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Tonight's Orlando Magic Playoff Game: vs. Atlanta Hawks

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After a dominant performance in Game 1, the Orlando Magic try to avoid a letdown tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy has stressed the importance of maintaining intensity even after a 43-point win, and distributed a detailed report about previous teams' performances the game after a blowout playoff win to each Magic player. He also believes the Hawks will play much better. Hawks coach Mike Woodson is also being diplomatic, and he doesn't foresee the Magic letting up tonight. I looked at some adjustments the Hawks can make here, and John Hollinger of ESPN Insider says new evidence suggests isolation-heavy offenses, like the Hawks', work in the regular season, but not in the postseason.

2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals
Atlanta Hawks main logo
Orlando Magic main logo
Orlando Leads, 1-0
May 6th, 2010
Amway Arena
8:00 PM
Probable Starters
Mike Bibby PG Jameer Nelson
Joe Johnson SG Vince Carter
Marvin Williams SF Matt Barnes
Josh Smith PF Rashard Lewis
Al Horford C Dwight Howard
Playoff Results
May 4th: Magic 114, Hawks 71
Game Officials
Monty McCutchen
Mike Callahan
Marc Davis
Series Central

And on D? Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider writes Atlanta's best shot at winning this series is to stop double-teaming Dwight Howard and to instead trust Al Horford to cover him one-on-one. We'll certainly see how both teams respond; my belief is Atlanta will vary its coverage of Howard, and will also assign shooting guard Joe Johnson to cover point guard Jameer Nelson. Johnson's 7-inch height advantage would certainly disrupt Nelson and, in turn, the precision of Orlando's offense.

UPDATE: Scratch that. Shaun Powell of reports that Mike Bibby will guard Nelson.