Here's a look around the internets for reaction to the Orlando Magic's 113-92 defeat of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.
Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics with accurate 3-point shooting in Game 5 - OrlandoSentinel.com
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has more on the Magic's three-point attack, which was in full force in Game 5. Orlando made 13 of its 25 attempts from beyond the arc. This quote from Jameer Nelson, I believe, attests to the mindset of the whole team:
"We're playing more of our game now, getting out in transition and just attacking and staying on the attack and trying to do it for 48 minutes," Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said.
NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 5: Magic find their form, pull within game of Celtics - ProBasketballTalk
Good buddy John Krolik recaps Game 5 between the Magic and Celtics for ProBasketballTalk.
Do You Believe in Miracles? Magic Do
Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse describes the Magic's locker room as "confident." He also has quotes from plenty of people involved in the game, including several that are complimentary of Magic center Dwight Howard.
PBN | Staggered
Like me, Tony Mejia of ProBasketballNews does not believe the Celtics are the team under pressure now.
The series now feels like it has been turned on its head, but don't fall into the trap of saying they go into Boston facing no pressure, because as the top seed in a playoff series they've finally got a grip on, the fact is the Magic are still the ones playing for survival and looking to extend things to a seventh game Sunday night in Orlando.
Whole New Series: Magic Take Game 5 - ESPN
Chris Sheridan and Zach Harper have some solid contributions to today's Daily DIme at ESPN. Sheridan talks about the Magic's improved play and attitude, while Harper touches on Rashard Lewis' solid night.
Finals Countdown: Magic's Best Makes Things Even More Uncomfortable For Celtics - Eric Freeman - The Baseline
Eric Freeman's recap for The Baseline suggests he's bullish on the chances of Orlando making history by overcoming a 3-0 deficit. It's "now anyone's series," he says.
Tables have Turned as Magic Effort Way to Game Six
Orlando did enough of "the little things it takes to win a game in the Playoffs" in its Game 5 victory, writes Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily.
Celtics are clearly, um, not pleased about Game 5 loss to Magic – Orlando Magic BasketBlog
Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel gathered these quotes from a, shall we say... testy... Celtics locker room.
Magic Beat Celtics and Force Game 6 -- NBA FanHouse
Povtak says coach Stan Van Gundy's call to replace a struggling Vince Carter with J.J. Redick in the first half was the "key coaching decision" of Game 5.
Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos remains a meaningful presence in Eastern Conference Finals - OrlandoSentinel.com
The Sentinel's George Diaz writes about Magic owner Rich DeVos' impact on the team. "We're on a roll," he quotes DeVos as saying.
Stan Van Gundy fires back at ESPN’s Michael Wilbon for suggesting Van Gundy might get fired – Open Mike
Michael Wilbon of ESPN told a Miami radio station that he believes the Magic will fire cVan Gundy if they lose the Eastern Conference Finals. The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi took those comments to Van Gundy himself prior to yesterday's game. Here's how Van Gundy responded, in part:
"No, I’m not worried about my job security and I’m less worried about what Michael Wilbon would think about anything," Van Gundy said.
Van Gundy also speculated that Wilbon may have started this rumor because he has declined to appear on Pardon The Interruption, a sports talk show Wilbon co-hosts, several times.
Perkins ejected after 2 technicals - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston has more on the two technical fouls Kendrick Perkins picked up last night, which earned him an early trip to the locker room as well as a one-game suspension unless the league takes action.
Twitter / Brian Windhorst
Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst tweets that the Celtics' history with technical fouls won't do them any favors when the league decides whether or not to rescind any of Perkins' technicals.
NBA.com: An uncertain future lies ahead for bruised Celtics
Shaun Powell of NBA.com believes the league will allow Perkins to play in Game 6 if it consults with referee Eddie F. Rush, who whistled Perkins for his second technical.
Officially Disgraceful - CelticsHub.com
Brendan Jackson of CelticsHub posted these comments, without further explanation:
Before tonight’s game I was nervous that a Magic win would dangerously change the complexion of the series. I am now more sure than ever that the Celtics will win on Friday- assuming that Kendrick Perkins technicals are rescinded.
We’ve Got A Series: Magic 113, C’s 92 - CelticsHub.com
But one of his CelticsHub colleagues, Brian Robb, disagrees. He writes, "[i]t’s clear to everyone involved that the C’s are going to have a hell of a fight on their hands these final two games."
Celtics Fans: Believe - CelticsBlog
Roy Hobbs of CelticsBlog preaches patience and calm in Boston, even invoking a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt to make his point.