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The Miami Heat duo of LeBron and Wade heaped the pressure back onto the Indiana Pacers as they took Game Four in Indiana by 8 points. LeBron especially had a ridiculous evening, scoring 40 points, pulling down 18 rebounds and adding 9 assists and 2 steals on the side. Unbelievable. Dwyane Wade had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Danny Granger had 20 points to lead the Pacers in a losing effort.
“It comes down to this: yes, you can get the ball out of their hands and make other guys make plays but you get the ball out of one of those guys’ hands and it finds its way to the other guy. It’s not just like one superhero and a bunch of role players. You’ve got to worry about the other guy.”
— Indiana coach Frank Vogel
The Miami Heat took an early series lead as they took down the Indiana Pacers in Game One of their series. 3-time and newly crowned MVP LeBron James dominated the game with a match leading performance of 32 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwyane Wade provided ample assistance as he scored 29 points. However, it was not all good news for the Heat as they lost Chris Bosh to an abdominal strain early in the game. For a team that struggles with size, the return of Bosh is paramount to this teams success. He may not be the best player in a Heat uniform but he may very well be the most important.
“We are going to have to get him better shots. I don’t know if he’s going to have a huge offensive series, especially when he has to guard LeBron James for 38 minutes. That takes a lot out of your offensive game.”
— Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on Granger’s struggles.
David West made the most of Chris Bosh’s absence, scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Center Roy Hibbert also played well as he scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds while fighting through foul trouble. Danny Granger on the other hand quickly realised that he would not be getting the same shots against LeBron as he did against the Magic, only scoring 7 points on 1-10 shooting.
They sure fought hard and stood by thier coach, but in the end it was not enough as the Orlando Magic fell to the Indiana Pacers, losing the series 4-1. Jameer Nelson certainly did all he could to avoid the outcome as he poured in a game high 27 points in the final outing of his season. Glen Davis also worked hard once more for his 15 points despite being nearly hoplessly outsized.
The Pacers got offence from Danny Granger who had 25 points but shot only 8-20 from the field, but Darren Collison was the real star with 19 points and six assists off the bench. Also, got to love this last bit from SVG
“They were a good team and I congratulate them. I’ve been through this same thing. They haven’t won a series in seven years. This was great step for them. The next round is going to be very tough. They were huge favorites in this series. They will be underdogs in the next. I have no clue how far they will go and I won’t be watching.”
— Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy
26 points and 12 rebounds from David West and a pair of game winning free throws from George Hill lifted the Indiana Pacers to one more win from the second round as they took down the Orlando Magic. Danny Granger also added 21 points as well as 7 rebounds while Roy Hibbert put in 14 points. The Magic were held to just 31 percent from behind the arc in a relatively poor shooting performance
Glen Davis continued to do everything he could possibly do to lift the Magic as he had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Richardson had 25 points but only shot 4-12 from downtown to lead the Magic but received little help from their other players
“I think our team showed a lot of resilience with just the fact that (the Magic) were down 19 and they had a lot of momentum late in the fourth quarter and going into overtime. We withstood it and made shots down the stretch and got out of it.”
— Pacers forward Danny Granger.
Roy Hibbert finally took full advantage of his size as he put in 18 points to lead the Pacers to a big 23 win in Orlando. Hibbert also ripped down 10 rebounds as Danny Granger had 26 points to make up for the lack of scoring presence from David West, who only had 3 points. The Magic on the other hand had few major contributors, with Hedo Turkoglu still struggling though injury and Jason Richardson and Ryan Anderson simply disappearing.
Glen Davis was one of the few Magic players to win his match up, getting into the body of the taller Hibbert and ramming his way towards 22 points. One time ‘Big Baby’, Davis has stepped up and is seeming to thrive as the central cog for his team.
“That (Game 1) loss really woke us up. It showed us what Orlando is capable of, and we knew we had to really play in this series to win. We have been executing, especially on the defensive end. Our offense comes and goes, but defensively we’ve been there the whole series.”
Despite a brave game one victory, it look very unlikely that the Magic will get another victory in this series, let alone get through it. They simply do not have the quality, let alone the depth of quality. Look for the Magic and Stan Van Gundy to fight to the end, but expect the Pacers to win this one.
Final score: 97-78 Pacers win. (Series tied 1-1)
The Indiana Pacers bounced back in the best possible way as they took down the Orlando Magic by 19 points. David West continued to pound the paint in Dwight Howard’s absence, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, also getting to the line ten times. Roy Hibbert didn’t provide a huge offensive boost but his 5 offensive boards helped keep possessions alive for the Pacers.
“We can’t get too high after this victory. They still have an advantage going there. There’s room for us to improve and we know it’s going to be a tough environment going down there.”
– David West: Pacers forward
The Magic were held to just 35 percent shooting and only 32 percent from down town in a mix of good defence and missed open shots. Glen Davis especially struggled mightily, only hitting 5 of his 16 shots but got to the line 10 times, hitting 8, to score 18 points and lead the Magic. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to help plug the rebounding gap Dwight leaves. Jason Richardson especially went from 17 points in game one to just two in the second. The saying that the Magic “Live by the three, die by the three” could not be anymore relevant in this game.
Final score: 81-77 Magic win (Magic lead 1-0)
Well the Magic achieved what many thought was impossible as the Magic took down the Pacers despite Dwight Howard’s absence. Roy Hibbert dominated the pain defensively in Dwight’s absence as he recorded 13 rebounds and 9 blocks to clog up the paint. But he was not able to have a great enough offensive impact as he only scored 8 points. David West on the other hand took full advantage of the situation as he had 19 points.
The Magic scored the last 12 points of the game to achieve the difficult task. Danny Granger fumbled his way through the final quarter as he struggled down the stretch. Jason Richardson on the other hand knocked down a pair of clutch triples to help seal the game for the Magic.
” Even in games we haven’t played well, I think our guys never quit fighting. Our goal is to hang in there.”
— Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Glen Davis played big in Howard’s absence, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds despite being blocked 6 times throughout the game. Jameer Nelson also had a near double double with 17 points and 9 assists as the Magic got the win they needed to be competitive in the series.
(All times American)
Game 1 – Sat. April 28, Philadelphia at Chicago, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Tue. May 1, Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri. May 4, Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun. May 6, Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Chicago at Philadelphia, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD, TNT
Not to long ago, this playoff series didn’t really seem likely. The Sixers were much higher in the standings then their current 8th seed position and were looking to prove that a team could win without a true superstar in their lineup. This does not look likely to present much of a challenge to the Bulls, as there really is no “No Rose, no Bulls argument”. If Rose does start to prove a factor, as he surely will, Andre Iguodala may play some defence on him, much like LeBron James did at times. Perhaps one of the keys here will be that. Elton Brand against Carlos Boozer will be another key match up, with the two veteran forwards likely to have to score highly for their respective teams. Bulls will get the win here
Game 1 – Sat. April 28, New York at Miami, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 – Mon. April 30, New York at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. May 3, Miami at New York, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sun. May 6, Miami at New York, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, New York at Miami, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Miami at New York, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, New York at Miami, TBD
Possibly one of the more exciting match ups of the Eastern Conference. Great contests at multiple positions and superstars littered all over the place. The highlight will no doubt be the competition between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the two 2003 alumni likely wanting the win over their compatriot. Both teams love to get out on the fast break, but its not secret that a big step towards stopping the Miami Heat is halting the run of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Amare Stoudemire’s play against Chris Bosh will be interesting to see, with Bosh having to deal with the physicality of Stoudemire, something he has shown in the past to dislike. Tyson Chandler’s shot blocking and ability to fill up the paint will also be essential in stopping the drives of Wade and James. Possible upset, but Miami likely to get the win.
Game 1 – Sat. April 28, Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Mon. April 30, Orlando at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Wed. May 2, Indiana at Orlando, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat. May 5, Indiana at Orlando, 2 p.m., ESPN
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Indiana at Orlando, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Injuries will definitely be the determining factor in this series. The Pacers have quietly gone about having a good season as they secured the number three seed and Dwight Howard’s injury will make their playoff run much easier. David West, Danny Granger and co. will have a much easier time scoring in the paint without Dwight’s intimidating presence in the middle. Howard is really the only defensively minded player on the Magic team and they will struggle without him. Hedo will have to turn back to clock and Ryan Anderson will need to play out of his skin to force David West to play defence all the way out of to the three point line if the Magic are able to fit the series win here. Unlikely though.
Game 1 – Sun. April 29, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Tue. May 1, Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri. May 4, Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun May 6, Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Boston at Atlanta, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Atlanta at Boston, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT
Boston’s charge at the end of the season has them well place in this years playoffs. They avoid Miami and Chicago in the first round but the Hawks are no small hurdle to overcome in the first round. The Hawk duo of Josh Smith and Joe Johnson have been playing some of the best basketball of their careers, especially Josh Smith. But the suffocating defence and the inability of the Hawks to match up with Rajon Rondo should allow the Celtics to get the win here. Ray Allen could play a key role as he comes back from extended injury, and if he’s playing off the bench will provide a huge spark. Celtics to get the win here
Western Conference previews up before too long!