Posted by: Jeremy | May 24, 2010

Magic live to see another day

Howard is Superman again, at least for one night

It looks like there might be some life left in Orlando after all. Dwight Howard temporarily regained the title of Superman and the Magic kept the faith with a 96-92 overtime win in Boston tonight, forcing a Game 5 at home Wednesday. If you’re a Boston fan, try not to think about the Bruins blowing that 3-0 lead against Philly a couple weeks back — the Celtics still have a ways to go to reach that level of futility.

Howard bounced back from a hellish Game 3 with 32 points and 16 rebounds and the Magic held off a late  Ray Allen three-point barrage to baaaaarely escape with the win. Orlando actually brought it from the tip in this one, jumping to a 10-point first half lead and playing with a type of fire that was still somewhere in Atlanta Sunday night. Vince Carter even attempted his first dunk (a miss, though he was hit on the wrist) since 2001, though that was about all Orlando got from the waste of talent — he finished with three points on 1-of-9 shooting. J.J. Redick stepped up, scoring 10 straight Magic points during a fourth quarter lull that came close to ending the Magic’s season.

So, what about my guy Rajon Rondo, you ask? The greatest player in the history of the world drew a few early fouls and wasn’t able to get out in the open court much in the second half, finishing with a quiet nine points and eight assists on 3-of-10 shooting. Rondo’s struggles summed up Boston’s offensive effort for much of the night — aside from Allen, it was stagnant, especially in a three-minute scoreless stretch at the start of overtime after a late rally erased a seven-point Orlando lead in the last couple minutes of regulation. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points, though his shot disappeared after starting 6-of-7. Allen had 22 points on 7-of-12, including 5-of-7 from deep.

It would’ve been nice to see Boston close out these idiots, but I can’t complain about getting to watch more basketball. The Lakers and Suns are in Phoenix for Game 4 of the West Finals tomorrow and the Celtics and Magic are back at it in Orlando on Wednesday for Game 5.



  1. Dwight Howard+
    Cock-breath VC –

    What do you think of a collusion set up for Bosh, Howard, LeBron, and Wade to take on a team with alternating salaries designed to make each one a max-type, yet still be on the same team???
    Bosh max money year 1,5,9
    Howard max year 2,6,10
    Bron max year 3,7,11
    Wade goes 4,8,12

    Let the guys figure out how it goes, and run hard-core for the next decade. Cash is fleeting, Glory is forever!!!!!

  2. That blows my mind just looking at it, mostly because I’m pretty sure it’s insanely against the rules. It’s looking like Bosh’s future depends entirely on LeBron, and I’m starting to think he’s gone from Cleveland the way they’ve folded up the last couple weeks (the elimination, the rumors, the Mike Brown firing). Either that or Bosh ends up in LA on a sign-and-trade.

  3. How??? Balloon payments on someone like Wells’ contract….
    Wells got like $100,000 one year, and up to whatever it will be in 2014. They could do it that way, and maybe the NBA needs a Yankees Evil Empire (within the rules, too)!!!!!!!
    Then if it works….who would go sign with that team that’s A-list for league minimum??? LOADED!!!!

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