What They’re Saying: Game 4- Magic vs. Hawks 5/10

Magic vs. Hawks (Magic lead series 3-0)
Video Vault: Penny Hardaway pulls down Dikembe Mutombo’s pants at All Star Game 1997 (in Cleveland)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Key Matchup: Rashard Lewis (16.3 PPG, 53.2% FG%, 44.4% 3FG% in Playoffs; 17.0 PPG, 54.3% FG%, 42.1% 3FG% vs. Hawks) vs. Josh Smith (13.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG in Playoffs; 15.7 PPG, 7.7 RPG vs. Magic)
Playoff Series: Game 1- Orlando won 114-71; Game 2- Orlando won 112-98; Game 3- Orlando won 105-75; Game 4- Tonight; Game 5 (If Necessary)- Wednesday at TBD


-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes only shooters need apply for a chance to surround Dwight Howard and play for the Magic.

-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes Spirit has literally been exiled from Philips Arena.

-Stan Van Gundy held a longer than normal film session concluding Orlando did not play nearly as good defense as he thought in Game Three.

-Everyone in the Atlanta organization is questioning their team’s effort in this series, writes Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel.


-The Hawks vow to fight and play better in Game Four.

-Joe Johnson explained his comments and expressed how happy he has been in Atlanta.

-Ken Suguira of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes about the special bond between Dwight Howard and Josh Smith.

-Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes whether fans like it or not, the Hawks should not rebuild — and that means keeping Joe Johnson.


-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post shows just how dominant the Magic have been during their 16-1 stretch going back to the regular season.


-Another Playoff sweep may prompt Atlanta to change directions, writes Tim Povtak of FanHouse.


-Matt McHale of Bulls by the Horns has been keeping an eye on free agents and is a little concerned about Joe Johnson after his struggles in the postseason and the way he plays in the regular season.

-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel writes it might be unfair to heap all of the blame on Joe Johnson for Atlanta’s 3-0 deficit. But Johnson still needs to play better and lead his team.

-Matt Moore of Pro Basketball Talk is reading the tea leaves and see Mike Woodson’s time in Atlanta concluding after this season.

-Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com writes Joe Johnson may be playing himself out of a maximum contract when he becomes a free agent this summer.

-Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes the only thing that changed between Games One and Two and Game Three was Atlanta got the chance to be heckled by its home fans.

-Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes the Hawks gave up in Game Three in the kind of way that makes you want to start a team over from scratch.

-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes the buzzards are circling the Hawks after their Game Three loss.

-Dwight Howard had the quite homecoming in his first postseason trip to Atlanta.

-Rashard Lewis talked about patience and urgency at the same time after Saturday’s Game Three victory. He said Orlando needs the patience to wait for the right opportunity to score on offense while at the same time have a sense of urgency to take advantage of its championship window while it is open.

-Tim Povtak of FanHouse writes Mike Woodson is uncomfortable with his impending free agency.

-Chris Sheridan of TrueHoop comments on Mike Woodson’s uncertain future in Atlanta.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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