One Step Closer To Becoming the Flyers: Orlando Goes Three Ball Crazy and Defeat Boston 113-92 In ECF Game 5
Who would have thought Orlando would big boy the Celtics?
I don’t know where to start….
This was a crazy game. A game the Magic obviously had to win and coming off a Game 4 victory that merely gave its fan base a extra teeny smidgen of hope, Orlando most definitely played with a sense of urgency.
They became the bully.
That’s what was as shocking as anything. Orlando seemingly punched the Celtics and their storied tradition in the face with a Superman forceful…so weakening…that the Celtics green seemed to work kryptonic upon itself.
The Celtics are 0-4 in closeout games vs. the Magic.
There were like 19 techs (actually 6), a controversial ejection, more Paul Pierce craziness, two Dwight Howard elbows that left both Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels woozy (remember the one to Courtney Lee head last year?) and searching for help, but more importantly, a result that left the Celtics looking old.
Orlando shot 52% and held Boston to 41%. The Celtics hit 7-16 treys while the Magic hit 13-25…the same percentage they shot total.
Orlando was a lot more comfortable in Game 5. Their spacing was a helluva lot better and you probably have to chalk it up to Rashard Lewis playing more like himself.
There were a lot of crazy calls that seemed to leave both teams perplexed throughout the game. The Kendrick Perkins technicals and subsequent ejection were mad suspect and you have to wonder what Eddie F. Rush was thinking on the second tech at bare minimum. We don’t know what Kendrick said, but man let the players play.
Perkins could be suspended for next game (first half tech since rescinded so he’ll play) and that would be a big blow to the C’s big man rotation but with “Sheed in the fold, Boston does have a veteran big man who has been there, is Philly tough and is known to get into the heads of opposition. Watch out Dwight.
Rajon Rondo looks like his back is causing mobility problems and Jameer Nelson took advantage…scoring a game high 25, dishing 5 and ripping 5 down.
Dwight Howard had 21, 10 and 5 blocks and played for the second straight game as if his life lay in the balance. You gotta like what he’s doing after basically playing uninspired the first 3 games of the series.
Rasheed Wallace played well and was the best Celtics player. He hit for 21 and made a couple of very difficult off balance threes.
The Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had a mere 37 points and shot 11-33.
Rondo did have 19 and 6 assists, but shot 5-11 from the line.
J. J. Redick, who had 2 big threes to highlight a 20-8 run, continues some nice play and scored 14. So did Rashard Lewis, who is battling a viral infection. Vince Carter had 8 in a little over 25 minutes. Not cool.
Crazy how this series has turned so quickly. You have to wonder why and as the series wears on, so will the veteran legs of the Celtics. Orlando could actually come back and win this just like the Philadelphia Flyers when they shot back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins in 7. In 93 series where a team led 3-0, a comeback win has never happened in the NBA.
If this happens again to a Boston squad…
Maybe going home will put a charge in the Celtics and they’ll escape to the Finals. We’ll see in Game 6.
Game 6 Friday in Boston with a potential Game 7 Sunday in Orlando. Both games tip at 8:30 EST.
|T. Gaffney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|O. Lafayette||DNP — INACTIVE|
|B. Scalabrine||DNP — INACTIVE|
|R. Anderson||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Johnson||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Foyle||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
Time of Game: 2:52
– K. Perkins (2:15 – 2nd Qtr)
– K. Perkins (0:36 – 2nd Qtr)
– R. Rondo (2:56 – 3rd Qtr)
– M. Gortat (2:15 – 2nd Qtr)
– M. Barnes (1:18 – 2nd Qtr)
– Team (0:06 – 2nd Qtr)
Doc Rivers presser…
Dwight and Jameer speak…