What they’re saying about the Celtics-Magic series
|05.28.10 at 10:59 am ET|
The Celtics find themselves in a dubious situation after opening up a dominating 3-0 series lead over the Magic, and with the Bruins’ crushing loss to the Flyers fresh on everyone’s minds, the Green hope to avoid making similar history.
It seemed unthinkable heading into Game 4, but now there are rumblings that the Celtics could give this series away. George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel has no doubt the Magic will be the first team in the history of the NBA to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win a best-of-seven series.
Over-the-top proclamations like that may not be the norm, but as Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times points out, there may still be some bad karma lingering at the TD Garden.
The injury bug bit the C’s fast and hard Wednesday night, leaving Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels with concussions, and Rasheed Wallace with back spasms. But no one in the Celtics locker room is panicking, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg, who says the Celtics looked cool and confident in the locker room after their tough loss in Game 5.
Although excuses will not be made by anyone in a green uniform, the officiating has been anything but consistent all series, and that worked against the Celtics significantly in game 5. Although Kendrick Perkins’ second technical of Game 5 was rescinded Thursday, calls have been leaning heavily in Orlando’s favor the last two games. According to embattled former referee Tim Donaghy, who appeared on Dennis & Callahan Thursday, the NBA was pushing for a Game 6.
As Charley Rosen at FoxSports.com points out, the referees should allow both teams to play hard in this important Game 6.
Ultimately, the Celtics will need to regain that early series form if they hope to defeat a rejuvenated Magic team that has found it’s shooting groove from outside, and has begun to wear down the C’s big men. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports says the Celtics cannot afford to go back to Orlando, and that winning Friday night is their only option.