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Bring on the Magic :: 2007 Playoffs Round 1

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  1. roscoe36

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    Here it is, your Orlando Magic matchup thread.

    Who are these Mouseketeers from Disney World?

    Are their ambitions to overthrow the Pistons no more than a Magic Mountain they cannot climb?

    [pre]Detroit vs. Orlando

    Game 1 - Sat April 21 Orlando at Detroit 7:00PM 7:00PM ESPN
    Game 2 - Mon April 23 Orlando at Detroit 7:00PM 7:00PM TNT
    Game 3 - Thu April 26 Detroit at Orlando 8:00PM 8:00PM TNT
    Game 4 - Sat April 28 Detroit at Orlando 3:00PM 3:00PM TNT
    Game 5 * Tue May 1 Orlando at Detroit TBD TBD TBD
    Game 6 * Thu May 3 Detroit at Orlando TBD TBD TBD
    Game 7 * Sat May 5 Orlando at Detroit TBD TBD TNT[/pre]
     
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    If the Pistons put in adequate effort this should be over quickly. However, since when the Pistons took the easy route? Anyway, I say in the tradition of the 1st round - Pistons in 5.
     
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    Who cares about Darko? Since when has he become a game changer? It won't matter if Pistons put in effort as they say they would in playoffs.
     
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    Darko matters to them, but you're right, they can't beat us even with him.

    Just for the record though, he is their 2nd highest rebounder and shot blocker and their 6th highest scorer.

    It is basically how the Pistons would suffer if we lost someone like Dyess.

    Similarly, they struggled when Battie was out, just because they only have 3 guys that can even pass as PF/centers... Howard, Milicic, and Battie.

    The Pistons have Webber, Sheed, Davis, Nazr, and Dyess... and dare I say JMax and Amir.


    On to my strategy to beat the Magic...
    1) Don't let Dwight get any alley oop dunks. Watch him at all times when he is on the weak side. Don't sag off of him to help.
    2) When Dwight Howard gets the ball in the paint, foul him immediately and as hard as possible. He will hit 50% FT's guaranteed. Basically, treat him like his name is Shaq. Put Dale Davis on him for 50% of the time.
    3) Box out Ariza.
    4) Be ready to run off of turnovers. I've watched these guys enough this year and they were born to turn the ball over. This is the way to get baskets without having Dwight Howard intimidating the shots.
    5) Chauncey needs to abuse their guards on offense. Establish the 3-ball and post them up. They are tiny.
    5) Arroyo wants to shoot the free throw line jumper. He has been looking for it and it has been going in. He is no longer a pass first point guard. Take the shot away from him and he will force it.

    Should be fun.
     
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    You know what worries me though is that in the spirit of this season Pistons would lose 3 straight to Magic to make it "more interesting" as they have done the whole season. I sure hope their talk about the playoffs is right and that is all they need to get going 110%.
     
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    Oh! No! This could've been the BBJ O.D.s on BBall thread

    I was all set for the Darko returns wrath series. He just doesn't want to play Det. My foot booboo, waaaaaa.:yellowprison:
     
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    Re: Oh! No! This could've been the BBJ O.D.s on BBall thread

    detroit has the best assist/turnover ratio in the leauge. orlando has not only the fewest assists in the league, but the most turnovers.

    come playoff time, that's huge. i don't see this team giving orlando a game unless bill davidson wants extra $ at the palace. not to jinx it or anything... ;D
     
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    Not very likely that they will lose 3 straight to anyone in the playoffs this year. They are just too good a road team 27-14 to lose 3 straight to anyone. I will even be willing to wager my AJ Groupie button on it. LOL

    :hoops:
     
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    Magic Series

    I thought this was kind of funny.

    He has saying that back in the 90's when we used to get bounced in the 1st round. His famous pressure is on them montra never worked back then.

    8th is enough for Magic - Orlando Sentinel : Top Sports 8th is enough for Magic - Orlando Sentinel : Top Sports

    Looks like they were hoping for the Cavs but are making the best of it.

    Here is a writers blog

    DEE-TROIT BASKET-BALL!
    That's what they have to listen to for the first two playoff games at The Palace, which will be anything but. It will be a house of horrors. Count on it.
    Oh, the Pistons won't sweep the Magic.
    That's not the Pistons way.
    The Pistons haven't swept a playoff opponent in any round the past six seasons.
    They just whip you and send you home when the need arises.
    Orlando Sentinel - Magic deserve fate if it's Detroit by
     
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    Orlando wants Detroit! :)

    8th is enough for Magic - Orlando Sentinel : Top Sports 8th is enough for Magic - Orlando Sentinel : Top Sports

    The Magic point guard (Jameer Nelson) said last week that he wanted to get the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs.

    "We want Detroit!" center Dwight Howard said, laughing.

    "I'm like Dwight. Let's play Detroit," said Grant Hill, the ex-Piston. "But you got to believe or you're defeated from the start. It's going to be hard, but the pressure is on them, not us."
     
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    The Magic have won a lot o games recently... Just cause we beat them last game (barely) doesn't mean they can't hang with us.... the best thing we have going for us is their lack of playoff experience.
     
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    When I watched the end of the Indy/Washington game last night the announcers were commenting on Dwight Howard saying he wants Detroit...I was thinking what a stupid thing that was to say. Now, reading the article I see it was described as "gallows humor". If Grant Hill plays like he did the last time we played the Magic this won't be easy.

    I'd much rather that we play the Wizards but Indy decided to rest their star instead of preserving the integrity of the playoff seedings by actually trying to win.
     
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    The magic will definitely be the more interesting series with so many story lines. The Wiz sans Arenas and Butler will be boring. I think in the long run the Magic will help Detroit by keeping them a bit more focused going into round two. :)
     
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    If Darko plays, we will sweep them. Now that Darko might not play, they make take a game from us.:stirthepot:
     
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    If the Magic win 2 or more games it means they sandbagged all season. At the start of the year they were a 4 seed.
     
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    If the Magic win two or more games it will be more a reflection of where Detroit is at than where Orlando has been.:rolleyes:
     

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