Game three: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m.

Viewing information:
TV: ESPN2, FSN
Radio: 580 WDBO

Previous meetings
Game one: Sixers 100, Magic 98
Game two: Magic 96, Sixers 87

Thoughts:

  • The team that wins game three of a 1-1 series goes on to win the series 75.8 percent of the time. While I generally don’t like the stats that have to do with past teams (really, what does that statistic have to do with THIS Magic team and THIS Sixers team?) but it does help illustrate the importance of this game.
  • The Magic are one of the league’s better road teams, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of an effect being at home has for Philadelphia.
  • Orlando needs to keep hitting the offensive boards. Their 17 offensive rebounds in game two were a big reason they were able to hold off the Sixers – including Rashard Lewis’ crucial putback lay-up that sealed the victory.
  • Courtney Lee’s 24-point showing was the second-most points scored by a Magic rookie in a playoff game. Penny Hardaway scored 31 points on April 30, 1994.
  • Hedo Turkoglu is shooting only .278 from the field in the playoffs, which is the third-worst percentage besides Atlanta’s Flip Murray (.238) and San Antonio’s Matt Bonner (.267). Does Turk really expect to be in the same company as those guys? You have to figure he’s going to turn it around at some point.
  • Andre Miller has now played in 815 regular-season games, yet he’s never won a playoff series. The only other active player to play in more games without moving on to the second round of the playoffs? Stephon Marbury.
  • We won’t have a live blog tonight. Woody and I both have to attend to our real jobs. Enjoy the game.