2 weeks ago, the Orlando Magic was the favorites to win the championships. They swept defensive juggernauts in the Charlotte Bobcats and the young high flying Atlanta Hawks. Dwight Howard was putting up great numbers, Jameer Nelson is showing the world why he’s the team captain, and Vince Carter was proving to the world that he still got it. They were dominant and unstoppable. Supposedly the only team that could have stopped them in the East was the Lebron James team, also known as the the Cleveland Cavaliers. A team that purposely built their team to defeat the Magic with the acquisition of Shaq to go against Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison as a stretch 4 to counter Rashad Lewis.
But no one ever counted on the Boston Celtics to beat the Lebron James team and is now in a midst of sweeping the Eastern Conference favorites. A team that went with the flow throughout the regular season, losing games to the likes of the Clippers, the Nets, and the Warriors. A team that was old, tired, and unfit for championship. And a team that had many injuries throughout the regular season and struggled to stay healthy. Everyone agreed that the Boston Celtics were a great team, but no one ever thought they would be in the finals. All predictions led to Lebron James and his rag tagged supporting cast beating the Celtics. But now, the Green Monsters are 3-0 against the Magic. That is due because of the hard defense the Celtics is applying along with the stellar play of Rondo and revitalization or the Big 3. They got the Magic bent over right now and is close to finishing the job.
How could the former eastern conference champions fall this bad? I want to say lack of determination and the death of all morale at this point. Cockiness could have also been a factor. Dwight Howard was supposed to be that dominant center that no other team in the league has an answer for. But now, the Magic dug themselves a deep hole that they are desperately trying to claw out of.
The Magic have two options now –
1. Lose to the Boston Celtics
2. Make history as the only team to ever win a playoff series after starting 0-3.
I don’t see number 2 happening though with Boston playing as great as they are.