Tonight's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics is automatically required viewing, given the stakes and level of talent involved. But this contest is shaping up to be one that we might remember for a while, and I mean that. On one side, you have a Boston team that imposed its will on the Magic for the first 42 minutes of Game 1: forcing turnovers, taking away passing lanes; eliminating all three-point attempts, but especially the corner three-pointer from Orlando's arsenal; and scoring in transition. And it distinctly has the look of a squad that won't be satisfied with less than a 2-0 lead by night's end. On the other, you have the Magic, who have owned up to their mistakes and appear to have the right approach going forward. Dwight Howard has to drive around Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace, not through them. Jameer Nelson has to initiate the offense with a pick-and-roll with Howard, not by dumping the ball to him in the post. Rashard Lewis has to make shots (analysis!) and play with more energy. All this talent, with solid coaching, in a game that's a must-win for the home team? Yeah, you'll want to watch, even if it means staying up late--the game won't tip until around 8:30 Eastern--and tolerating the, shall we say, less-than-focused broadcast booth of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson.
|2010 Eastern Conference Finals|
|Boston Leads, 1-0|
|May 18th, 2010|
|Rajon Rondo||PG||Jameer Nelson|
|Ray Allen||SG||Vince Carter|
|Paul Pierce||SF||Matt Barnes|
|Kevin Garnett||PF||Rashard Lewis|
|Kendrick Perkins||C||Dwight Howard|
|May 16th: Celtics 92, Magic 88|
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