NBA Finals

The Heat: A Few Days After

It has been a few days since the Heat completed their collapse and the Mavericks completed their first NBA Championship. I am not here to talk about that. I am not here to talk about LeBron’s post-game comments, nor the ring v bracelet debate, nor anything involved with all that. I know it is a novel idea, so do not pat me on the back too much, but I am here to talk basketball. That’s right, I am here to ponder what the Heat ought to do going into next year with the likely hard salary cap and doubts about how the big three fits together.

The first question is whether the big three is going to stay together. We all sort of realized going in that this was not the best big three that could be built (maybe Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony if we aren’t using the players involved) because Wade and LeBron did kind of the same thing and Chris Bosh was a good player who looked inflated by being the only player on the Raptors worth  noting. However, when they joined forced and Chris Bosh turned down the chance to retire as a Raptor and become the mascot, we all sort of tabled that fear because, hell, it was LeBron, Wade and Bosh on the same team. Months later, we are realizing that our initial doubts weren’t foolish or contrived, but at least had some kind of backing to them. So the question going into the offseason is if the big three needs changing. The answer is that it does not need changing, but they should look into it a little.

LeBron’s post game has been something that I, and others, have thought about a lot before this year, but now it seems like it is a necessity going into the offseason if the Heat are going to become the force we thought. He has never really had to play off the ball in his career, and so it is understandable that he hasn’t developed it, but it really would make him unstoppable-er. Regardless of if he adds this to his game or not, he is not going anywhere and is still the best player in the NBA by a fairly considerable margin. It is easy to pile on LeBron after the finals and forget how he eviscerated the Bulls and would have been the NVP had Rose not gone from fascinatingly talented to spectacular. He can get better, which is absolutely frightening, but he is not going to get moved or anything of the sort.

Dwyane Wade is Mr. Heat and I would be shocked to see him move after so many years in Miami. The “fans” would probably mutiny, and I could not blame them too much. However, from a basketball perspective, I wouldn’t blame them too much for moving him, especially if they were to find a way to make it for a certain player who also plays in Florida and occasionally wears a cape during the dunk contest. It would never happen, but are you telling me Orlando would turn down Wade for Howard? Does it not also make the Heat a more balanced team? Maybe I am missing a key component from a purely basketball standpoint, but if not for that fan mutiny in Miami, that trade is pretty interesting to me. However, it will never happen, especially with the Magic. If I were Pat Riley, I would let people make offers for Wade, but only if it was an absolutely fantastic offer. While he is an outstanding closer and one of the best players in the league he is a little redundant on this team right now.

Mean, but not inaccurate

Bosh is the member of the Heat trio most likely to leave, and while there will certainly be suitors, I do not think they can get value for him like they want. However, they might not have much of a choice given the potential hard cap and the unlikely scenario of someone wanting to take on Mike Miller for his current price and giving the Heat anything for him. If Bosh leaves, that means one big thing and one smaller thing for the Heat. The big thing is that LeBron would need that post game now rather than later. Bosh was never really a low-post scorer, but just the option of scoring in the paint without a dribble-drive would be nice for the Heat. The smaller issue would be getting full value for Bosh if he is moved. He is better than he is perceived to be right now and it could be hard to get the pieces you want for him, especially with his contract. I do not think he will get moved, but I wouldn’t be too shocked if he did as he is clearly the weakest of the trio.

So what gets changed? Almost nothing if you ask me. I would try to move Bosh for a defensive big man who is a good rebounder and a few other pieces if someone will offer it. I am in no way comparing Jordan to LeBron here because they hardly belong in the same sentence, but think of it as adding a less crazy Rodman to Wade and LeBron’s Jordan-Pippen. A Joakim Noah type would be fantastic, though they are never going to get a guy like that.  Even with the hard salary cap coming, I am not sure if they will be able to move Bosh even if they want to.

The role players will change themselves, and that is probably for the best. Less Mike Bibby and Juwan Howard is good for everyone. As long as they can find serviceable role players around the league, and there are a litany of them, they will be fine and should be considered favorites going into next year. It is easy to be reactionary and say “blow it up” but there are no rosters I would take over theirs right now. In a one-game situation, they probably have the best defense in the league, have the potential to have the most dynamic offense in the league if they can play together, and still should make any team’s coaching staff lose sleep. They failed when it mattered most but they are still fantastic players.

Are there changes they can make that will make them better? Absolutely, and not making those moves would be a disservice to the players and fans, but let’s not get crazy after a Finals disappointment. Once you get over your visceral reaction, if you can, to what a dick-move LeBron pulled on Cleveland, and get over everything involved with that, there are few teams who have the potential to play better basketball than the Heat. They can play the energetic, athletically jaw-dropping defense we crave, and the virtuoso offensive performances we all want to see. If the names on the jerseys were erased and the faces were blurred out, everyone who loves basketball, and only basketball, would love the Heat. Of course, you can’t erase the names, faces, or the emotions we all carry about the Heat, but from a purely basketball standpoint, you cannot help but be fascinated by this team. They are worthy of every ounce of your hate if you are from Cleveland or still hold “The Decision” against LeBron (and ESPN), but no matter what, there is an element of you that loves the way the Heat are capable of playing. It is what makes them such a compelling team to hate. Like the Joker in The Dark Knight, Tyler Durden in Fight Club  and others, the enemy is most compelling when we see something of ourselves or something we admire in them. The Heat really can, and occasionally do, play beautiful basketball. You can hate them if you want, but you cannot claim to really love basketball and not hold out some respect for them.

So they need to make some changes, but it likely will not be directly with their big three. The biggest changes that have to be made are within each of the players, especially LeBron who is the best player in the league as it is. Can he accept coaching? Can he look inward and realize what he has to change? Does he have the drive he needs to push himself without anyone else pushing him? I don’t have the slightest clue, but by the end of next year we will know if LeBronis the next Wilt, stacking up the stats on pure athletic superiority or a player worth admiring for his prodigious play regardless of athleticism like Bird and others.

Congrats to the Mavs. Here is everyone's favorite Mavs picture.

No matter what, two things are sure. One, the CBA could change everything I just wrote; and two, no single team gives us more to hate and like at the same time than the Miami Heat.

 

A few unrelated thoughts just to close us out:

  • I want Deron Williams to go to LA. To the Clippers.
  • Steve Nash should get a shot at a title next year, Unfortunately he will be with the Suns or Knicks, eliminating that possibility.
  • The Lakers are done as title contenders. So are the Celtics. So are the Spurs. All of this barring some big changes.
  • I like the Warriors next year if they can move Monta Ellis for a proper center and find a wing in the draft or elsewhere.
  • DeShawn has a tattoo of the $5 bill on his neck. He wore a shirt asking LeBron how his Dirk tastes. He jsut got arrested for public intoxication where he did not know where he was. He called the Heat classless after the finals. We need to rename the all-crazy team after him.
  • That was one of the better Finals I have seen in a long long time.

 

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2010-11 NBA Preview-Overview

The NBA season is less than a week away and many are getting excited for what should be a fantastic thrill ride.  I will be posting division previews sporadicly during the course of this week and into the weekend.  Stay tuned for analysis on your favorite team, but for now, here is a division breakdown with projected records and the four important awards handed out at the end of the year.

Eastern Conference

Can New York make the playoffs thanks to Amar'e?

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics (51-31)

New York Knicks (36-46)

New Jersey Nets (32-50)

Philadelphia 76ers (29-53)

Toronto Raptors (25-57)

Central Division

How will the Cavs fare without LeBron?

Chicago Bulls (50-32)

Milwaukee Bucks (47-35)

Indiana Pacers (32-50)

Cleveland Cavaliers (30-52)

Detroit Pistons (29-53)

Southeast Division

Wall and Arenas will be a fun duo to watch!

Miami Heat (61-21)

Orlando Magic (54-28)

Atlanta Hawks (46-36)

Washington Wizards (37-45)

Charlotte Bobcats (36-46)

Western Conference

Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder (52-30)

Portland Trail Blazers (51-31)

MVP! MVP! MVP!

Utah Jazz (47-35)

Denver Nuggets (41-41)

Minnesota Timberwolves (22-60)

Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers (59-23)

Phoenix Suns (46-36)

Los Angeles Clippers (36-46)

Sacramento Kings (30-52)

Golden State Warriors (28-54)

 

Southwest Division

How many games will Yao play in?

Dallas Mavericks (51-31)

Houston Rockets (47-35)

San Antonio Spurs (45-37)

Memphis Grizzlies (41-41)

New Orleans Hornets (37-45)

 

My pick for the NBA Finals is Lakers over Heat in a seven game series.  Here are the awards for the end of the season.

MVP: Kevin Durant

Most Improved Player: Hedo Turkoglu

6th Man: Jamal Crawford

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin

NBA’s Top 10 Free Agents Most Likely to Leave Their Current Teams Next Summer

Melo is likely to join Stoudemire in New York

1. Carmelo Anthony (Unrestricted): At this point it’s more than clear that it’s going to take a miracle for the Denver Nuggets to resign the face of their franchise. Melo has declined to offer any signs of interest in remaining with their ball club. It’s been reported that Anthony is already in the process of selling his estate in Littleton, Colorado. He just recently held his wedding in New York and there have been multiple reports of friends close to Anthony saying he wants to play for the New York Knicks. To back those reports up, Amare Stoudemire upon signing with the Knicks also stated that both Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are interested in joining him in New York. And on top of all of that Anthony is from the East Coast.

Possible Destinations: New York Knicks & New Jersey Nets

Eva Longoria wants to be "Spiked Out" with Spike Lee himself in New York

2. Tony Parker (Unrestricted): It’s hard to imagine Tony Parker leaving his fellow pals in San Antonio but it seems as though it’s becoming more and more likely. According to Parker’s wife, actress Eva Longoria, Tony wants to play for the New York Knicks. Seems like a great fit for both Tony and Eva as they go about their careers.

Possible Destinations: New York Knicks

3. Jeff Green (Restricted): Don’t sleep on Jeff Green as a free agent next offseason. There may not be too many better fits for Green’s style of play and Oklahoma City already has a nice chemistry, but at the end of the day money talks. Being a restricted free agent will leave the Thunder organization in a tough situation next offseason. Green will receive plenty of interest from around the league, especially if his Thunder team goes onto improve and build upon last season’s success. Thus leaving Green in a great position to consider all options, stay patient, and wait for that one team that’ll overpay him. From there he’ll sign the offer sheet and place the ball on the Thunder’s court.

Possible Destinations: Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Denver Nuggets

4. Troy Murphy (Unrestricted): One year is all it will be in New Jersey for Murphy. After this upcoming season, he’ll take his services elsewhere and most likely he’ll try to become that missing piece to helping a team become one with NBA Finals potential. In doing so, Murphy and his agent can’t expect anywhere near a similar contract as his previous deal but he’ll still get paid nicely.

Possible Destinations: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder

Tayshaun's Most Memorable Moment

5. Tayshaun Prince (Unrestricted): He’ll most likely be moved around next season’s trade deadline but nonetheless Prince’s tenure in Mo-Town has come to an end. The team has been exploring their trade options with their long time small forward for quite some time now. Much like Murphy, Prince most likely will join a playoff team that immediately improves their title chances adding the defensive veteran.

Possible Destinations: Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors,  Utah Jazz

6. Thaddeus Young (Restricted): Unless the 76ers decide to trade Andre Iguodala, expect to see Young go his separate ways. Like Jeff Green, Young is a restricted free agent that still hasn’t reached his prime. He won’t be offered nearly the same amount of money, Green will be offered, but he’ll get enough that Philly will have no interest in matching the offer.

Possible Destinations: Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz

7. Samuel Dalembert (Unrestricted): Sac-Town is overloaded in the post with tons of young talent: DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, and Hassan Whiteside. Dalembert will be a very interesting free agent to keep on your radar next offseason. On one hand he’s a very unique talent whose game doesn’t get credited enough due in large part to his horrible contract. He’s 6’11, very long, runs the floor extremely well for his size, and is great shot blocker. But on the other hand, he’s a guy that’s going to demand a lot of money that he won’t deserve in the long run.

Possible Destinations: Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors

Landry will be a wanted man next offseason

8. Carl Landry (Unrestricted): As mentioned above, the Kings are overloaded in the post, the departure of both Dalembert and Landry not only seems very realistic but the best thing for the Kings future. For Landry, he’ll be able to find a home where he’ll be much more effective. He also will have a lot of options to choose from.

Possible Destinations: Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets

9. Andrei Kirilenko (Unrestricted): After next year in Utah, gone are the days of not knowing when or for how long Kirlenko will be healthy. He’ll be a mystery man come free agency not knowing if he’s healthy, how many year’s he’s got left in him, and most importantly how much he’s even worth.

Possible Destinations: Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics

Redd's definitely worth a gamble next season for the veteran's minimum

10. Michael Redd (Unrestricted): The Michael Redd era in Milwaukee has come to an end. After suffering multiple knee injuries over the course of the past few years, Redd has been nearly nonexistent on the floor and remains nonexistent as the Bucks move towards the future. Next season, if and when Redd returns back healthy, he’ll need to show the league he’s still got something left to offer off the bench. But there’s no doubt that a team will give him a chance for the right price next offseason.

Possible Destinations: Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

Lakers vs. Celtics – NBA Finals Game 5

By: James Sargent

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics – 8 ET ABC

Game 4 was a gritty performance by Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Nate Robinson.  Doc Rivers left the bench in a little longer than he normally does in the fourth quarter against the Laker’s starters and the move was ingenious.  Davis and Robinson were unconscious and could not be stopped, and this was a good kind of unconsciousness for Davis.  If the Celtics want to head to LA with a 3-2 lead, the bench is going to need to step it up again and provide another spark.  This will be a very tough task to ask for because with each new game comes new counter strategies and ways to stop previous occurrences.  The Celtics will definitely need two of the “Big Three” and Rajon Rondo to have a steady game.

Shrek and Donkey could be the reason for another Laker meltdown

As for the Lakers, Kobe was shutdown in the fourth quarter and Andrew Bynum was hit with another knee injury, limiting him to only 12 minutes of play.  Bryant was pestered by many different Celtic defenders who held him to only two field goals in that pivotal fourth quarter.  Kobe said he felt miserable after the game and Phil Jackson said Kobe was very tired.  Could Bryant be going back into the funk he was in at the end of the season?  I don’t think so.  I believe with the two days off, Bryant will be rejuvenated and ready to bring his “A” game like he usually brings.

Pau Gasol will bring his usual intensity to the court and continue to reek havoc on the Celtic’s frontcourt.

Rajon Rondo will record an “almost” triple-double by scoring in double figures and having double digit assits, but he will only reach about 5-7 rebounds.

Now, I asked my dad to get his thoughts on the game, and I am going to stick with what he had to say.  Celtics need a must win since winning two in LA is very unlikely.  Also, Ray Allen is going to hit some three pointers and get back to his shooting ways.

Celtics- 97 Lakers- 94

NBA Finals Game 4 Preview

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics- 9 ET ABC

Rondo will come up big with his back against the wall tonight

Before the series began I predicted the Celtics to win the NBA Finals over the Lakers in six games. After dropping Game 3 at home, that prediction looks a little unreal having to win three straight against the Lakers. But as series shifted to Boston, I felt the Celtics would win 2 of the 3 games. Going into Game 4, I’m sticking to that prediction which would it a 3-2 series in Boston’s favor heading back to Los Angeles for the final two games.

Tonight, I fully expect Rajon Rondo to dazzle us all yet again like he did in Game 2 with a triple-double performance. And finally expect Paul Pierce, who has been a huge disappointment thus far, to step up tonight in a critical Game 4.

Mark My Words: If the Celtics lose one of the next two games, the series is over. They can only hope to win one of two in Los Angeles, so these next two home games are key to having any chance in becoming the 2010 NBA Champions. As for tonight, the Celtics veterans will show just why they’ve been champions before and will continue to work towards showing the league that again this year.

Celtics- 102 Lakers- 100

Lakers vs. Celtics- Game 3 NBA Finals

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics – 9 ET ABC

These two must combine for a big night

It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about a specific play or team, but when you choose to shoot the three-pointer you ultimately live or die by it. In Game 2, behind Ray Allen’s record-breaking 8 three-point field goals made, the Celtics lived by the three. As a team they knocked down 11 of 16 attempts (nearly 70%), as for the Lakers well, they died by it at home, connecting on just 5 of their 22 attempts from long range.

One of the best parts of the majority of the past NBA Finals is that each game in the best-of-seven series often times offers new challenges, which forces teams to make improvised adjustments almost on the fly. The Lakers must be concerned as they step out on the floor for tonight’s Game 3 matchup. While the Lakers are currently the reigning champs, their chances to defend that title will drastically improve or crumble in Game 3. It’s important to note unlike the first three rounds of the NBA Playoffs, the NBA Finals schedule is much different. The Celtics (technically) have the chance to close out this series in Boston without ever having to return to Los Angeles. The next three games are in Boston, which gives this experienced Celtics team a huge opportunity to finish their business.

The Truth will be told in Game 3, expect a big night from him

A Game 3 win for Boston means a commanding lead in the series as they’ll continue to maintain their momentum. On the other hand, a big Game 3 win for Los Angeles guarantees that them that the series will shift back to the west coast. The sooner the Lakers get that win, they better they’ll feel going into the rest of the games in Boston. Tonight, expect the Celtics to continue to control momentum. Ray Allen played out of his mind in Game 2, but Paul Pierce was nearly non-existent contributing on the offensive end of the floor. Pierce will be ready to go tonight and he along with Rajon Rondo won’t disappoint on their home floor.

Celtics- 99 Lakers- 91

Hopefully, Big Baby doesn’t get knocked out yet again….

NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers- 8 ET ABC

By now you’ve probably already read the pregame posts from other news sources around the web, so here at the OuttaTownClowns preview of Game 2 we’re going to shake things up. Much like this post, I believe the Celtics will also shake things up that will lead towards shaping up this series as 1-1 series heading back to Boston. Here’s my Top 5 Boston wins Game 2 Guarantees: (At least 2 of the following 5 must happen)

1. Celtics bench scores more points than Ron Artest and/or Derek Fisher & Andrew Bynum combined

2. Rajon Rondo nearly records triple-double

3. Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett combine for 48 points or more

4. Ray Allen hits 4 or more three-pointers

5. Celtics’ defense holds Kobe Bryant under 30 points

Of those five, I see #1 & #3 happening tonight inside the Staples Center, Boston comes up big with a win in Game 2.

Boston- 103 Lakers- 98

Even to this day, NBA fans can’t believe it either Phil…

5/24/10 Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics (Game 4) Predictions

Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics- 8:30 ET ESPN

Pierce & the Celtics will have some time to rest up, stretch out, & prepare for the NBA Finals

The Magic are down for the count. With no hope of coming back from a 3-0 hole in the series, I fully expect them to lay down in Game 4. Hopefully the take the series loss like professionals and play hard all game, but in no way I expect them to come out on top. If I’m a Magic player, I rather get swept in Boston then have to come home and lose Game 5 in front of the home crowd.

It’s been a disappointing series to say the very least. In fact the NBA Playoffs as a whole have been very disappointing up until this point. Hopefully the NBA Finals matchup Celtics-Lakers/Suns offers a much more exciting series than we’ve been treated too so far this year. Celtics took care of business in the Eastern Conference Finals as an end result, they’ll be treating themselves to some days off to rest.

Celtics- 95 Magic- 87

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5/22/10 Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics (Game 3) Predictions

Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics- 8:30 ET ESPN

Was Redick drunk when he decided to call a timeout in the backcourt?

The Orlando Magic’s Game 2 performance can be summed up with mental breakdowns. From Vince Carter not focusing at the free throw line throwing up to bricks in the critical moments to J.J. Redick dazed and confused calling allowing about four seconds to expire before calling a timeout in the backcourt. Simply put, the Magic gave the Celtics not only Game 2, but the entire series.

There’s no doubt the Celtics smell blood and they’ll be going for the kill in Game 3. They understand exactly what opportunity is at hand now that the series has shifted back home to Boston and don’t think the fans won’t be fired up as well. Offensively Paul Pierce will lead the usual charge and nothing could be any sweeter than if Rondo’s able to put up 20+ points. Rondo’s scoring outage is a really important motor to the Celtics success and I expect Rajon to bring his “A-Game” in Game 3.

Van Gundy must unleash Air France

For the Magic it goes without saying that Rashard Lewis has been a complete joke all series long. In Game 2, Lewis played a team-high 41 minutes and only contributed 5 points. Obviously that’s a big problem but the biggest issue in Game 2 was that nobody was able to “cover up” Lewis’s lackluster play. Nelson and Carter both struggled from the field and for some reason I can not understand why Stan Van Gundy didn’t give Pietrus more than 15 minutes of action. Mickael Pietrus is my key to a Magic Game 3 victory, not only is he counted upon to bring some production off the bench, but he also can be the man who steps right in to fill Lewis’s scoring load.

Hey Dwight, ask your "wanna-be" LeBron puppet, if there's a chance the complete Dwight Howard can step up in Game 3

As for Dwight Howard, the team’s catalyst, he’ll need another strong outing especially on the road. What concerns me so far in this series is Howard’s ability to play at both ends of the floor. In Game 1 he was a non-factor on offensively but tallied 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Then in Game 2, he went off for 30 points but only snagged 8 rebounds and didn’t even record a block! Where in the world did the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year go?

Of course, that question isn’t referring to Dwight Howard’s vacation plans but it soon could be if the Magic can’t win Game 3. Celtics execute their game plan and get overall better team contributions leading them to victory.

Celtics- 97 Magic- 93

The Celtics may be able to close out this series faster than Usain Bolt

5/18/10 Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic (Game 2)

Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic 8:30 ET ESPN

Magic got just what the "Doc" had ordered in Game 1

The Orlando Magic got just what the “Doc” had ordered in preparation of Game 1. It all got started with the tremendous defensive effort throughout the entire 48 minutes of play. The Celtics effectively pressured the Magic on the perimeter forcing them off the three-point line and when the Magic swung the ball, the Celtics rotations were perfected with ease.

Expect to see an entirely different Game 2 tonight, not only will the Magic bounce back, but the Celtics will be fine settling with a spilt series heading back to Boston. Don’t worry Magic fans it’s not time to panic and honestly, I’d probably panic if I were a Boston Celtics fan. Here’s why:

-The Magic shot 5-22 from behind the three-point line

-The Magic had a total of 10 assists for the game

-The Magic turned the ball over 18 times

THE END RESULT= A 4 POINT LOSS!!!

'Shard & Dwight must immediately improve their contributions offensively

Both Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson have been spectacular for the majority of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, but the two Magic players that have yet to remain consistent have been the money makers in Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard, who combined for a mere 19 points in Game 1.

Down low, Dwight Howard must get tougher and actually begin using the muscles he’s gifted with, no more settling for the “avoid-contact-at-all-cost” hook shots. On top of the moves, Dwight’s got to remain mentally tough, it was clear in Game 1 that he allowed Rasheed Wallace to get the best of him.

Then there’s Rashard Lewis, ugh it gives me a headache every time I think about how much he’s getting paid, Lewis must start knocking down those contested shots from the perimeter. At nearly 7 foot and having a high release point on his follow through, there’s no excuse for him not being able to drill those spilt-second open looks.

Better team play, with the improved play of both Howard and Lewis will lead the Magic to a Game 2 victory tonight.

Magic- 97 Celtics- 91

Professor Wallace Teaches Young Dwight a Lesson During Free Throw Attempts: