;)
I don’t know about most or all. Most of the well to do I know on a personal level are pretty good people. I know a few doctors and busines owners from where I’m from and they’re the first to help if you need it.
I’m an Angels fan, been one since 2002 when the won the championship(My cousin used to work for the organization, but AFTER they won the title, ever since they haven’t won squat :( ) Can’t stand Ray Allan, can’t stand KG, and I definitely cannot stand Paul Pierce and his wheelchair faking stuff that he did in 2008, that is what we call him on the Laker boards, wheelchair. So Rondo is the only guy I respect on the team, he basically IS the team, the only reason they are kicking Orlando’s behinds is because of him. I think Ron Ron can guard Rondo..but we would need the crazy Ron to guard him, the crazy Ron going into the stands kinda Ron instead of the nice Ron, yeah he could do it. That is why we got him and got rid of Trevor, for his defensive ability so I think he could do it. It’s Pau and Lamar that have been playing great right now, or maybe its pure luck, according to Amare LOL.
“they haven’t enforced the rulebook for about 20 years now.”
I have to laugh everytime someone takes 3 or 4 steps to the basket (not dribbling just walking), and the refs just stand there watching.
Few people are going to make the Celtics underdogs against anybody, given their current virtually unbeatable form, after so easily disposing of the # 1 and # 2 regular season teams (the Cavs and Orlando).
Remember in 2008, Celtics kept losing all their away matches in the first 2 rounds of their playoffs games. This year, they have won 4 straight away games in their playoffs, against the top 2 teams in the league. That's virtually unheard of. The Lakers are gonna find it really hard to subdue these guys.
Lamar has been soooo lucky, right? That was stupid of Amare to say. Now look, Amare, he’s even luckier! :) I never was a big fan of Garnett but I did like Ray Allen for a bit when he was with the Bucks. If crazy Ron guards him, it’ll be like when Rodman guarded Jordan and drove him nuts. Loved Rodman even though he’s nuts. The Angels? Yeeech. Los Doyers!
They are deep. Stop one guy and there are four others. Tough line up to control...and they like to play defense.
The Flyers they ain’t.
Lamar has his moments. He is capable of being a really great player, except he is NOT consistant..He will have 1 great game followed by a sub par game followed by another great game..but if Amare lit the match under Lamar’s ass and made him play better, then I am THRILLED..usually only candy makes Lamar play well LOL. Ron is capable of playing great defense, he just has to piss off Rondo and he will get into his head. Thank God for Pau, he has been the MVP of this team so far..finally so far he is NOT GaSOFT
Agreed, with all of that. I hope Artest plays just physical enough and annoyingly enough to get under his skin and take him out of his game. And yes, Pau’s been the man these play-offs. He’s stepped up like I hoped he would’ve the past few years during the play-offs. He’s always been good, but this year he has some sort of “killer” instinct.
The # 1 reason why the Lakers got clobbered good by Celtics in 2008 was Lamar Odom's pathetic performance in that series, especially in that last match in Boston when the Lakers got destroyed. Just made me physically ill watching that match. Have never really trusted Lamar Odom much since that terrible performance.
Mind you, he's played the best I have seen him play in quite a while, in these last two matches against Phoenix.
Anyways, on to the Phoenix game. Lets see how the Lakers do against Phoenix in Phoenix. They are quite hard to beat at home. I think it's going to be a very good game.
It will be a really good game and I hope the Lakers come out early and CLOBBER them, show them who is boss and Phoenix will fold..they will fold as quickly as Orlando folded last night. If they can beat Utah IN Utah, a place which is really difficult to play in, they can win in Phoenix..all depends on if the Laker bench steps up and if the refs play fair..and your right about Lamar, Mr Inconsistency should be his name..you never know which guy is gonna show up
What's with Amare's mother anyways?
“Amare Stoudemire’s Mom Arrested in Front of Him
NEW YORK (CBS) The mother of Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire was arrested Saturday by Scottsdale, Ariz. police for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device. The device acts as a breathalyzer and is designed to prevent people who are legally drunk from driving.
According to a police report, Carrie Stoudemire, 54, was stopped Saturday at 3:15 p.m. by an officer who noticed that her Lincoln Navigator was cruising at 60 miles per hour while straddling two lanes.
The officer pulled Stoudemire over and noticed that her license indicated “Interlock device required.” But the device was not on that particular vehicle, the report says.
Carrie Stoudemmire stated, “I'm not drunk, I'm on the way to my alcohol class now,” but the officer said her eyes were “watery and glassy.”
After the officer returned to his patrol car, Stoudemire became indignant and began honking her horn, says the report. She refused to take any of the sobriety tests, crossed her arms, and stated, “Arrest me then if you have enough.”
El oh el. I mean it isn’t funny, but it’s really funny.
Yep, LeBoob is all hype, and this playoff performance proved it. The Drama Queen kept whining about the elbow hurting him. Yet Kobe gets his knee drained and only goes out and kicks ass.
In retrospect the CAVS needed to get Amare and not Antwain at the deadline. That would have given them the 2nd scorer it was missing. Shick is just too old and slow to have been a threat to Boston.
Can the C’s beat the Lake Show? Why not? The fact that KG’S 100% healthy has made all the difference and turned Rajon Rondo loose. And Pierce and Allen don’t have to carry the load together anymore....
Geez, Marv just interviewed Zero? DAMNIT!!
Lebron’s a good player, he just doesn’t have the ability to carry a team on his back quite yet. I think he’s overhyped for what he brings though. Like you said, he needed somebody to take some of the offensive burden off of him.
The Celtics do worry me as a Laker fan. I hope Pau Gasol can keep playing like he has the last half of the season through now. Kobe will be Kobe, Bynum and Odum will have to step it up a bit defensively though. I am glad I am at work and not watching TV or I might have completely shut the game down before the great zilch was interviewed. At least the Sirius/XM has the Lakers radio feed :)