EC PLAYOFFS; RD 1: ATLANTA WINS--(4) ORL MAGIC - 2 VS (5) ATL HAWKS - 4

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Old 04-12-2011, 12:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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STARTERS:

ORL

Jameer Nelson
Jason Richardson
Hedo Turkoglu
Brandon Bass
Dwight Howard

ATL

Kirk Hinrich
Joe Johnson
Marvin Williams
Josh Smith
Al Horford

KEY ROTATION PLAYERS:

ORL

Gilbert Arenas
JJ Reddick
Ryan Anderson

ATL

Jeff Teague
Jamal Crawford
Zaza Pachulia

Key Matchups:

Dwight vs ATL frontcourt- This is easily the biggest matchup.Dwight probably dominates ATL more than any team in the NBA. He'll likely take Horford out of the game and go batshit crazy on offence just like last year.

3 point shooting- ATL has historically been awful at defending ORL behind the arc. Hard to see this changing.

Hawks halfcourt scoring- Hawks are one of the most stagnant uncreative offences in the NBA, and with Dwight in the middle, it's likely that just like last year, they'll struggle to score with not being able to get a direct shot at the rim.

PREDICTION:

ORL in 4. It's hard to see ATL winning a game judging by past history. ORL is probably the worst matchup for them in the entire NBA.
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The Hawks are terrible... They don't give much effort. Just pre-tenders.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah, i can't stand the hawks. one of my least favourite teams in the league to watch.

orlando in five, and i give atlanta one because dwight howard is bound to get in foul trouble at once
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didnt the Hawks win the season series 3-1?
they may surprise some.
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Hawks in 6 because I hate Orlando.
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Magic in 6.
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Magic in 4. One of, if not the worst matchup for Atlanta in the league.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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magic in 5
dwight is unstoppable against the hawks
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The Magic are such a bad matchup for Atlanta, that I'll take the Magic in 3.
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Orlando in 5.

As stated, Orlando's a bad match-up with the Hawks. No one can guard Howard, since the Hawks don't have a real center (Horford's more of a 4).
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Orlando in 4 or 5. Unless...

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didn't the Magic beat the Hawks by 15+ every game in last years playoffs?
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I'd like to point out that if Jason Collins start(which he may very well) and has success in guarding Howard that this will be a closer series. But its hard to see him staying on the floor long enough, even if he can slow down Dwight. Jason hasnt played big minutes in like 6 years.
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I'd like to point out that if Jason Collins start(which he may very well) and has success in guarding Howard that this will be a closer series. But its hard to see him staying on the floor long enough, even if he can slow down Dwight. Jason hasnt played big minutes in like 6 years.
I'm glad you added this qualification, because it's important. Collins started a chunk of games this season for strategic purposes, including all 4 against Orlando. Using Collins as a starter worked during the regular season, as Atlanta won the last 3 of those games. I wondered why Atlanta went 3-1 against Orlando this season (I don't remember ever watching them play each other this season). This adjustment is probably part of the reason.
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