Celtics vs. Magic (Celtics lead series 3-1)
Time/TV: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
Key Matchup: Kevin Garnett (15.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG in NBA Playoffs; 14 points, 12 rebounds in Game Four) vs. Dwight Howard (17.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.6 BPG in NBA Playoffs; 32 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks in Game Four)
Playoff Series: Game 1- Lost 92-88 in Orlando; Game 2- Lost 95-92 in Orlando; Game 3- Lost 94-71 in Boston; Game 4- Won 96-92 in Boston; Game 5- Tonight in Orlando; Game 6 (If Necessary)- Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Boston
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel writes this Eastern Conference Finals series has shown just how unpredictable and wild an NBA Playoff series can be.
-Jameer Nelson’s gritty performance Monday saved the Magic’s season. Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel asks, “Can he do it again?”
-Rajon Rondo was slowed in Monday’s Game Four with muscle spasms, but Doc Rivers said it was not serious enough to keep him out of the game.
-Vince Carter has been missing in action and Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes Carter’s legacy could be on the line in this series.
-Boston still has some things to correct, but it will now be a tough road to get to the Finals and there is plenty of work to do.
-The Celtics are trying not to fear the dreaded Sports Illustrated curse after Rajon Rondo appeared on this week’s issue.
-Ron Borges of the Boston Herald tries to assure Boston fans that the Celtics are not the Bruins, who blew a 3-0 lead to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Flyers in the NHL Playoffs.
-Game Four gave Orlando some confidence and now the team is in it for the long haul, writes Jarrod N. Rudolph of the Boston Globe.
-Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe writes Stan Van Gundy needed to know how his team would respond when the Celtics fought back in Game Four. The Magic continually answered the bell and suddenly have some hope in this series.
-Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe warns the Celtics to beware of Jameer Nelson.
-Michael Wilbon had some interesting comments about Stan Van Gundy’s job security that may or may not be true.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard have begun to truly lead their team by example.
-Jameer Nelson was the one who most impressed and finished off the Celtics, writes Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com.
-Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau appears to be the favorite to be the Hornets new head coach, reports Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe.
-Dwight Howard received some encouraging words from Hakeem Olajuwon before dominating Game Four.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes an improved pick and roll, improved defense and improved effort led to a big Game Four win.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel writes how Jameer Nelson led the Magic to a Game Four victory.
-John Hollinger of ESPN.com writes Orlando exposed some chinks in Boston’s armor by winning Game Four. But he writes that information is probably more useful for their future Finals opponent rather than for the rest of this series.
-Matt Barnes expressed some frustration with his decrease in playing time during the Eastern Conference Finals, but he reaffirmed his desire to stay in Orlando next season.
-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes Orlando made Boston put away its brooms by focusing on playing well for one night and in one game. Now everything seems different.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel writes Dwight Howard earned his Superman cape back in Game Four.
-Jameer Nelson’s “lucky” bank shot and Dwight Howard’s dominance led the Magic to an overtime victory in Game Four.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes because the Magic were willing to fight for loose balls and scratch and claw their way to an overtime victory, they get to live and fight another day.