Sunday, May 17, 2009

Magic oust Celtics in Game 7

Don't call it a comeback, or a repeat Finals...The Orlando Magic put that notion to rest on Sunday with a victory over the Boston Celtics 101-82. According to reports after the game, the Celtics were never quite in it. The Celtics led the game just once and for only 37 seconds, after a Rajon Rondo jumpshot early in the first quarter. The Celtics will fail in their quest to repeat as NBA Champions, and a new champ will be crowned among the Final 4 of the Lakers, Nuggets, Cavs or Magic.

During the Game 7, the Magic built their lead up as high as 14 points before the Celtics rallied to cut it to 7 by halftime. Unfortunately, the Celtics just couldn't find the proper spell to counter the offense of the Magic. The Celtics' Big 3 was obviously hurt by the absence of the biggest of the 3, Mr. Kevin Garnett who was out due to injury for the entire playoffs. The other 2/3 of the tres amigos had a combined 39 points for the Celtics as Ray Allen led the team with 23 and Paul Pierce added 16.

Hedo Turkoglu was the lead scorer for Orlando with 25, while big man Dwight Howard notched another double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds. Rashard Lewis also added 19 points in the win. Next up for Orlando will be the patiently waiting Cleveland Cavaliers. It'll be especially interesting to see what sort of inside game Lebron has when Dwight Howard is manning the paint. The Cavs are currently 8-0 in these playoffs, but expect the Magic to take at least 1 game in a very compelling Eastern Conference Finals. The Eastern series gets started Wednesday night.

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