Specific reasons the Orlando Magic will win Game 5 and Game 6

With their victory in last night’s Game 4:

Orlando Magic 96
BOSTON CELTICS 92, OT
Complete Game Summary

the Magic have now forced a Game 5, back in Orlando, on Wednesday night [May 26, 835 PM ET] … which is good news for all those who originally forecast this to be a long series.

Despite what some reputable NBA observers might have to say today about the poor way Orlando has performed to-date …

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Magic provide only a tease in East finals

Until they prove differently, these Magic are exactly a team that wanted to win one game and say it didn’t get swept. There’s still no explanation for that gutless Game 3 performance, for giving away Games 1 and 2 in Orlando.

“Yeah, you’ve got to play one game at a time, but you have to have a belief somewhere that you can win the series,” Van Gundy insisted. “Otherwise, there’s just not enough to sustain you and keep you in the game.”

That isn’t true, because the Celtics obliterated the Magic’s spirit with those victories in Orlando and everyone could see that on Saturday night in Boston. When it mattered most, the Magic backed down and quit. This wasn’t character on Monday night, just the Magic hanging around and stealing a game when the Celtics looked like they had the Los Angeles Lakers on their minds.

This wasn’t resolve out of the Magic, this was merely a stay of execution. Yes, someone asked Vince Carter where did that resolve come from, and the first word out of his mouth? “Within.”

Within what? Within the make-believe land where a $16 million-a-year player pretends he has the professional pride of his tiny point guard and monstrous center? There are no historic comebacks coming out of the Orlando Magic, no proving to the world why they never should have been counted out. The Magic had that chance in this series and it’s long gone now.

No validation in victory on Monday night, just indictment – just a shame that it took this long out of the Magic, that it never, ever should’ve come to this in the Eastern Conference finals.

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… the facts are that:

1. The primary reason Orlando is trailing in this series in the first place is because of the poor job of coaching which Stan Van Gundy [i.e. SVG] did in Games 1, 2 and 3, putting their players in a gigantic hole, relative to the stellar work done by his counterpart with Boston, Doc Rivers.

If in doubt of this, please see Exhibits A, BC and D.

2. [In spite of this] Orlando has still managed to play “well enough” to only lose Game 1 by a mere 4 points [i.e. 2 possessions] and Game 2 by a mere 3 points … while getting decidedly underwhelming performances from several of their key players [i.e. including: i. Vince Carter's untimely 2 missed FTA's in the final minute of Game 2; ii. Minimal point production from Rashard Lewis and Mickael Pietrus in Games 1, 2 and 3; Minimal point production from Dwight Howard in Games 1 and 3; iii. Poor defensive efforts from Matt Barnes and Marcin Gortat in Games 1, 2 and 3; iv. Minimal point production from Vince Carter in Game 3; and, v. Poor play, overall, by Jameer Nelson].

3. SVG has, at last, begun to unravel correctly the Rotation Riddle of this group of Celtics … which included his use of:

i. Both Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson, in Game 3, for the first time in this series, albeit for inconsequential minutes during garbage time;

ii. Bass, again, in Game 4 … this time for significant minutes during non-garbage time … albeit in, both, “right” [i.e. vs Glen Davis] and “wrong” [i.e. vs anybody else] individual match-up situations;

and,

iii. Vince Carter [vs Ray Allen or Rajon Rondo] and Mickael Pietrus [vs Paul Pierce] together for the first segment of meaningful minutes in the series to-date.

 

SUBSTITUTION CHART

 

Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic

 

[Mon May 24 2010]

 

Time

Team

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

Start

End

Diff

    Q1

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

00

18

+4

12:00

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

00

14

-4

[07:19]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04:41

 

Time-out:

Regular

Boston

Orl 18

BOS 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Bass

Howard

18

18

0

04:41

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

14

14

0

[00:06]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Bass

Howard

18

21

+3

04:35

BOS

T-Allen

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

14

14

-3

[00:57]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Bass

Howard

21

23

-1

03:38

BOS

T-Allen

Finley

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

14

17

+1

[00:27]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Bass

Howard

23

23

-3

03:11

BOS

T-Allen

Finley

Pierce

Garnett

Wallace

17

20

+3

[00:30]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:41

 

Time-out:

Regular

Orlando

Orl 23

BOS 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Bass

Gortat

23

24

-1

02:41

BOS

T-Allen

Finley

Pierce

Davis

Wallace

20

22

+1

[00:51]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Lewis

Gortat

24

31

+3

01:50

BOS

T-Allen

Finley

Pierce

Davis

Wallace

22

26

-3

[01:50]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q2

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

31

31

-2

12:00

BOS

T-Allen

Finley

Pierce

Davis

Wallace

26

28

+2

[01:19]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

31

34

+3

10:41

BOS

T-Allen

R-Allen

Finley

Davis

Wallace

28

28

-3

[00:37]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

34

34

0

10:04

BOS

Robinson

R-Allen

Finley

Davis

Wallace

28

28

0

[01:01]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

34

34

0

09:03

BOS

Robinson

R-Allen

Finley

Davis

Garnett

28

28

0

[00:04]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:59

 

Time-out:

Official

 

Orl 34

BOS 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

34

40

+2

08:59

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Finley

Davis

Garnett

28

32

-2

[03:12]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06:09

 

Time-out:

Regular

Boston

Orl 40

BOS 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Carter

Pietrus

Bass

Howard

40

41

+1

06:09

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

32

32

-1

[00:23]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Pietrus

Bass

Howard

41

43

-3

05:47

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

32

37

+3

[00:51]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Bass

Howard

43

43

-2

04:56

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

37

39

+2

[01:36]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Bass

Gortat

43

43

0

03:20

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

39

39

0

[00:26]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:54

 

Time-out:

Regular

Orlando

Orl 43

BOS 39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Lewis

Gortat

43

43

-1

02:54

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

39

40

+1

[00:09]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

43

48

+2

02:45

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

40

43

-2

[01:30]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Gortat

48

48

0

01:15

BOS

T-Allen

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

43

43

0

[00:11]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Gortat

48

51

-1

01:04

BOS

Robinson

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

43

47

+1

[01:04]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q3

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

51

62

-2

12:00

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

47

60

+2

[06:44]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Bass

Gortat

62

67

+3

05:16

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

60

62

-3

[01:38]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Bass

Gortat

67

67

-4

03:38

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Wallace

62

66

+4

[02:28]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:10

 

Time-out:

Regular

Boston

Orl 67

BOS 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Redick

Pietrus

Bass

Gortat

67

67

-2

01:10

BOS

T-Allen

R-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Wallace

66

68

+2

[00:51]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Gortat

67

67

0

00:19

BOS

T-Allen

R-Allen

Daniels

Davis

Wallace

68

68

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q4

Orl

Williams

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

67

71

+4 *

12:00

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

T-Allen

Davis

Wallace

68

68

-4

[01:30]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

71

71

0

10:30

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Wallace

68

68

0

[01:15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Williams

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

71

74

+1

09:15

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

68

70

-1

[01:03]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:12

 

Time-out:

Official

 

Orl 74

BOS 70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:12

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

74

81

-1

[04:15]

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

70

78

+1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05:33

 

Time-out:

Regular

Boston

Orl 74

BOS 76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

81

85

-1

03:57

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

78

83

+1

[02:17]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:53

 

Time-out:

Regular

Orlando

Orl 81

BOS 78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:40

 

Time-out:

Regular

Orlando

Orl 85

BOS 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

85

86

+1

01:40

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

83

83

-1

[00:11]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

86

86

-3

01:29

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

83

86

+3

[00:14]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

86

86

0

01:15

BOS

Rondo

T-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

86

86

0

[01:15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

00:24

 

Time-out:

Short

Orlando

Orl 86

BOS 86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OT

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

86

92

+6

05:00

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

86

86

-6

[03:01]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:59

 

Time-out:

Regular

Boston

Orl 92

BOS 86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Carter

Pietrus

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

92

92

-3

01:59

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

86

89

+3

[00:13]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:46

 

Time-out:

Regular

Orlando

Orl 92

BOS 89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

92

94

+2

01:46

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Davis

Garnett

89

89

-2

[00:16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Carter

Pietrus

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

94

94

-3

01:30

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

89

92

+3

[00:17]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:13

 

Time-out:

Short

Orlando

Orl 94

BOS 92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

94

96

+2

01:13

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

92

92

-2

[00:21]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

00:52

 

Time-out:

Short

Boston

Orl 96

Bos 92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Carter

Barnes

Lewis

Howard

96

96

0

00:52

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

92

92

0

[00:10]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Nelson

Redick

Carter

Lewis

Howard

96

96

0

00:42

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

92

92

0

[00:42]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orl

Carter

Redick

Pietrus

Lewis

Howard

96

96

0

00:09

BOS

Rondo

R-Allen

Pierce

Garnett

Perkins

92

92

0

LEGEND: * – Technical Foul called on Rasheed Wallace which changed the rhythm of the rest of the game.

4. If SVG continues to implement the series of specific adjustments suggested in this space last week – i.e. see Exhibits A, B, C and D [above] – then the Magic will continue to improve their play as this series progresses.

5. If SVG continues to implement specific “set play offensive system” adjustments … like what was advocated in this space last week:

i. Increased “#1-#5 Pick and Rolls with #4 stationed in the original Weak Side Corner”;

and, what was on display in yesterday’s Game 4:

ii. The introduction of “#1-#4 Pick and Pops with #5 Clean-up Flare Screens for #4″;

iii. The introduction of ”#1-#5 and #4 Staggered Picks and Roll/Pops”;

to create higher quality shot attempts for [a more aggressively "driving and dishing"] Nelson, Howard and Lewis … then the Magic’s scoring output per game will continue to increase as this series progresses.

6. Good-to-great basketball players the world over – and throughout the history of the game - are only as good, or bad … in the playoffs … as their coach is actually capable of putting them into the correct positions to succeed … both, individually and collectively … when matched-up against a high calibre opponent, just as good or better than they are [i.e. in terms of players and coaches]. 

7. This series is still a long way from being over.  :-)

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