After taking a 3-0 series lead, the Magic have now won the last 2 games.
  • First off, does Mike Breen get paid per game?  How else do you explain his over-the-top play calling of this game for the Magic?  His enthusiasm was through the roof for the Magic in the first quarter.  This was extra-annoying.
  • Orlando hit five 3's in the first quarter, never a good sign.  They hit 4 more in the second quarter for 9 at the half.  Remember: they win 80% of the games they hit 10 or more.
  • Incredible that Perkins was called for a foul on that play against Howard, let alone a second technical.  Him getting ejected in the 2nd quarter is a disgrace to basketball.  Furthermore that's his 7th technical.  If it's not rescinded (which I assume it will be) he'll get suspended a playoff game.  Inevitably it looks like he'll get a game's suspension in the Finals if they make it there.
  • Have I mentioned how horrendous the halftime show is?  Can't Stuart Scott, Jon Barry and Cheesy Johnson be asked to leave?
  • Scary play for Glen Davis in the 3rd quarter after taking yet another elbow from Dwight Howard.  He suffered a concussion.
  • Still waiting for Nate Robinson to win a playoff game.  His block at the end of the 3rd quarter was nice but they could've used some more offense from him.
  • Marquis Daniels also suffered a concussion from banging into Marcin Gortat.  No word on whether Gortat wears the same metal plate Clint Eastwood wore in A Fistful of Dollars.
It seemed every time Boston needed a stop they couldn't get one.  All the "50-50 balls" seemed to go Orlando's way.  Boston seems really out of sync.  Suddenly KG can't get up and defend Lewis anymore.  All of Orlando's plays find the right guy for the right shot.  And they've been getting some fortuitous bounces of the ball leading to backbreaking shots late in the shot clock.

Boston better figure out how to defend these consecutive staggered screens which are really throwing them off.  Game 6 must be looked at as the Game 7.  If this series goes 7, I don't think they win.  The Celtics' season is suddenly on the verge of the greatest meltdown in NBA playoff history.  Win Game 6, and no one remembers the two losses in Games 4 and 5.  Lose Game 6, and I'm thinking back to the Utah-Denver second round series of 1994 when the Jazz won the first 3, lost the next 3 and then pulled it out in Game 7.  But the Jazz were at home and the Celtics will be on the road if it comes to that.  It'll be important to get up early and maintain that level of play.

Who knows if Perkins, Davis or Marquis will be playing next game.  Game 3 seems like a year ago.  It's unbelievable how much this series changed.  I'm suddenly petrified at the thought of losing the next game.

tb727 5/26/2010 11:24:00 PM Edit
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  1. I missed nearly all of this game. I read a tweet that said something about Rondo's leg. Can anyone explain this to me? I'm very depressed...

  2. JR says:

    Rondo has some injury issues. He's denying them, but you can tell he's not the same player. Baby and Marquis concussions. Perk two bogus techs. thrown out in 1st half. Suspended next game unless tech rescinded (most likely will). Both need to be rescinded imo.

  3. Anonymous says:

    this is BS, i cant believe howard wasnt called for some of those fouls. WTFK. im begining to not like the NBA. they can kiss my ass

  4. I need to start watching the games from home and need to be in the chat. That's how I watched the first three and they won............

  5. Lorilei says:

    This game pissed me off.

  6. tb727 says:

    Yeah I shut it off with 5 minutes, I guess Sheed hurt his back too huh?

    Doc was calm and collect during the post game press conference, that was refreshing to see.

    Man do they need Game 6...

  7. JR says:

    Rondo=hurt (playing through it)
    Tony=hurt (trying to play through it)
    Perk=hurt, possibly suspended

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  9. Rasheed is hurt too? Shit, if anyone were to use that as an excuse it'd be Sheed... I guess the Big Three is still healthy though....

  10. Anonymous says:

    im in such shock about this game. we just lost our entire bench. they CANT let this happen. they just CANT

  11. Borna says:

    Half of Dwight's fouls where he tries to block people but ends up landing or getting tangle up them are flagrant fouls on him.

    Ex 1. Rondo Drive (foul called on Lewis not Howard too)
    First or second quarter, Rondo drives and then dwight attempts to block the shot, but ends up missing then crunch's up into a sort of slump and slams into rondo. slumping is an unatural motion, which indicates a type of wind up. flagrant 2 should have been assessed.

    Ex 2. Burn time out for Paul
    Late Third quarter paul pierce drive gets fouled by Lewis and in mid-air howard sticks his hand on purpose(because when he jumped his hands were in the air and he brought them down only to do this manuever) into Paul's armpit/shoulder cuff area and twists his arm back in a circular motion, which results in paul getting thrown to the floor. This also occurs after the whistle. Flagrant 1 needed to be assessed.

    Ex 3. Glen Injury
    Howard gets rebound and everything is legal, however he loses the ball and hits Glen with an Elbow in his face/neck area. NBA rules regard any type of contact incidental or not to the head as an automatic flagrant foul. Nothing called. Flagrant 1 needed to be assessed.

  12. Bohemian says:

    Welcome to Stern's kingdom of the non-call against his little boy Dwight

  13. Anonymous says:

    I now realize how important it was to close this out in game 4. They dug their own grave. It is what it is.

  14. Sebastian S. says:

    The suspension of Perk in Game 6, the provoked (Glen, Paul) and unfortunate (Marquese)injuries, the poor shooting from the field (Ray, Paul, KG), low rebounding (Team), the poor Bench production (except Rasheed) caused an mental deterioration of Boston (Orlando entered in Celtic´s Brain), the chances of winning this series are below 10 %.

    Now our Celtics need a WONDER (besides fair referee judgement).

  15. Anonymous says:

    The NBA has rescinded the 2nd technical foul against Kendrick Perkins, making him available for Game 6.

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