EC PLAYOFFS; ROUND 3: (2) ORL MAGIC VS (4) BOS CELTICS

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Old 05-13-2010, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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STARTERS:

ORL

Jameer Nelson
Vince Carter
Matt Barnes
Rashard Lewis
Dwight Howard

BOS

Rajon Rondo
Ray Allen
Paul Pierce
Kevin Garnett
Kendrick Perkins

KEY ROTATION PLAYERS:

ORL

JJ Reddick
Mickael Pietrus
Brandon Bass/Marcin Gortat

BOS

Tony Allen
Glen Davis
Rasheed Wallace


Key Matchups:

Paul Pierce vs Barnes/Pietrus. This is going to be a big matchup because ORL is going to front and back KG with Lewis in front and Dwight in back like they always do so Pierce will be counted on a lot more this series to score, and he will not having to guard Lebron. But hes going to have to score 20+ most if not all games IMO.

Rondo vs Jameer. Both are playing the best basketball of their lives, I'm very much looking forward to who gets the better of the other. Rondo has had Jameers number in past matchups.

Perkins/Sheed vs Dwight. These guys have given Dwight fits in the past and Perkins is probably the best defender vs Dwight in the NBA as shown in his numbers in the head to head matchup. If Dwight cant score early for ORL, they're going to be in some trouble because itll make it that much easier for Boston to swarm the 3 pt line, something they did beautifully vs CLE. This is a huge test for Dwight in proving his offence has taken that next step, as it looked like it did in the first 2 series with him now being able to do counter moves and hit simple hook shots, something he couldnt do last year.

End of games, VC vs Bostons balanced attack. Will BOS be able to guard screen roll in the final minutes? VC is going to have to make his mark in this series and be aggressive forcing BOS to pick their poison whether to help or single cover and VC thus scoring. And who will step up for BOS at the end of the game with Dwight being such a force inside the paint and BOS being one of the best points in the paint team in the league?


PREDICTION:

Couldnt really ask for a better matchup. Theres so many matchups to watch and so many subplots, and the superstars of the 2000's going at it. I really hope this series goes 7, and I think it will. In most cases I'd say BOS needs to win one of the first 2 in ORL to win this series, but I dont even think thats the case because theyve shown theyre capable at winning on the road in a game 5 vs CLE already. I think this series really comes down to how Howard plays on offence, because if he cant score 1 on 1 vs Perkins ORLs offence may go down the shitter like some previous games vs BOS.

I'll take ORL in 7 though. I do think this is ORLs year, I picked them before the season and I'm sticking to it.
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How did this get stickied the second I put this up? Thats crazy. Or do I have some crazy mod power now that any created thread by me is stickied? Heh.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How did this get stickied the second I put this up? Thats crazy. Or do I have some crazy mod power now that any created thread by me is stickied? Heh.
lol try it with a different thread
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How did this get stickied the second I put this up? Thats crazy. Or do I have some crazy mod power now that any created thread by me is stickied? Heh.
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fantastic analysis thrills. best one yet.
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Dwight Howard is a bitch...

Celtics in 7..











kidding, i like Howard...but still Celtics in 7...
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Again Thrills.... agreed 100%. Right down to the prediction (Magic in 7).
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How did this get stickied the second I put this up? Thats crazy. Or do I have some crazy mod power now that any created thread by me is stickied? Heh.
im not sure how, because clearly you aren't qualified to have your shit up there as analytical guideline.


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hopefully no one gets hurt and this series is going to be very close
I really want to see how Magic are going to contain Rondo... if they find a way they take on Celtics in 6, otherwise its almost 50/50 and I lean towards Celtics in 7 as they seem to be prepared better for the fight
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I really want to see how Magic are going to contain Rondo
Dwight Howard being in the middle not allowing Rondos usual easy layups and floaters.
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Dwight Howard being in the middle not allowing Rondos usual easy layups and floaters.
He ran into Shaq real hard more than a few times and just kept on coming. I could actually see Howard getting into foul trouble. And the floaters are not going to be stopped without a goaltend.

I'm pulling for Rondo.
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Dwight Howard being in the middle not allowing Rondos usual easy layups and floaters.
If he plays effectively it can work...
I afraid he wouldn't be smart enough to use his fouls trying to stop Rondo... he will probably going to spend most of these on sticking elbows into KG's chest
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I can see Boston being very physical with VC in hopes that he shrinks...
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VC has killed Boston the last 2 years, so I wouldnt count on that.
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Boston in 6. Can't believe I'm going to be cheering the Celtics. Ugh.
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