The Orlando Magic have their backs against the wall as they face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of their series and the whole season in the balance.
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks (MIL leads series 2-1)
Time/TV: 1:30 p.m./NBATV, FOX Sports Florida
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2020 Season Series: Bucks 123, Magic 91 in Orlando on Nov. 1; Bucks 110, Magic 101 in Milwaukee on Dec. 9; Bucks 111, Magic 100 in Milwaukee on Dec. 28; Bucks 111, Magic 95 in Orlando on Feb. 8
Playoff Series: Game 1 – Magic 122, Bucks 110; Game 2 – Bucks 111, Magic 96; Game 3 — Bucks 121, Magic 107; Game 4 — Today at NBA Campus; Game 5 — Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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The Orlando Magic have to play with some measure of desperation in this game. A 3-1 series hole is undoubtedly too big to climb out of. If the Magic want to make their statement in this postseason, it has to be today. Game 3 was a disaster too. The kind of game that demands a response. Orlando let go of the rope defensively and never found its footing offensively. The Milwaukee Bucks are not a team that will ease off just because they are up 2-1. Orlando still can take advantage of Milwaukee’s defense. It is still a very tall order and the Magic have not proven they can absorb the pressure. A little bit of focus and intensity will go a long way though.
1) The Orlando Magic’s priority for Game 4 is to win the first quarter, something they struggled to do in their two losses, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
2) Nikola Vucevic is playing his best basketball when the Orlando Magic need it most, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
3) The Orlando Magic can only blame themselves and the mistakes they made for their Game 3 blowout loss.
4) The Orlando Magic never gave themselves a chance in their Game 3 loss, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes. The Milwaukee Bucks’ aggressive drop defense and help scheme kept the Orlando Magic from getting quality shots and dominated the game, Garrett Townsend of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes.
5) The Orlando Magic’s mistakes in Game 3 were not typical of them and they have a lot to clean up before Game 4, Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
6) The Milwaukee Bucks locked back in to dominate the Orlando Magic and retake control of the series.
7) Marvin Williams has no plans to apologize nor any intention of backing down after his tussle with James Ennis in Game 3, Mike Ehrmann of Associated Press writes.
8) Giannis Antetokounmpo puts a ton of pressure on every defense he faces, Spencer Henderson writes. Limiting fast breaks will be the biggest key in doing that.
9) For the Orlando Magic to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, they have to do the simple things well.
10) As the Orlando Magic try to score the upset against the Milwaukee Bucks, their young players have to step up, Omar Cabrera writes.
11) Life is an adjustment for the referees in the bubble too, Tim Bontemps of ESPN writes.
12) Upsets dominated international soccer when they made their comeback. A lesson that could copy in the NBA for the Orlando magic, Aditya Mannur writes.