Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ruminations on Magic's big win
That I did not expect. The Magic went into Cleveland and beat the Cavs 107-106, on a court in which the latter only lost twice all season - to the Lakers and on the final day of the regular season with LeBron and the starters resting.
To be down by 16 and not panic speaks a lot about the Magic and teams at this point in the season. Continuing to play their style and slowly work back into it is the sign of a great team that deserves to be in its conference finals.
I wrote yesterday about the Magic holding a significant frontcourt matchup advantage and I was right. Dwight Howard is too quick for Big Z and too strong for anyone else the Cavs put on him. Only Howard can stop Howard (foul trouble). Rashard Lewis made Anderson Varajeo look slow. That guy was cold as ice in the fourth quarter. I'm not sure if he missed a shot. That game-winning three-pointer with about 14 seconds left was CLUTCH. Hedo Turkoglu was alright and did his fair share of abuse on the Cavs frontcourt.
Cleveland missed tons of open shots, something it hasn't done most of the season. LeBron hogged the ball at times last night when he shouldn't have. But when he did move the ball, no one else seemed to want to do the same thing.
Here's some other reaction around the blogosphere and news sites.